I'm so over this wet weather and have a real need to be out and about. Almost to the point of boredom, I'm about ready to go shopping at the mall, something I only do maybe once a year, and ONLY if it's for a specific reason.
I decided I would try my best to coerce my other half to go out this weekend to attend a wine tasting. Promising to cook one of his favorite meals did the trick. A small price to pay for getting out and an opportunity for conversation.
The wine tasting was a grand opening with entertainment, food, and wines and spirits galore for a new wine store in our area. The rainy weather kept the crowds at bay and manageable. Had the weather been sunny we wouldn't have been able to get into the store. This is the one reason to be thankful for the rain : ).
It was a good opportunity for us to try some new wines. I couldn't possibly list all that we tasted. But I'd like to share a couple that are food friendly, easy drinking, and reasonably priced.
Dr. Loosen "Dr. L" Riesling 2008 (Germany) ($10) -- Don't let the price fool you and leave you wondering how good could this Riesling be. This is a drinkable, well balanced wine that will appeal to most everyone, even the newbie wine drinkers.
This has delicious stone fruit flavors of nectarine, apricot, and has a hint of honey. It has a touch of sweetness at first but finishes clean with crisp acidity and a hint of spice. Great for your spring and summer gatherings.
Food Pairing: Spicy Asian and Indian style foods.
In the event you don't have an opportunity to drink it this year, you can keep it through 2018. Great value you shouldn't pass up.
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2008 California ($14) -- This white blend has the fruity and floral characteristics of the Chenin Blanc grape and the spicy, floral characteristics of Viognier.
This wine has citrus and tropical fruit flavors with a smoothness to it. It has a slightly off-dry finish with crisp acidity.
Drink this white wine as an aperitif or with your dinner. This wine can be cellared for another two years.
Seven Daughters Winemaker's Blend, California ($12) -- This is a blend of French Colombard, Chardonnay, Riesling, Symphony, Orange Muscat, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
A light yet balanced wine with flavors of mandarin orange and lychee and some citrus fruit. The Gewürztraminer gives the wine its spicy notes on the palate.
Food Pairing: Fruit salads, sushi, Asian style, and spicy Mexican dishes.
This is a light and easy drinking wine great for those who don't want too much acidity but like a refreshing wine.
San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 (Italy) ($20) -- This lush Chianti is meant to be drunk with a hearty meal. This full-bodied wine has rich plum and dark cherry fruit aromas with a hint of vanilla from the oak. It has sharp acidity and an earthiness characteristic of Chianti.
Food Pairing: The acidity in this wine calls for traditional Italian pastas or lasagna with rich tomato sauces; lamb or beef.
Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 California ($40) -- The price is a little higher on this wine, but it is worth a try if you enjoy Napa Valley Cabernets.
This Cabernet is blended with 14% Merlot and aged in oak for 14 months. It has dark stone fruit flavors of plum and a finish that is velvety with soft tannins.