After a long, rainy workweek, we all need a little "Wine Therapy", so for this Friday I've put together a tasting lineup that will ease your mind and erase your worries. Outr very own Ian Rottner will be playing live.
I'll roll out the tasting with an "Aloisiushof Element" Gewürztraminer from Pfalz, Germany's second largest wine region. This aromatic, floral white displays aromas of lychee, rose, tangerine and a touch of citrus in the finish. Pairs beautifully with Thai, Chinese, Indian and other spicy cuisines.
Next is a "Hanna" Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc that exemplifies the happy marriage of citrus to exotic fruit flavors found in the better Sauv Blancs of this AVA. The Hanna delivers flavors of ripe lemon, starfruit, cut grass and guava that smoothly glide from nose to finish. Great with flaky fish, poultry, spa cuisine and veggies.
"Angosto Tinto", a unique blend of equal parts of Malbec, Garnacha Tintorera, Syrah, Graciano and Cabernet Franc from Valencia, Spain, is my first red. This wine has aromas of ripe fruit, sweet spices, creamy oak and hints of balsamic. The acidity is quite vibrant and the tannins are ripe and expressive. Great with Mediterranean food, chicken, salads and hard, salty cheeses.
Last but not least is a 2012 "Provenance" Napa Merlot made with grapes from some of the best vineyards in the valley. This fine red wine is complex and elegant with flavors of wild plum, blackberry, cherry, and nuances of dark chocolate - 5 stars, a gem!!!
See you all on Friday!