Another year, another Wine Expo. I attended the Wine Expo over the weekend and had a blast. Great friends, good wine, manageable crowds and friendly volunteers. Bless their hearts, I’m sure a few volunteers are suffering from wine elbow (as opposed to tennis elbow) from all the pouring. I love the Expo because I get a chance to try new wines. Here are several wines that I fell in love with:
Villa Appalaccia’s Pinot Grigio: For the moment, it’s my favorite Virginia Pinot Grigio. Take a sip and it explodes in your mouth. You’ll notice some wonderful pear and apple flavors. I can’t wait to crack open the bottle I purchased. Can summer get here soon, so I can sip this on the porch?
Castle Gruen’s Traminette: It’s sweet with notes of apricot (this is mostly what I tasted), pineapple and mango. The coolest part? There’s an unexpected spicy finish at the end. Yum, yum, yum!
Chrysalis’s Viognier: A friend mentioned that this was his favorite voignier at the Expo. I must admit that I tend to lean towards whites distilled in steel barrels, but Chrysalis seduced me. Not too oakey, full-bodied, creamy and balanced. The lovely honeydew and vanilla aromas also helped. Why didn’t I buy a bottle?
Afton Mountain’s Mountain Red: There’s nothing I love more than cracking open a bottle of red wine after work. Afton’s Mountain Red is my bottle of choice. It’s a blend of Sangiovese and Carbernet Franc, and is a smooth, easy-to-drink red. If only steaks were as easy to make as opening a bottle of wine.
Delfosse’s Cuvee Laurent: It’s another great table wine. Winemaker Claude Delfosse is originally from France. Thank goodness he decided to come to Virginia, because his wine is delicious. Aged in oak and super smooth with notes of blackberry. If you open a bottle, it will be hard to stop.
Those are just a sampling of the wines we tasted and enjoyed. What were you favorites? Leave em’ in the comments.
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If you’re looking to learn more about wine, there’s a seat at Morton’s The Steakhouse waiting for you. Every few months, sommelier Sara Fasolino stops by to host a wine class. And, in typical Morton’s fashion, the events are guaranteed to be fabulous and top-notch. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to stop by the [...]