The group follows two guidelines (1) MetroWines is a small shop and every wine that lands a place on the shelf must earn it! and (2) the wine must have appeal to most people. Following these guidelines, Group made some learned and tough calls.
Our host was Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution. Tom's goal was to introduce Group to some new varietals or new expressions of the grape. With his extensive experience in food and wine pairing, Tom also gave us some ideas about what would work with each wine. We learned and we laughed!
Kurtatsch Muller Thurgau (https://www.kellerei-
kurtatsch.it/en/terroir-wine- mueller-thurgau-doc-graun/): This wine from Alto Adige sold very well. Most said the wine offered bright tropical notes on the front end and a brininess on the finish. Tom explained that wines from northern Italy like this one are fuller in body and palate feel. The brininess makes this wine more appropriate for food than porch sipping. Group thought this was a good example of how every wine has its place!
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rose: Clarendelle is inspired by Haut-Brion (http://www.clarendelle.com/
en/) This wine has been on our shelves. Because of its heavier flavors from the Bordeaux varietals, Group thought this Rose would be well suited to Thanksgiving. MetroWines has supported this winery. We also offer the Clarendelle White Bordeaux and Red Bordeaux. perfect lineup for the Thanksgiving table.
Evolucio Blaufrankisch (https://www.siemawines.com/
evolucioa/) : From Bergenland in Austria, Group found this to be a light red that could use a bit more fruit content. Should be served with a slight chill and would be best with food. Group found htis to be a new taste that might take a few tries but had a future! Evolucio is served by the glass at Sante if you want to try before you buy.
Bakan Montepulciano Reserva: Group says this is The Winner. With a deep, intense ruby red color, an intense nose of ripe blackberry and spices, the wine is powerful on the nose and palate. Long finish.