Wednesday night, I attended a delightful, unique, white wine tasting at the Art of Wine in Sedona, AZ. My two favorites were the Anselmi, Garganega 2015, from Veneto, Italy and the Juan Gil Moscatel 2015, from Jumilla, Spain. I'm just reviewing the Juan Gil today. The Juan Gil was an exquisite tropical blend with a gorgeous mouth. This dry white wine was well balanced with a nice long finish. Moscatel is the Spanish name for Muscat (the French name). Wines from this varietal range from dry to extremely sweet in fortified wines. Not to be confused with Muscadet, which is a totally different white varietal from Northern France. The price ranges from around $9 per bottle to $15. I’d definitely recommend it for our upcoming summer months.
Last night I sampled the Mother Road Kolsch Style Ale. A true Kolsch is native to Cologne, Germany, however this Arizona Native beer is done in a similar manner. It is recommended to serve a Kolsch between 40-45 degrees. This style of ale is a little over 100 years old. To create a Kolsch, you ferment the ale at a warmer temperature and then cold store it, causing it to be kind of a hybrid ale-lager.
The can has a large pop top, which upon opening turns your can into a pint glass. The alcohol content is 4.3 and the IBU is 19. The color is a golden yellow and the taste displays notes of mandarin orange, with floral and pear aromas. It has a nice smooth light malty finish and would be a perfect refreshment for the upcoming Arizona summer.
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I’m frequently asked the question “with all of the wonderful wineries in the area, why did you decide to add microbreweries to your tours”?
Well, with all of the great microbreweries in the area, how could you resist? Frequently in my small group tours, there might be someone who is more of a beer aficionado rather than wine lover, so why not offer them a great beer flight? Guests also have the opportunity to try meads from a #1 Mazer cup award winner, Superstition Meadery, while in Sedona and the Verde Valley. If someone is a sweet wine lover, they may really enjoy mead.
My tours offer all sorts of options, so you don’t need to close yourself off to this wonderful valley of variety. www.sedonadelivers.com 928-963-1866
What would pair well with a grilled steak? In my wine storage was an Unanime 2013 from Medoza, Argentina, Mascota Vineyards. I felt this Bordeaux style blend would work nicely. The blend consisted of 60% cabernet, 25% Malbec and 15% Cab Franc with 14.5% alcohol. It was aged in French oak for 20 months. The color was an inky purple and the nose had hints of black current. Flavors of Chocolate, Coffee, Spice, Tobacco and dark fruit appeared as it opened up. It was nice and dry had a full body and was complex. The finish was around 35 seconds. Though this was smooth drinking, it didn’t wow me. At around $23 I feel better blends available for the money.
Are you a Sauvignon Blanc lover? If so, it’s time to try the Innocent Bystander, coming out of Marlborough, New Zealand. On my recent tasting of their 2016 vintage, I found it to be very inviting and aromatic with notes of grapefruit, peach, kiwi, grass, and minerals. It’s dry, complex and not too acidic with a long, lingering finish. The mouth feel is abundant at 13% alcohol and the color is a lovely pale lemon, straw. At around $11 per bottle it’s an excellent buy that I would recommend.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.