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How To Celebrate The Longest Day Of The Year?


At a Joe Saglimbeni wine tasting of course!

I’m heading out there in about an hour and half :) I mean how can you say no to a complimentary wine tasting, Italian style appetizers and 25% off the wines featured in the tasting? Last week 3 bottles came home with my parents and I …

A delicious 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Chateau La Rame in Bordeaux :) This is the kind of wine you want on your patio on a hot Texas summer evening … well really any geographic location’s summer evening, lol. The aromas of tall dry Texas summer grass, hints of summer lemonade at 25 cents a glass, and crisp/fresh like summer laundry line drying in the sun :) And at $16.49 … this was a steal!

The second wine was a rose blend from Bodegas Fuentespina in Ribera del Duero, Spain. From the 2009 vintage, the grapes were Tempranillo, Garnacha and Albillo. This was the first time I had ever seen/heard of the Albillo grape, so that was a neat discovery for me. Albillo is a white Spanish grape planted primarily in the Ribera del Duero region and can also be found in the Madrid, Ávila and Galicia areas in Spain. In reading up on this grape I read that it used to make red wines more aromatic, I imagine similar to the concept of mixing the white varietal, Viognier into Syrah based red wines. The Albillo grape also adds smoothness to the wines it is blended with. I am a huge fan of dry rosés and this one made me want to dance with joy when I tasted it. The aromas were of fresh fruit and red berries from a Spanish open market. It was lively like a Spanish flamenco dancer flinging her dress in the heat of passion. So, cook up a batch of your favorite Paella and open a bottle of this Fuentespina Rosado – and at $12.99 you can probably open two or three :P

The last wine that made the cut to be taken home with us was this delightful and flavorful 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from 14 Hands Winery in Washington State.  The winemaker for this wine Keith Kenison describes this wine as having “aromas of red currants, raspberries, subtle hints of spice, spiced cherry & plum flavors, joined by notes of cocoa and complemented by fine, velvety tannins.” He recommends pairing this wine with tomato-basil bruschetta, eggplant parmesan, herb crusted prime rib, grilled beef steak, hearty venison stew. So since its 100+ outside here in San Antonio, Texas I think tomorrow I am gonna open me a bottle of this and make some tomato-basil bruschetta :)

Alright, time for me to get ready for tonight’s wine tasting at Joe Saglimbeni’s :) See y’all on the next post!

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