Wine tasting – reds and whites
What’s your favorite? Red or white? Dry or sweet? Where can you go to sample and satisfy your palate?
Our local liquor store, Lake Street Liquor, offers wine tastings every Friday. And for those beer lovers, Thursdays are your day. I really enjoy when the wines being presented are explained. Our gracious host did an excellent job. She described the flavors the wines held as well as the difference in oak and unoaked wines. Yes, just as it suggests, oak wines are made in oak barrels or with oak chips which lends to flavors and aromas imparted into the wine. Cedar, spice, and smoky notes are common influences, although there are many others. An unoaked wine has more of the fresh fruit flavors and is more likely to be lighter-bodied.
Wine tasting list:
- Wycliff Brut
- Guilhem Rose
- Indomita Chardonnay
- Hidden Crush Chardonnay
- Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc
- Castoro Sauvignon Blanc
- Irony Monterey Pinot Noir
- Rhiannon Red Blend 2016
This past week we were offered customer favorites in reds and whites. Our palates tingled as we started with the bubbly Wycliff Brut then moved to the Guilhem Rose. The Brut would be great in Mimosas. By itself – too much fizz for me.The Rose was very light and refreshing. Think about being poolside and sipping on a crisp fruity drink.
Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were next in line. These are two of my favorite white wines. Chardonnay is one of the most popular and most versatile white wine grapes. The Indomita Chardonnay and Hidden Crush Chardonnay pleased the palate. Flavors of green apple, grapefruit, and lime lend to give the drink a crisp fruity taste.
Sauvignon Blanc tends to carry aromas of lemon, lime, and grapefruit. On the palate it is crisp fruity with a tart finish.The Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorites – even before this tasting. Besides, the bottle is so unique with the glass stones. Beautiful. Reminds me of the ocean. The Castoro Sauvingnon Blanc was crisp and juicy with a fresh finish.
Reds are my ultimate favorite! We sampled the Irony Monterey Pinot Noir. Aromas of black cherry, sweet plum, and coco enhance the tasting experience on your palate of sweet, lush fruit flavors with slight hints of almond. The supple tannins let your mouth experience the dryness without overdoing it. The Rhiannon Red Blend 2016 is worth the wait of tasting this one last. This deep ruby colored wine is a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Barbera with luscious cherry and berry aromas. Smooth on the palate and finishes with a lingering red fruit and oak hint.
Overall this experience was a win! I met some new people, tasted new wines, and found another favorite red. I went home with the Rhiannon. Now to wait and see what the next wine tasting adventure brings.
Share your wine tasting experiences. Do you prefer dry or sweet? Red or white? What do you like / dislike about wine? Not a wine drinker, that’s okay too. Share about your favorite drink – whatever it may be!
Till next time – Taylor