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On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same all over the world. The word “equinox” comes from the latin meaning “equal night” and while it appears that day and night are equal, it is not entirely accurate. This year, the September Equinox falls this Friday, September 22 (it officially occurs at 4:02pm EDT).
Tonight, we have a lineup of wines to help you celebrate the beginning of fall!
- Individo Traminer Sauvignon Blanc 2015: A blend of 55% Traminer and 45% Sauvignon Blanc grown in the Codri region, in the heart of Moldova by Chateau Vartely. They aim to be both the top winery and one of Moldova’s premier wine tourist attractions. They have 260 hectares of estate vines growing a dozen international and indigenous varietals in two regions of the country. They have combined the latest innovations in viticulture and oenology with a passion for producing top quality wines and have quickly emerged as a top winery in the country. This lovely white blend is a floral and citrusy wine that would pair well with fresh goat cheese, spicy Thai chicken, or a piece of lovely grilled cod in herbs.
- St. Christopher 2016 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett Riesling: The St. Christopher wines offer highly rated, great value wines from regions of Germany that are sought after by wine geeks around the world. This 100% Riesling offers whiffs of slate and rivers rocks followed by melon and tangerine/citrus. It’s a classic Kabinett with loads of juicy fruit, a nice note of minerality, and plenty of length. This is a fantastic bargain that will carry far you far beyond casual dining situations. Drink this now or age it for the next couple of years.
- Bodegas Miravinos Delito Garnacha 2014: This young company is the fruit of two curious minds that are Víctor Rodríguez and José Carlos García. Working as a journalist and an advisor, the former has worked on developing and promoting the modern age of Spanish wines while the latter’s professional career includes experience in viticulture and enology in the most prestigious wine-making regions of Spain. This is their passion project to produce and market a collection of up-to-date wines for today’s wine-lovers! Produced by their Aragón Project, this is D.O. Cariñena from low yield vines planted on red limestone terraces and loose rock. The 40 year old vines create an intense flavor and character in a showy but round wine with nice balance and finesse. As the days cool, pair this with a slow cooked roast pork or lamb or a stew with a winey sauce.
- Equinox 5 Elemente 2012: Equinox is one of the smallest wine producers in the Republic of Moldova, producing only 8000 bottles per year. They only have 5 hectares (less than 12.5 acres) of vineyard situated in Olănești overlooking the Nistru river valley. Their vineyard has a variety of soils and it enables them to grow eight red and three white varieties, from which they produce wines with character and that express the terrior. They converted to organic starting in 2006 and their 2013 vintage was certified. This is a blend of five grapes, two of which Constantin Stratan helped introduce to Moldova, it is: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 13% Rara Neagra, 12% Shiraz, and 12% Malbec. Aged for 24 months in American oak, this is deep rich ruby color with a ripe, fruity aroma showing red berries and plums. On the tongue, the berries turn more towards the blueberry with vanilla and it has finishes with smooth tannins and touches of toast. This is a wine for meat, hearty vegetables, and aged cheeses.