Thursday, May 24, 2018
3:00p - 6:30p
[Featured wines are subject to change due to its availability]
Aloha Grapes Gang —
Grapes sends out all of its positive energy to those of you who are being affected by the current volcanic activities. We wish you well during these trying times.
For this Thursday's wine tasting, we have an eclectic variety of wines for you: From South Africa, we will taste an unoaked Chardonnay from De Wetshof; a fantastic tasting Gruner Veltliner from Austria; a fun enjoyable rosé from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal; a red wine from the Douro region of Portugal; and two surprise wines.
It's going to be a great tasting! Looking forward to seeing you and your friends—Randy
WINE TASTING WHITES:
Huber, Traisental Gruner Veltliner, Obere Steigen, Niederosterreich, Austria ($18 per bottle) –
Located in the wine region of Traisental, owner and winemaker Markus Huber's family has been making wines there for over 10 generations. Huber's Gruner Veltliner shows wonderful citrus, pear and melon flavors with refreshing acidity on the finish. A great wine to serve as an aperitif or with cream based appetizers.
De Wetshof, Robertson Chardonnay, Limestone Hill, Western Cape, South Africa ($16 per bottle) –
Winemaker Danie De Wet's family can trace its roots back to 1694 when they first landed in the Cape of South Africa. By the early 1800s they began to grow grapes in the Robertson region. Their Chardonnay grows on limestone and gives the wine a flintiness to the finish similar to that of Chardonnays from Burgundy. This wine would be perfect with shrimp ceviche.
WINE TASTING ROSÉ:
Broadbent Selections, Vinho Verde Rose, Minho, Portugal ($12 per bottle) –
This is a fun wine bordering on being silly. It has enjoyable soft strawberry, raspberry flavors with a zesty finish. So easy to drink and to share with friends on a warm sunny afternoon. No food is necessary to get the party started.
WINE TASTING RED:
Casa Ferreirinha, Douro Tinto Papa Figos, Douro, Protugal ($16 per bottle) –
Founded in 1751, Casa Ferreirinha was the first to produce a red still wine in the Douro region of Portugal. This red wine is labeled Papa Figos after a rare bird found in the region. Made from indigenous grapes, the wine’s aromas remind me of freshly baked prune cake with flavors of stewed prunes, spice, anise and sweet pipe tobacco. Papa Figos would pair nicely with sautéed pork chops.