“A SELECTION OF SUMMER SIPPERS“
Nothing says Summer like an inflatable pink Flamingo wrapped around a plastic bottle of Provencal rosé. Continuing the theme of this weekend’s tastings, Saturday’s Free tasting celebrates Summer in its own whimsical way. The humble headliner is the new Rosé that’s been causing a bit of a splash since its arrival at Oak and Barrel recently.
Also on tap for this evening of delightful, enjoyable wines for Summer days and nights are a dazzlingly fresh and piquant Picpoul de Pinet, aka “the Muscadet of the South”, A delightful Red Burgundy, with Saturday night quality at a Wednesday night price and a beautiful Old-World Merlot from a great vintage and a wonderful Bordeaux producer.
Don’t miss this amazing treat of a Midsummer’s Eve tasting, featuring four fun, fresh and flouncy, slightly off-the-beaten-path wines that represent one of the best marriages of quality, value and price point around these days. Plus, plastic inflatable Pink Flamingos. What’s not to love?
Montmassot Picpoul de Pinet ($11.99): One of our very favorite things to drink in the heat of Summer is ice-cold wine made from this oft-unsung (and always under-rated) varietal from the south of France. Dry and crisp with zingy, zesty, lip-smacking citrus notes, this ultra-fresh wine is as stylish and sleek as its tall green bottle. A stellar value that shines best with its native cuisine, raw, seared or grilled seafood and tangy zesty Mediterranean flavors.
French Pool Toy Rosé ($12.99): Pool and/or beach rules prohibit glass containers? No problem! We have the perfect rosé for you. Delightfully crisp and juicy with a bright freshness perfectly suited for drinking in the great outdoors, and now you don’t have to worry about lugging glass bottles, breakage or running out of juicy rosé, because at that price you can afford to stock up. The plastic bottle makes this fun and practical as a sidekick for all your summer adventures.
Ch. De Roquebrune “Cuvee Reine” ($25.99): It is immediately apparent from the nose that this is from a ripe vintage, with lush black and red fruit aromas spilling freely from the glass. On the decidedly punchy palate, the aromas are confirmed with plum, cassis, fruits du bois and the requisite hint of leather and tobacco leaf. With air, the volume is turned down, like dimming the lights to set the mood, but the wine takes on a velevety seductive mien that persists through the now supple finish.
Domaine Naltet Mercurey ($26.99): A staff and customer favorite, this delightful Burgundy delivers weekend quality at workaday prices. From regarded appellation, in the heart of the Cotes Challonaise, Mercurey, this beautiful Burgundian Pinot Noir is multi-dimensional, with red fruit, spices, herbs and minerals all mingling and a medium-bodied palate with refreshing acidity. This excellent wine offers a distinct and noteworthy value.