Open Hearts Benefit, Art Exhibition and Wine Tasting is set for Wednesday, June 26th at 5pm. Join us to taste these popular, value minded wines that are perfect for big events where you need to accommodate a variety of taste preferences and hold the line on expenses.
Frisk Prickly Riesling, Australia, 2011, $11.49
Wine Spectator calls Frisk a "Winery to Watch." This unusually "less sweet" Riesling is all about the yeast. The winemaker, describes the winery as "maverick" and says: "A gentle spritz courtesy of these clever yeasts, is captured to deliver a palate rousing tickle." And indeed it does. This is the Riesling for people who have not found a Riesling to suit them. Yours truly included. This is a Riesling apart. The winemaker describes the taste as having "just a tinge of sweetness." True. A touch of Muscat Gordo adds a floral note to the natural acidity of the Riesling grape. On the palate, the highlights are notes of lime sorbet, rose petals and fennel. Yes, fennel. The wine presents, as the winemaker claims, "racy verve!" All true.
2011 Vintage received these accolades: Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points from Wine Review Online, Top 25 Bargains from Frederic Koeppel.
evodia, Old Vines Garancha, Spain, 2011, $9.99
This custom cuvee for Eric Solomon is 100% Garancha from high altitude vineyards planted 100 years ago in pure slate soils. Intensely ruby in color, the 2011 evodia opens with aromas of rose, blackberry and smoky minerals, and perhaps, a hint of white pepper. Almost perfectly balanced, this wine presents a full, yet smooth taste with a strong finish. The very fruit forward taste is characterized by blueberries and blackberries This wine received 88 points from Wine Spectator and 90 from Stephen Tanzer of The International Wine Cellar. At $9.99, a Garancha of this quality could easily be on the shelf and sell for twice the price.
ARTAZURI, Garnacha Rose, Spain, 2011, $11.75
Made by one of the great small producers of the Navarra in Spain from vines at least 75 years in the ground, this medium body, crisp rose presents a pleasant, zesty acidity and a nice finish. Strong strawberry and notes of raspberry, blackberry and rose petals on the nose with cranberry and currant on the palate. Popular in Europe, the wine is often described as "young, fresh and pink, but meaty." So say we all! Perfect for a potluck, ARTAZURI pairs with dishes from spicy onion rings to teriyaki spareribs to maple roasted squash soup.