WEINGARTEN MARCH 2013
1. WINE NEWS & TRENDS
2. WINE & FINANCE
3. WINE CALENDAR
4. WINE TASTINGS & EVENTS
5. THIS AND THAT
6 WINE QUIZ
to Uncork: Draft Wines Are Gaining Favor
The Best In Boxed Wines: Thinking Inside The Box
Product Pick: Classic Trio wine box
Long-term wine investment is the key says 'Crystal Ball'
Investing in wine
Annual New York Wine Expo
11-15 The Fifty-second
to Wine About:
Wine Tasting & Comedy
del Sulcis [Sardina] at Eataly
What Argentina did for Malbec, Sardina
may do for
York’s Italian food & wine lovers mecca. At La Scuola Grande over an
too short 2 hour lunch, we literally feasted on delicious assorted dishes
made a wine discovery: 100% Carignan wines can be especially
Not in the style of the French or Spanish blending varietal, but wines
Sardinia: Ancient, bush-trained pre-Phylloxera vines (Latin vines)
their original rootstock thanks to the sandy soil. All tasted AUTHENTIC-
could easily felt/tasted Sardinian Terroir. Unfortunately, this is
a rare experience due to the proliferation of international wine styles.
sport a wonderful nose and naturally, like almost all Italian wines, were
deliciously food matched.
outstanding with lamb chops and grilled meats and also goes with
cheeses. Like Chianti it matches well with tomato sauces. Our
selection prices ranged from $20 to $60. My favorites were obviously the
quality, older vine (80 year average age of vineyards) wines:
Pater IS Arenas, Carignano Del Sulcis Doc Riserve 2008 $30 100%
Terre Brune Carignano Del Sulcis Doc Superiore 2008 $60
95%, Bovaleddu 5%
words that I strongly recall were: “If you drink Carignano, you live to
aside French Paradox and buy and drink all can of these wines BEFORE this
gets out! :)
while I missed the presence of some of top offerings previously tasted, as
usual this was overall a fun experience. I recommend this special wine
whether you are Jewish and keep kosher or are not even a member of the
This year I especially enjoyed the unique Bokobsa Boukha Fig Brandy as
the offerings of the Psagot winery.
Mosaic (Israel, 2006) was among my favorites. The wine is a blend of 60%
Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Verdot and 6%
Petite Syrah. It's full bodied and spicy, with notes of black fruit,
Edom (Israel, 2010) is a Bordeaux style blend of 75% Cabernet
25% Merlot - full bodied, rich and spicy.
To Kalon Generation VIII Cabernet Sauvignon (California, 2006) has a
dark berries followed by rich flavors of fruit and oak. Retailing for over
a bottle, on par with other Napa Valley Cabernets, this wine is definitely
a bargain, but will definitely impress any Kosher wine connoisseur.
Mesorah (Spain, 2010) - a blend of Carinena, Garnacha and Syrah, a
elegant wine, with complex structure of spice and red fruit on the palate
wonderfully perfumed nose.
memorable was Irene and I tasting two identical high quality 2009
wines (Binyamina Winery). They were identical except one was Mevushal [An
step can be taken to make wine kosher] and the other was not. Mevushal
heated to 194 degrees Fahrenheit. It remains kosher even if non-Jews
handle the wine and is the kosher wine usually served in American
difference in taste? To again quote Irene:
(Israel, 2009) comes both Mevushal and non Mevushal. Even though modern
pasteurization technology doesn't require "cooking" the wine, the
difference in both the nose and palate is hard not to notice. Mevushal
strongly dominated by cooked red fruit on the palate and the complex
structured tannins that non Mevushal. The Cave is boasting disappear in
Mevushal one. So don't cook your wine unless you absolutely have to!
tasted 200+ everyday wines at the Best Buy Theatre, a very
location but a bit crowded. This year there were many generous food
stations with plenty of cheeses, pasta and the like. My value
was Calina Carmenere from Chile $11. Also memorable was Erasmo
Caliboro Erasmos 2006 $33 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10%
The Most Romantic Wine (TMRW) Caroline Cellars Ice Wines. When I
mistakenly remarked to my plus one they were from the Finger Lakes, I was
corrected and informed no from Canada. I flippantly remarked: “Same
thing”. I was instantly chided and was lectured that only Canada and
Germany do not use short cuts. “They are made from grapes that have
intentionally left on the vine passed normal harvest to freeze. After a
frosts of temperatures in the range of 14°F to 9°F or lower, the grapes
handpicked and immediately pressed while they are still frozen.” I
to check with NY State wineries if they do not use the same procedure, but
rather “they pick earlier and freeze them”.
enjoyed tasting these somewhat sweet wines and find them appropriate for
Valentine’s Day - I would strongly argue against their slogan as being
World’s Most Romantic Wine
™. They did not make Gayot’s top10romantic-wines list but
then, neither did the most
obvious choice—Pink champagne!
5. Green tea,
red wine stop
Alzheimer's in its tracks
Wine – More Good News For Those Who Like To Imbibe
WINE: The urge to consume
does NOT match well with asparagus?
a) Grüner Veltliner b) Sauvignon Blanc c)
Chardonnay d) Riesling
best way to learn about wine?
c) Buy a
corkscrew and use it
d) All of
Very interesting newsletter! José Manuel Ortega Chairman O. Fournier
you. I look forward to reviewing more of your wines in the future as well
as the progress of your Argentina project.
sold and reserved more than 22 properties in 8 months. Let me know if you
READER: I enjoy reading these...thanks for sending!
full length wine tasting comedy is coming to NYC on 3/27...would love to
have you and any help spreading the word is appreciated. Link: http://gothamcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=230970&cart
you we have mentioned it above- it is wine fun and I can strongly
recommend this a wine talk/tasting that will interest and amuse both
and wine geeks!
again Thanks for your comments and insights. You note that men age like
it has been noted that while that is true, women on the other hand age
milk. While writing this I am savoring a brilliant Pinot, from of all
New York. It is a Brotherhood, America's oldest Winery. Apparently the US
Dept. serves this at official dinners.
wholeheartedly agree with you on the Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne. It
excellent and, if I recall correctly, an outstanding value. Cheers.