The Tasting Table

The Tasting Table

Wine World is proud to be the only major beverage store in our area to afford you the opportunity to sample several of our products before you make your purchases each week.

We invite you to take advantage of these free tasting opportunities so you may learn about new products, discover how your taste buds will react to the experiences, and to develop new favorites.

The following is this week's tasting schedule.

 

Friday May 29th at 4:00:

 

* Remember, when you purchase any of the featured wines during our tasting events, you will receive a 10% discount or the super-discounted sale price, whichever saves you more!

 

Drink Your Words!

 

Enhancing Vocabulary with Wine

 

Wine is certainly meant for enjoyment - with or without food! It can enhance your meal or your mood, open pathways for discussion or introspection, and can even make your heart healthier!

 

But what other uses can be found for our favorite beverage? How about using it to expand our vocabulary?

 

We thought we'd try that this week, so here is a list of words we are going to explore with wine:

 

1) Provenance
2) Uppercut
3) Orogeny
4) Terrazas
5) Bacchanalia

 

Sound like fun? Ready to get started? Okay, let's go!

  1. Provenance \ 'präv-nun(t)s \ n [F, fr provenir to come forth, originate]:  ORIGIN, SOURCE. (1) a record of ownership of a piece of art from its creation to the present used as a guarantee of a work's authenticity.  (2) Geology: the source of materials that make up an area's sediment. The origin of a vineyard's soil is critical since the soil drives the wine's quality, flavors and aromas, eclipsing viticulture and winemaking differences.
     
     
    2012 Provenance "Rutherford" Sauvignon Blanc - 19.99:  The "Rutherford Dust" can be tasted and experienced in this bright, fresh, crisp and vivid Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc! It brims with exceptionally juicy-ripe tropical fruit and citrus expressions.
     
    Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, honeydew melon and orange blossom layer the aromas and lemon-custard flavors. Hints of minerality and French oak spices add even further dimension to this wine's profile. The texture is seductive as the silky flavors glide across the palate and culminate in a tangy mango finish.
     
  2. Uppercut \'uhp-er-kuht \ n:  (1) Boxing: a swinging blow directed upward with a bent arm. (2) Bridge: a play of a higher trump than necessary used to draw an overtrump by an opponent, to establish one's partner's hand to be strengthened. (3) Viticulture: the use of the highest quality grapes available in the production of a wine - the "upper cut". 
     
     
    2013 Uppercut "Napa County" Chardonnay - 16.99:  Lovely aromas of pear and baked apple with notes of nectarine, hazelnut and toasty oak on the palate. This is a rich, yet balanced wine made from grapes grown in select areas of Napa County and processed next door in Sonoma! Lively acidity lifts the wine and makes it a great pairing for a variety of seafood or poultry dishes. It's a knockout!
     
  3. Orogeny \ or-'rä-juh-ne \ n [G, fr: oro, mountain and geny, birth]:  the process of mountain formation especially by folding of the earth's crust.
     
    2013 Orogeny Vineyards "Russian River Valley" Pinot Noir - 39.99:  Thousands of years ago, as tectonic plates shifted and collided beneath what is now Sonoma County, surface land masses were forced upward creating the Sonoma Mountains. They are separated by the small depressions between them (valleys) that have proven to be ideal for wine grape production.

    Blending wines from four different vineyards in the Russian River Valley appellation has given this fragrant Pinot Noir its focused, complex dark-berry, rose petal, mineral and earth character. A style with purity, delicacy and finesse. Barrel aging adds toffee nuances and silkiness on the palate. 
     
  4. Terrazas \ ter-'rat-sas \ n -pl [S form, L fr: terraceus, of earth, land or ground]:  (1) unroofed, paved areas, immediately adjacent to a house, etc. and usually overlooking a lawn or garden. (2) a. galleries, porticos, or colonnades. b. spacious verandas; piazzas. (3) parklike strips in the middle of a boulevard. (4) a. a series of flat platforms of earth with sloping sides, rising one above the other, as on a hillside, b. geologic formations of this nature.

    2011 Terrazas de los Andes "Reserva" Cabernet Sauvignon - 21.99 17.99:  Here is a great sale price on a magnificent Cab from Argentina! It was made from grapes harvested from various benches at different altitudes that formed naturally in the Andes Mountains.

    Showing a deep red with black highlights, this wine oozes intense fruit notes such as blackberry, cherry and plum with sweet spicy hints. The aromas are excellently combined with bitter chocolate and smooth toasted notes from barrel aging. Intense and well balanced, the tannins are delicate, smooth and well-rounded, and it offers a long and elegant finish with a great concentration of fruits.
     
  5. Bacchanalia \ba-kuh-'nal-yuh \ n  [L fr: bacchanalis]: a festival in honor of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication, celebrated with dancing, song, revelry, and of course lots of wine!

    Now, about your homework assignment...

 

A great lineup of fine wines!  

 

 

This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:

  

Great Picks Under $15

 

This week, our good friend and former teammate Joe Kent returns to Wine World to lead us through a tasting of some great wines from...

 

Prestige Beverage Group

Elkridge, MD

 

 When Joe left Wine World, it was to dedicate himself full time to the wholesale supply of fine wines, spirits, and beers as a member of the Prestige Beverage Group.

 

They define their success by achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction possible, so we understand why Joe fits in so well with them.

 

Just like his time with us, the customer always comes first! And they constantly strive to exceed your expectations!

 

Today, Joe's back at Wine World with today's tasting of some fantastic values from his wine portfolio - all well made and great tasting wines for under $15!

 

We hope you will join us this Saturday afternoon and welcome Joe back! Here's what's on the line up:

 

2012 Deloach Central Coast Chardonnay - 13.99:  DeLoach is one of only a handful of U.S. wineries to have been biodynamic-certified according to the rigorous standards of Demeter, as well as receiving organic certification by CCOF. They show that you can produce lovely wines at affordable prices while still being good stewards of the land that sustains them!

 

This lovely straw colored Chardonnay offers creamy, tropical aromas with nice depth, and flavors of lemon, pear and pineapple delivered on well balanced acidity. The taste finishes with fresh mineral and crisp apple notes.

 

2012 Deloach Central Coast Pinot Noir - 13.99:  Also from Deloach, we present this ruby colored Pinot Noir. It showcases aromas and flavors of juicy fruit such as strawberry and red cherries, with a hint of gingerbread, along with a well-balanced structure. This wine is medium in body and has a nice long finish.

 

2009 Villa Puccini Chianti Riserva, DOCG - 14.99:  This lovely Tuscan wine is from the heart of the Chianti zone. Made primarily of Sangiovese (90%) blended with some red Canaiolo (10%), it was made in the style of a young Bordeaux - a minimum of one year of aging in large oak casks, plus 3 months more in the bottle prior to release.

 

This produces pleasant, vibrant, dry and delicious red wine with relaxed tannins. This "Riserva" offers aromas of violets and strawberries opening to a dry, fruity and harmonious taste that leads to a pleasant finish.

 

2013 Zolo Malbec - 11.99:  This 100% Malbec is from the Maipú and Lujan Valleys of Mendoza, Argentina. It pours a deep purple color in the glass, and exudes aromas with a high intensity of black fruits, raspberries and violets. These fruits carry over to the palate and intensify with sweet tannins and licorice notes, culminating in a smooth and harmonious finish.

 

2013 Urban Riesling - 12.99:  This pale straw colored Riesling is from the Mosel region of Germany where slate dominates the soil types on the steep sloping vineyards. It opens with a wet stone and lime like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and mouthwatering. The taste profile is a tangy orange and tart green apple with notes of lime and minerals, and it finishes semi-dry with nicely prolonged flavors.

  

 

 

 

  

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