Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Vinea Wine Tasting- Saturday June 16

Welcome back everyone...We have word of a possible wine tasting at Vinea this weekend. Mark Johnson is on location and lets send it over to him to find out what is going on.

Take it away Mark!

Hello Fellow Lovers of Wine!

Two terrific opportunities this week for great wine: The ever-popular Wednesday Wine Class, and the Saturday Wine Tasting. That's right, you heard me - it's back! Free tasting and great company.First up for Wednesday, we are having such a great time with these classes, and this week promises to be no exception! Pinot Grigio - Soft Tropical white wine will be the juice we study.

The featured wines are Cavit, Zenato, Kris, Botega Vinaia, Santa Margherita, and they are perfect for your weekend grilling and hanging out on the patio.

Class is $15 and will run from 6 pm to 7 pm, just call me at 269-6880 for reservations.

Saturday, we will feature August Kesseler Rheingau 2004 (90 points Robert Parker), August Kesseler Trocken (89 points Robert Parker), Cycles Gladiator Merlot and Pinot Noir, and finally Hahn Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.

It will be at the Formaggaria from 2 pm to 5 pm and don't forget to bring your palate.

Drink Great Wine
MJ the Sommelier

P.S. I have a few bottles of the 2004 Caymus Special Select available to me. At $129.99 please call me soon. You know they will be gone by this weekend.

Cavit Pinot Grigio

100% Pinot Grigio. Bright straw gold. Delicate and pleasing with floral and fruit scents. with a Dry, light and crisp taste. Highly versatile. A wonderful aperitif and equally splendid with pasta in cream sauces, risottos, veal, chicken and fresh seafood dishes. Enjoy well chilled.

Zenato Pinot Grigio 2005
Pale yellow in color with soft greenish highlights. A wine to be enjoyed while it is young and shows the freshes fruit. Refreshing and soft with a smooth, dry finish. Very balanced and harmonious. Recommended with lightly grilled preparations, hearty soups and risotto dishes.

August Kesseler Trocken 2004
Kesseler has long tried to champion the Silvaner from these slopes, since there is a lot of it in great locations and the vines are mostly very old. (Who in their right mind would plant Silvaner nowadays?) Now he has hit on a better idea, a 2004 Riesling – Silvaner trocken, a blend that has unfortunately been all but neglected in modern Germany. Simply labeled, and with a screw-top closure, this exceptional value smells of lime, almond and flowers. Juicy and vivacious on the palate, with persistently invigorating notes of apple skin, lime zest, and mineral salts, its sappy Silvaner fruit and brothy, nutty notes dovetail perfectly with the minerality of Riesling. When you taste this infectiously juicy and versatile wine
Cycles Gladiator Merlot 2005
Lovely aromatics of Emperor Cherry, blackberry, and cedar in the nose underscored with a subtle hint of pencil lead shavings. Lush red fruits fill the mouth in increasing intensity finishing with plums and a pretty green thread over the background. The tannins are substantial but melting, offering more of a velvet richness as opposed to the harsh, bitter character that many Merlots can have. And then there is the unique cool-climate acidity that suspends the entire sensation well into the finish. This is a Merlot that can pair with a broad spectrum of foods. Try pairing with a dinner consisting of a variety of finger foods: Mushroom and sausage over polenta squares, pepper teriyaki beef on wooden skewers, and lamb kabobs with a cherry balsamic marinade reduction.

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