Thursday Wine Tasting

Aloha Grapes Gang –

I hope that all of you are staying cool during this outrageous heatwave.

Grapes will try to make you feel a whole lot better by offering you and your friends a great selection of wines at this Thursday’s wine tasting.  We will start our tasting by sampling a refreshing cava from Codornui, then taste a Colombard grape varietal from southern France, the new vintage of Negroamaro from Contrade, and two new wines from South America – PAZ from Argentina and Tarapaca from Chile.  All of the wines are delicious and reasonably priced.

Looking forward to seeing you and your friends this Thursday’s tasting – Randy


Wine Tasting Sparkler –

Codorniu, Anna de Codorniu, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Reserva, Spain ($12 per bottle) –

Such a deal!  Produced in the Champagne method, Anna De Codorniu is 100% Chardonnay.  Aged for a minimum of 15-months, Codorniu’s cava is crisp, clean with flavors of lemon curd, citrus zest and a hint of almond.  Perfect for this warm weather!


Wine Tasting White –

Mont Gravet, Cotes de Gascogne, France ($10 per bottle) –

Mont Gravet is made of 100% Colombard.  Low in alcohol the wine shows crisp, clean flavors of pear and apple.  Almost zingy in the mouth.  A wonderful wine made for summer.


Wine Tasting Reds –

Contrade, Necroamaro, Puglia, Italia ($11 per bottle) –

I have to be honest, this wine taste better the very next day.  It gets super smooth, lush and round with flavors of ripe raspberries, red cherries and tangerine fruit.  Great alone or with dry salami and hard cheeses.


PAZ de Finca Las Moras, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc, San Juan Cuyo, Argentina ($18 per bottle) –

50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc, Las Moras’s wine is squid ink black showing great extraction of fruit.  Flavors include ripe blackberries, plums, black tea, fig, black pepper, coffee and cocoa.  Aged 15-months in new French oak barrels.  Unapologetically, this wine is meant for grilled steak lovers.


Tarapaca, Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle del Maipo, Chile ($17 per bottle) –

A great example from Chile.  Have you ever jumped off a boat in very deep water?  There is this special kind of feeling that the depth of water projects onto your soul…almost a feeling of your insignificance when compared to the earth’s oceans.  I think Tarapaca’s Gran Reserva of Cabernet Sauvignon shares this.  It has layers upon layers of flavors on the mid-palate of blackberries, ripe black fruit, tobacco, thyme/mint, anise and spice, mushrooms and earth with the old barrel flavors bringing you home.  Grilled lamb with olive oil, mustard, garden herbs, sea salt and cracked pepper; life does not get any better.

Randy Nunokawa