I’m trying to decide what new wine to crack open to celebrate Wine Wednesday. BLM had its wonderful Spring Gala wine tasting, which features a variety of different vendors sampling wines from all over the world. There are beer and spirit tastings as well! The Gala tastings are my absolute favorite. As usual, we came home with a haul!
From left to right:
2014 Matua Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – this was crisp and clean with grapefruit notes. It was Dan’s favorite white that we tasted. It retails for $14.99 and we got it for $11.99 with the discount.
2011 Chono Single Vineyard Carmenere from Maipo Valley, Chile – this was spicy and smooth. This is a STEAL at $12.99 (we paid $10.39) and we actually bought two bottles because it seemed like a great wine to bring to a party.
2012 Kir-Yianni Paranga Red from Greece – 50% Xinomavro, 25% Merlot, 20% Syrah. The wine has a prince and a pauper story to it that I don’t remember well enough to attempt to recount here. I also did not take many notes on this one but definitely remember liking it a lot, especially for $15.99 ($12.79 discounted). Fun fact: xinomavro means “acid black” in Greek.
2012 Chateau Beauchene Premier Terroir Cotes du Rhone – I saw the label and instantly recognized it. I searched my phone and saw that I had snapped a picture of the 2011 vintage about a year ago! This was delicious and only $16.99 ($13.59 discounted). The vendors were also pouring a 2012 Chateau Beauchene Grand Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape that was FANTASTIC. They sold out before we could buy one, which is just as well because it retails at $37.99. While it was totally worth it, we have a few too many “special” wines at the moment!
Another wine we considered purchasing was a 2010 Chateau De la Cour d’Argent ($16.99) – a left bank “superieur” Bordeaux. The vendor told us that 2010 across the board was an outstanding Bordeaux vintage. If you’re in a restaurant trying to decipher a wine list, you’ll be generally safe picking a 2010 Bordeaux.
I’ll be sure to provide more detailed descriptions when we open and enjoy these bottles!