Today’s winetasting VINO was an opportunity to explore…AND hopefully have some fun along the way.
2012 Chateau Feuillet Petite Arvine
A VERY unique white wine from Valle D’Aosta at high altitudes & hand built stone terraces to hold the soils & vines in place. I believe that is why they planted vines too….so the roots would help hold the soil in place.
When I mentioned German wines, most people make funny faces in response. It has become very apparent to me, the words “German wines”, conjure up images of sweet, syrupy wines for many.
There are many things I would love to say about that, but we’ll save that discussion for another day. I would prefer to instead focus on the thought that ALL wines can be made dry, medium dry, medium sweet, sweet & dessert in style…….depending on what the winemaker wants to do…..whether it is Cabernet, Chardonnay, sparkling, red or white.
A co-worker came up to me yesterday to say, “Boy it’s a hot one! I think this is going to be a real hot summer”.
Yes, summer is just around the corner! The sun will be more glaring and the days are getting longer. It is a time to change–lighter clothing, lighter & fresher foods & also the kind of wines we drink.
The profile of wine conducive to hot weather sipping is also lighter in body, fresher, crisper, lower in alcohol content and usually less oaky.
So here are some recommendations on how to find such wines, especially those offering great value for the dollar.
It’s NOT that often we run across white wines from California, which have the weight of Chardonnay, with unique-ness & interesting-ness, especially on such a high level as these 2 display. You should, therefore, take a serious look at these 2.
2011 CARLISLE “THE DERIVATIVE”
More “small” plates & wine thoughts at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas……..
Crab Salad with grapefruit, cucumbers & pickled wasabi
WINE: 2013 Birichino Malvasia Bianca–this winery made quite a big leap in quality with the transition from 2012 to 2013. They were able to source some malvasia grown in limestone soiled vineyards, which apparently added minerality & ethereal-ness to the blend. Furthermore, this wine’s innate aromatics just heightens the dish’s nuances in quite a magical way.
We looked to taste advantage of Easter Sunday at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, to do another night of “small” plates served on a cart. Not only are the small plates tasty & craete an opportunity to try a bunch of different tastes, it is also a golden opportunity to try out different wine pairings too. Here are some to think about–
California Merlot sure changed the quality perception & trajectory of this grape variety. Then to pile on, the movie “Sideways” made Pinot Noir cool….at the expense of Merlot. Needless to say Merlot sales dropped significantly….at least in our restaurant. Well, on the world stage, top echelon Merlot from Bordeaux, such as Chateau Petrus, has certainly NOT been tarnished. It is still one of the most expensive, highly sought after red wines in the world!!!! Why? Of course, supply & demand play an important role….BUT undeniably……so does the soil. With top echelon French wines, it really is about the soil, first & foremost. So…..on this night, we decided to try 4 Merlot based wines…..side by side. To make things even more fun,we will serve them BLIND!
The good news for lovers of California wine is that there is more quality wine being produced in California than ever before.
And where the headlines were previously dominated by the Napa Valley, today the geographic scope has widened to include many nooks and crannies up and down the state.
Many experts, for instance, are really lauding the Central Coast, from Monterey on down to Santa Barbara. The wine media is further supporting that thought with many high ratings and acclaim for the regions’ wines.
To be more specific, I am especially excited with the limestone/silaceous clay soiled pockets of Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.
Every year wineries release a new set of wines. As confusing as the myriad of labels can be to the average consumer, imagine trying to then sort through what the new vintage has in store.
The conditions of each growing season is always quite different which the resulting wines will showcase. For other fruits like tomatoes or pineapple consumers don’t really pay much attention. With grape varieties, however, we have many layers of aficionados who make a career in specializing on this very facet.