Archive for July 7th, 2010

Tonight at 58 Degrees!

Our very own MidMo wine writer, Michele Hebert, is hosting a tasting tonight (Wednesday) at 58 degrees from 5-8 pm.  Here are the delicious  deets:


When it gets as hot as it has been this summer, often times the only real relief comes in the form of an appropriately chilled glass of refreshing white wine. In this week’s Wednesday night tasting, we are excited to have special guest, Michele Hebert (be sure to check out her wine recommendations in Midtown Monthly), who will be taking you on a refreshing and, oh so, enjoyable line-up of unique and delicious whites (and one rosé) which will certainly not disappoint. So, we invite you to sit back, relax, as we turn the volume up real high on the delicious and good dials and get ready for an evening of serious appreciation, refreshment, and above all else, enjoyment.

Berger 2009 Gruner Veltliner | Kamptal Kremstal
Weingut Berger is an award-winning family run estate located in the heart of Austria’s famed Kamptal Kremstal winegrowing region. The 2009 Gruner Veltliner was named by the NY Times as “the best
white wine $15 and under.” It is fresh and expressive, with citrus, floral and mineral flavors that linger in the mouth.Charm and value are what typifies this must-try Austrian white.

Mercouri 2009 Kallisto | Peloponnese
Over the years, successive generations of the Mercouri family have rebuilt the winery, replanted the vineyards, all while doing their best to preserve the integrity and storied history of wines hailing from the Peloponnesian Islands. Today, the result is a modern winery producing some of the finest wines from ancient Greek grapes available to us. This wine is a unique blend of Robola and Assyrtiko. Enjoy its enlivening citrus aromas that lead onto a palette full of well-developed and rounded flavors, highlighted by freshly grated lemon zest.

Delaunay 2009 Rosé “Les Cabotines” | Touraine
This salmon-pink rosé made from a combination of Pineau d’Aunis and Gamay grapes is quite the value. Having recently been awarded a Gold Medal from the Concours Agricole in Paris (apparently the only French wine competition that matters), we are looking forward to enjoying lots of this unique and refreshing rosé from Touraine throughout the remainder of the summer. Allow exuberant flavors of fresh lemon, savory herbs and wild redcurrant invigorate your palette, as this wine dials up both the delicious and good factor that is central to the enjoyment of about just any wine.

Gysler 2009 Scheurebe Halbtrocken | Rheingau
Weingut Gysler has been operating in the Rheingau village of Alzey since 1450. Each of the estate’s wines consistently displays gratifying delicacy, firm authority, and certainly made to maximize your interest and enjoyment. Scheurebe, was born from the union between Riesling and a “wild vine” native to the region – though don’t believe those who might tell you its Silvaner. This wine exhibits flavors of wild Concord grapes, a hint of blackcurrants, and a healthy dose of vibrant grapefruit which is all brought together by a suggestion of residual sweetness on-the-finish. We really love this wine: “Scheurebe in my glass, or nothing else!”

Leitz 2008 “Dragonstone” Riesling QbA | Rheingau
Universally regarded as one of the rising stars of the new generation of Rheingau winemakers, Josef Leitz has had his hand in producing extraordinarily aromatic and vigorous wines for quite some time now. This wine contrasts crisp, cool fruit flavors with the earthy, broadly aromatic profile typical of the Rheingau with just a touch of sweetness. It’s focused and cleanly defined, showing an unusual sophistication for an entry-level wine.