Kevin and Tripti Simback remind me of another sweet, young couple whom you all know – Lynn and I! They are young, ambitious wine lovers with an appreciation for wines from small family operations. We have welcomed them with open arms and we are proud to stock their wines. They will join us for a rare Saturday Winedown to pour samples from their portfolio, and we encourage you to stop by and meet them, taste their wines and ask them questions.
1. Sartarelli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico – This is one of the premiere Verdicchio producers in all of Italy, and I absolutely love this wine. Bright, fresh and moderately complex, it offers up lovely white peach, citrus, herb and mineral notes and works wonderfully well with all sorts of seafood dishes.
2. Forstreiter Gruner Veltliner “Kogl Krems” – Simply put, this is one of the best Gruner Veltliners your money can by.Vino Mondo is the same distributor that brings us that delicious liter bottling of Gruner that you’ve all gone nuts over, but this one takes it to a different level. You must stop by to try this!
3. Cooper Mountain Pinot Gris Reserve – Cooper Mountain is a small, family owned and operated winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Their Pinot Gris is out of this world with a nice balance between the ripe fruit and natural fruit acidity. Peach, melon and tropical fruits all come together in this dry, medium bodied, organic wine that would make a great accompaniment to salmon.
4. Cooper Hill Pinot Noir – It’s really hard to find organic, Willamette Valley estate Pinot Noir for less than $20, but Tripti and Kevin have managed to do just that. This is classic Oregon Pinot with bright and tangy red fruits intermixed with subtle earth, herb and spice notes. A stellar value!
5. Cavalli-Tenuta Degli “Le Redini” – The Wine Advocate reviewed this wine at 91 points and a suggested retail of $30 – we’re well under that price! A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Alicante aged in barrique, it is simply gorgeous with ripe notes of black cherry, plum, seamless tannin and toasty oak. It is a great value in true Super Tuscan red wine.
6. Surprise Wine – We’re not telling, but it’s going to be really good!