Tastings Around Richmond
The Wine Cellar in Midlothian from 5:00 – 8:00
Bryon from the Country Vintner will be pouring the below selection at the Wine Cellar this evening
1. Pazo San Mauro Albarino (White)
2. Marques de Caceres Rose Rioja
3. Via Terre Garnache (Great light Red)
4. Primicia Crianza Rioja (Great Value)
5. Soliterra Priorat (Full-Bodied)
River City Cellars in Carytown from 5:00 – 7:00
La Cappuccina 2007 Soave DOC:
La Cappuccina 2006 Soave DOC “Fontego”: The single vineyard “Fontego” Soave is made from 90% Garganega and 10% Trebbiano di Soave. Rounder and more persistent than the estate bottling, this dry white wine is elegant and has a long finish.
La Cappuccina 2006 Sauvignon Veneto IGT: Dry yet aromatic, this white wine is made from the Sauvignon Blanc varietal and is characterized by citrus skin flavors and sweet herbal notes.
La Cappuccina 2006 Rosso Veneto IGT “Madego”: This single-vineyard dry red is made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Fresh berries mesh with cedary notes in this vibrant, smoothly textured red.
La Cappuccina 2004 Rosso Veneto IGT “Campo Buri”: Carmenere, an old varietal from Bordeaux, was once planted extensively in the north and north east reaches of Italy, but is now quite rare. Combined with a small amount of the ancient Veronese varietal, Oseleta, Carmenere from the single-vineyard “Campo Buri” produces this richer, structured red with impressions of black currants, cigarbox and spice.ps: Don’t forget to bring your own glass (unless you like plastic)!
Bella Vino Stony Point from 3:00 until the shop closes
Clos Roche Blanche Sauvignon #2 2006 Touraine, France $15.99/bottle
Those of you who drink Sancerre or almost any other French Sauvignon Blanc will no doubt have noticed that prices have been creeping up over the past year. That’s what makes this wine such a great deal: it’s addictive Sauvignon Blanc that tastes distinctly of its region for a relative song. On the nose it has a citrus aromas and on the palate it has nice weight, grapefruit, and this lovable tangerine note that makes the wine a real pleasure to drink. Give it a try with a cold goat’s cheese tart.
Schloss Lieser Riesling Estate 2006 Mosel, Germany $17.99/bottle
From an excellent producer in the central Mosel Valley, the Schloss Lieser is everything a basic Riesling should be. It is crisp, clean and focused with apple-pear fruit, a core of minerality and just a hint of sweetness. This is a nervy, racy wine that makes an impression without being heavy or loaded with fruit. This wine has quite a bit of acidity, and it would be good to let it sit for a few years to calm down a bit. But, if you’re drinking now, try it with something uber-rich. Go by Belmont Butcher (http://www.belmontbutchery.com) and get their morel pate and have it with this wine. Thank me later.
Casa Solar Tempranillo 2005 Vina de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain $8.99/bottle
Here’s another great little house red from Spain. It’s a fruit-forward wine that spends a few months on oak to give it hints of vanillin and mocha. It has plum fruit and a soft texture and it’s not overly heavy. You could even put a bit of a chill on it if you wanted to. Try it at your next casual cook out.
Chateau d’Oupia Minervois 2006 Minervois, France $14.99/bottle
Until recently, Chateau d’Oupia was run by the late Andre Iche. He made a lot of money during the bulk wine boom of the 70s. He could have retired, or focused on making luxury wines no one could afford. Instead he decided to make great wines from his old vines (40, 50, 60+ years!) Carignan and sell them at reasonable price. This is one of the best values of southern France: it has aromas of violets, medium body with plum cherry fruit and hints of wild herbs. Great with cured sausage or any sort of spicy, hearty food.
Next Thursday June 26th from 8:00 – 9:00 at Bella Vino Stony Point
Big Riesling tasting that will feature Riesling dry and sweet from some of the best producers in Germany. We’ll have Riesling 10, 20, and 30 yrs old open and food matched to go with them. It will be a blast and will really open your eyes to the complexity and, may I say, the glory of Riesling.