2 hours with European Cellars

Now that we all have made it through another St. Patrick’s Day in Boston it is time to put away the green beer and shamrock sunglasses. To celebrate the end of another fun-filled day of debauchery, we tasted Old World Wines from France and Spain courtesy of Eric Solomon Selections.

Every Saturday, Bauer Wine & Spirits holds a wine tasting starting at 4:30 pm and last week’s offering was nothing short of spectacular. Eric Solomon offered up six wines for our public to savor and they are now available on our website (www.bauerwines.com) and in-store to purchase as a sampler case. So if you missed the wine tasting, you can still enjoy these European Cellars vintages at home.

To warm up our palettes, we started with a 2010 Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rose from the Cotes du Ventoux of France. I know, I know, when someone mentions rose most of us picture a bottle of white zinfandel but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  This delightful aperitif was fresh and well-balanced. Altered to please an American palette, the aromas of strawberry and watermelon balanced out the dry finish.  Pair this with a Bouillabaisse,  chicken Cacciatore, or most seafood dishes and you will find why we at Bauer are excited about this newcomer to our store.

From there we moved to a 2009 Vila Viniteca el Perro Verde from Rueda, Spain. Pale gold in color, I was delighted with the ripe citrus flavors, mango, fresh pineapple, and hints of ginger. The balance of tropical and citrus fruits with mineral and herbs tantalize the taste buds.  Goes great with simple pasta dishes such a fettuccine with butter and Parmesan cheese.

Staying in Spain, we next tasted a 2009 Gramona Gessami from Penedes. More complex than the previous white, this blend of Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurtztraminer had flavors of zesty lemon peel, mineral notes and nice finish.  This wine would be a great match to any Asian cuisine.

Delving into the reds, first came the 2009 La Cova dels Vins Ombra from Montsant, Spain. This lively red packs a punch with aromas of black raspberry, minerals, flowers, camphor and spicy oak. The flavors of red berry preserves, herbs and mocha are balanced well with delicate tannins, making it perfect to pair with beef teriyaki, baked ham or pork tenderloin.

Heather then poured the 2008 Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres from the Cotes du Roussillon, France. A blend of black grenache, syrah, carigan and mourvedre that had rich flavors of dark plum, meat, savory herbs and mineral notes. This versatile, medium bodied red would match well with meaty dishes.

The last wine of the night was the 2009 Casa Castillo Monastrell from Jumilla, Spain. Right off the bat you could taste the dark, wild berry flavors, spicy strawberry with white pepper and rose. Light tannins gave this wine a nicely focused finish.  Go get yourself some spicy Indian food or barbecue to have with it!

A great, big thanks to Heather from MS Walker for coming in and talking to all of us about these wines. Now that my tastes buds are revved up it is time to buy myself a bottle and enjoy. What’s coming home with me? The 2009 La Cova dels Vins Ombra.

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