Jun 01 2010

First Wednesday Tasting: Celebrating Summer

Summer—June, July, and August—is finally here. Who cares if it’s officially or unofficially the season? Here at Just Grapes, there’s no delay in celebrating the most coveted months on a Chicagoan’s calendar.

So, on June 2, our First Wednesday Tasting will feature 35 wines that can give you the final “oomph” to put away your coat, boots, gloves, scarves, and anything else you use to bundle up in the cold—out of sight and into a far corner of your closet. Hopefully, the next time you look at that stuff, you’ll have tasted a ton of wine in warmer weather.

For only $25, you can join us from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and get started with these favorites, plus many more:

2008 Hey Mambo Swanky White, California [$10.39]

The hue of brilliant canary diamonds, this wine bursts open with aromas of a summertime farmers market, with ripe apricots, peaches, lavender bouquets and orchid blossoms. Not to be taken lightly, this swanky white is passionately floral and delectably juicy. Its layers of crisp acidity unfold amid flavors of fresh lime, gala apples, grapefruit and lemongrass.

NV Gruet Blanc De Noir Sparkling Wine, Albuquerque, New Mexico [$13.19]

This is a nice full-bodied sparkling wine from New Mexico. Started by a family from Champagne, they knew the growing conditions would be right in the mountains of Albuquerque— they were total pioneers and have produced a very delicious, accepted-by-all, berry delicious bubbly! – Maggie’s Staff Pick

2008 Hopler Gruner Veltliner, Burgunland, Austria AUS [$13.59]

The Austrian national grape variety is marked by its primary rock character, a light green tinge, yellow apple scents, and spicy hay flavors supported by minerals. Grüner Veltliner is particularly good when served with cold starters, pastas, delicate salads or as an aperitif.

2009 Palmina Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County, California [$15.19]

The pale straw-like color, along with the brilliant clarity of the 2009 Palmina makes it seem like Pinot Grigio is dancing in your glass. A swirl unleashes a delicate bouquet of white clove and lime blossom and a granite-like minerality. At first taste, the Palmina style is evident – there is a silky yet tart texture that skips across the palate with both body and a lightness of being. Citrusy notes of lemon-lime are joined with notes of Gala apples and Bosc pears. A hint of quince, and then a remembrance of a well-made marmalade round out the flavor profile on the clean, refreshing finish.

2007 Domaine Parent, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France [$16.79]

A fresh and relatively bright red berry fruit and earthy nose leads to detailed, punchy and delicious flavors that possess more depth than is typical with wines at this level, all wrapped in an attractively persistent finish.

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