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VA--Columbus Day Tasting Celebrating with Bold Reds
Sat, October 7, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Officially becoming a federal holiday in 1937, Columbus Day is a day to commemorate the bold undertaking of Christopher Columbus! With a crew of 90 and only three ships, Christopher Columbus stumbled upon the New World. A discover that helped shape history to what it is today. In honor of Columbus’s journey and discovery we will be celebrating with big, bold reds!
How Wine Makers Make Bolder and Full-Bodied Wines:
A technique that winemakers use when trying to make a bold red is Malolactic Fermentation. This is an additional process that helps to increase a wines texture, making the wine rounder, more creamy tasting. An additional technique for making full-bodied wines is oak aging. But aging wine in oak this helps to add tannins and aroma to the compounds of the wine. Oak esters and tannin then help to balance out and give the wine more body. The newer the oak the more it affects the wine. If you enjoy big, bold, and full-bodied wines then look for wines that have been aged for 12+ months!
Darkest, Full-Bodied Red Wines in the World:
Douro Reds Indigenous grapes from the Douro including Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional taste of fresh blueberries and violets.
Petite Sirah High tannin and blackberry are prevalent flavors in the natural cross of Syrah and esoteric French variety Peloursin.
Mourvedre Meaty flavors and black in color make this wine a popular selection to a small group of hardcore followers.
Shiraz A marketing success for Australia in the late 1980’s, it worked because of Shiraz’s sweet tobacco finish
Syrah Tasting of black olives to Red Velvet cake, Syrah hits your palate upfront and tapers off to the tingle of acidity.
Nero D’Avola A value wine from Sicily tasting of licorice, black cherry and leather. Oak aging deepens and makes Nero D’Avola lush and opulent.
Malbec Grown in high altitudes to increase acidity, this black-staining grape has blueberry and vanilla flavors when aged in oak.
Priorat An area with extreme schist-rock soils that uses Grenache and Cabernet to make very inky, highly sought-after wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon* The classic full-bodied red wine from France that outputs pepper and cedar flavors along with loads of fruit
Merlot* When aged in American oak, merlot has higher tannin and savory tobacco flavors along with the classic taste of black cherry pie.
What to Expect:
This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The 6 to 8 wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.