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.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Wine on the Patio on Wednesdays

Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ings 

You know summer is almost here when the weekly Wednesday wine tastings at the Belfry Bistro move to the beautiful outside patio. During a lovely May evening, I was introduced to more potential wines to serve my guest at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast inn. We explored four wines from Argentina with Spencer Knowles form the Horizon Beverage Company. All the wines were made by Pascual Toso Winery or in Spanish, Bodegas y Viñedos Pascual Toso, from Mendoza, Argentina.

Photo of a bottle of 2009 Torrontes
Pascual Toso has been making wines since Mr. Toso emigrated from Italy in the mid 1880s making it one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. In 2001, the Bodega hired the renowned Paul Hobbs as a winemaker consultant to help them produce a higher quality of wine, which has resulted in the wines we tasted. In earlier blogs I have shared my experience with the excellent wines from the Paul Hobbs Winery in Sebastopol, CA.

At this tasting, we began with the 2009 Torrontes. This is a unique Argentinean grape variety which produces a crisp, refreshing white wine. It was well paired with a Lemon Fried Calamari. My guests will definitely be seeing this at the Inn. 
Photo of bottle of 2009 Chardonnay

Next we moved to the 2009 Chardonnay paired with a Walnut and Pear salad. This wine is fermented in stainless steel and only sees limited amounts of Oak. I tend to like a lighter, less oaked Chard and liked this very much. Guests at our inn will certainly have an opportunity to sample this wine at our regular afternoon tastings very soon.

Photo of a bottle of Argeneinean Malbac Wine
Our first red was the 2009 Malbec paired with a Braised Brisket. Argentina is famous for its Malbecs and no one does it better than Pascual Toso. This was my favorite wine of the evening and my favorite pairing. The Chef finished the Brisket with a Malbec barbecue sauce that made me wish I could cook. 

We finished our tasting with the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chocolate Chevre. A perfect pairing for the end of a delightful night on the patio, and the first of many this summer, I am sure.    

Come stay with us an join me on the patio and we can share a taste of Argentina. Sorry, I will not be cooking, but the wine will still be great. 

Happy Wine-ing

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

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