We're Back! Upcoming Wine Tasting

Aloha Grapes Gang –

The Missus and I had a wonderful time in Japan.  We visited a mountain village called Takayama, which has become a tourist destination for its old retail streets, hiking trails, and displays of historic homes.  We also spent the majority of our trip in Tokyo. Going from Takayama’s tranquil setting into the frenetic pace of Tokyo was fun. But it’s nice to be back home sleeping in your own bed!

For this week’s wine tasting, we have an assortment of wines for you and your friends.  The two white wines are Pinot Grigios -- from the Italian Alps we’ll taste Elena Walch’s Prendo and from Toscana we’ll sample Banfi’s Le Rime.  It will be great for you to taste the difference between the two regions. For the reds we will taste a great blend from NxNW, a Rhone produced by Delas and have as a finale St. Huberts’ “The Stag” Cabernet Sauvignon.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!  Randy

Wine Tasting Whites:

Elena Walch “Prendo,” Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy ($12 per bottle) –

Elena Walch’s Prendo shows bright, crisp flavors of pears, citrus and white pepper on the finish. The acidity comes through making this wine a winner on a warm day.


Banfi, Le Rime, Pinot Grigio, Toscana, Italy ($12 per bottle) –

Produced with grapes grown in the southern part of Toscana, Le Rime shows more tropical fruit aromas than Walch’s Prendo.  Though dry on the finish, Le Rime is medium in body with apricot and nectarine in flavor.

Wine Tasting Reds:

NxNW Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington ($15 per bottle) –

NxNW‘s (North by North West) Red blend is composed of Syrah, Merlot and Cab.  It always has this wonderful mouthfeel of blackberries, plums, spice, licorice and leather.  Very well balanced, the wine pairs well with steak.

Delas, Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France ($13 per bottle) –

Composed of Grenache and Syrah, the wine shows nice pepper, chewy meat and bramble flavors.  Super easy to drink with a dry finish, it will go great with grilled pork ribs.

St. Huberts “The Stag” Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast, CA ($22 per bottle)


Randy Nunokawa