We're Back!

Aloha Grapes Gang –

Yes, we are back after having a relaxing week at Half Moon Bay and San Francisco.  The air was crisp, a little bit rainy, but we didn’t care since all we wanted to do was go for walks, shop, read and eat seafood.  Yes, life is good.

With that said, we missed you guys and can’t wait to see you at this Thursday’s wine tasting. 

From Monte Tondo, we’ll be tasting their Soave Classico made from the Garganega grape varietal and will contrast it with their Garganega Frizzante (fizzy wine).  It’ll be great to show the difference using the same grape varietal from the same producer.  We will also sample Tormaresca’s Neprica red blend which reminds me of a two-day old stew; just wonderful flavors meshed together.  And finish our tasting with taste a great rose made from the Grenache grape varietal from Angels & Cowboys.  

Wine Tasting Whites:

Monte Tondo, Soave Classico DOC, Soave, Italy ($17 per bottle) –

100% Garganega grape varietal, Monte Tondo’s wine shows wonderful mid-palate depth of lime, green apple and quince flavors.  For three generations, the Magnabosco family have produced wines in Soave, just outside of Verona.  Terrific for a warm day, Tondo’s Soave Classico would partner well with seafood or tuna with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup.

Monte Tondo, Garganega Frizzante, Verona, Italy ($14 per bottle) –

Yes, girls and boys, I was able to bring in more of Monte Tondo’s Garganega Frizzante!  Ever so light with refreshing notes of peach and lemon with bubbles, this wine heralds the start of spring on Hawaii island.

Wine Tasting Rose:

Angels & Cowboys Rose, Sonoma, CA ($13 per bottle) –

Poke da eye -- what a discovery!  I don’t know why they named their rose Angels & Cowboys but this blush wine sings.  Made primarily of the Grenache grape varietal; on entry the wine has a burst of tart cherries and plums then morphs to pomegranates with an unabashed dryness on the finish.  Great as an aperitif.

Wine Tasting Red:

Tormaresca’s Neprica, Puglia, Italy ($13 per bottle) –

Tormaresca’s Neprica derives its name from the three grapes that comprise the wine: Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Grown in two of the outstanding areas of Puglia, Salento and Castel Del Monte DOC, the wine shows soft ripe plums and berry fruit, spice and a hint of dry cocoa on a medium to dry finish.  Wonderful with dry cheeses, crisp red apples or pasta with red sauce.

Randy Nunokawa