A wine tasting is a great way to get some friends together, try a few new wines and learn something new about your own palate. The Hungry Southerner recently hosted our first wine blind tasting. We had a great time discussing (and sometimes debating) the virtues and drawbacks of the five Spanish reds we sampled.
Category Archives: Tuesday Wine
This week, I thought I’d try two reds on opposite ends of the flavor spectrum. For a heavier, medium bodied wine, I chose a Malbec from Pascual Toso. On the lighter side, I selected a Pinot Noir from Mark West. Although I’m constantly impressed by the wide choice of varietals on the market and the multitude of flavor profiles, it was the similarities between these two wines that surprised me most.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, we had a few friends over for a potluck dinner and had a chance to sample two more Tuesday wines, which couldn’t have been more different. The first was Louis Latour’s Pinot Noir that we enjoyed with appetizers of herbed goat cheese and olives. The second was a Cabernet Sauvignon by Catena that was served with the grilled pork loin entrée.
If you’re like me, you get excited after a long, cold winter when the temperature begins to climb and the days start to lengthen in anticipation of summer. Along with blooming flowers and bountiful vegetable gardens, summertime provides the perfect backdrop for backyard barbeques and impromptu dinners with friends over a bottle (or two) or good wine.
Not long after we moved into our current house outside of Atlanta, we started sharing things with the next-door neighbors: cups of sugar, random garden tools and bottles of wine. The concept of Tuesday wine developed as a shortcut way to borrow some decent, but inexpensive wine for a mid-week dinner. You know, when you’ve just pulled a steak off the grill, realized that you’re slap out of wine and can’t stand the thought of getting back in the car for just a bottle of wine? Tuesday wine fits the bill perfectly – not necessarily something you’d let age in the wine cellar (as if we had one) but good enough for a random Tuesday. The following is a review of two reds I picked up recently for just such an occasion.