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Wine Authorities tasting notes

leandra wrote this on August 30, 2008

We hit Wine Authorities right at noon for their weekly free wine tasting, mainly so we wouldn’t miss out on the second round of Locopops. (Our review at the bottom of this post.)

The wines we tried…

Vénus de Pinchinat, Vin de Pays Blanc 2007 (France), 100% Rolle (Vermentino grape), medium alcohol, a good food-pairing wine. Tastes like a classic sauvignon blanc but with with a little less bite. Good value at $10. (we got a bottle)

Sant’ Evasio, Barbera d’Asti 2007 (Italy), smelled like a grilled steak so I was immediately on board with this wine! Medium-bodied and light fruit, very herby, would be lovely with grilled meat and smoked cheeses. (we got a bottle)

Domaine de la Bouysse, Vin de Pays Rouge 2006 (France), my least favorite of the four, probably due to the cassis undertones from the grenache grape (20%). Jammy on the nose because of the syrah (30%) but weaker on the palate, definitely a food-wine.

Marietta, Old Vine Red Lot #47 (California), a robust red with a fruit-forward nose and a slightly sweet finish. This is the wine you drink before dinner with cured meat and smoked cheeses. Yum. (we got a bottle)

The Locopops were delicious. I started out with the Dry Rosé and Eric got the Torrontes (white), but after a few bites we swapped! The Rosé was floral and only semi-sweet while the Torrontes was sweeter with banana undertones.

Is this considered “drinking” and driving? :)

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