Wines of Parallel 43

September 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202

We’ve had Parallel 43 in before, so I’m not going to repeat myself. They offer a selection of unique wines at affordable prices from Bulgaria, which is gradually earning itself a name as a source for cheap and cheerful tipples.

The Wines:

  • Adriana Srebrinova Argentum Extra Brut Sparkling: Extra Brut denotes the driest of sparkling wines with less than 6 g/liter of residual sugars, thus requiring a very minimal dosage. Dosage is the mixture of reserve wine (“shipping liquer”) and pure cane sugar that winemakers add to the finished sparkling after disgorgement to return to bottle to its correct volume. This sparkling is produced using the traditional champenois method from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to produce a wine with very pronounce minerality, slight yeastiness, and a nice freshness. Pair this with oysters or just sip it to refreshing yourself in the afternoon heat.
  • Line Blanc de Noir: A still white wine made from 100% Pinot Noir! Otherwise known as White Pinot Noir, this is Pinot Noir fermented without skin contact and at a much cooler/slower fermentation than traditional Pinot Noir (or other red wines). It is a fun style that can run the gamet from light and honeyed to brulee’d fruit. This wine is on the lighter side with notes of strawberry and honey with a nice glossy texture. This is a versatile food wine that could be paired with a crab salad, cream-based soups, and is a great partner for mushrooms.
  • Canyon Guards Cuvee Canyon Park: An interesting and fun blend of Merlot and the Bulgarian variety, Rubin. Rubin a hybrid between Nebbiolo and Syrah that was created in 1944 at the Institute of Viticulture and Oenology in Pleven. In the 1950s, it became very popular in part of Bulgaria and was widely planted around Plovdiv. Here it adds some extra punch to the Merlot! A fruity nose with plenty of berries and just touches of vanilla. Full of fruit on the palate with a juiciness that is supported by soft tannins and medium acidity. Pair this with a cheeseburger and be happy!
  • Canyon Guards Cuvee Pepper Gardens: This is an intriguing blend of Cabernet Franc and Mavrud – an indigenous variety that has been cultivated in Bulgaria since ancient times. The name is derived from the Greek “mavro”, meaning black and describes the bluish-black thick and tough skin. Like any good varietal, it has a legend attached to it concerning a king, Kham Krum, and a legendary hero who was raised on illicit wine and bread. Once the leader found out, he blessed the vines and they flourished across the land. Mavrud, like the hero of legend, is a powerful varietal, especially when oak is used judiciously. This wine is a beautiful blend of Cabernet Franc‘s traditional notes of raspberry, pepper, and baking spice with Mavrud’s notes of blackberry, earthiness, and dried fruit. Together, they make a very interesting blend that is quaffable and imminently food friendly.bulgaria
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