Aloha Grapes Gang –

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with laughter, family and friends, great wines and good food.  I also think part of the Thanksgiving tradition is eating leftovers.  I love eating leftover turkey with cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes and ham and eggs in the morning.  And, yes, to hell with the calories during this time of the year.  I’ll pay for it later when I start my exercise regimen in January (lol).


For this Thursday’s lineup we taste a thirst quenching white wine from the Rioja district of Spain, an addictive Negroamaro and Primitivo grape varietals from Puglia, Italy, a crowd pleaser from North by Northwest and a big boy Cabernet from Paso Robles.


Looking forward to seeing all of you this Thursday.  Happy holidays – Randy


Wine Tasting White:

Carlos Serres, Blanco, Rioja, Spain ($11 per bottle) –

Carlos Serres was one of the first pioneers to settle and grow grapes in the Rioja district of Spain.  His blanco (white) is composed of 85% Viura and 15% Tempranillo Blanco.  Refreshing with bright citrus fruit and a dry finish, the wine is ideal with seafood.


Wine Tasting Reds:

Varvaglione 12 e Mezzo, Negroamaro Del Salento, Salento (Puglia), Italy ($14 per bottle) –

Varvaglione’s Negroamaro is composed of the grape varietals Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia.  The wine shows wonderful flavors of wild plums, cherries, spices and vanilla with a medium weight frame.  Highly drinkable, it’s almost addictive!  Pairs well with Pizza.


Varvaglione 12 a Mezzo, Primitivo Del Salento, Salento, Italy ($14 per bottle) –

Varvaglione’s Primitivo shows more plum, blackberry, cola and chocolate flavors; thicker mouthfeel with a round finish.  Would pair well with anything BBQed.


King Estates, North by Northwest Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Eugene, OR ($15 per bottle) –

NxNW is the secondary label of the King family.  Rich, dark red color with aromas and flavors of blackberries, brown leather, vanilla, coffee and cocoa, NxNW hits all of the notes with this red blend.  A wine meant for hearty dishes like stews or braised meats.

Four Vines Winery, The Kinker, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA ($19 per bottle) –

This is a big wine.  From the Four Vines Winery who make outstanding Zins like The Maverick and The Biker, The Kinker comes from grapes grown on the eastern slopes of Paso Robles.  Heavy, but not clumsy, their Cabernet shows ripe blackberries, blueberries and currants, spice, tobacco box on a big frame with soft mouth coating tannins.  Not afraid of itself, The Kinker wants to show itself off.  Try it with Korean BBQ Kalbi ribs or anything robust that wants to go twelve rounds.

Randy Nunokawa