Sips of the Week
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2010, Barossa Valley, Australia $17.99
Winemaker’s Notes: A full crimson red with purple hues, this wine has a generous and bright aroma that opens to a spicy clove lift then moves into hints of white pepper and savoury notes amongst an earthy background. This is further complemented by sweet plums and red cherry fruits. Wrapped around a core of juicy redcurrant fruits, the palate combines layers of fleshy sweet flavours and a fine grained tannin finish. Smoothly balanced and eminently drinkable, this is a wine of medium weight but full on flavour. A perfect match with a juicy roast chicken with roasted potatoes, parsnips and garlic. Also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2009, Calatayud, Spain $17.99
Winemaker’s Notes: Our 2009 Garnacha Viñas Viejas exhibits a deep ruby color, with a spicy, rich cranberry bouquet. This well-structured wine has dark cherry flavors and elegant hints of oak, with round, supple tannins and a fruit-filled finish.
Winemaking for the 2009 Garnacha Viñas Viejas followed our Las Rocas philosophy of balancing all the elements in a well-made wine with as little interference as possible with the natural processes. Cold-soaking the grapes for two weeks before fermentation helped extract the deep, intense flavors of the old-vine grapes. Fermentation of the vineyard lots lasted ten days at moderate temperatures (75°F – 80°F). We allowed all of the developing wine to complete a secondary malolactic fermentation, which softened the mouthfeel and added depth and nuance to the layered flavors in the wine. We used a balance of French and American oak barrels to condition the wine for ten months before it was bottled.
Lisa Barlow, co-founder and owner of VIDA TEQUILA, joined us to talk about her award-winning boutique tequila she launched with her husband John Barlow in 2007. VIDA TEQUILA combines the traditional tequila-making process with modern and efficient methods of production, blending ultra-premium tequila unlike anything else on the market. VIDA TEQUILA, which has been featured at high-profile events and in publications such as People and GQ.
Mary Daugherty, Mary’s Downtown Salsa joined us to talk about her delicious homemade salsas along with some home entertaining tips for your fall get togethers!
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