We are kicking off St. Patrick's Day weekend, one of Chicago's favorite holidays, with a four-wine complimentary tasting that’s sure to set the stage for a fun and festive time in the city. Talented soundscape pianist Kevin Koprowski will be filling the house with his great music while you toast, taste and celebrate.
My first pour will be a Dosio Roero from Italy's highly respected Piedmont wine region. Made with Arneis, a grape rescued from the verge of extinction and now in the midst of a successful revival, Dosio is fresh and dry with mineral flavors, notes of broom, chamomile, and a tangy finish. Enjoy it on its own or with fish, shellfish, frittatas and salads.
Next is URLAR, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand' s Wairarapa wine region. Fig, nectarine and grapefruit notes mark this wine as ripe in style, without much of the herbal pungency found in Sauvignon Blancs from Marlborough. URLAR is medium bodied, with a silky mouth feel and a long finish.
My first red is a 2014 Chateau Saint Sulpice, a medium-bodied, classic Bordeaux blend (70% Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cab Franc) that displays lots of red-fruit aromas, silky tannins and a supple finish. Pairs beautifully with stews, roasts, classic French cuisine and burgers.
Last but not least is a Sella & Mosca Cannonau, a full-bodied fruity red from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italy. This estate's Cannonau grape (Grenache) yields a warm, dry wine with plumy fruit flavors, an oak overtone and scent of violet. Pairs with pasta, pizza, lasagna, beef and poultry. Delicious - a staff favorite!!!