Grapes celebrates its return with its storied Thursday wine tasting!

Aloha Grapes Gang –

Long time no see?  After an absence due to attending several wine tradeshows, Grapes celebrates its return with its storied Thursday wine tasting!

This week we sample some of Grapes’s favorite Italian wines – Garganega Frizzante from Soave, Cherchi Billia’s Vermentino from Sardinia, Garofoli’s Farnio Rosso, Poggio Vignoso’s Chianti and Tenuta Santa Maria’s Pragal.  All of the wines show outstanding flavors and are perfect for this warm weather we’ve been experiencing.

Looking forward to seeing you as we sample wines of Italy!  Randy

Wine Tasting Whites:

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

A crowd pleaser of Grapes, the grape varietal Garganega shows wholesome lemon and orange zest flavors with a refreshing finish.  Slightly effervescent, it goes down so easy on a hot afternoon.  Perfect for an afternoon BBQ!

Cherchi Billia, Vermentino di Sardegna, Sardegna, Italy ($16 per bottle) –

 Made from 100% Vermentino, the wine sings with bright expressive flavors of lemon, lime, green apples and citrus zest on a dry finish.  The wine is ideal with seared tuna, olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper or chilled crab.

Wine Tasting Reds:

Garafoli, Farnio Rosso, Marche, Italy ($13 per bottle) –

Yums!  Made from the grape varietals Montepulciano and Sangiovese, two of the Marche region’s staples, Garofoli’s Farnio is filled with a core of ripe black plum and cherry fruit.  Very fruit driven, the finish is round and balanced.  Most excellent with a pizza.

Poggio Vignoso Chianti, Chianti, Italy ($14 per bottle) –

Poggio Vignoso (Po-jo veen-Yo-so) happens to be a favorite here at Grapes.  Small production from a winery just west of Florence, the wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia.  It shows nice interest and depth with notes of dusty cherry, earth, thyme and old oak over a medium frame.  Perfect with braised short-ribs and button mushrooms.

Tenuta Santa Maria, Pragal, Veneto-Verona, Italy ($16 per bottle) –

The wine is produced in September by harvesting and immediately fermenting 20% Merlot and 20% Syrah.  The remaining grapes is composed of the Corvina grape varietal, which is picked in October and undergoes the Ripasso method, that is, where it is semi-dried for an additional month and then fermented in oak barrels for 6-months before being added to the Merlot and Syrah.  This Veronese process produces a wine with great depth, firmness and added complexity.  An exceptional wine for its price!

Randy Nunokawa