Tomorrow is Wine Friday at Stellar and you are invited to taste our lineup of four superb wines while soundscape pianist Kevin Koprowski fills the house with his awesome sounds.
This lineup starts with pours of a "JJ Vincent Cremant de Burgogne", an outstanding sparkling wine from France's iconic Burgundy region. The Vincent bursts with clean, crisp Chardonnay flavors of apple and white fruit. It’s juicy and full-bodied, with floral details and citrus spice. Cremants are a great option to Champagne at a lower price point.
Next is a 2016 Sonoma "Toad Hollow" dry rose made with the Pinot Noir grape. This bone-dry, crisp, salmon-colored beauty has flavors of cherry, strawberry and fresh plum, supported by sturdy acidity. It pairs well with ethnic and vegetarian fare but would be perfect solo as well.
My first red is a Muriel Reserva Tempranillo from Spain’s renowned Rioja region. Flavors of strawberry and raspberry mingle with vanilla and spice in this delicious red. Velvety on the palate, the Muriel has a long, elegant finish. Pairs with Spanish, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Excellent value for a fine Rioja red!
Last but not least is a Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture, a full-bodied, earthy Italian red with intense, deep ruby color, notes of cherry and candied fruit, and hints of vanilla. The Aglianico grapes in this wine come from 50-60 year old vines grown in volcanic soil, giving it an earthy, mineraly texture. Delicious!