We’ve got a bevy of tastings coming in the next few weeks to take your tastebuds on vacation. This weekend, it’s German whites and Italian reds on the menu Friday, and some Japanese Sake and Shochu on Saturday. Join us for the flight. Your mouth will thank you.
Weiß und/e Rossi
(German whites and Italians Reds for you non-trilinguals…)
Friday, March 7
A fuller bodied sparkling white from the Riesling grape, this one is dry, crisp, and floral, with firm bubbles, pear and honey flavors, and nice minerality. It’s fresh, festive, and versatile. Drink with smoked salmon mousse and pan-fried trout fillets.
2010 Markus Fries Bernkasteler Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett Feinherb- Mosel, Germany – $16
These grapes are fermented as two separate wines, one dry and the other off-dry, then blended together in the Feinherb process. A few months in neutral oak barrels adds a touch of complexity, development and creaminess to this bright, acidic wine.
2011 Le Carline Lison Pramaggiore Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso – Veneto, Italy – $16
The Piccinin family has seen their efforts from their organically tended vineyard come to fruition in the form of this beautiful refosco. Enticing aromatics match the light body, but you’ll taste surprisingly deep, dark fruit. We like our refosco served after chilling for 10 minutes in the fridge with antipastas of all sorts.
2009 Torelli Dolcetto d’Asti “Bricco Rocchetto” -Piedmont, Italy – $14
Farmed on some of the sleepest slopes in Piedmont, this Dolcetta by Mario Torrelli certainly seems worth all the effort. He also works with all natural production methods. All elements combined have resulted in this lively medium-bodied, fruity red with long tannins that begs for veal parmesan with garlic bread to sop up all the sauce (that you should make with this wine).
Sake no Matsuri!
Saturday, March 8
Cherry bouquet is floral rather than fruity. Although this is definitely a perfect sushi sake, it could be paired with a number of salads, and vegetable dishes. This Ginjo has a luxiouriously long finish.
An unpasteurized, slightly off-dry sake made with wild yeast which adds a slightly pungent note to the subtle aromas of fresh cantaloupe. A good match for spicy foods.
Uchigasaki Hoyo, Kura no Hana ‘Fair Maiden’ Junmai Daiginjo Sake – Miyagi, Japan (500ml) – $36
Light and elegant with anise flavors and floral aromas. Sublime. Pair with lobster and scallops and serve well chilled.
Yama No Mori ‘Mountain Guardian’ Shochu – Japan (720ml) – $36.50
Japan’s oldest barley Shochu distilled from 67% Barley and 33% Koji Rice. Clean, smooth, subtle and refined. Distilled on Iki Island, where Shochu began over 400 years ago.