As we look forward to our Wednesday June 26 “Grapenuts Famous Five n Dime Happy Hour” (and “Jack-Challenge” at Dave Desimone’s Bridge Ten Brasserie, excitement is building as the choices are high value and quite tasty – I think they will all be quite popular.
Added to this event is a special drawing to compete in the “Jack-Challenge” – A lucky winner gets to Test their Taste in a blind tasting against me! The drawing winner gets two tickets to next Quantum Theatre Grapenuts Night and bottle from my personal cellar – should be fun!
Here are the by the glass choices:
$5 Cuvée de Peña, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes – From Southern France on the Mediterranean coast nearly on the Spanish Border, this white wine is made from Viognier grapes which deliver trademark exotic/tropical fruit flavors and characteristically ‘old-world’ clean finish.
$5 Vin de Pays de Méditerranée Blanc, Elicio – Another treat from Southern France, the Elicio uses the Rolle grape, possibly more familiar under the Italian name Vermentino, but whatever name we choose, this is a popular hot climate white grape that is sure to please with pleasant floral aromas and slightly spicy finish.
$10 Gilles Morat, Pouilly-Fuissé – Stepping up in complexity and sophistication, we travel north to Burgundy, France’s best region for Chardonnay, and some would argue the World’s Best Chardonnay region. Gilles Morat’s Pouilly-Fuissé, like nearly all White Burgundies, is 100% Chardonnay and delivers mouth-filling apple and pear flavors with characteristic crisp acidity at the finish.
$5 Villa des Anges Rosé – The quintessential outdoor summer patio drink: light enough to be uplifting, rich enough to deliver satisfying red berry and strawberry flavors, and crisp enough to invite the next sip – rose is the newest summer-drink sensation!
$5 Château des Tuquets Bordeaux – This Bordeaux wraps 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc into a light to medium bodied package that offers savory dark fruit and earthy flavors and lingering finish, a great food wine that shows Bordeaux Reds need not break the bank to taste good.
$5 Château Ollieux-Romanis, Capucine – This pleasing red shows us (again) why so many great values come from Languedoc region in Southern France. This blend of 25 % Carignan, 25 % Grenache noir, 25 % Syrah, 25 % Merlot (all traditional grapes associated with Languedoc) immediately delivers a rich and balanced mouthful of medium bodied fruit – AND the estate owner, Pierre Bories recently visited Pittsburgh!!
$10 Château Aimee, Médoc Bordeaux 2009 – Cabernet and Merlot join together to create this solid example of a Medoc (a large sub-region of Bordeaux’s left bank wine region) Red. Rich dark fruits with nice mineral structure balance each other nicely in this wine. Structured enough to pair with food, but fruity and rich enough to drink by itself – highly recommended!