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Winter temperatures have finally settled in, we have gotten a couple of nice little snows, and our thoughts have really turned to winter wines! Now that the temperatures have shifted, we look for wines with a little more oomph, a little more texture, and some more fruit … we generally reach for reds. Plus, with it being the new year, we are reaching for great values! So, that is what today’s Tasting Bar is all about, balancing great winter wines with great value, so stop by from 5-7p and give these guys a try …
- Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Riesling 2013: Riesling is an ideal winter grape. It makes lower alcohol wines (this one comes in at 11% ABV, which allows you to sip more over the course of the evening), they are great with food, and one’s from places outside of Germany are often great values. Lawson’s Dry Hills has been around in New Zealand for 25 years and is a leading producer of Sauvignon Blanc, having been named the world’s best producer of it in 2013. Their tasting note for the 2013 Riesling says “off-dry and has lemon blossom, lime and nectarine aromas with bright acidity and flinty minerality balanced by just a hint of sweetness.” Yet, after a couple of years aging, its secondary notes of petrol and lanolin have developed alongside the minerality and nectarine that gives it a depth of complexity that it did not have just after bottling. We bought out the vintage, so get it while it lasts!
- Terra Del Giglio Chianti DOCG 2013: This 80% Sangiovese and 20% Canaiolo blend offers great value in a classic package! Bright, ruby red color with a nose of fresh red fruit and a palate that is round and quite elegant for its price, this wine is perfect everyday food wine. Pair it with pizza, burgers, roasts, braised chicken, turkey, ham, or heartier winter food for a nice meal before the fire! Especially a great deal with the tonight’s Belly deal!
- Altosur Cabernet Sauvignon 2016: Altosur means “high in the south” and with wines grown at 1,200 meters and higher elevations, it is truth in naming! Their wines have a fine purity and finesse to go with the bold Mendoza fruit. From estate grown fruit and with a few months barrel aging, this is loaded with juicy currant and blackberry fruit framed by touches of chocolate and crushed herb. Plenty of body, no one will call this “light” – but nothing too overpowering, drink now and pair with anything. This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon value and a Crystal City Wine Shop favorite!
- St. Christopher Glühwein: In Germany’s famous Christmas markets — Christkindlmärkte – there are mulled wine stands that dispense warmed versions of this brew to help shoppers push through the chill while shopping. St. Christopher’s version has hints of spices and cloves and should be served warm to help. Stop in tonight to experience it and take a bottle home to help you warm up on cold winter nights to come!