Perhaps the title of this article is too optimistic, for spring has yet to settle into the Northeast. But I did see crocuses rearing their purple heads this morning, so I will drink wines accordingly.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz In early spring you can certainly still drink big-bodied red wines, and there are so many good ones from so many global vineyards right now in the marketplace, at just about every price point. Here is a slew I'm enjoying right now.
Indian Rosé Argento Reserva Malbec 2010 ($14) -- The characteristic flavor of Malbec, with its strong tannins, make this wine a primer for the fine red wines of this varietal now coming out of Mendoza vineyards in Argentina. It's very well priced for the quality, especially since Argento only started making Malbec as recently as 1998. The wine spends nine months in oak barrels, softening it to its present equilibrium.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc
Peter Parts, founder of the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, sent us a list of the top New York medalists.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India Anthony Road Wine Co. led the way with two double gold and two gold medals, closely followed by Swedish Hill Winery with one double gold and three golds. Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards earned one double gold and two gold medals; Wagner Vineyards and Brooklyn Winery won three gold apiece. Earle Estates Meadery got a gold medal and its Wort Hog Cidery received a double gold and a gold.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Full results will be released later from the competition, which was judged Saturday and Sunday at the Rochester Plaza Hotel downtown. Among them will be the top awards are the John Rose Award for the Best in Class Riesling; the Crystal Grape Award, for the best in class ice wine, the Best in Class Chardonnay and the Best in Class Cabernet Sauvignon.
Flamingos in the Camargue; Tahiti's only vineyard; Colomé in Argentina boasts the world's highest vineyard Tired of field after field of vines? Claire Adamson takes a look at some of the world’s most-extreme vineyard locations.
Rosé India 1. Rangiora, Tahiti : The exposed crater of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific seems like an unlikely place for a vineyard. Then again, Tahiti is a French overseas territory, and where there are French people, there’s viticulture (there are even vines growing in old minefields in Vietnam). Tahiti’s vineyards lie on coral soils on the small atoll of Rangiora, which sounds crazy but isn’t really: winemaker Dominique Auroy claims these limestone soils are not too far removed from those of Burgundy, France. The climate, on the other hand… let’s just say you probably wouldn’t don a bikini for a trip to a village in the Côte de Beaune.
Sauvignon Blanc India 2. Sable de Carmargue , southern France: The Rhône river is well known for its wines – surely some of the best in France. What is less well known is that the marshy, sandy land where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean is also home to viticulture. This is definitely extreme – instead of roasted, sunbaked slopes, these vineyards sit on the very edge of the ocean, where they are awash in the tide for a month or so every year. The Camargue’s sandy soils meant that the phylloxera louse that devastated the European wine industry had little effect here, and an added bonus of being this close to the sea is the pink clouds of flamingos (and mosquitoes) that prettify the skies.
Chenin Blanc India
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