So, this year my resolution is to try new and more unique wines. Working in a store with such an incredible and eclectic selection, it seems to be a shame if I didn’t explore every region and wine we sell. There have been a number of wines on the shelves that have stood out to me. My first and most obscure pick is the 2012 Moric Blaufrankish; my next picks are the 2010 Foradori Granato (Teroldego being the varietal) and the 2009 Aubry Brut Rose.
Blaufrankish is the most popular and widely grown varietal in Austria. The most values Blaufrankish comes from the Burgenland region, just south of Vienna. Roland Velich’s passion for this wine lead him to develop an organic vineyard in Burgenland that focuses predominantly on Blaufrankish. His winery Moric has definitely learned to perfect the cultivation of this unique wine and it had caught my attention. So, I tried it and finally understood all the hype. It is vibrant and lean with bright acidity and fine tannins. This red varietal is smooth and supple and delicious; the nose and palate overflow with ripe, juicy red berries and fruit. I definitely suggest going outside of your normal selection to try this wine.
Teroldego is a grape varietal native to the Alto Adige region in northern Italy. This wine is rich and bold, resembling Cabernet Franc with its tannic, chalky nature. Yet, Teroldego is more elegant with ripe red and black berry flavors. The 2010 Foradori Granato is such a great example of this wine. The Foradori winery has embraced this indigenous varietal and helped to make it a better-known, more popular wine. Their Grantato Teroldego is balanced and beautiful. It definitely needs to be open for about an hour before drinking, but once it opens up it’s irresistible. With winter finally feeling cold, this is a great wine to try. It’s definitely a good wine to have with steak… and maybe next to a fireplace with a good movie on.
Lastly, I want to drink more Champagne. I love Champagne, but it’s taken me a longer time to wrap my mind around and truly understand all of its nuances and characteristics. So, naturally, I just need to drink more Champagne, and I think our customers should, too. Fortunately, we recently got in a WHOLE LOT of sparkling. One of the wines is the 2009 Aubry Brut Rose. This Rose Champagne comes from a great producer and a great vintage, and it is visually just a beautiful bottle. I have yet to try this wine, but I have done a bit of research. Robert Parker said, “Aubry crafts some of the most exciting and distinctive wines in Champagne… readers should do whatever they can to taste these unique, compelling Champagnes.” This particular rose is salmon in color. It is described as having intense aromatics of citrus and flowers and the palate has powerful flavors of red berry fruit, good acidity, and a long, pretty finish. I can’t wait to try this one.
I hope you are inspired to try to wines and be a little more adventurous with your wine buying!