This is a very special tasting for a number of reasons: we are just shy of two weeks from Christmas, we are welcoming to Stellar soundscape pianist Kevin Koprowski, and it's my birthday!!
I'll start with a rare find from Uruguay that fits the bill as the perfect holiday white. The "Estival" is a silky, floral blend of Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Moscato Bianco that offers scents of oily citrus, flavors of passion fruit, pineapple, and an almond cream finish. Pairs with many of the season's favorite dishes, cheese, fruit and desserts.
Next I'll pour a "Lusvardi" sparkling rmedium-bodied ruby red from Italy that displays flavors of fresh cherry, strawberry and a dry, crisp bubbly finish. If you are looking for something unique and fun your holiday party, this is it!
My third wine is a 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi valley, California that will dazzle your palate. “The Epicenter Mettler” displays a medley of sweet cherry, dark chocolate and ripe berries enriched by notes of tobacco, spice and sweet oak. This rich and flavorful wine pairs with dishes ranging from hearty stews to grilled favorites.
The fourth pour is a "Tomassi Ripasso", an Italian red often referred to as "Baby Amarone". This gorgeously full-fruited, exotically flavored red is dark, robust and intense with a hint of raisins and sweet cherry flavors. Enjoy it with beef, pork, pasta with meat sauce and aged cheeses. One of my favorite Italian wines, just delicious!
I look forward to seeing you all on Friday!