March 2019 "European Spring Break" Urban Sampler
European Spring Break!
Some people might dream of spending their spring break lounging on a beach somewhere, but that’s not our style! As the snow starts to thaw we’re daydreaming about the winemaking capitols of the old world- Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. Grab a Sampler and a glass and get ready for this wine tour- no passport required!
2017 Cantina Santa Maria La Palma “Aragosta” Vermentino *2W* (Sardinia, IT)
The winemakers at Cantina combine the traditional wine making methods of the region with state-of-the-art technology to create wines of distinction and quality. Our favorite of their o erings is this crisp, light Vermentino. With aromas of green apples and almonds, it hints at Italian summers spent by the sea. Sip it on it’s own, or pair it with seafood dishes.
2017 Zum Riesling *3W* (Mosel, Germany)
Riesling may be one of the most food-friendly whites out there, but this rendition is so mouthwatering you might not want to eat anything while you drink it! Zippy and light, it features notes of green lime and honey followed by zesty lime on the palate and a hint of sweetness on the nish. If you do want to pair it with food, we suggest crab cakes or pumpkin ravioli and a healthy dose of daydreaming about afternoons on the Rhine River.
2016 Bodegas Murviedro “Aldea” Tinto *6R* (Valencia, SP)
Since founding Bodegas Murviedro in 1927, the Schenk family has passed control of the winery down generation to generation. Their dedication to the land shines through the quality of their wines, particularly in the 2016 vintage of their red blend. Medium bodied and exceptionally easy-drinking, it boast aromas of ripe red fruit with delicate undertones of vanilla and spice. Drink with cured meats or roast duck.
2016 Le Clairon des Anges Costieres de Nimes Rouge *7R* (Rhone Valley, FR)
“Le Clairon des Anges” translates to “the trumpet of the angels”, and we have to say that this wine certainly is heavenly! Full bodied with grippy tannins, it boasts avors of licorice and red fruit on the nose and palate, nishing with a hint of dried herbs. This hearty wine calls for equally hearty food for pairing like venison or tomato-based pasta dishes.