Come celebrate Christmas around the World on our Tasting Bar! We have selected a fun lineup of wines that show something unique and interesting for Christmas. Don’t settle for the normal, regular, old bottles on your table this year, find a couple of hidden gems! Come out from 5-7p and try these with Gray and Salveto Imports.
- Albastrele Blanc de Cabernet: Yes, you read correctly! This outstanding wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Following the gentle pressing, the dark skins are removed at once, thus the wine is made using only the white juice. A fantastic and versatile white for the holidays. It makes everyone happy; Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc drinkers all love it! Blanc de Cabernet has a unique personality and displays lively aromas of passion fruit, ripe peach, grapefruit and fresh cut grass. We suggest pairing it with risotto, light veggie appetizers, or asian fusion dishes.
- Roots Crosshairs Cuvee Pinot Noir 2015: Chris Berg didn’t always want to be a winemaker and grower. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, with a bachelor’s in English, he wasn’t sure what his future held, as far as a career. Meanwhile his parents, Chuck and Dian Berg, had decided to relocate to Oregon from Illinois with the purchase of a manufacturing company in Tualatin, Ore. Chris soon followed and helped his parents at the plant, as well as the other reason for the big move: planting a small vineyard. In 1999, the Bergs planted seven acres of mostly Pinot Noir near Yamhill in the Yamhill-Carlton District of the Willamette Valley. Chris and his wife, Hilary, lived in Portland. In 2000, they closed their other business and became full-time winery folk and in 2001, Chris & Hilary took over the vines from this parents. Today, Roots makes about 3,800 cases annually, all small lots using indigenous yeasts. Crosshairs Cuvee is a great blend of 100% Pinot Noir from several vineyards throughout the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. It combines the best notes of Chris Berg’s vineyards, including black and red fruits, particularly blackberry, spice and earth, into a bottle of incredible value! Good for the turkey, ham, and grilled salmon during the holidays or give it as a gift to impress your wine loving friends!
- Roots Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon 2010: Okay, now this one is really special! Chris took a chance with a couple of varietals and experimented with what would happen to some very special fruit that got to sit in barrel for an extended period of time! The results are quite stunning! This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Flying B Vineyard in the Columbia Valley that was aged in French Oak for 67 months. Yes, SIXTY-SEVEN months … FIVE years and SEVEN months spent resting in a barrel! And, only 70 cases total made, not just of this vintage, but EVER! You can’t even go to the winery and buy this wine, unless you are member of their Cellar Club. Beautiful packaging, awesome wine, great gift, and a perfect wine for a hearty Christmas meal. (Gray will be bringing along something special to help you see just how well this wine will work with your Christmas dinner!)
- Four Secrets Sparkling Shiraz NV: A four vintage blend, all handpicked in mid/late-march and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 10 days. Aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (50% first fill and 50% second fill) with barrel selection made each year to ensure that the best barrels are being used every year. This sparkling red is not cloying sweet or bone dry. It hits you in the nose with aromas of red berries, vanilla, and hints of black pepper. The barrels balance out the fruitiness on the palate with some spiciness, nicely integrated oak, and tannins. Looking for something fun to pair with your ham, cheese platter, on its own, or with dessert, grab a bottle of this!
- Legacy Pinot Noir Late Harvest Reserve 2014: Okay, this is not something that you see everyday, a late harvest 100% Pinot Noir from Romania. As in late harvest Riesling, the grapes are left on the vine for longer to allow the buildup of sugar, which results in residual sugar in the wine after fermentation. This is a great alternative for those who enjoy sweet white wines that want to begin transitioning to red wines or who love their reds with extra residual sugar. It is a dark garnet color, with deeper berry notes than one would normally expect from Pinot Noir. It has a jamminess with just a touch of molasses. If you enjoy sweet wines, need a gift for the sweet wine lover, or need to pair sweeter dishes, chill a bottle of this!
Hope to see you tonight at our Christmas Around the World tasting or anytime else this week! We are going to be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to allow our staff time with their friends and family.