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Arlington, VA 22202
It’s time to seriously start looking towards the Holiday season … Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas will be here before we know it! And, every year, we get tons of questions about what to drink with the turkey, the cranberry sauce, the stuffing, and everything else – well, there are dozens of answers to that question and the easiest is to find something that you love! That’s were our weekly tastings help … come out tonight from 5-7p to try four wines from around Europe that span the flavor spectrum from savory to sweet.
- Patricius Dry Furmit 2014: From the are of the world’s first vineyard classification system, established here in 1730 by royal decree, followed by the 1757 designation of Tokaj as the world’s first appellation. This is the dry vinification of the main varietal of Tokaj. They are a Hungarian-family owned estate that takes their winemaking heritage very seriously with a history connected to the wines and the region stretching back into the 18th century. Today, they have 85 hectares under vine, including many First Growth Tokaj vineyards. This dry white is driven by minerality and complex stone fruit flavors. Long, fresh finish. Great for picnics, with chicken, seafood and sushi.
- Flaco Tempranillo 2016: Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata founded Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico in 2002 with the goal of preserving and uniting the extensive winemaking heritage of their two families. Their philosophy is to produce handcrafted wines that express the identity of the place where they come from. This wine is produced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards that are tended according to their microclimate to ensure consistency across vintages. A pronounced nose of ripe red berries and floral pastilles with a spicy touch that moves into plush, gently sweet fruit on the palate – raspberry and cherry. Emphatically fruity and supple in texture, finishing with just a hint of smooth, harmonious tannins. This fruit-driven, very appealing wine offers great value and shows complexity of twice its price.
- Chateau Les Martins Blaye – Côtes de Bordeaux 2015: This bottling comes from a family-owned estate in Blaye – Côtes de Bordeaux, a region of Bordeaux that overlooks the Gironde estuary and has mainly clay-limestone soils. This blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Malbec is made in the traditional method in stainless steels vats with temperature controlled fermentation from vines that are 25 years old on average. The wine offers fresh fruity aromas of red fruit with spicy notes on the nose, followed by a soft and round fruity mouth full with mellow tannins. This wine is easy to drink and a great value. Perfect everyday food wine and ideal to open for a large party!
- Grasă de Cotnari: Rarely seen outside of Romania, this Transylvanian native varietal is now most famously associated with the Cotnari district in Romania. Known as the “Flower of Moldovia” during the Middle Ages, this is a fine dessert wine that won’t break the bank but will impress your guests! Made from a blend of Grasa, Feteasca Alba, and Francusa, this wine has opulent characters of white raisins, stone fruits, walnut kernels, and almonds with a nice balanced acidity and a clean fresh finish. It will also age beautifully over several years, darkening and developing secondary notes. Enjoy this with rich desserts or as a digestif.