April 2003 Varsity Wine Club Selections
This April is a very festive month for us, celebrating both Easter and Passover and serving up great wines to match these feasts. We spared you a Kosher wine this month, although there are now several delicious ones in the store that would rival any wine out there. This month we feature a Californian Rose, a Californian Merlot and a real stunner from western Australia. Happy Holidays!
Artesa Merlot Napa Valley 1999
This may be the first time that we have ever featured a Merlot from California. We’ve had trouble finding a Californian Merlot to feature for a couple of reasons: the first being that they tend to be too expensive and the second being that Californian Merlots can be too green (taste of bell peppers). Finally we have found a merlot with great aromas of black cherry, black plum and sweet oak neatly interwoven. The wine is very polished with a great texture and a long, long, long finish. Artesa is a relatively new winery located on the valley floor in Napa.
Evans & Tate Margaret River Classic Red 2001
The owner of Evans & Tate winery dropped in the store one day to push some of his wines. Well, it turns out that he didn’t have to push too hard; we enjoyed everything we tried. We chose the Classic Red for this month’s selection because it is outright tasty. This Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot blend has great depth and intensity and would be a fine match with a lamb or ham dish.
Toad Hollow Eye of The Toad Dry Pinot Noir Rose 2002Toad Hollow is owned by Todd Williams (Brother of Actor/Comedian Robin Williams) and Rodney Strong. Previously known for their outlandish labels, Toad Hollow is making a name for themselves on what is inside the bottle. “Eye of the Toad” is a dry Rose with no hint of sweetness, but great amounts of spice, pepper and strawberry flavors. This wine goes very well with Asian food, a cuisine that is becoming almost indigenous to the northern end of Princeton. So if you are in the mood for Thai, Chinese or the like, take this bottle along.