While continuing to explore wine varietals, I found a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France. The 2017 Les Portes de Bordeaux, Appellation Bordeaux Controlee, is a dry Sauvignon Blanc with 12% alcohol. This easy drinking wine had a light straw color with lovely aromas of grass, grapefruit, and lime. On the palate there were additional notes of melon, apricot and a tad of gooseberry. It was well balanced, not too acidic and had a 19 second finish.
I paired it with a rosemary chicken, but felt it would go well with a light fish or mild goat cheese. At less than $8 at Trader Joes, this is a steal!
Last night my daughter and I attended a wonderful potluck party at The Art of Wine. There was a plethora of food and fabulous wines. One of the food highlights of the evening was my daughter’s Pao de Queijo, cheese bread, a delicious, gluten free bread, made with tapioca flour, oil, eggs, milk, water and parmesan cheese. The bread paired beautifully with the 2014 Bodegas Beronia Verdejo, from the region of Castillo y Leon, Spain, Rueda DO. This white wine had a lovely light yellow color. The nose offered tropical notes and additional aromas of stonefruit and gooseberry. The palate had refreshing acidity with additional herbaceous flavors. At less than $15 this is a good choice. Their 2016 vintage won a Gold medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and a 2016 Vintage Bacchus award. The 2017 vintage is also Vegan!
Some of my other favorites for the evening were the Bodega 2105 La Flor Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina and not shown in the photo the Nederberg 2014 Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa plus the Parallele 45, Cote du Rhone Rose’ which was a lovely blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.
As you attend all of your holiday parties, I hope you enjoy your wine and bread as much as I did.
Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday and as a treat, I took her wine tasting. We started off at Arizona Stonghold and were delighted by their Port style wine. We then walked over to Burning Tree and tried the 2017 Architect, a delicious blend of Viognier, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Roussanne which I highly recommend. Next, we visited Merkin so that Mimi could try their Shinola Orancia, a 100% Malvasia Bianca fermented on the skins. We then strolled over to Winery 101, imbibed and bought their 2015 Malvasia Bianca and the 2016 Super Tuscan. After Old Town, we headed up the hill to Bodega Pierce in Clarkdale and Mimi bought the 2014 Gallia, a Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend.
Our final stop was the Art of Wine where we popped open a bottle of the 2014 Napa Valley, Rutherford and Dollarhide vineyards, St. Supery Elu, and enjoyed it with the owners and friends. The Elu is a luscious Left Bank, Bordeaux Style blend with 61% Cabernet, 22% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for 19 months in French Oak and has 14,5% ABV. Many of us would have guessed there was a touch of Zinfandel due to it’s jammy, plum and spicy notes. The color was a lovely inky purple, and the palate was velvety showcasing additional delicious flavors of dark berries, coffee, anise and chocolate. This complex wine had a wonderful, lingering finish and is the type of wine I’d drink on its own without food. James Suckling rated it 92 points and I found it to be an excellent wine. It retails for around $65.
We ended up at the Hudson for dinner; what an amazing day! I hope your birthday wine tours are just as enjoyable!
On a recent visit to the newly opened Bodega Pierce, I was thrilled to have both a light flight and bold flight. So what is a Bodega? It could be a cellar, grocery store, wine shop, bar, a place to store coffee or even a vineyard. Many of the vineyards I visited in Medoza, Argentina had Bodega in their names.
It was exciting to see the 2017 Malvasia Bianca on the light flight menu. The 2017 is quite different than the 16 for it has lovely notes of gooseberry. Also, on the light flight was a delightful Chardonnay ML, Grenache Rose’, the Athena, a delicious blend of Grenache, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo (one that I purchased) and the Emotiva, a super Tuscan style blend.
The bold flight included a GSM, Merlot, Graciano and Gallia, a Cabernet forward and Merlot, Bordeaux style blend. The other wine I sampled that was not on the bold flight was the 100% Cabernet Franc, which I also ended up purchasing. Each wine I tasted was excellent and I wish I had it in my budget to purchase all of them! Bodega Pierce is now open Thursday thru Sunday, so I hope you have the opportunity to stop by the new Bodega!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.