Monday, May 23, 2011

Wine Dinner 05/27 at GOL

Featuring Casa Silva Wines

Fresh Baby arugula, covered in Grana Padano cheese and balsamic vinegar
Casa Silva Chardonnay Reserva

Calamari Salad
Casa Silva Chardonnay Reserva
  
Sliced Sirloin Steak, grilled yucca and fresh asparagus
Casa Silva Carmenere Reserva

Chocolate Mousse Cake
Casa Silva Micro Terroir Los Lingues Carmenere
  
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$49 per person includes 4-course meal and wines. The first 3 Casa Silva Reservas 
are rated 90 points by Robert Parker and the Micro Terroir is rated 94.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wine Dinner 05/27 at GOL

Wine Dinner with terrific Casa Silva wines.

$49 per person includes wines and full rodizio dinner. 

Wine Tasting Dinner at GOL! The Taste of Brazil on 05/13/11

Wine Dinners

Featuring Dona Paula with their fabulous estate wines. 



$49 per person includes 4 wines and full rodizio dinner

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WHAT I AM DRINKING TODAY. CHILEAN WINE TASTING APRIL 13, 2011

Wines of Chile held a fabulous tasting of the Syrah and Pinot Noir Varietals that this country produces, 4 of each.   In general all of the wines were very good, some outstanding, a few great.   Here are my evaluations of what we tasted:

PINOT NOIR

  1. VALDIVIESO RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2009  (CASABLANCA VALLEY, $16.99
I found this wine to be pleasing and quite good, though a little light in both body and color.  There are other Pinots from Chile in this price range that are much superior, however.

  1. VINA CASABLANCA NIMBUS ESTATE PINOT NOIR (CASABLANCA VALLEY, $19.99)
Deep in purple tones, this wine has good body and is well balanced.  I found its texture excellent with many of the tonalities typical of good Chilean Pinots.

  1. VERAMONTE RITUAL PINOT NOIR 2009 (CASABLANCA VALLEY, $19.99)
This was one of the more interesting experiences of the night.  At first, I found the ritual to be tart and having a short, unpleasing finish.  However, when I came back to it later, after having tasted all 8 wines, I found it to be quite smooth, with major finesse, and a long pleasing finish.  It actually turned out to be one of the best of the night.  Curiously, 3 days later I was having dinner at one of my son’s house in NYC and he pulled out a Ritual to have with pizza and salad!!  It was really fabulous.  I am now a fan.  An outstanding wine for sure.

  1. CONO SUR OCIO PINOT NOIR 2008 (CASABLANCA VALLEY, $65.00)
In my mind, Ocio was unquestionably the best wine of the night and is the best wine Cono Sur produces.  It is a great wine and can stand up to wines 10 times its price from the best of France.  It may not be DRC but it is a terrific version; long in the finish, smooth like silk, and with an individualistic offering of mild spices.

SYRAH

  1. TAMAYA SYRAH RESERVA 2009 (LIMARI VALLEY ($ 17.99)
Subtly round, with good balance and a smooth finish.  An outstanding wine, without being overwhelming, I found its medium body very pleasing.

  1. LOMA LARGA SYRAH 2006 (CASABLANCA VALLEY, $29.00)
This boutique winery is one of my favorites.  All of their wines possess tremendous subtlety and style.  The Syrah is a very special version, French in style, and quite complex for this varietal.    I found it to be very sensuous and delicious.  There are less than 1000 cases made so it is a privilege to drink it.   This is a great wine. 

  1. UNDURRAGA T.H. SYRAH 2009 (LEYDA VALLEY, $24.99)
This Syrah is quite different in style from the others, in part because Leyda Valley has a different climate, in part because the winemaker paves his own trail.  I found it to be terrific in every way, body, aroma, and finish.  A wonderful wine and a rewarding experience.

  1. HACIENDA ARAUCANO RESERVA SYRAH (LOLOI VALLEY ($13.00)
This wine is very good, with medium body and a nice finish.  It is a more traditional version but a solid product.

WHAT I AM DRINKING TODAY, APRIL 27, 2011.


THREE GREAT CARMENERES!!

I brought some wine down to visit my friends in Key West, Florida.   They prepared some terrific Grilled Gulf Pink Shrimp and we decided to go red, big red, some of my favorite Chilean reds:  Carmenere!   I believe that Carmenere is the next big thing in the wine world and is already attaining a growing fan base among cognoscenti.  At my wine tastings, I always have a Carmenere, usually with a grilled “linguiƧa”, a wonderful pairing for a wine tasting event.

This time I brought 3 different Carmeneres, in region, in style and in price.  All three stood up extremely well, although all three have different styles.  Frankly, I was surprised how well the less expensive ones compared, so I went back many times to compare the tastes, aromas, finish and was extremely pleased to find that they all had their magnificent, individualistic style.

  1. Natura Carmenere is produced from an organically grown farm by Emiliana, a wholly owned subsidiary of Concha Y Toro.  Retailing under $10, Natura is a very special wine from Colchagua Valley.  Like all Carmenere, it is a big wine.  As produced by Emiliana, its corpulence is subtle, but strong with lots of spices and an incredibly satisfying finish.  There is a minimum of oak influence and the Carmenere is nicely balanced with characteristic mineral overtones.   This wine is special and very affordable.  But let me emphasize that if the price were doubled it would still be worth it.  A fabulous wine in all aspects.
  1. Casa Silva Carmenere Reserva comes from different estates and is a rich, corpulent wine that is partially (about half the grapes) aged in French oak for 6 months.  Somewhat darker, it is a dense well balanced wine that is filled with herbs and spices.  A little more complex than the Natura, it is a work of art as it does not depend on oaking for its long, delicious finish.  At under $15, it is a fabulous addition to any wine cellar.
  1. Terrunyo Carmenere is velvety smooth and drinks like a top notch Bordeaux.  WARNING:   If you collect expensive Bordeaux wines, do not blind taste them against this Terrunyo as you may want to go out and sell the Bordeaux immediately.  This is an incredibly smooth and long finish, full of finesse and style.  Unlike the other two above, some 7% of the wine is from other varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.  Under $50, I love to challenge my friends to a wine tasting with it—it never loses.
 None of these Carmeneres have any thought of under-ripeness, for which some experts criticize Carmenere.   All of the above wines are special, individualistic and without fault in my opinion.  It was very satisfying to see the first two hold up well after having the great Terrunyo and its incredibly smooth, long finish.  Chile must do more to get the word out about these terrific wines!!