220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
We’ve had Parellel 43 on the Tasting Bar several times over the last couple years and their wines always pack a surprise! They bring great hybrids, unique blends, and fun indigenous varietals from Bulgaria at solid values. Come out tonight from 5-7p to try some great wines from their portfolio!
- Morio Muskat 2015: Developed in the 1960s by a cross of the Pinot Blanc (aka Weissburgunder) and Sylvaner grapes, the Morio-Muskat has intense Muscat-like qualities though it is in no way related to it. It is rarely found in as a single-varietal wine because of its intensity and strong, rich bouquet. This wine is grown on the red rocky soil of North-West Bulgaria, it combines intense aroma, balanced acidity and gentle scent of peach, tropical fruit and white raisins. Pair it with a nice Salad Nicoise or just enjoy it on the patio as spring blooms around you!
- Blanc de Noir 2015: Also known as White Pinot Noir, this 100% Pinot Noir is a beautiful expression of the grape. It is juice fermented in the absence of skins and a very different fermentation than red wine fermentation. And, this stuff is often hard to find! This dry version offers fresh notes of apples and strawberries with a slight candied citrus note. If you want to pair this with food, you are in luck because it goes well with fish, mushrooms, cream-based sauces, and any combination of those.
- Gamza 2015: Gamza is a red grape variety that has been cultivated in northern Bulgaria since ancient times. This grape variety can be found under the name Kadarka in most of the other Balkan countries, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. Gamza is a highly localized grape variety mainly cultivated in the north and especially north-western Bulgaria. This used to be Hungary’s most famous black grape but has now been replaced by easier to grown or more popular varieties. This wine is an intensely fruity wine full of red summer fruit notes and bursts of cherries and blackberries. This is a great grilling wine that could take a chill as the days warm.
- Cabernet Franc 2011 Estate Reserve: Last but not least, we have a 100% Cabernet Franc with several years of bottle age on it! While many of us don’t remember Bulgaria’s previous glory days of winemaking, this new crop of wines are proving that they never completely lost their touch! This Cab Franc has benefited greatly from a few extra years in bottle and comes out with great secondary notes of cigars and spices. It still has plenty of fruit and would be great paired with a nice charcuterie plate or steak.