Posts tagged ‘Wine’

July 7, 2011

Wine: La Marca Prosecco, Italy

I had the pleasure of joining some friends at a private wine tasting at Sunset Grill. I’ve been to quiet a few of their public classes that have proven both popular and informative. The Italian Stallion class is by-far the most popular. The room probably had 60+ people in it, so it was hard to hear once everyone got a little vino in their systems. The private tasting of Italian Stallions was a great way to learn more about these wines in a more intimate and customized setting.

We started with the Prosecco – La Marca. For those who are unfamiliar with Prosecco, it’s basically the Italian version of Champagne. You can’t call your bubbly Champagne (yes, with a capital C) until the grapes are grown and wine produced in the Champagne region of France. Prosecco is just a good and made in exactly the same way.

La Marca Extra Dry Prosecco, Italy

$15

This wine is produced from grapes grown in the Veneto region, the home of Italy’s prosecco, in the north east of Italy. This wine has aromas of citrus, honey, melon. It’s very light. It may have not been too dry for my taste in bubbly. I like citrus and melon aromas for white wines, but prefer my bubbly a little sweeter.  It was much better paired with food, and you can pair bubbly with anything. It holds up to rich meals and light appetizers. Or just drink it alone.

http://www.lamarcaprosecco.com/

 

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a sommelier. I am in no way and expert. This “review” is because I liked it and think maybe you will like it too. No one can tell you what type of wine you like. Take it with a grain of salt. Try it and see if you like it too.

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July 5, 2011

Wine: Victor Hugo Viognier Paso Robles

Picked this bottle up earlier this week at a new wine and spirits store in Brentwood/Nippers Corner – a good excuse to check out a new place. Viognier wines are know for their floral aromas. The Victor Hugo Viognier has that, along with melon and honey. It was a little acidic and a light bodied wine (think light on your tongue). I picked it out of the store’s refrigerated section and it was a little too cold when I got it home and opened to take my first sip. This wine is definitely better when it wasn’t too cold, and needed to come up to room temperature. It’s best paired with food, I think. It was great with the gourmet s’more that I had left over from a party, but it would have been better with a great piece of grilled fish, cheese or a tart fruit like raspberries. I had none of that in my pantry, so the s’more would have to do.

Paso Robles is a American Viticulture Area (AVA) in California. You can find out more about it here. It’s a lesser known AVA, mostly known for its read wines, but still has some great wineries like J. Lohr, Liberty School and Estancia.

2008 Victor Hugo Viognier Estate Bottled, Paso Robles, California

$19

100% Viognier

www.victorhugowinery.com

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a sommelier. I am in no way and expert. This “review” is because I liked it and think maybe you will like it too. No one can tell you what type of wine you like. Take it with a grain of salt. Try it and see if you like it too.