Join us each and every Wednesday at the store for “Wine on Wednesdays”, a free wine tasting guaranteed to help you get through the rest of the week. This, we’ll be pouring and talking about blended wines, a much more common and respectable type of wine than most people think. In fact, nearly 80% of wines are made with more than one grape, even if they’re not labeled that way. In California, for example, a wine labeled with the name of the grape only has to contain 75% of that particular grape. Blended whites and reds are also commonplace in most of the European viticultural zones; wines such as Chianti, Cotes du Rhone and Bordeaux are blended wines at least 95% of the time. The goal of blending grapes together is to create a more complete, complex and harmonious wine, and winemakers have been doing it for centuries.
We invite you to stop by anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. this Wednesday to taste and increase your understanding of wine. All of the tasting wines will be offered at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix 6 of them, and 20% off if you mix 12 of them.
1. 2011 Chateau Magneau Graves Blanc (Bordeaux, France)
This vibrant and zippy white wine blends 45% Sauvigon Blanc with 45% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle. It is super crisp, quite dry and packed with energetic citrus and melon (from the Sauvignon Blanc), richyly textured (from the Semillon), and aromatically inviting (from the Muscadelle).
2. 2012 Fattoria Castellina I Pogeo (Tuscany, Italy)
Fattoria Castellina is a small, organic, family owned estate located in the northern Montalbano zone of Chianti. For this wine, they blend the native Tuscan Sangiovese (80%) with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah (10% each) to creat a really friendly, easy to drink and attractive red wine. The tangy cherry fruit of the Sangiovese is moderated by the sweeter dark fruit and spice of the Cabernet and Syrah.
3. 2011 Boas Vinhas Tinto (Dao, Portugal)
From the Dão region, this smooth, rich red owes much of its elegant character to the port grape varieties Touriga Nacional and Tinto Roriz dominant in the blend. With lots of wild red fruits, herb and spice flavours, it is one that drinks great by itself but it really brightens up next to meat stews. Perfect for the cooler fall temperatures!
4. 2008 Guigiere Family Matchbook Tinto Rey (Dunnigan Hills, California)
The last wine in the tasting is a serious “sleeper” wine, meaning that it overdelivers in a big way. The core of the wine is Tempranillo (54%), followed by Syrah (34%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%) and Graciano (4%). Notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, red and black currants, and spice are presented in a round, generous, medium-bodied style. This wine offers a level of complexity rarely encountered at this price point.