These days, everybody and their brother has an online dating profile…there’s match.com and E-Harmony, not to mention the 101 different dating apps that the kids are using these days. Well what if different wines had their own online dating profile? This is one take on it…check it out here!
Sounds odd, but it could be amazing! For these folks, it’s their second annual wine and girl scout cookie tasting. Check it out here!
Although Californians are grappling with a drought, last year, they hit an all-time high in wine production last year; crushing 4.23 million tons of grapes!Here’s the full story, courtesy of NPR.
Hello again! The Beliveau Estate just outside of Blacksburg will be doing a wine-and-tapas pairing two Thursdays a month (the first and third). A further schedule of their events is posted through the link below. Cheers!
Hello, all! The fine folks at Attimo Winery in Christiansburg have made available their hours of operation. Check it out!
You can also find them on Facebook. Enjoy!
Special tasting selection this week! The focus is going to be sustainable wines! There’ll even be a BOXED WINE! Get excited, and as always, enjoy!
Trattoria Busa Alla Torre Da Lele NV, $7.95
Named after the famous restaurant in Italy! This is their house white wine! Coppery color from extended skin contact, round and rich texture with juicy melon aromas and flavors with a sweet fennel note on the ultra smooth finish. Great value Grigio! Drink now.
Lobetia Chardonnay, 2011, $9.95
La Mancha, Spain
Organically and naturally grown and made, this wine allows the varietal and the terroir to stand out cleanly. Clean, bright color with a greenish-yellow tone. On the nose, exotic fruits like pineapple. Full flavored, fresh, with good acidity in the mouth, it finishes with tropical fruits.
Lobetia Tempranillo, 2011, $9.95
La Mancha, Spain
Organically and naturally grown and made, this wine allows the varietal and the terroir to stand out cleanly. It shows a nice cherry color with a violet shade because of its youth. Red berries and cherries on the nose. On the palate it is fresh, slightly astringent, and harmonious with a long finish.
Reserve Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône, 2010, $14.95/ 750mL, $38.95/ 3L
Rhone Valley, France
As for their other values, the 2010 Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Reserve (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault) displays loads of ripe flavors. It is very concentrated for a Cotes du Rhone, and is actually an amazing wine. Classic garrigue, black cherry liqueur, avender, licorice and spice box are all present in this fullbodied, intense, and rich Cotes du Rhone. This is a sensational effort to drink over the next 4-5 years, although it might last even longer.
Blacksburg’s premier wine and food festival is set to happen again on Saturday from noon – 6 PM. I highly recommend you go, even if you’ve gotten enough points to ‘finish’ the class!
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Here’s the tasting selection for this week. Enjoy!
Wilson Daniels Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, $7.95
Central Coast, California
Orange blossom and citrus permeate the aromas. Alluring flavors of orange and grapefruit dominate the palate. Bright acidity balances the plush mouthfeel, resulting in a clean finish.
Chandon Sweet Cuvée, NV, $9.95
This wine is an innovative sparkling wine style revealing vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas with rich, luscious mouthfeel. This wine enlivens the senses and sparks spontaneous moments, complementing your passion for a good life.
Black Ridge White Zinfandel, NV, $3.95
This fruit forward White Zinfandel displays fresh aromas and crisp flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is incredibly food friendly and will pair well with burgers, sandwiches, fruit salad, and more.
Ksana Bonarda 2008, $9.95
The bouquet is floral and lightly jammy, with berry aromas and a savory note or two. To the uninitiated, this is a great introduction to Bonarda. Finishes solid. Very sweet, berry smell with some rooty undertones. Kind of dry, makes your lips pucker.
Concannon Shiraz 2008, $7.95
Central Coast, California
This is an extremely rich, full-bodied wine with a dark fruit core. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cassis and dark cherry are followed by more berry fruits and chocolate and mocha on the palate.
Here’s the tasting selection for this week. Sorry about the delay! Enjoy!
Smoking Loon, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, $7.95
This bleached blonde beauty is reminiscent of fresh green apples, pineapple and has hints of hibiscus blossoms. The concentration of zesty lemon and gooseberry fills your mouth leaving notes of thyme and melon behind. The bright acid in this wine gives you a zing while the fruit keeps your mouth watering for more. This wine pairs beautifully with a grilled prawn salad with a grapefruit vinaigrette, veggie spring rolls or grilled tilapia with mango salsa.
Bricco Dei Tati Rosè, 2012, $6.95
Fresh with aromas of strawberries, cherries, and rose petals, this an ideal wine with shellfish, salads, chicken, and appetizers.
Wilson Daniels Merlot, 2010, $7.95
Central Coast, California
Made predominantly from Paso Robles grapes, the wine is fullbodied and silky yet robust, with aromas of black cherry and plum
and a palate of blackberry, raspberry and blueberry jam laced with vanilla and toast.
Torre Castillo Alegre, 2010, $9.95
4 months in new American oak barrels
Bright ruby-red. Dried cherry, pipe tobacco and rose aromas, with a hint of woodsmoke. Sweet and fleshy on the palate, with blackberry and cherry flavors complimented by licorice and a suggestion of dried herbs. The cherry and smoke notes repeat on the finish.
Caprice de BastorLamontagne, 2004, $7.95
60% Semillon, 36% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Muscadelle
Very clean, with lemon, mineral and honey aromas that follow through to a medium body. Shows vanilla, apple and melon flavors, with a medium finish. Lightly sweet.
Here’s the tasting selection at the Vintage Cellar this week! Enjoy! And thanks for all the help with the Gary V. campaign! Keep it up!
Veleta Brut Vino Espumoso Rosado, NV, $3.95
Rosé salmon with copper reflections. Slow rising fine bubble that forms “lace” and “rosary”. In the nose is complex and elegant with red fruit, citric, exotic, fresh flowers, and notes of dry fruits and dry flowers. Fresh, gentle, and alive. Perfectly integrated “perlage” with serious and subtle flavors of dry fruits, pomegranate and lemonade. Long lasting scent of flowers and herbs.
Veleta Tempranillo Rosado, 2010, $3.95
Fresh in flavor and crisp in texture, this dry rosé offers berry, tart cherry and light herbal flavors, with firm acidity and a clean finish. Focused and juicy.
Cresta Azul, NV, $5.95
Moscatel, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo
Peach, orange cream and vanilla flavors mingle in this softly bubbly white. Off-dry, but with crisp acidity and a clean finish.
Château Serres Sainte Lucie Corbières, $4.95
Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre
Superb dark garnet color with a few reflections of dark orange. Intense nose of ripe fruits, spices, and roasted coffee. The palate is rounded and full, with silky matured tannins and hints of vanilla. This wine is rich and powerful with layers of tannins.
Ruta 22 Malbec, $7.95
Stout and dense from the beginning, with blackberry and violet aromas. Despite being a bold and dark Malbec, this is fresh and composed, with sweet blackberry and cassis flavors. Good on the finish, with candied fruit and caramel sweetness.