I can't think of a better way to start your winter weekend than tasting wine in a warm and inviting shop (Stellar...of course) surrounded by friendly people and great live music (Kevin Koprowski plays)!
I'll start the tasting with a "Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato d'Asti", a deliciously fruity white with intense aromas of orange blossoms and peach notes. Sweetness and acidity are in perfect balance in this wine, making it a great pairing for spicy cuisine, blue cheeses and desserts.
My second pour is an "Altos Ibericos" Tempranillo from Spain's famous Rioja wine region. This silky, medium-bodied Crianza has aromas of ripe berries, white flowers, soft tannins and a long finish. Enjoy this classic red with tapas, mediterranean dishes, roasts, Spanish charcuterie and hard, aged cheeses.
Next up is a Jean-Luc Colombo Les Collines de Laure Syrah, a rich, smooth Rhone Valley red with flavors of currant, raspberry and some spice. This wine has medium tannins, bright acidity and a dry style that opens it to many food pairing possibilities. 2016 Bronze Sommelier Wine Award winner.
Last in the lineup is a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec blend from Mendoza, Argentina. The "Amancaya" Gran Reserva reveals dark berry aromas and notes of mocha, coffee and spices. This is a great wine to enjoy with an Argentinian steak dinner, prime rib, lamb or a hearty winter pot roast - just delicious!