We will be hosting import manager, G e r m á n B i s t u é, with Wine Bridge Imports for a tasting of wines from Chile, Argentina and New Zealand. You'll love G e r m á n with his suave personality and in-depth detail about all his his regions, producers and nuances of his wines. Here's the lineup for Friday!
From Marlborough, New Zealand, The Awatere River Wine Company produces a line of wines called Anna's Way. It's a premium line of wines that for the 2016 vintage all wines won gold medals at the will have two splendid whites - pinot gris and sauvignon blanc. "The gris is a soft rounded wine made in a juicy style with delicious apricot and lychee flavors followed by a hint of spice on a lingering finish." Characteristically different, "the sauv. blanc is Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc characters with passionfruit, melon, gooseberry, citrus, and nettle characters. The palate is fresh and juicy with loads of flavour, tangy acidity and a lingering finish."
Continuing on with the white wine and varietal theme, we will jump to Chile for a Alto Valle de Uco sauvingon blanc produced by 2 Copas. At 3600 feet, the Central Andes vineyard produces cool climate fruit, a situation favored most by the veritable sauv. blanc! Keeping it spicy in Chile, we will also pop the cork on a Valdivieso, Brut Rose sparkling wine that is a classic Champagne blend of 70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay that has a delicate pink color with loads of fresh fruit and crusty brioche yeasty goodness!
Out of Argentina we'll be swirling around our glasses malbec! Everyone loves malbec, that backbone varietal that gives Bordeaux wines extra depth and finesse! The Barricas malbec from Mendoza's Uco Valley are made with hand-harvested grapes and transformed into "fun, young wines that are focused on balance, elegance and varietal characteristics." We can't let malbec steal the show, so our second Argentinian wine is a cabernet sauvingon, also from the Uco Valley. The Atamisque wine is from a single vineyard clear up at 3600 feet! Classic profile of ''red fruit jam, with notes of dark minerals, cigar box and hints of black pepper"