April 14th & April 16th Wine & Cheese Tasting
Thursday 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday 12 PM – 5:00 PM
Las Valles Viura/Chardonnay 2009
Origin : Carinena, Northern Spain
Varietal: 90% Viura and 10% Chardonnay produced from old Viura vines grown at more than 2,300 ft. above sea level.
Tasting Notes: This wine offers aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple and wild flowers. It is dry and extremely refreshing on the palate.
Food Pairing: Ideal as an aperitif, or paired with salads, seafood and white meat dishes.
Gavi Di Gavi La Scolca
Origin: This traditional Gavi is vinified from grapes of exuberant young vineyards located in the heart of Rovereto of Gavi, a place known worldwide as the "Gran Crù of Gavi". Their perfectly balanced aging lends the wine its typical fresh, dry taste. This "Great White," which has become a Classic on the Italian wine scene, is produced in a century-old tradition, representing the true essence of Gavi wine.
Varietal: 100% Cortese. A white wine made from the Cortese grape, which is often referred to as Piemonte's white analog to Nebbiolo in wine books.
Tasting Notes: Light straw color. Typical Gavi nose, fine and pleasantly fresh. Delicate in the mouth, very dry, characterized by a crisp and refreshing acidity.
Food Pairing: This wine pairs well with oysters, fish, crab, quiche, salmon, scallops, shellfish, shrimp,sushi and white meats. In addition it plays well with Italian Antipasto, vegetarian cuisine, ravioli and such with vegetable/cheese stuffing, pesto sauce, omelets and frittata. So it's a versatile wine.
Ricardo Santos Malbec 2008
Ricardo Santos has demonstrated a life long commitment to the Argentinean wine tradition, The former owner of the renowned winery Norton, Ricardo renounced a career in architecture to pursue his passion for winemaking with the belief that Argentina could make wines equal to the best in the world. He was the first winemaker from Argentina to export Malbec to the U.S. more than 30 years ago.
Origin: Ricardo Santos 2008 Malbec is from the single vineyard La Madras, near Mendoza, on the Eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains in Argentina at an altitude of 2,800 feet.
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Tasting Notes: This Malbec has a striking deep brilliant purple color. The nose is ripe and full, reminiscent of dark cherries, plums, and chocolate with undertones of loam and earth. In the mouth, the wine displays a profound core of ripe, blackberry jam fruit, lengthening into a sophisticated weighty finish coupled with an elegant silkiness. What makes this Malbec so intriguing are the soft, fine tannins on the finish that make it velvety and drinkable—even as a young wine. The wine is aged in used French oak for six months. “There is a select group of under $20 Malbecs from Argentina that really do the country and the variety proud. Santos is one of them.” —The Wine Enthusiast
Food Pairing : Malbec wine goes best with red meats such as roast beef, steak and prime rib. It also goes well with roast turkey and chicken. Mexican, Cajun, Indian and Italian foods, especially those with rich tomato sauces, also complement Malbec wine.
KWV Roodeberg 2007
Origin: Western Cape, South Africa.
Varietal: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Shiraz.
Tasting Notes: First produced in the 1940’s, Roodeberg has evolved into South Africa’s most celebrated blended red wine. Roodeberg, which means “Red Mountain”, is named for the striking red hue that reflects off the Boland mountains at sunset. The wine itself captures the new world fruit forward wine style while retaining the structure of traditional wine making. Produced in Paarl, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Roodeberg is blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot. The three varietals are fermented separately and aged for 14 to 16 months in 300 liter oak barrels. Roodeberg is a medium bodied dry red wine with the distinctive aroma of blackberries, cherries, green pepper, and spice. On the palate the wine is fruit forward with hints of chocolate, spice, and vanilla that accent the dark fruit flavors. 13.5% Alcohol.
Food Pairing: Roodeberg is a great wine to accompany grilled or roasted meats. It also compliments full flavored poultry dishes and pasta in tomato based sauces.
Chatom Vineyards Syrah 2005
Origin: Esmeralda Valley, Calaveras County, California.
Varietal: 100% Estate Syrah
Tasting Notes: Our full bodied Syrah has an introduction of intense black fruit, vanilla and a hint of oak. Flavors of baker’s chocolate, deep black currants and sweet basil all lead to a wonderful lingering fruit finish. Barrel aged 18 months. 15.2% Alcohol. 820 Cases made.
Food Pairing: Syrah is great for grilled meats or veggies, wild game, richly flavored red meats, beef stew and barbecued beef and pork .