Gewurztraminer is often considered a European-happy grape variety, especially when grown on the terroir of eastern France. Specifically, Alsace. Across the pond, Oregon can boast of only half the number of vines of Gewurztraminer (a mere 3,200 compared to Alsace’s 7,000) but Oregon holds its own in flavor, character, and nuance. Brandborg’s 2013 Elkton Oregon Gewurztraminer is a classic. Aromatic and explosive, this wine is not shy. Really, 14.1% is monstrous for a white, something akin to one of Orin Swift’s Napa concoctions. But don’t be deterred, as the wine is balanced and soft on the palate. A sip teases with opulent aromas of lychee and orange peel, evolving into… Read more »
This bone-dry, white wine from the Greek island of Santorini is made from the Assyrtiko grape, first cultivated among the island’s volcanic soils. The wine is golden in color and has a nose full of raisins and creamy lemon. Medium bodied, it is exceptionally rich for it’s kind, brimming with notes of orange and raisin, guided by tangy lemon zest and brackish water. The acid in this wine makes it a good candidate for aging if you’re looking for something to add to your cellar. Otherwise, consume this wine young and use it to soften deep fried dishes and seafood, or pair it with Greek cuisine, or even the meatiest… Read more »
Beaujolais Nouveau is a fresh, fruity, and inexpensive red wine released each year on the third Thursday of November. Made from handpicked Gamay grapes from the Beaujolais province of France, these wines were originally produced to celebrate then end of the harvest season. The day, and the wine, are widely celebrated in France with festivals, parades, and races and at midnight fireworks are launched to mark the release of the new wines. For decades, Beaujolais Nouveau had been released in France on the 15th of November and a race was created where the first bottles of the new vintage were carried to Paris for their release. Beaujolais Nouveau day has attracted international… Read more »
Do you like to try new things? This sparkling wine out of Catalonia, Spain is made of a blend of grapes that you have probably never heard of: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. The wine is creamy and yeasty with lots of bread-based aromas on the nose. The mouthfeel has just right amount of acidity with citrus fruits on the palate. A lingering finish leaves you wanting that next sip. This is probably one of my favorite sparkling wines under $20…like, ever!