Join us for our free mid-week wine tasting this Wednesday, October 30th from 4 to 7 p.m. where we’ll have some fun with a Halloween theme. We’ve never done a Halloween themed tasting, but Ben convinced me to give it a go. We had to get creative, as you know we wouldn’t bring in any goofy critter or monster labels just to suit the theme of the tasting. After a lot of contemplation and consideration, we came up with a good theme featuring some really tasty wines.
The “Howl” will come in the form of the Wolftrap red and white blends from Boekenhoutskloof, one of South Africa’s top producers , and the “Moon” will come in the form of the highly rated Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah from Spellbound wines, a Mondavi family project. This promises to be a fun and festive tasting, and one that will make your Halloween a little happier. It’s free to the public, and we encourage you to come in costume. See you Wednesday!
10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six tasting wines
1. 2012 Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap White (Western Cape, South Africa)
Boekenhoutskloof’s Marc Kent is one of the country’s finest winemakers, and the Wolftrap label is his way of delivering fun and delicious wines at an affordable price. The white is a blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc, and the wine is dry and richly aromatic with notes of spice accented peach, apricot, and apple.
2. 2011 Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red (Western Cape, South Africa)
The flagship wine of this range is the red, which blends Syrah with Mourvedre and a little splash of Viognier. A perennial top value in all of the major wine rating journals, it is smooth, juicy and spicy with soft tannin and layers of ripe cherry, raspberry and pepper. It is a great fall red to pair with stews, chili or other warming, comfort foods.
3. 2011 Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon (Various Regions, California)
Spellbound was born of Rob Mondavi Jr.’s desire to craft every day approachable wines from California that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day, yet special enough to celebrate milestone events. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of fruit from California’s Lodi region, and it delivers a lot soft, plush, Cabernet goodness at a very modest price. None other than Robert Parker called this “a heck of a wine for the price.”
4. 2011 Spellbound Petite Sirah (Various Regions, California)
Petite Sirah is the house specialty and Spellbound, and their version is as good as a red wine can get for less than $15. Super dark in color and boasting a nose of savory dark fruits, spices, and floral nuances, this one coats the palate with layers of ripe berry fruit and peppery spice. Although powerful, the tannin is nicely developed and the wine is exceedingly soft and juicy.