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Net soos by die Grand Tasting in New York, was die tweedaagse geleentheid op South Beach die grootste kos-en-drank-gratis vir die hele fees. Die toonaangewende geleentheid wat onder twee groot tente op Miami Beach gehou is, het die beste wyne en sterk drank ter wêreld byeengebring, asook restaurante uit Suid-Florida en regoor die VSA. Ons was daar om alles te proe. Hier was die top tien happies.


Hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting

As u op soek is na meer wyne, bier, sterk drank en klein happies as wat u ooit in 'n middag sou kon proe, vind u dit by die New York City Wine & amp Food Festival ’s Grand Tasting.

Hierdie jaar se geleentheid het 'n indrukwekkende verskeidenheid bekende etikette en handelsmerke sowel as nuwe of minder bekende. Ek het 'n goeie tyd gehad om 'n paar van my gunsteling wyne van die South Beach Wine & amp Food Festival soos Grgich Hills te besoek (hul heerlike wit en rooi is altyd goed gebalanseerd en kompleks) en nuwe lekkernye ontdek, soos die vrugtige en blomme Ume Blanc van Choya.

Hier is meer hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc en 2006 Chardonnay
Die kelder van die Russian River Valley het hierdie twee ten toon gestel saam met hul heerlike Merlot- en Cabernet Sauvignon -smaak, maar ek was baie aangetrokke tot hul wit wyne. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($ 28) het ryp geure van heuningdou, limoen, wit nektarien en pynappel, met 'n verfrissende en skerp afwerking. Die wyn is 100% vat gegis en verouder op mielies, wat diepte en rykdom toevoeg. Die Chardonnay ($ 40) is elegant in smaak en struktuur. Dit word gegis met inheemse giste en gebottel sonder filtrasie. Geure van kamperfoelie, gemmer en wit perske bring romerige en komplekse geure van peer, jasmyn en 'n effense vuursteen in. Ryk en vol met 'n bevredigende afwerking, dit is 'n baie aangename wyn om te drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
Hierdie ryp rooi uit die Maipu -vallei in die Mendoza -streek van Argentinië teen $ 10 per bottel is baie goed. Dit is diep robynrooi van kleur met geure van ryk rooi en swart vrugte. Geure van swartbessies, swart kersies, mokka, violet en witpeper bereik 'n lang, afgeronde afwerking wat net 'n sweempie karamel bevat. Hierdie sagte, fluweelsagte tekstuur is 'n uitstekende pasmaat vir gebraaide steaks en gebraai.

Rooiwyne van Cosentino Winery
Ek het Cosentino -wyne al by 'n vorige proe probeer, en het dit almal baie geniet. Hulle eenvoudige wyne laat die komplekse geure vir hulself spreek. DIE SIN 2006 ($ 30) is 97% Zinfandel (meer as 70% ou wingerdstok) en 3% Petite Sirah, met druiwe afkomstig van Lodi, die Russiese riviervallei en Sonoma County. Dit is eksoties pittig en ryk, met intense geure van swartbessie en swartpeper. Die SIGARZIN 2006 ($ 26) is 'n welige ou wingerdstok Zinfandel gemeng van Lodi en Sonoma druiwe. Soos THE ZIN, word dit meer as 'n jaar lank verouder, hoofsaaklik in Amerikaanse eikehout. Hierdie rooi is ryk en goed gestruktureer met 'n kern van ultra-ryp swartbessie en jongesbessie met note van kersie, naeltjie en peper. Die afwerking vertoon digte lae seebessiekonfyt, kakaopoeier en koffie.

FRANC 2006 ($ 22) is 'n pittige en gladde Cabernet Franc. Geure van ryp pruim, swartbessie en naeltjie word gevolg deur soet tabak, sederhout en 'n afskilfering van tannien op die gladde afwerking.

Die digter 2005 kos 'n heerlike prys van $ 75. Dit is 'n meriete uit die Napa -vallei met 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot en 2% Malbec. Die Poet is ryk en goed gebalanseerd, met tert -kersie- en aalbessiegeure aan die voorkant en notas van speserye, minerale en granaatappels wat ontwikkel tot 'n lang, pittige afwerking.

Rooiwyne uit Suid -Afrika
Suid -Afrika produseer tans baie lekker rooiwyne. Met plesier bedoel ek helder, opgewekte en vrugtige wyne wat maklik is om te drink en goed is vir braai en ander sosiale eetgeleenthede. Een van die eerste rooiwyne wat ek by die Grand Tasting probeer het, was die 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). Dit is een van die lekkerste Pinotages wat ek probeer het, met uiters gedempte leer en spelnotas wat baie nie-Suid-Afrikaners van hierdie variëteit kan afskakel. Die wyn is vol van geurige pruime, swartbessies en bessienkonfyt en bevat 'n sweempie sederhout en vanielje van 14 maande in Amerikaanse eikehoutvate. Die vrug word gebalanseerd en ferm tanniene.

Die plesier strek tot by die versnitte en#8212 en ek het baie pret gehad om die 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). Dit is 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre en 2% Viognier (hierdie wit wyndruif word bygevoeg om die tanniene en vet geure van die Syrah en Mourvèdre gladder te maak). Hierdie wyn is syerig van tekstuur en is vol swart vrugte en bessies met 'n sweempie viooltjie en speserye op die afwerking. Beide rooi is groot in alkohol, met ongeveer 14,5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie -skemerkelkie van Tommy Bahama
As 'n fan van omtrent alles wat pampoen bevat, kon ek nie weerstaan ​​om hierdie skemerkelkie met Tommy Bahama -rum te probeer nie. Dit is 'n heerlike herfsbehandeling, wat beslis 'n byeenkoms sal opdis. Hier is die resep, sodat u dit tuis kan maak:

1 ½ dele Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 deel pampoen speserystroop
skeut room
graham kraker krummels
kaneelstokkie

Skud Golden Sun Rum, pampoen speseryestroop en room oor ys en druk in 'n glas omring met graham cracker krummels. Garneer met 'n kaneelstokkie. Besoek tommybahamarum.com vir meer seisoenale skemerkelkies soos die Apple Pie Martini en die Peppermint Martini.

En terwyl ons oor die onderwerp drankies met pampoengeur praat, bied Blue Moon 'n voorsmakie van sy seisoenale brouery, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Dit is gemaak met die geur van wingerdryp ryp pampoen en is vol en glad, met 'n sweempie naeltjie, neutmuskaat en piment. Dit was nie te soet soos ander pampoenbrouerye wat ek oor die algemeen geproe het nie; ek vind dit verfrissend en lekker om te drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
Hierdie wyn word gemaak van Japannese ume-vrugte (uitgespreek “wu-meh ”), wat soortgelyk is aan appelkose en op bome groei. Saggies soet met 'n elegante tikkie suurheid, herinner die Ume Blanc my aan 'n Riesling, maar met meer wit blomme. Dit is 'n uitstekende aperitief of kan saam met vars vrugte of nageregte geniet word. Soos 'n soet riesling is dit laag in alkohol en bevat 7%. 'N 500ml -bottel kos ongeveer $ 15. As u dit nie by u plaaslike drankwinkel kan kry nie, probeer 'n Asiatiese mark.


Hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting

As u op soek is na meer wyne, bier, sterk drank en klein happies as wat u ooit in 'n middag sou kon proe, vind u dit by die New York City Wine & amp Food Festival ’s Grand Tasting.

Hierdie jaar se geleentheid het 'n indrukwekkende verskeidenheid bekende etikette en handelsmerke sowel as nuwe of minder bekende. Ek het 'n goeie tyd gehad om 'n paar van my gunsteling wyne van die South Beach Wine & amp Food Festival soos Grgich Hills te besoek (hul heerlike wit en rooi is altyd goed gebalanseerd en kompleks) en nuwe lekkernye ontdek, soos die vrugtige en blomme Ume Blanc van Choya.

Hier is nog hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc en 2006 Chardonnay
Die kelder van die Russian River Valley het hierdie twee ten toon gestel saam met hul heerlike Merlot- en Cabernet Sauvignon -smaak, maar ek was baie aangetrokke tot hul wit wyne. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($ 28) het ryp geure van heuningdou, limoen, wit nektarien en pynappel, met 'n verfrissende en skerp afwerking. Die wyn is 100% vat gefermenteer en verouder op mielies, wat diepte en rykdom toevoeg. Die Chardonnay ($ 40) is elegant in smaak en struktuur. Dit word met natuurlike giste gegis en sonder filtrasie gebottel. Geure van kamperfoelie, gemmer en wit perske bring romerige en komplekse geure van peer, jasmyn en 'n effense vuursteen in. Ryk en vol met 'n bevredigende afwerking, dit is 'n baie aangename wyn om te drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
Hierdie ryp rooi uit die Maipu -vallei in die Mendoza -streek van Argentinië teen $ 10 per bottel is baie goed. Dit is diep robynrooi van kleur met geure van ryk rooi en swart vrugte. Geure van swartbessies, swart kersies, mokka, violet en witpeper bereik 'n lang, afgeronde afwerking wat net 'n sweempie karamel bevat. Hierdie sagte, fluweelsagte tekstuur is 'n uitstekende pasmaat vir gebraaide steaks en gebraai.

Rooiwyne van Cosentino Winery
Ek het al Cosentino -wyne probeer by 'n vorige proe en het dit almal baie geniet. Hulle eenvoudige wyne laat die komplekse geure vir hulself spreek. DIE SIN 2006 ($ 30) is 97% Zinfandel (meer as 70% ou wingerdstok) en 3% Petite Sirah, met druiwe afkomstig van Lodi, die Russiese riviervallei en Sonoma County. Dit is eksoties pittig en ryk, met intense geure van swartbessie en swartpeper. Die SIGARZIN 2006 ($ 26) is 'n welige ou wingerdstok Zinfandel gemeng van Lodi en Sonoma druiwe. Soos THE ZIN, word dit meer as 'n jaar lank verouder, hoofsaaklik in Amerikaanse eikehout. Hierdie rooi is ryk en goed gestruktureer met 'n kern van ultra-ryp swartbessie en jongesbessie met note van kersie, naeltjie en peper. Die afwerking vertoon digte lae seebessiekonfyt, kakaopoeier en koffie.

FRANC 2006 ($ 22) is 'n pittige en gladde Cabernet Franc. Geure van ryp pruim, swartbessie en naeltjie word gevolg deur soet tabak, sederhout en 'n afskilfering van tannien op die gladde afwerking.

Die digter 2005 kos 'n heerlike prys van $ 75. Dit is 'n meriete uit die Napa -vallei met 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot en 2% Malbec. The Poet is ryk en goed gebalanseerd, met tert -kersie- en aalbessiegeure aan die voorkant en note van speserye, minerale en granaatappels wat ontwikkel tot 'n lang, pittige afwerking.

Rooiwyne uit Suid -Afrika
Suid -Afrika produseer tans baie lekker rooiwyne. Met plesier bedoel ek helder, opgewekte en vrugtige wyne wat maklik is om te drink en goed is vir braai en ander sosiale eetgeleenthede. Een van die eerste rooiwyne wat ek by die Grand Tasting probeer het, was die 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). Dit is een van die lekkerste Pinotages wat ek probeer het, met uiters gedempte leer en spelnotas wat baie nie-Suid-Afrikaners van hierdie variëteit kan afskakel. Die wyn is vol van geurige pruime, swartbessies en seebessiekonfyt en bevat 'n sweempie sederhout en vanielje van 14 maande in Amerikaanse eikehoutvate. Die vrug word gebalanseerd en ferm tanniene.

Die plesier strek tot by die versnitte en#8212 en ek het baie pret gehad om die 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). Dit is 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre en 2% Viognier (hierdie wit wyndruif word bygevoeg om die tanniene en vet geure van die Syrah en Mourvèdre gladder te maak). Hierdie wyn is syerig van tekstuur en is vol swart vrugte en bessies met 'n sweempie viooltjie en speserye op die afwerking. Beide rooi is groot in alkohol, met ongeveer 14,5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie -skemerkelkie van Tommy Bahama
As 'n fan van omtrent alles wat pampoen bevat, kon ek nie weerstaan ​​om hierdie skemerkelkie met Tommy Bahama -rum te probeer nie. Dit is 'n heerlike herfsbehandeling, wat beslis 'n byeenkoms sal opdis. Hier is die resep, sodat u dit tuis kan maak:

1 ½ dele Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 deel pampoen speserystroop
skeut room
graham kraker krummels
kaneelstokkie

Skud Golden Sun Rum, pampoen speseryestroop en room oor ys en druk in 'n glas met krummels krummels. Garneer met 'n kaneelstokkie. Besoek tommybahamarum.com vir meer seisoenale skemerkelkies soos die Apple Pie Martini en die Peppermint Martini.

En terwyl ons oor die onderwerp drankies met pampoengeur praat, bied Blue Moon 'n voorsmakie van sy seisoenale brouery, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Dit is gemaak met die geur van wingerdryp ryp pampoen en is vol en glad, met 'n sweempie naeltjie, neutmuskaat en piment. Dit was nie te soet soos ander pampoenbrouerye wat ek oor die algemeen gesmaak het nie; ek vind dit verfrissend en lekker om te drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
Hierdie wyn word gemaak van Japannese ume-vrugte (uitgespreek “wu-meh ”), wat soortgelyk is aan appelkose en op bome groei. Saggies soet met 'n elegante tikkie suurheid, herinner die Ume Blanc my aan 'n Riesling, maar met meer wit blomme. Dit is 'n uitstekende aperitief of kan saam met vars vrugte of nageregte geniet word. Soos 'n soet riesling is dit laag in alkohol en bevat 7%. 'N 500ml -bottel kos ongeveer $ 15. As u dit nie by u plaaslike drankwinkel kan kry nie, probeer 'n Asiatiese mark.


Hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting

As u op soek is na meer wyne, bier, sterk drank en klein happies as wat u ooit in 'n middag sou kon proe, vind u dit by die New York City Wine & amp Food Festival ’s Grand Tasting.

Hierdie jaar se geleentheid het 'n indrukwekkende verskeidenheid bekende etikette en handelsmerke sowel as nuwe of minder bekende. Ek het 'n goeie tyd gehad om 'n paar van my gunsteling wyne van die South Beach Wine & amp Food Festival soos Grgich Hills te besoek (hul heerlike wit en rooi is altyd goed gebalanseerd en kompleks) en nuwe lekkernye ontdek, soos die vrugtige en blomme Ume Blanc van Choya.

Hier is meer hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc en 2006 Chardonnay
Die kelder van die Russian River Valley het hierdie twee ten toon gestel saam met hul heerlike Merlot- en Cabernet Sauvignon -smaak, maar ek was baie aangetrokke tot hul wit wyne. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($ 28) het ryp geure van heuningdou, limoen, wit nektarien en pynappel, met 'n verfrissende en skerp afwerking. Die wyn is 100% vat gegis en verouder op mielies, wat diepte en rykdom toevoeg. Die Chardonnay ($ 40) is elegant in smaak en struktuur. Dit word gegis met inheemse giste en gebottel sonder filtrasie. Geure van kamperfoelie, gemmer en wit perske bring romerige en komplekse geure van peer, jasmyn en 'n effense vuursteen in. Ryk en vol met 'n bevredigende afwerking, dit is 'n baie aangename wyn om te drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
Hierdie ryp rooi uit die Maipu -vallei in die Mendoza -streek van Argentinië teen $ 10 per bottel is baie goed. Dit is diep robynrooi van kleur met geure van ryk rooi en swart vrugte. Geure van swartbessies, swart kersies, mokka, violet en witpeper bereik 'n lang, afgeronde afwerking wat net 'n sweempie karamel bevat. Hierdie sagte, fluweelsagte tekstuur is 'n uitstekende pasmaat vir gebraaide steaks en gebraai.

Rooiwyne van Cosentino Winery
Ek het al Cosentino -wyne probeer by 'n vorige proe en het dit almal baie geniet. Hulle eenvoudige wyne laat die komplekse geure vir hulself spreek. DIE SIN 2006 ($ 30) is 97% Zinfandel (meer as 70% ou wingerdstok) en 3% Petite Sirah, met druiwe afkomstig van Lodi, die Russiese riviervallei en Sonoma County. Dit is eksoties pittig en ryk, met intense geure van swartbessie en swartpeper. Die SIGARZIN 2006 ($ 26) is 'n welige ou wingerdstok Zinfandel gemeng van Lodi en Sonoma druiwe. Soos THE ZIN, word dit meer as 'n jaar lank verouder, hoofsaaklik in Amerikaanse eikehout. Hierdie rooi is ryk en goed gestruktureer met 'n kern van ultra-ryp swartbessie en jongesbessie met note van kersie, naeltjie en peper. Die afwerking vertoon digte lae seebessiekonfyt, kakaopoeier en koffie.

FRANC 2006 ($ 22) is 'n pittige en gladde Cabernet Franc. Geure van ryp pruim, swartbessie en naeltjie word gevolg deur soet tabak, sederhout en 'n afskilfering van tannien op die gladde afwerking.

Die digter 2005 kos 'n heerlike prys van $ 75. Dit is 'n meriete uit die Napa -vallei met 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot en 2% Malbec. Die Poet is ryk en goed gebalanseerd, met tert -kersie- en aalbessiegeure aan die voorkant en notas van speserye, minerale en granaatappels wat ontwikkel tot 'n lang, pittige afwerking.

Rooiwyne uit Suid -Afrika
Suid -Afrika produseer tans baie lekker rooiwyne. Met plesier bedoel ek helder, opgewekte en vrugtige wyne wat maklik is om te drink en goed is vir braai en ander sosiale eetgeleenthede. Een van die eerste rooiwyne wat ek by die Grand Tasting probeer het, was die 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). Dit is een van die lekkerste Pinotages wat ek probeer het, met uiters gedempte leer en spelnotas wat baie nie-Suid-Afrikaners van hierdie variëteit kan afskakel. Die wyn is vol van geurige pruime, swartbessies en seebessiekonfyt en bevat 'n sweempie sederhout en vanielje van 14 maande in Amerikaanse eikehoutvate. Die vrug word gebalanseerd en ferm tanniene.

Die plesier strek tot by die versnitte en#8212 en ek het baie pret gehad om die 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). Dit is 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre en 2% Viognier (hierdie witwyndruif word bygevoeg om die tanniene en vet geure van die Syrah en Mourvèdre gladder te maak). Hierdie wyn is syerig van tekstuur en is vol swart vrugte en bessies met 'n sweempie viooltjie en speserye op die afwerking. Beide rooi is groot in alkohol, met ongeveer 14,5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie -skemerkelkie van Tommy Bahama
As 'n fan van omtrent alles wat pampoen bevat, kon ek nie weerstaan ​​om hierdie skemerkelkie met Tommy Bahama -rum te probeer nie. Dit is 'n heerlike herfsbehandeling, wat beslis 'n byeenkoms sal opkikker. Hier is die resep, sodat u dit tuis kan maak:

1 ½ dele Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 deel pampoen speserystroop
skeut room
graham kraker krummels
kaneelstokkie

Skud Golden Sun Rum, pampoen speseryestroop en room oor ys en druk in 'n glas met krummels krummels. Garneer met 'n kaneelstokkie. Besoek tommybahamarum.com vir meer seisoenale skemerkelkies soos die Apple Pie Martini en die Peppermint Martini.

En terwyl ons oor die onderwerp drankies met pampoengeur praat, bied Blue Moon 'n voorsmakie van sy seisoenale brouery, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Dit is gemaak met die geur van wingerdryp ryp pampoen en is vol en glad, met 'n sweempie naeltjie, neutmuskaat en piment. Dit was nie te soet soos ander pampoenbrouerye wat ek oor die algemeen geproe het nie; ek vind dit verfrissend en lekker om te drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
Hierdie wyn word gemaak van Japannese ume-vrugte (uitgespreek “wu-meh ”), wat soortgelyk is aan appelkose en op bome groei. Saggies soet met 'n elegante tikkie suurheid, herinner die Ume Blanc my aan 'n Riesling, maar met meer wit blomme. Dit is 'n uitstekende aperitief of kan saam met vars vrugte of nageregte geniet word. Soos 'n soet riesling is dit laag in alkohol en bevat 7%. 'N 500ml -bottel kos ongeveer $ 15. As u dit nie by u plaaslike drankwinkel kan kry nie, probeer 'n Asiatiese mark.


Hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting

As u op soek is na meer wyne, bier, sterk drank en klein happies as wat u ooit in 'n middag sou kon proe, vind u dit by die New York City Wine & amp Food Festival ’s Grand Tasting.

Hierdie jaar se geleentheid het 'n indrukwekkende verskeidenheid bekende etikette en handelsmerke sowel as nuwe of minder bekende. Ek het 'n goeie tyd gehad om 'n paar van my gunsteling wyne van die South Beach Wine & amp Food Festival soos Grgich Hills te besoek (hul heerlike wit en rooi is altyd goed gebalanseerd en kompleks) en nuwe lekkernye ontdek, soos die vrugtige en blomme Ume Blanc van Choya.

Hier is nog hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc en 2006 Chardonnay
Die kelder van die Russian River Valley het hierdie twee ten toon gestel saam met hul heerlike Merlot- en Cabernet Sauvignon -smaak, maar ek was baie aangetrokke tot hul wit wyne. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($ 28) het ryp geure van heuningdou, limoen, wit nektarien en pynappel, met 'n verfrissende en skerp afwerking. Die wyn is 100% vat gegis en verouder op mielies, wat diepte en rykdom toevoeg. Die Chardonnay ($ 40) is elegant in smaak en struktuur. Dit word gegis met inheemse giste en gebottel sonder filtrasie. Geure van kamperfoelie, gemmer en wit perske bring romerige en komplekse geure van peer, jasmyn en 'n effense vuursteen in. Ryk en vol met 'n bevredigende afwerking, dit is 'n baie aangename wyn om te drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
Hierdie ryp rooi uit die Maipu -vallei in die Mendoza -streek van Argentinië teen $ 10 per bottel is baie goed. Dit is diep robynrooi van kleur met geure van ryk rooi en swart vrugte. Geure van swartbessies, swart kersies, mokka, violet en witpeper bereik 'n lang, afgeronde afwerking wat net 'n sweempie karamel bevat. Hierdie sagte, fluweelsagte tekstuur is 'n uitstekende pasmaat vir gebraaide steaks en gebraai.

Rooiwyne van Cosentino Winery
Ek het al Cosentino -wyne probeer by 'n vorige proe en het dit almal baie geniet. Hulle eenvoudige wyne laat die komplekse geure vir hulself spreek. DIE SIN 2006 ($ 30) is 97% Zinfandel (meer as 70% ou wingerdstok) en 3% Petite Sirah, met druiwe afkomstig van Lodi, die Russiese riviervallei en Sonoma County. Dit is eksoties pittig en ryk, met intense geure van swartbessie en swartpeper. Die SIGARZIN 2006 ($ 26) is 'n welige ou wingerdstok Zinfandel gemeng van Lodi en Sonoma druiwe. Soos THE ZIN, word dit meer as 'n jaar lank verouder, hoofsaaklik in Amerikaanse eikehout. Hierdie rooi is ryk en goed gestruktureer met 'n kern van ultra-ryp swartbessie en jongesbessie met note van kersie, naeltjie en peper. Die afwerking vertoon digte lae seebessiekonfyt, kakaopoeier en koffie.

FRANC 2006 ($ 22) is 'n pittige en gladde Cabernet Franc. Geure van ryp pruim, swartbessie en naeltjie word gevolg deur soet tabak, sederhout en 'n afskilfering van tannien op die gladde afwerking.

Die digter 2005 kos 'n heerlike prys van $ 75. Dit is 'n meriete uit die Napa -vallei met 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot en 2% Malbec. Die Poet is ryk en goed gebalanseerd, met tert -kersie- en aalbessiegeure aan die voorkant en note van speserye, minerale en granaatappels wat ontwikkel tot 'n lang, pittige afwerking.

Rooiwyne uit Suid -Afrika
Suid -Afrika produseer tans baie lekker rooiwyne. Met plesier bedoel ek helder, opgewekte en vrugtige wyne wat maklik is om te drink en goed is vir braai en ander sosiale eetgeleenthede. Een van die eerste rooiwyne wat ek by die Grand Tasting probeer het, was die 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). Dit is een van die lekkerste Pinotages wat ek probeer het, met uiters gedempte leer en spelnotas wat baie nie-Suid-Afrikaners van hierdie variëteit kan afskakel. Die wyn is vol van geurige pruime, swartbessies en bessienkonfyt en bevat 'n sweempie sederhout en vanielje van 14 maande in Amerikaanse eikehoutvate. Die vrug word gebalanseerd en ferm tanniene.

Die plesier strek tot by die versnitte en#8212 en ek het baie pret gehad om die 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). Dit is 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre en 2% Viognier (hierdie wit wyndruif word bygevoeg om die tanniene en vet geure van die Syrah en Mourvèdre gladder te maak). Hierdie wyn is syerig van tekstuur en is vol swart vrugte en bessies met 'n sweempie viooltjie en speserye op die afwerking. Beide rooi is groot in alkohol, met ongeveer 14,5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie -skemerkelkie van Tommy Bahama
As 'n fan van omtrent alles wat pampoen bevat, kon ek nie weerstaan ​​om hierdie skemerkelkie met Tommy Bahama -rum te probeer nie. Dit is 'n heerlike herfsbehandeling, wat beslis 'n byeenkoms sal opkikker. Hier is die resep, sodat u dit tuis kan maak:

1 ½ dele Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 deel pampoen speserystroop
skeut room
graham kraker krummels
kaneelstokkie

Skud Golden Sun Rum, pampoen speseryestroop en room oor ys en druk in 'n glas met krummels krummels. Garneer met 'n kaneelstokkie. Besoek tommybahamarum.com vir meer seisoenale skemerkelkies soos die Apple Pie Martini en die Peppermint Martini.

En terwyl ons oor die onderwerp drankies met pampoengeur praat, bied Blue Moon 'n voorsmakie van sy seisoenale brouery, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Dit is gemaak met die geur van wingerdryp ryp pampoen en is vol en glad, met 'n sweempie naeltjie, neutmuskaat en piment. Dit was nie te soet soos ander pampoenbrouerye wat ek oor die algemeen geproe het nie; ek vind dit verfrissend en lekker om te drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
Hierdie wyn word gemaak van Japannese ume-vrugte (uitgespreek “wu-meh ”), wat soortgelyk is aan appelkose en op bome groei. Saggies soet met 'n elegante tikkie suurheid, herinner die Ume Blanc my aan 'n Riesling, maar met meer wit blomme. Dit is 'n uitstekende aperitief of kan saam met vars vrugte of nageregte geniet word. Soos 'n soet riesling is dit laag in alkohol en bevat 7%. 'N 500ml -bottel kos ongeveer $ 15. As u dit nie by u plaaslike drankwinkel kan kry nie, probeer 'n Asiatiese mark.


Hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting

As u op soek is na meer wyne, bier, sterk drank en klein happies as wat u ooit in 'n middag sou kon proe, vind u dit by die New York City Wine & amp Food Festival ’s Grand Tasting.

Hierdie jaar se geleentheid het 'n indrukwekkende verskeidenheid bekende etikette en handelsmerke sowel as nuwe of minder bekende. Ek het 'n goeie tyd gehad om 'n paar van my gunsteling wyne van die South Beach Wine & amp Food Festival soos Grgich Hills te besoek (hul heerlike wit en rooi is altyd goed gebalanseerd en kompleks) en nuwe lekkernye ontdek, soos die vrugtige en blomme Ume Blanc van Choya.

Hier is nog hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc en 2006 Chardonnay
Die kelder van die Russian River Valley het hierdie twee ten toon gestel saam met hul heerlike Merlot- en Cabernet Sauvignon -smaak, maar ek was baie aangetrokke tot hul wit wyne. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($ 28) het ryp geure van heuningdou, limoen, wit nektarien en pynappel, met 'n verfrissende en skerp afwerking. Die wyn is 100% vat gefermenteer en verouder op mielies, wat diepte en rykdom toevoeg. Die Chardonnay ($ 40) is elegant in smaak en struktuur. Dit word gegis met inheemse giste en gebottel sonder filtrasie. Geure van kamperfoelie, gemmer en wit perske bring romerige en komplekse geure van peer, jasmyn en 'n effense vuursteen in. Ryk en vol met 'n bevredigende afwerking, dit is 'n baie aangename wyn om te drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
Hierdie ryp rooi uit die Maipu -vallei in die Mendoza -streek van Argentinië teen $ 10 per bottel is baie goed. Dit is diep robynrooi van kleur met geure van ryk rooi en swart vrugte. Geure van swartbessies, swart kersies, mokka, violet en witpeper bereik 'n lang, afgeronde afwerking wat net 'n sweempie karamel bevat. Hierdie sagte, fluweelsagte tekstuur is 'n uitstekende pasmaat vir gebraaide steaks en gebraai.

Rooiwyne van Cosentino Winery
Ek het Cosentino -wyne al by 'n vorige proe probeer, en het dit almal baie geniet. Hulle eenvoudige wyne laat die komplekse geure vir hulself spreek. DIE SIN 2006 ($ 30) is 97% Zinfandel (meer as 70% ou wingerdstok) en 3% Petite Sirah, met druiwe afkomstig van Lodi, die Russiese riviervallei en Sonoma County. Dit is eksoties pittig en ryk, met intense geure van swartbessie en swartpeper. Die SIGARZIN 2006 ($ 26) is 'n welige ou wingerdstok Zinfandel gemeng van Lodi en Sonoma druiwe. Soos THE ZIN, word dit meer as 'n jaar lank verouder, hoofsaaklik in Amerikaanse eikehout. Hierdie rooi is ryk en goed gestruktureer met 'n kern van ultra-ryp swartbessie en jongesbessie met note van kersie, naeltjie en peper. Die afwerking vertoon digte lae seebessiekonfyt, kakaopoeier en koffie.

FRANC 2006 ($ 22) is 'n pittige en gladde Cabernet Franc. Geure van ryp pruim, swartbessie en naeltjie word gevolg deur soet tabak, sederhout en 'n afskilfering van tannien op die gladde afwerking.

Die digter 2005 kos 'n heerlike prys van $ 75. Dit is 'n meriete uit die Napa -vallei met 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot en 2% Malbec. The Poet is ryk en goed gebalanseerd, met tert -kersie- en aalbessiegeure aan die voorkant en note van speserye, minerale en granaatappels wat ontwikkel tot 'n lang, pittige afwerking.

Rooiwyne uit Suid -Afrika
Suid -Afrika produseer tans baie lekker rooiwyne. Met plesier bedoel ek helder, opgewekte en vrugtige wyne wat maklik is om te drink en goed is vir braai en ander sosiale eetgeleenthede. Een van die eerste rooiwyne wat ek by die Grand Tasting probeer het, was die 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). Dit is een van die lekkerste Pinotages wat ek probeer het, met uiters gedempte leer en spelnotas wat baie nie-Suid-Afrikaners van hierdie variëteit kan afskakel. Die wyn is vol van geurige pruime, swartbessies en seebessiekonfyt en bevat 'n sweempie sederhout en vanielje van 14 maande in Amerikaanse eikehoutvate. Die vrug word gebalanseerd en ferm tanniene.

Die plesier strek tot by die versnitte en#8212 en ek het baie pret gehad om die 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). Dit is 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre en 2% Viognier (hierdie witwyndruif word bygevoeg om die tanniene en vet geure van die Syrah en Mourvèdre gladder te maak). Hierdie wyn is syerig van tekstuur en is vol swart vrugte en bessies met 'n sweempie viooltjie en speserye op die afwerking. Beide rooi is groot in alkohol, met ongeveer 14,5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie -skemerkelkie van Tommy Bahama
As 'n fan van omtrent alles wat pampoen bevat, kon ek nie weerstaan ​​om hierdie skemerkelkie met Tommy Bahama -rum te probeer nie. Dit is 'n heerlike herfsbehandeling, wat beslis 'n byeenkoms sal opdis. Hier is die resep, sodat u dit tuis kan maak:

1 ½ dele Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 deel pampoen speserystroop
skeut room
graham kraker krummels
kaneelstokkie

Skud Golden Sun Rum, pampoen speseryestroop en room oor ys en druk in 'n glas met krummels krummels. Garneer met 'n kaneelstokkie. Besoek tommybahamarum.com vir meer seisoenale skemerkelkies soos die Apple Pie Martini en die Peppermint Martini.

En terwyl ons oor die onderwerp van drankies met 'n pampoengeur praat, bied Blue Moon 'n voorsmakie van sy seisoenale brouery, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Dit is gemaak met die geur van wingerdryp ryp pampoen en is vol en glad, met 'n sweempie naeltjie, neutmuskaat en piment. Dit was nie te soet soos ander pampoenbrouerye wat ek oor die algemeen geproe het nie; ek vind dit verfrissend en lekker om te drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
Hierdie wyn word gemaak van Japannese ume-vrugte (uitgespreek “wu-meh ”), wat soortgelyk is aan appelkose en op bome groei. Saggies soet met 'n elegante tikkie suurheid, herinner die Ume Blanc my aan 'n Riesling, maar met meer wit blomme. Dit is 'n uitstekende aperitief of kan saam met vars vrugte of nageregte geniet word. Soos 'n soet riesling is dit laag in alkohol en bevat 7%. 'N 500ml -bottel kos ongeveer $ 15. As u dit nie by u plaaslike drankwinkel kan kry nie, probeer 'n Asiatiese mark.


Hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting

As u op soek is na meer wyne, bier, sterk drank en klein happies as wat u ooit in 'n middag sou kon proe, vind u dit by die New York City Wine & amp Food Festival ’s Grand Tasting.

Hierdie jaar se geleentheid het 'n indrukwekkende verskeidenheid bekende etikette en handelsmerke sowel as nuwe of minder bekende. Ek het 'n goeie tyd gehad om 'n paar van my gunsteling wyne van die South Beach Wine & amp Food Festival soos Grgich Hills te besoek (hul heerlike wit en rooi is altyd goed gebalanseerd en kompleks) en nuwe lekkernye ontdek, soos die vrugtige en blomme Ume Blanc van Choya.

Hier is nog hoogtepunte van die Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc en 2006 Chardonnay
Die kelder van die Russian River Valley het hierdie twee ten toon gestel saam met hul heerlike Merlot- en Cabernet Sauvignon -smaak, maar ek was baie aangetrokke tot hul wit wyne. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($ 28) het ryp geure van heuningdou, limoen, wit nektarien en pynappel, met 'n verfrissende en skerp afwerking. Die wyn is 100% vat gegis en verouder op mielies, wat diepte en rykdom toevoeg. Die Chardonnay ($ 40) is elegant in smaak en struktuur. Dit word met natuurlike giste gegis en sonder filtrasie gebottel. Geure van kamperfoelie, gemmer en wit perske bring romerige en komplekse geure van peer, jasmyn en 'n effense vuursteen in. Ryk en vol met 'n bevredigende afwerking, dit is 'n baie aangename wyn om te drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
Hierdie ryp rooi uit die Maipu -vallei in die Mendoza -streek van Argentinië teen $ 10 per bottel is baie goed. Dit is diep robynrooi van kleur met geure van ryk rooi en swart vrugte. Flavors of blackberries, black cherries, mocha, violet and white pepper culminate in a long and well-rounded finish that has just a hint of caramel. Velvety soft in texture, this bold wine is a great match for grilled steaks and roasts.

Red wines from Cosentino Winery
I had tried Cosentino wines at a previous tasting and enjoyed all of them immensely. Their simply named wines let the complex flavors speak for themselves. THE ZIN 2006 ($30) is 97% Zinfandel (over 70% old vine) and 3% Petite Sirah, with grapes coming from Lodi, the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County. It’s exotically spicy and rich, with intense flavors of blackberry and black pepper. Die CIGARZIN 2006 ($26) is a lush old vine Zinfandel blended from Lodi and Sonoma grapes. Like THE ZIN, it’s aged for more than a year primarily in American oak. This red is rich and well structured with a core of ultra-ripe blackberry and boysenberry with notes of cherry, clove and pepper. The finish displays dense layers of boysenberry jam, cocoa powder and coffee.

FRANC 2006 ($22) is a spicy and smooth Cabernet Franc. Flavors of ripe plum, black currant and clove are followed by sweet tobacco, cedar and a shot off tannin on the smooth finish.

The Poet 2005 is a delicious splurge at $75. It’s a Meritage from the Napa Valley with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. The Poet is rich and well balanced, with tart cherry and currant flavors up front and notes of spice, minerals and pomegranate that evolve into a long, spicy finish.

Red wines from South Africa
South Africa is producing a lot of fun red wines right now. By fun I mean bright, upbeat and fruit forward wines that are easy to drink and go well at barbecues and other social eating events. One of the first red wines I tried at the Grand Tasting was the 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). It’s one of the tastiest Pinotages I’ve tried, with extremely muted leather and gamey notes that can turn many non-South Africans off to this varietal. Full bodied with flavors of plum, blackberry and boysenberry jam, the wine has a hint of cedar and vanilla from 14 months in American oak barrels. The fruit is balanced out with firm tannins.

The fun extends to the blends — and I had a lot of fun tasting the 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). It’s 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier (this white wine grape is added to smooth out the tannins and bold flavors of the Syrah and Mourvèdre). Silky in texture, this wine is full of black fruits and berries with a hint of violet and spice on the finish. Both reds are big in alcohol, with about 14.5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie cocktail from Tommy Bahama
As a fan of pretty much anything that contains pumpkin, I couldn’t resist trying this cocktail made with Tommy Bahama rum. It’s a tasty fall treat, sure to spice up any gathering. Here’s the recipe so you can make it at home:

1 ½ parts Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 part pumpkin spice syrup
splash of cream
graham cracker crumbs
kaneelstokkie

Shake Golden Sun Rum, pumpkin spice syrup and cream over ice and strain into a glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. For more seasonal cocktails like the Apple Pie Martini and the Peppermint Martini visit tommybahamarum.com.

And while we’re on the topic of pumpkin-flavored drinks, Blue Moon was offering a taste of its seasonal brew, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Made with the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin it’s full bodied and smooth, with a hint of clove, nutmeg and allspice. It wasn’t overly sweet like other pumpkin brews I’ve tasted overall I found it refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
This wine is made from Japanese ume fruit (pronounced “wu-meh”), which is similar to apricots and grows on trees. Gently sweet with an elegant touch of acidity, the Ume Blanc reminded me of a Riesling but with more white floral notes. It’s a great aperitif or can be enjoyed with fresh fruit or desserts. Like a sweet riesling it’s low in alcohol, containing 7%. A 500ml bottle costs about $15. If you can’t find it at your local liquor store, try an Asian market.


Highlights from the Grand Tasting

If you’re looking for more wines, beers, spirits and small bites than you could ever hope to taste in one afternoon you’ll find it at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting.

This year’s event featured an impressive selection of familiar labels and brands as well as new or less well-known ones. I had a great time revisiting some of my favorite wines from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival like Grgich Hills (their delicious whites and reds are always well balanced and complex), and discovering new treats like the fruity and floral Ume Blanc from Choya.

Here are more highlights from the Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 Chardonnay
The Russian River Valley winery showcased these two along with their great tasting Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but I was really drawn to their white wines. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($28) has ripe flavors of honeydew, lime, white nectarine and pineapple, with a refreshing and crisp finish. The wine is 100% barrel fermented and aged on lees which adds depth and richness. Die Chardonnay ($40) is elegant in taste and structure. It is barrel fermented with native yeasts and bottled without filtration. Aromas of honeysuckle, ginger and white peach introduce creamy and complex flavors of pear, jasmine and a slight flintiness. Rich and full-bodied with a satisfying finish, it’s a really pleasant wine to drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
At $10 a bottle, this ripe red from the Maipu Valley in Argentina’s Mendoza region is a great deal. It’s deep ruby red in color with aromas of rich red and black fruit. Flavors of blackberries, black cherries, mocha, violet and white pepper culminate in a long and well-rounded finish that has just a hint of caramel. Velvety soft in texture, this bold wine is a great match for grilled steaks and roasts.

Red wines from Cosentino Winery
I had tried Cosentino wines at a previous tasting and enjoyed all of them immensely. Their simply named wines let the complex flavors speak for themselves. THE ZIN 2006 ($30) is 97% Zinfandel (over 70% old vine) and 3% Petite Sirah, with grapes coming from Lodi, the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County. It’s exotically spicy and rich, with intense flavors of blackberry and black pepper. Die CIGARZIN 2006 ($26) is a lush old vine Zinfandel blended from Lodi and Sonoma grapes. Like THE ZIN, it’s aged for more than a year primarily in American oak. This red is rich and well structured with a core of ultra-ripe blackberry and boysenberry with notes of cherry, clove and pepper. The finish displays dense layers of boysenberry jam, cocoa powder and coffee.

FRANC 2006 ($22) is a spicy and smooth Cabernet Franc. Flavors of ripe plum, black currant and clove are followed by sweet tobacco, cedar and a shot off tannin on the smooth finish.

The Poet 2005 is a delicious splurge at $75. It’s a Meritage from the Napa Valley with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. The Poet is rich and well balanced, with tart cherry and currant flavors up front and notes of spice, minerals and pomegranate that evolve into a long, spicy finish.

Red wines from South Africa
South Africa is producing a lot of fun red wines right now. By fun I mean bright, upbeat and fruit forward wines that are easy to drink and go well at barbecues and other social eating events. One of the first red wines I tried at the Grand Tasting was the 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). It’s one of the tastiest Pinotages I’ve tried, with extremely muted leather and gamey notes that can turn many non-South Africans off to this varietal. Full bodied with flavors of plum, blackberry and boysenberry jam, the wine has a hint of cedar and vanilla from 14 months in American oak barrels. The fruit is balanced out with firm tannins.

The fun extends to the blends — and I had a lot of fun tasting the 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). It’s 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier (this white wine grape is added to smooth out the tannins and bold flavors of the Syrah and Mourvèdre). Silky in texture, this wine is full of black fruits and berries with a hint of violet and spice on the finish. Both reds are big in alcohol, with about 14.5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie cocktail from Tommy Bahama
As a fan of pretty much anything that contains pumpkin, I couldn’t resist trying this cocktail made with Tommy Bahama rum. It’s a tasty fall treat, sure to spice up any gathering. Here’s the recipe so you can make it at home:

1 ½ parts Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 part pumpkin spice syrup
splash of cream
graham cracker crumbs
kaneelstokkie

Shake Golden Sun Rum, pumpkin spice syrup and cream over ice and strain into a glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. For more seasonal cocktails like the Apple Pie Martini and the Peppermint Martini visit tommybahamarum.com.

And while we’re on the topic of pumpkin-flavored drinks, Blue Moon was offering a taste of its seasonal brew, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Made with the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin it’s full bodied and smooth, with a hint of clove, nutmeg and allspice. It wasn’t overly sweet like other pumpkin brews I’ve tasted overall I found it refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
This wine is made from Japanese ume fruit (pronounced “wu-meh”), which is similar to apricots and grows on trees. Gently sweet with an elegant touch of acidity, the Ume Blanc reminded me of a Riesling but with more white floral notes. It’s a great aperitif or can be enjoyed with fresh fruit or desserts. Like a sweet riesling it’s low in alcohol, containing 7%. A 500ml bottle costs about $15. If you can’t find it at your local liquor store, try an Asian market.


Highlights from the Grand Tasting

If you’re looking for more wines, beers, spirits and small bites than you could ever hope to taste in one afternoon you’ll find it at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting.

This year’s event featured an impressive selection of familiar labels and brands as well as new or less well-known ones. I had a great time revisiting some of my favorite wines from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival like Grgich Hills (their delicious whites and reds are always well balanced and complex), and discovering new treats like the fruity and floral Ume Blanc from Choya.

Here are more highlights from the Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 Chardonnay
The Russian River Valley winery showcased these two along with their great tasting Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but I was really drawn to their white wines. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($28) has ripe flavors of honeydew, lime, white nectarine and pineapple, with a refreshing and crisp finish. The wine is 100% barrel fermented and aged on lees which adds depth and richness. Die Chardonnay ($40) is elegant in taste and structure. It is barrel fermented with native yeasts and bottled without filtration. Aromas of honeysuckle, ginger and white peach introduce creamy and complex flavors of pear, jasmine and a slight flintiness. Rich and full-bodied with a satisfying finish, it’s a really pleasant wine to drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
At $10 a bottle, this ripe red from the Maipu Valley in Argentina’s Mendoza region is a great deal. It’s deep ruby red in color with aromas of rich red and black fruit. Flavors of blackberries, black cherries, mocha, violet and white pepper culminate in a long and well-rounded finish that has just a hint of caramel. Velvety soft in texture, this bold wine is a great match for grilled steaks and roasts.

Red wines from Cosentino Winery
I had tried Cosentino wines at a previous tasting and enjoyed all of them immensely. Their simply named wines let the complex flavors speak for themselves. THE ZIN 2006 ($30) is 97% Zinfandel (over 70% old vine) and 3% Petite Sirah, with grapes coming from Lodi, the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County. It’s exotically spicy and rich, with intense flavors of blackberry and black pepper. Die CIGARZIN 2006 ($26) is a lush old vine Zinfandel blended from Lodi and Sonoma grapes. Like THE ZIN, it’s aged for more than a year primarily in American oak. This red is rich and well structured with a core of ultra-ripe blackberry and boysenberry with notes of cherry, clove and pepper. The finish displays dense layers of boysenberry jam, cocoa powder and coffee.

FRANC 2006 ($22) is a spicy and smooth Cabernet Franc. Flavors of ripe plum, black currant and clove are followed by sweet tobacco, cedar and a shot off tannin on the smooth finish.

The Poet 2005 is a delicious splurge at $75. It’s a Meritage from the Napa Valley with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. The Poet is rich and well balanced, with tart cherry and currant flavors up front and notes of spice, minerals and pomegranate that evolve into a long, spicy finish.

Red wines from South Africa
South Africa is producing a lot of fun red wines right now. By fun I mean bright, upbeat and fruit forward wines that are easy to drink and go well at barbecues and other social eating events. One of the first red wines I tried at the Grand Tasting was the 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). It’s one of the tastiest Pinotages I’ve tried, with extremely muted leather and gamey notes that can turn many non-South Africans off to this varietal. Full bodied with flavors of plum, blackberry and boysenberry jam, the wine has a hint of cedar and vanilla from 14 months in American oak barrels. The fruit is balanced out with firm tannins.

The fun extends to the blends — and I had a lot of fun tasting the 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). It’s 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier (this white wine grape is added to smooth out the tannins and bold flavors of the Syrah and Mourvèdre). Silky in texture, this wine is full of black fruits and berries with a hint of violet and spice on the finish. Both reds are big in alcohol, with about 14.5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie cocktail from Tommy Bahama
As a fan of pretty much anything that contains pumpkin, I couldn’t resist trying this cocktail made with Tommy Bahama rum. It’s a tasty fall treat, sure to spice up any gathering. Here’s the recipe so you can make it at home:

1 ½ parts Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 part pumpkin spice syrup
splash of cream
graham cracker crumbs
kaneelstokkie

Shake Golden Sun Rum, pumpkin spice syrup and cream over ice and strain into a glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. For more seasonal cocktails like the Apple Pie Martini and the Peppermint Martini visit tommybahamarum.com.

And while we’re on the topic of pumpkin-flavored drinks, Blue Moon was offering a taste of its seasonal brew, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Made with the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin it’s full bodied and smooth, with a hint of clove, nutmeg and allspice. It wasn’t overly sweet like other pumpkin brews I’ve tasted overall I found it refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
This wine is made from Japanese ume fruit (pronounced “wu-meh”), which is similar to apricots and grows on trees. Gently sweet with an elegant touch of acidity, the Ume Blanc reminded me of a Riesling but with more white floral notes. It’s a great aperitif or can be enjoyed with fresh fruit or desserts. Like a sweet riesling it’s low in alcohol, containing 7%. A 500ml bottle costs about $15. If you can’t find it at your local liquor store, try an Asian market.


Highlights from the Grand Tasting

If you’re looking for more wines, beers, spirits and small bites than you could ever hope to taste in one afternoon you’ll find it at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting.

This year’s event featured an impressive selection of familiar labels and brands as well as new or less well-known ones. I had a great time revisiting some of my favorite wines from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival like Grgich Hills (their delicious whites and reds are always well balanced and complex), and discovering new treats like the fruity and floral Ume Blanc from Choya.

Here are more highlights from the Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 Chardonnay
The Russian River Valley winery showcased these two along with their great tasting Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but I was really drawn to their white wines. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($28) has ripe flavors of honeydew, lime, white nectarine and pineapple, with a refreshing and crisp finish. The wine is 100% barrel fermented and aged on lees which adds depth and richness. Die Chardonnay ($40) is elegant in taste and structure. It is barrel fermented with native yeasts and bottled without filtration. Aromas of honeysuckle, ginger and white peach introduce creamy and complex flavors of pear, jasmine and a slight flintiness. Rich and full-bodied with a satisfying finish, it’s a really pleasant wine to drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
At $10 a bottle, this ripe red from the Maipu Valley in Argentina’s Mendoza region is a great deal. It’s deep ruby red in color with aromas of rich red and black fruit. Flavors of blackberries, black cherries, mocha, violet and white pepper culminate in a long and well-rounded finish that has just a hint of caramel. Velvety soft in texture, this bold wine is a great match for grilled steaks and roasts.

Red wines from Cosentino Winery
I had tried Cosentino wines at a previous tasting and enjoyed all of them immensely. Their simply named wines let the complex flavors speak for themselves. THE ZIN 2006 ($30) is 97% Zinfandel (over 70% old vine) and 3% Petite Sirah, with grapes coming from Lodi, the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County. It’s exotically spicy and rich, with intense flavors of blackberry and black pepper. Die CIGARZIN 2006 ($26) is a lush old vine Zinfandel blended from Lodi and Sonoma grapes. Like THE ZIN, it’s aged for more than a year primarily in American oak. This red is rich and well structured with a core of ultra-ripe blackberry and boysenberry with notes of cherry, clove and pepper. The finish displays dense layers of boysenberry jam, cocoa powder and coffee.

FRANC 2006 ($22) is a spicy and smooth Cabernet Franc. Flavors of ripe plum, black currant and clove are followed by sweet tobacco, cedar and a shot off tannin on the smooth finish.

The Poet 2005 is a delicious splurge at $75. It’s a Meritage from the Napa Valley with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. The Poet is rich and well balanced, with tart cherry and currant flavors up front and notes of spice, minerals and pomegranate that evolve into a long, spicy finish.

Red wines from South Africa
South Africa is producing a lot of fun red wines right now. By fun I mean bright, upbeat and fruit forward wines that are easy to drink and go well at barbecues and other social eating events. One of the first red wines I tried at the Grand Tasting was the 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). It’s one of the tastiest Pinotages I’ve tried, with extremely muted leather and gamey notes that can turn many non-South Africans off to this varietal. Full bodied with flavors of plum, blackberry and boysenberry jam, the wine has a hint of cedar and vanilla from 14 months in American oak barrels. The fruit is balanced out with firm tannins.

The fun extends to the blends — and I had a lot of fun tasting the 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). It’s 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier (this white wine grape is added to smooth out the tannins and bold flavors of the Syrah and Mourvèdre). Silky in texture, this wine is full of black fruits and berries with a hint of violet and spice on the finish. Both reds are big in alcohol, with about 14.5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie cocktail from Tommy Bahama
As a fan of pretty much anything that contains pumpkin, I couldn’t resist trying this cocktail made with Tommy Bahama rum. It’s a tasty fall treat, sure to spice up any gathering. Here’s the recipe so you can make it at home:

1 ½ parts Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 part pumpkin spice syrup
splash of cream
graham cracker crumbs
kaneelstokkie

Shake Golden Sun Rum, pumpkin spice syrup and cream over ice and strain into a glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. For more seasonal cocktails like the Apple Pie Martini and the Peppermint Martini visit tommybahamarum.com.

And while we’re on the topic of pumpkin-flavored drinks, Blue Moon was offering a taste of its seasonal brew, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Made with the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin it’s full bodied and smooth, with a hint of clove, nutmeg and allspice. It wasn’t overly sweet like other pumpkin brews I’ve tasted overall I found it refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
This wine is made from Japanese ume fruit (pronounced “wu-meh”), which is similar to apricots and grows on trees. Gently sweet with an elegant touch of acidity, the Ume Blanc reminded me of a Riesling but with more white floral notes. It’s a great aperitif or can be enjoyed with fresh fruit or desserts. Like a sweet riesling it’s low in alcohol, containing 7%. A 500ml bottle costs about $15. If you can’t find it at your local liquor store, try an Asian market.


Highlights from the Grand Tasting

If you’re looking for more wines, beers, spirits and small bites than you could ever hope to taste in one afternoon you’ll find it at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting.

This year’s event featured an impressive selection of familiar labels and brands as well as new or less well-known ones. I had a great time revisiting some of my favorite wines from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival like Grgich Hills (their delicious whites and reds are always well balanced and complex), and discovering new treats like the fruity and floral Ume Blanc from Choya.

Here are more highlights from the Grand Tasting:

Chalk Hill 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and 2006 Chardonnay
The Russian River Valley winery showcased these two along with their great tasting Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but I was really drawn to their white wines. Die Sauvignon Blanc ($28) has ripe flavors of honeydew, lime, white nectarine and pineapple, with a refreshing and crisp finish. The wine is 100% barrel fermented and aged on lees which adds depth and richness. Die Chardonnay ($40) is elegant in taste and structure. It is barrel fermented with native yeasts and bottled without filtration. Aromas of honeysuckle, ginger and white peach introduce creamy and complex flavors of pear, jasmine and a slight flintiness. Rich and full-bodied with a satisfying finish, it’s a really pleasant wine to drink.

Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec
At $10 a bottle, this ripe red from the Maipu Valley in Argentina’s Mendoza region is a great deal. It’s deep ruby red in color with aromas of rich red and black fruit. Flavors of blackberries, black cherries, mocha, violet and white pepper culminate in a long and well-rounded finish that has just a hint of caramel. Velvety soft in texture, this bold wine is a great match for grilled steaks and roasts.

Red wines from Cosentino Winery
I had tried Cosentino wines at a previous tasting and enjoyed all of them immensely. Their simply named wines let the complex flavors speak for themselves. THE ZIN 2006 ($30) is 97% Zinfandel (over 70% old vine) and 3% Petite Sirah, with grapes coming from Lodi, the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County. It’s exotically spicy and rich, with intense flavors of blackberry and black pepper. Die CIGARZIN 2006 ($26) is a lush old vine Zinfandel blended from Lodi and Sonoma grapes. Like THE ZIN, it’s aged for more than a year primarily in American oak. This red is rich and well structured with a core of ultra-ripe blackberry and boysenberry with notes of cherry, clove and pepper. The finish displays dense layers of boysenberry jam, cocoa powder and coffee.

FRANC 2006 ($22) is a spicy and smooth Cabernet Franc. Flavors of ripe plum, black currant and clove are followed by sweet tobacco, cedar and a shot off tannin on the smooth finish.

The Poet 2005 is a delicious splurge at $75. It’s a Meritage from the Napa Valley with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. The Poet is rich and well balanced, with tart cherry and currant flavors up front and notes of spice, minerals and pomegranate that evolve into a long, spicy finish.

Red wines from South Africa
South Africa is producing a lot of fun red wines right now. By fun I mean bright, upbeat and fruit forward wines that are easy to drink and go well at barbecues and other social eating events. One of the first red wines I tried at the Grand Tasting was the 2007 Spice Route Pinotage ($ 20). It’s one of the tastiest Pinotages I’ve tried, with extremely muted leather and gamey notes that can turn many non-South Africans off to this varietal. Full bodied with flavors of plum, blackberry and boysenberry jam, the wine has a hint of cedar and vanilla from 14 months in American oak barrels. The fruit is balanced out with firm tannins.

The fun extends to the blends — and I had a lot of fun tasting the 2008 Wolftrap ($ 11). It’s 68% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier (this white wine grape is added to smooth out the tannins and bold flavors of the Syrah and Mourvèdre). Silky in texture, this wine is full of black fruits and berries with a hint of violet and spice on the finish. Both reds are big in alcohol, with about 14.5%.

Golden Sun Pumpkin Pie cocktail from Tommy Bahama
As a fan of pretty much anything that contains pumpkin, I couldn’t resist trying this cocktail made with Tommy Bahama rum. It’s a tasty fall treat, sure to spice up any gathering. Here’s the recipe so you can make it at home:

1 ½ parts Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Rum
1 part pumpkin spice syrup
splash of cream
graham cracker crumbs
kaneelstokkie

Shake Golden Sun Rum, pumpkin spice syrup and cream over ice and strain into a glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. For more seasonal cocktails like the Apple Pie Martini and the Peppermint Martini visit tommybahamarum.com.

And while we’re on the topic of pumpkin-flavored drinks, Blue Moon was offering a taste of its seasonal brew, Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Made with the flavor of vine-ripened pumpkin it’s full bodied and smooth, with a hint of clove, nutmeg and allspice. It wasn’t overly sweet like other pumpkin brews I’ve tasted overall I found it refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

Choya Ume Blanc
This wine is made from Japanese ume fruit (pronounced “wu-meh”), which is similar to apricots and grows on trees. Gently sweet with an elegant touch of acidity, the Ume Blanc reminded me of a Riesling but with more white floral notes. It’s a great aperitif or can be enjoyed with fresh fruit or desserts. Like a sweet riesling it’s low in alcohol, containing 7%. A 500ml bottle costs about $15. If you can’t find it at your local liquor store, try an Asian market.



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