Tues, Jan 13: Southern Hemisphere Cabs—Many of us are familiar with California cabs: Now’s your chance to experience how other countries treat the most popular red grape in the world with three great full-bodied cabs from Argentina, Australia and South Africa.
- Robert Oatley, Australia—Consistently ranking 90+ points with world-renowned critics, this Australian cab delivers a fantastic taste at great value. Dark currants and berries combine with earth, sage and hint of mint for a smooth, elegant red.
- Zolo Reserva, Argentina—Plummy, smoky, and chocolaty ending with a hint of oak and leather in this complex red from Mendoza.
- Big Flower, South Africa—A world-class cab out of the Stellenbosch region, the wine displays the richness of the continent’s fruit (brambly berries, woody, and herby) tempered by the balanced style of former California vintner Jenny Powell.
Flight of three: $12
Tues, Jan 20: Get Yer Gruner!–Experience this fun, food-friendly white grape that’s rapidly gaining popularity in America with wines from Hungary and Austria (home to the largest crops of gruner veltliner in the world).
- Count Karolyi, Hungary— One of the few Hungarian wines to make inroads in the American market, this fresh white has hints of gooseberry, apple, and lemon with a light peppery finish.
- Hopler, Austria—Leafy greens, pineapple, kiwi, and a citrus finish make this a go-to gruner from Burgenland, a wine producing region along the border of Austria and Hungary.
- Hirsch, Austria—One of the most popular winemakers in Austria delivers one of the most popular wines made from the indigenous grape: a vibrant white tasting of green apples and grapes with the classic citrus and pepper finish of a gruner.
Flight of three: $9
Tues, Jan 27: Roja Espana (“Red Spain”) –Take a tasting tour of Spain with these three unique reds from three different regions: La Mancha (the largest wine producing region located in central Spain), Rioja Alta (the high plains of northern Spain), and Priorat (southwest Catalonia).
- Martinez Alesanco Crianza—This family-owned winemaker has produced a number of gold-medal wines, with reason. With seven different vineyards in the region, they’re home to a variety of grapes including the tempranillo and garnacha that go into this aged rioja to produce a vibrant red tasting of berries, vanilla, chocolate and licorice with a fine, smoky finish.
- Torre de Barreda— Strawberry, cherry and cranberry combine with a touch of anise in this 100% tempranillo to produce a fresh juicy red with a long finish.
- Rotllan Torra Priorat—This blend of garnacha, carignan, and cab results in a full-bodied elegant red tasting of stewed apples, raisins and dates with a dry finish.
Flight of three: $12