Jul 30 2010

Passport for Your Palate

Phileas Fogg may have traveled around the world in 80 days, and Prince may have written a song about going around the world in a single day, but we’ve got them both beat by taking your palate around the planet in just two hours, during our next First Wednesday Tasting here at Just Grapes.

Join us from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4th, for our Global Tour—an exploration of more than 35 different wines from eight countries, twelve growing regions, and seven different varietals, stamping your palate’s passport every sip of the way.

The best part is it’s far cheaper than an actual trip around the world—tickets are just $25 (click here to purchase) giving you the freedom to explore these bottles, and many more:

2007 Raventos I Blanc, Cava, L’Hereu, Reserva Brut, Spain [$15.99]
Produced from 100% estate fruit, and aged on the yeasts for two years, this is a wonderful Cava that has a fuller body and deeper flavors than your typical Cava. The initial aroma is bread dough, and then it turns to fresh fruits and minerals. Intense, fresh, and fruity in the mouth, this has a delicious balance and very good finesse. Great Cava like this is irresistible to drink!

2008 Errazuriz “Don Maximiano Estate Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Aconcauga, Chile [$15.99]
Phenomenal value from a remarkable producer. Errazuriz produces deeply extracted rich, spicy Cabernet Sauvignon. This single vineyard example shows notes of boysenberry and raspberry, with some Gnome’s Foot characteristics and a long finish. If this wine came out of California, you’d pay at least double the price, but since it isn’t you can enjoy it for under $20! – Josh’s Staff Pick

2009 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, Te Muna Road Vineyard, Martinborough, New Zealand [$15.19]
Pale, bright yellow. Pungent aromas of lime, green apple, quinine and tarragon. Almost silky on entry, then quite taut, even austere, in the middle, showing a mineral pungency to its grapefruit pith, lemon zest and fresh herb flavors. Dry and bracing but not quite hard. Finishes with good aromatic lift and persistence.

2008 Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec Rouge, Santa Ynez Valley, California [$15.99]
One of the finest values in the Central Coast is their Cuvee Le Bec, a blend of 51% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 16% Mouvedre, 6% Counoise. This is the type of wine that California can do so well, but rarely does. Part of the reason may be due to the difficulty of trying to convince consumers that a proprietary blend, available at a much lower price, can ultimately be better than some single varietal wines. The super 2008 Cuvee Le Bec is a sexy, delicious concoction of red and black cherries, black currants, pepper, spice box, and fruitcake. Medium to full-bodied and pure with supple tannins and a fleshy, lush personality, it will provide immense pleasure over the next 3-4 years.

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