ABC’s of White Wine
October 17, 2017
This “Anything But Chardonnay” course will cover Chardonnay, the world’s most well-known white wine, discussed and tasted in comparison with five other white wine grapes. Grape origin, wine-making style, wine service, storage and pairing with foods will be covered. Appropriate cheeses will be served as palate cleansers and to demonstrate food and wine compatibilities.
ABC’s of Red Wine
October 24, 2017
This “Anything But Cabernet” course will cover Cabernet Sauvignon, the world’s most widely grown red wine, discussed and tasted in comparison with five other red wine grapes. Grape origin, wine-making style, wine service, storage and pairing with foods will be covered. Appropriate cheeses will be served as palate cleansers and to demonstrate food and wine compatibilities.
These classes will be held in the fine wine room at Aries Wine and Spirits, located at 128 West Post Road in White Plains. Free parking is available in the lot next to the store.
Register at: www.sunywcc.edu/MyWCC or by phone at: 914.606.6830, or contacting us directly: 914.582.7021
Tuition: $25 (made payable to Westchester Community College)
Tasting Fee: $20 (Payable to the instructor in cash or credit)
You must be 21 to register.
Last week we attended a seminar and tasting, hosted by the New Zealand wine council, in a beautiful space called “Harbor House”, located in lower Manhattan and overlooking the Statue of Liberty. New Zealand is a stunning beautiful country about the size of Japan, divided into a North and South island, spanning 1,000 miles, or about the length of California. It would take about 21 hours driving time to go from the tip of North Island to the end of the South Island. New Zealand is sparsely populated with about 4 million people and 3 times the number of sheep.
The takeaway from this lovely and informative afternoon was the diversity and quality of New Zealand wines. This country boasts very diverse and unique growing regions, producing world class Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs.
When we tasted wines from many of these growing regions and sub-regions, we were very impressed by the variety of flavors coming from different areas. In addition to their 2 signature grapes, we also really enjoyed wines from syrah, chardonnay, riesling, and cabernet franc grapes, as well as blends.
New Zealand has made a high commitment to being stewards of their land, protecting their environment, organic farming, and reducing their carbon footprint. Almost all of New Zealand’s wines are bottled with screw caps, instead of cork closures.
Among some of the favorites tasted were Giesen Pinot Noir, Clayvin Pinot Noir, Stoneleigh Latitude Pinot Noir, and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, and Babich Pinot Noir.
Check out our selection of New Zealand wines and order your favorites!
Primarily from the Damas Vineyard in Fiddletown, this vineyard is one of the highest elevation fruit sources that we work with. Aromas of cinnamon rolls, warm apple crisp, fresh cranberry fruit and leather dominate. Loaded with plush flavors of dark red fruit and an “in your face” richness and density, it is a classic representation of full-bodied Fiddletown wines. This wine is worthy of the best wine cellars. Drink now through 2025.
92 points Wine Enthusiast.
Only 200 cases produced. Shop now, available while supplies last.
New Age White (Argentina) http://www.aries-wineny.com/product/casa-bianchi-new-age-white/
New Age Red (Argentina) http://www.aries-wineny.com/product/casa-bianchi-new-age-red/
Elsa Torrontes (Argentina)
Ironstone Chardonnay (California)
Leda Barbera (Italy)
Pasqual Toso Estate Malbec (Argentina)
Paringa Shiraz (Australia)
Ironstone Petite Syrah (California)
Vina Eguia Reserve Rioja (Spain)
Koyle Gran Reserve Cabernet (Chile)