As the tour season has slowed down for the winter, the wine tasting season has picked up! Over the last couple of months I’ve tasted some great American, Spanish, and French wines. As much as I love tasting the wines from New Zealand, it’s always good to keep up on what is happening in other wine areas around the world.
The season started tasting the great 2010 vintage wines from Bordeaux. The price points ranged from $20- $200NZD. Really interesting and solid wines across the board. Definitely worth buying and putting away some of those pricier (and heavier-style) wines.
Nearer to the US celebration ~ 4th of July, an American wine tasting was next. It was an interesting mix of more obscure varietals (viognier, petite sirah and zinfandel) and regions. California was the dominate area of production, with a touch of Oregon thrown in. Same could be said for the group that attended ~ mostly expat-Californians with a couple of expat-Washingtonians (?) in the mix! Overall, well-made, delicious wines. So different than the Bordeaux tasting the month before.
Lastly this month, it was back to old world and Spain. Lately it seems that we’re seeing a lot of inexpensive (but tasty) wines coming from Spain, and I am frankly really happy to see them. I find these wines offer good value for the money, and as a fan of the “old school” style of wines from there, they really deliver. In saying that, there were some truly new world-tasting wines on offer ~ for example, the Cab. Sauv-Syrah-Merlot wine from Cadiz. While very fresh, fruity and rich, I personally felt that the wine could have been from any country. It just didn’t say “Spain” to me at all. I was clearly in the minority, as it was the best selling wine of the evening! We did end the evening with two wines that absolutely, positively screamed ” Spain, Spain, Spain!!” ~ The Marques de Riscal Riserva and Gran Riserva. ~ Wow!. Produced from one of the oldest wine houses in Rioja, these wines were classic Tempranillo – dark, deep an dusty. I was truly in my element.