Aloha Grapes Gang –
We hope that you and your family had a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration.
We continue our festivities with Grapes’s first wine tasting of the new year. We offer two wines from Spain that are drinking well: Bodegas Volver and Tarima Hill. From Sicily we’ll be tasting Li Veli and close the evening with a Gewurztraminer from Germany.
It will be fun seeing you and we can greet the New Year together! Randy
Wine Tasting White:
Weingut Eugen Wehrheim 2015er Niersteiner Paterberg Gewürztraminer Spatlese, Rheinhessen, Germany ($16 per bottle) –
The grape varietal Gewurztraminer (“spice wine”) is well known in Germany for its ripe lychee, apricot flavors with hints of white pepper and spice on the finish. Wehrheim’s Gewürztraminer is no different showing exotic stone fruit flavors with nice weight and sweetness. It can be paired with Indian curries but it’s a natural with fruit tarts.
Wine Tasting Reds:
Famiglia Falvo Masseria Li Veli, Passamante 2016 Salice Salentino DOC ($15 per bottle) –
The Falvo family’s Masseria Li Veli comes from the small town of Salento in the region of Puglia, which is the heel of the Italian boot. Produced from the Negroamaro grape varietal, the wine has a marvelous nose of ripe red cherries, Surinam cherries and plums with spices like cinnamon. Wonderful with pupus.
Bodegas Volver “Volver” Single Vineyard Tempranillo, La Mancha, Spain ($15 per bottle) –
Yup, a great example of the Tempranillo grape varietal. The grapes must fight for its existence in the barren sandy clay soils of La Mancha, Spain. Volver shows ripe blackberries, plums and black tea with a silky finish. A perfect wine for roast pork and chutney sauce.
Bodegas Volver, 2015 Tarima Hill, Old Vine Monastrell, Alicante, Spain ($15 per bottle) –
Volver’s Tarima Hill Old Vine Monastrell (Mourvedre) grape varietal shows ripe black fruit, smoke, leather, and pepper. Very balanced with minerals on the finish, the wine demands attention and will dance only with hearty dishes like barbequed lamb or pork ribs.