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Zin, Glorious Zin

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Zinfandel is America’s variety: It is here, in California, where Zinfandel truly becomes great wine, a player on the international stage showing not only the significance of terroir but also dynamic differences in styles. However, Zinfandel used to be a thro away grape variety made into sweet blush wine. A handful of wineries in the early 1970s changed all of that. By finding specific vineyards for making wine these wineries set a course for Zinfandel to become one of the greatest wines of the world.

2014 Chapoutier La Ciboise Rouge & Blanc

In Cote du Rhone on August 23, 2016 at 8:05 pm

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The La Ciboise Rouge opens with Grenache’s gorgeous fruit of red cherries, black berries, and a soft rich mellow roundness on the midpalate.  As Michel describes, “Grenache is the Pinot Noir of the Southern Rhone, richer and riper in fruit but with a soft character.”  That is backed up by Syrah, which brings a peppery, meaty luxuriousness to the palate, framing Grenache’s soft fruit with structure, balancing the wine into perfect harmony.  Utterly delicious to drink on its own, it’s also perfect for any late summer grilling. 

The Blanc opens with white blossoms, lemon zest and exotic tropical fruits – passion fruit, pineapple and green mango.  Here, Grenache Blanc provides palate weight, plus a copiousness of fruit flavor, framed by Ugni Blanc’s and Roussane’s energy and verve.  The result is a white wine that is texturally delicious, but also crisp and refreshing. A sidearm for any cocktail situation, yet perfect to be pulled as a housewarming gift where you know not the cusine, but want to make a solid first impression.   Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

 

 

2015 Maison Roche de Bellene Cuvee Bellenos Rose

In Rose on August 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm

bellenosThis wine opens with lively aromas of fresh-cut strawberries, Colorado peaches ripening in the morning sun, and a tinge of fresh herbs after the morning dew.  The palate is clean-cut and refreshing – “straight” I’ve heard Burgundians call it – meaning that front to back across your taste buds, it’s harmonious and refreshing, without fattiness or weight.  Overall, the effect is one of pure and utter deliciousness.  It’s perfect with cheeseburgers from the grill, grilled rainbow trout with tomatoes melted in butter, pepitas toasted in smoked paprika and crushed over sweet potatoes poached in fresh olive oil.  Or you know what?  Just sit on the patio and cocktail the heck out it.

These grapes are specifically chosen and harvested for rose (unlike many roses in the region).  The Cuvee Bellenos Rose comes from the Austral region of Burgundy, where the soils turn to granite, giving the wine its red raspberry and peach notes, with a crisp mineral inflection that makes it oh so drinkable. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

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