Charlie Opines About Wine

In my search for interesting wines to serve to guests at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, I attend many planned and impromptu wine tastings. I am happy to share my experiences with you. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sandwich Wine Tasting - Wines of Argentina

Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ings

Work, work, work! Another Wednesday night and another wine tasting at the Belfry Bistro. My work to find new and interesting wines to serve guests at our Cape Cod B&B never ends. I actually was recruited to help pour for the tasting by my friends from Cellar 55 Wine Merchants, so I did ‘work’ in addition to enjoy some new wines. Yes, I work for wine.

All the wines we experienced were from the Bodega Luigi Bosca of Mendoza, Argentina. The Arizu family, who has been growing grapes there since 1901, owns this Bodega. The family is known as winemaking innovators and is one of the leaders in the development on Argentina’s flourishing wine industry. Andrew Craighead, from Testa Wines of the World, conducted the tasting. Andrew is the Luigi Bosca New England Regional Manager. It is always a plus when someone directly connected with the winemakers can give you insights into the people who crafted each bottle.

Our Argentina adventure started with a 2010 La Linda Torrontes. La Lindas are the entry-level wines in the Luigi Bosca lineup. Andrew describes the Torrontes grape as one of Argentina’s most popular white grapes that yields a wine in taste somewhere between a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay. This light, fruity, dry wine was paired nicely with an interesting grilled peach salad.

Next we had the 2010 La Linda Rose Malbec. Mendoza is known worldwide for its Malbec, so it is not surprising that they produce a Rose, but the typical boldness of the heavy Malbec grape left me with a ‘tartness’ I have not experienced in other Roses made from lighter grapes. I was too busy pouring wine to taste it with the suggested pairing of a Great Hill Blue Cheese and Fresh Plum Tart. Others said the tart mellowed the wine.

As the weather threatened to rain on our beautiful patio setting, we moved onto the 2008 Corte Reservado Malbec & Syrah. This is still a La Linda wine, but a ‘Reservado’, a nice blend of Malbec, Syrah and a little Merlot. I really liked this wine. I would always go for a Syrah over a Malbec and this blend hit me just right. It was an excellent choice to pair with the Snake River waygu Flank Steak with Grilled Summer Vegetables.

We literally raced the rain to pour everyone a glass of the last wine, the 2008 Luigi Bosca Cabernet Sauvignon. We finished the tasting inside, as the attendees enjoyed this last wine with a well matched Belgium Chocolate and Raspberry Flan.

Even a downpour could not dampen this wonderful night of Argentina wines. I think I found a couple the guests at our Sandwich Inn would enjoy. My work is never done, but then I am not complaining, since I enjoy the work so much.

Happy Wine-ing,

Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper’s Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod Massachusetts

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for reading Cape Cod Wine Time. Wishing you great Wine-ing.