Wine Tasting

Grapes Newsletter
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Aloha Grapes Gang –

I tip my hat to all of you who continue to experience earthquakes.  My wife and I have been very fortunate to live in Hilo and have been spared the amount of earthquakes that you feel on a daily basis.  Two weeks ago I was at the Volcano Golf Course when I felt not one but three tremors!  It wasn’t life threatening, but it did bring home to me just how awful it can be.  Be strong folks and let’s hope that these earthquakes end soon!

On a calmer note, we continue to showcase wines for the summer.  We start Anne Delaroche’s Cotes Du Rhone Rose, then have four lighter style reds: Little James’ Basket Press, Masciarelli’s Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Joboulet’s Biographie from the Cots du Rhone and finish with Castello Di Albola’s Chianti Classico.

It’s going to be a great tasting!

Looking forward to seeing you and your friends

-- Randy

Wine Tasting Rose:

Anne Delaroche, Cotes du Rhone Rose, France ($13 per bottle) –
A blend of Syrah and Grenache, Delaroche’s rose has clean flavors of strawberries, pomegranate and red plums on a refreshing finish.  Perfect for the afternoon or with a light summer salad.

Wine Tasting Reds:

Little James’ Basket Press, Granache, Vin de France ($16 per bottle) –
The Basket Press is filled with ripe blackberry flavors with a touch of thyme and spice.  Should be open for several hours, since it tasted best the following day.  Served slightly chilled, the wine works well with tomato sauce based food or try it with French fries!

Masciarelli, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, DOC, Italy ($13 per bottle) –
A great food wine.  Shows a lot of red fruit with a dusty cherry finish.  Light and easy to drink, taste this with hard cheeses, a crusty loaf of bread and hard salami.  Simply wonderful.

Jaboulet, 2015 Biographie, Cotes du Rhone, France ($15.00 per bottle) –
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, Jaboulet’s 2015 Biographie begins his quest to be totally organic, and by 2016 all of his wines will be certified as organic.  The wine shows black fruit, violets with blackberries, rosemary, smoke, earth with soft tannins on the finish.  Definitely a food wine, try this with grilled lamb chops.

Castello Di Albola, Chianti Classico, DOCG, Tuscany ($16 per bottle) –
From the rolling hills of the Classico region of Chianti, this 100% Sangiovese shows wonderful cherry flavors backed up with soft oak, garden herbs, anise on a medium frame.  Eggplant parmesan with a tangy tomato sauce would be great.