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Now that spring is starting to peak out, it time to start thinking about all of those wondering spring wines that we can enjoy as the weather really starts to warm up! In Spring, I immediately want to eat lighter meals and pair them with lighter, fresher wines. So, on today’s Tasting Bar, we have a lineup of great value bottles that will help ease you into the season.
- Fascino Prosecco: A dry, frizzante, made with organic grapes and that is easily portable (check out that cap), what more could you want? This Prosecco is made from top quality grapes that are softly pressed before cold fermentation and storage. It undergoes secondary fermentation in the Martinotti-Charmat method (aka tank method) for the perfect level of fizz. It has hints of fresh apricot, golden apple, and cucumber skin. Perfect for parties, pair it with soft cheeses, light salads, and a great time!
- PradoRey Verdejo-Sauvignon Blanc 2015: PradoRey is located in the eastern part of the Ribera del Duero. Its origins date back to the 12th century and written documents from the time praise the wealth of game in the estate. The land, which runs alongside the banks of the River Duero for seven kilometres, shares history, 520 hectares of vineyards and 900 hectares of oak forests, poplar groves, cereal crops, maize, potatoes and beets, spacious areas dedicated to the cow and sheep grazing, clean energy sources in the form of a hydroelectric dam and a solar farm, an Inn and a winery offering all kinds of wine tourism activities. This blend of 80% Verdejo and 20% Sauvignon Blanc comes from vines that are 60 years old and each variety is fermented separately before being blended. It features tropical fruit, citrus, and herbal fennel notes in a light and fresh wine that is a perfect match for salads and appetizers.
- Pacific Pinot Oregon Pinot Noir: Oregon’s northerly latitude means grapes get extra growing season sunlight for long, even ripening, and crisp, cool nights that help them retain freshening acidity. Such a combination means Oregon grapes would naturally achieve mature, balanced flavors and full varietal character. This wine is sustainably grown and made without dramatic manipulation to be naturally fresh, lively and have true-to-the-fruit flavors. This 100% Pinot Noir has shows flavors of black cherry, raspberry, and plum with hints of vanilla, toffee, and cigar. It is balanced and finishes round with silky tannins. Pair this with salmon and steamed veggies for a lovely dinner!
- Cheval Noir Saint-Emilion Grand Vin Bordeaux 2015: Appearing in 1895, the name of Cheval Noir is among the oldest of Bordeaux. Acquired in 1937, Cheval Noir is the first estate owned by the Mähler-Besse family whose estates, chosen amongst the most beautiful of the Bordeaux region, currently includes Haut-Médoc, Saint-Emilion or even Saint-Estèphe. The name comes from the legend of ghost of a black horse working the vines during the middle of the 19th century. This blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc is an elegant and expressive wine that has lovely tannins, a nice fruitiness, and a lovely savoriness on the finish. It is a perfect partner for chicken and pork dishes, but has the weight to match up to grilled meats and beef.