December 14, 2011

December Wine Tasting - 3rd Friday

Wine Tasting Wines

The Sparkling:

arosecco (Italy) $12.99

The Whites:

Sivas-Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (California) $13.99

Argyros Atlantis White 2010 (Greece) $16.99 - This is a great-tasting, beautiful wine! Wonderful aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and lemon/lime citrus and minerals. The relatively high acidity of the Assyrtiko grape gives this its crisp freshness. Long finish. 90% Assyrtiko, 5% Athiri and 5% Aidani. Santorini is a volcanic island with incredibly minerally soil and it is very dry. Yiannis Argyros is widely considered Greece’s best white wine vintner. Stainless steel fermentation & aging. 3,300 cases made. Food pairing - seafood, grilled fish, lighter poultry dishes, Thai food. Wine & Spirits, World’s Top 100 Wineries, 2005 & 2006

The Reds:

Poggio Anima Belial Sangiovese 2008 (Italy) $13.99

Bodega Beronia Rioja Reserva 2006 (Spain) $19.99

Graziano Mendocino Zinfandel 2007 (California) $15.99 - We tasted this in mid- May at a wine tasting - we had this with beef, chicken, roasted beets and more. It was great! Dark purple color. Aromas of raspberries, dark berries, a hint of peppery spice & toast. Flavors of dark berries, ripe raspberries & white pepper. Full-bodied. Wonderful feel in the mouth. Not too tannic, but enough to stand up to rare beef. Long finish with hints of chocolate near the end. Food pairing - Great wine with a grilled burger, especially one with blue cheese on top. Grilled & roasted meats & spicy tomato sauces.

Hartwell "H" Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (California) $39.99 - Brand-new to Maine!

That's the list. If you're free or in the area, stop by!

The Sparkling Finale

Scagliola“Primo Bacio”Moscato D’Asti 2010 (Italy) $16.99 - I loved tasting these wines with Mario Scagliola, the winemaker and owner. This is just so nice! It's soft, rich and lush with nice just feels elegant! The aromas just leap from the bottle! It tastes great! The label on this pictures the Mario's brother’s first girlfriend....and Primo Bacio means "First Kiss." This winery farms organically & biodynamically. Food Pairing- Pair this with desserts (fruit desserts, not chocolate), lighter pasta dishes or aged cheeses....this is a wonderful wine for a romantic evening! Makes a great starting drink for a party!

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