Thursday’s Free tasting at Oak and Barrel offers you the chance to explore some great Summer alternatives. While everyone is breaking out the Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, or slogging through inappropriately big bodied reds on hot summer nights, you can enjoy these wonderful, fresh and lively quaffers made from more esoteric varietals, or unusual regions.
These wines are tasty, seasonal and represent great values. Come on down from 5-8Pm on Thursday and see for yourself. After all, isn’t Summer the best time for adventures and experiencing new things?
Clos Teddi Patrimonio Blanco ($25.99): Corsican wine has been getting a lot of (well-deserved) buzz lately, as wine making on this Island combines French skill and philosophy with true Mediterranean terroir. This Vermentino here supplies a ripe, orange and apricot-flavored wine. With a crisp citrus note, the palate is nevertheless full, creamy and juicy. A mineral edge adds interest, bringing out the perfumed fruit.
Folkway Deviator Semillon ($19.99):
This Golden State take on Semillon, the storied grape of Sauterne and partner-in-crime to Sauvignon Blanc in Bordeaux Blanc, is vinified dry, yet unctuous and full with ripe, honeyed fruit aromas and a well-balanced, zaftig palate that drives home how decadent even California wine made with restraint can be. A crisp finish makes this a great accompaniment to light, seasonal fare.
Chateau Jouclary Cabardès Rouge ($14.99): The Cabardès appellation is located on the southern slopes of the Montagne Noir, the most southern outcropping of the Massif Central and just outside the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. Here, a harmonious meeting of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences provides herby highlights to this ripe and easy drinking, medium-weight blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache. Amazing as an accompaniment to grilled meats.
Dom. Du Cros ‘Lo Sang’ Marcillac ($18.99): Another great, chillable red for a rooftop party or summer griller, this time from fairly obscure AOC Marcillac, where the grape of choice is the even more obscure Fer Servadou. This everyday cuvee presents with a vivacious red robe, aromas of blackcurrant, bramble and a rich minerality, present in the palate as a sanguine quality that makes this wine an ideal accompaniment to burgers, barbeque and all manners of ethnic cuisine.