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Tonight’s tasting is a classic battle of European cultures over who makes the best wine! We have Italy versus Spain, a pair of whites and a pair of reds, that are great representations of their regions and exceptional values. Come out, join Nick from Opici, and decide for yourself who comes out on top …
- Sabeo Albarino D.O. Rias Baixas: Albarino grapes are grown in Rias Biaxas, the northwest region of Spain, north of Portugal, and bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. The maritime climate contributes to a very dry acidic wine with herbs and tropical fruit on the nose and peach and lemon zest on the palate. Since the grapes are grown by the ocean, it pairs perfectly with nothing else but grilled and light seafood.
- Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco: Carpineto was founded in 1967 by a duo that set out to regain Chianti Classico’s lost reputation. In recent years, the second generation has joined the original pair and while staying true to their original mission has broadened the company’s scope with new vineyards, viticultural and enological practices, and introduced a sustainable production code featuring renewable energy and biodiversity. Their Dogajolo brand are fresh expressions of native and international varietals. This Bianco is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Grechetto, & 30% Sauvignon Blanc from a dry-farmed vineyard. Pleasantly fruity with a medium body, this is an excellent aperitif or with typical Mediterranean cuisine, such as salads, pasta, seafood and white meats.
- Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso: Carpineto takes its name from the Greek ‘carpos,’ meaning fruit, which is their primary focus. They use eco-friendly treatments that are applied conscientiously with attention paid to the preservation of biodiversity. Additionally, they have a focus on the production and use of renewable energy, particularly solar. In the winery, they continue to adhere to a strict code, including prohibiting the use of additives and stabilizers (they do use sulfites, but in low quantities, far below legal limits). This rosso is a baby-Super Tuscan (70% Sangiovese & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon) that was fermented in stainless, aged for 6 months in used French & American oak barrels and cement vats before 4-6 months in bottle. This wine has a fruity nose with hints of vanilla and spice. Plenty of fruit on the palate, with a softness and nice tannins that make it perfect for everyday drinking. Give mom a glass while you fire up the grill and toss on anything from chicken and pork to burgers and lamb.
- Sabeo Monastrell D.O.P. Jumilla: This organically certified Monastrell is grown in the sun-kissed, dry climate of Jumilla. The vineyards are grown without any irrigation and use no chemicals or pesticides, meeting EU standards. It has the full impact of the grape (aka Mourvedre) giving rich currant and smoke on the nose and powerful silky cassis on the palate that finishes smoothly with a nice balance of acidity and ripe tannins. Pairs well with any grilled or roasted red meat and with aged cheeses. This is an absolute steal at the price!