Autumn Wine ShowcaseSeptember 23rd, 2011 by Alan A. Barone
Our Autumn Wine Preview took place last week in the Wine Bar, where we featured sixteen new wines to taste, compiled notes and determined our group’s responses. We chose wines that would complement the flavors and ingredients of autumn recipes. Admittedly, there are many more wines that would easily fit the category, but we felt that these were at least an exemplary sampling for the season.
Our objective for this type of event is multi-purposed. While polling our guest’s likes and dislikes, I am able to tailor the next wine list to some of their choices, as well as to increase our focus on seasonal food and wine pairings. It also provides for everyone a chance to preview some of the new wines of various styles and that are readily available in our area at different price points. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to thank our loyal wine community for their interest and support. Additionally, I would like to recognize Paul, from The Cheese Shop in Centerbrook for providing our group with a lavish and appropriate array of cheeses that matched perfectly with our autumn selections.
Our wines were showcased at four tables with the following themes: 1. Autumnal Whites 2.Wild and Earthy Pinot Noir 3. Cool Weather Reds 4. Robust & Hearty Italian Reds.
Although it was a very close race, please enjoy the (somewhat official) winners in each category, along with some tasting notes and approximate pricing for each:
1. 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Riesling
Offers rich flavors of ripe peach, with lighter tones of honey and tea. A touch of sweetness but, with balanced acidity to keep the wine in harmony. $9.00
2. 2009 Greg Norman Pinot Noir, California
Aromas of sweet strawberry with floral, mushroom notes. Subtle flavors of black cherry and strawberry, mineral and earth, with a rich mouth feel. $22.00
3. 2008 Fetish The Watcher Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Big blackberry fruit and spice aromas carry-over to the palate with of vanilla and oak spice undertones. Very smooth tannins and full finish.$26.00
4. 2008 Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon, Tuscany
A rich, powerful red with black currant, plum and cedar aromas and flavors with good structure and an herbal accent on the finish. $20.00