Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
Josef Leitz Weingut Rudesheimer Drachenstein Riesling Rheingau 2001, Germany
The wines of Germany are amongst the most under appreciated wines in the world; at least as far as the American wine drinker is concerned. The perception of German wines as sweet and cheap has been reinforced by years of Blue Nun and Black Tower being their most visible representatives. This is an exception to the stereotype, floral, crisp and extremely well balanced and downright delicious. This Riesling is an excellent option when the cuisine veers off into the spicy creations of Asian and Pacific Rim cuisine.
Yalumba Viognier South Australia 2001, Australia
Viognier is a temperamental grape that reaches the highest levels of quality in the tiny enclave of Condreiu, in the northern Rhone Valley of France. Unfortunately, The price of one bottle of Condreiu could exceed the price of three months worth of our Club Memberships. That being the case, we have found a Viognier that doesn't break the bank, yet still has many of the characteristics that make the wine such a pleasure to enjoy. This full-bodied wine opens with a nose of peaches and white flowers. On the palate it is dry and well structured with just a hint of minerality on the finish. The exotic and full nature of this wine allows it to be paired successfully with aromatic seafood dishes like those found in Thai and other Southeast-Asian cuisines.
Peachy Canyon Paso Robles Zinfandel Paso Robles 1999, California
Now that summer is upon us, it's high time to haul out the grill and play with some fire. Simple, robust, barbecue is often best complimented by the straightforward briary fruit of a good rich Zinfandel. This wine also possesses a balance not often seen in this age of monstrously high alcohol Zins. Oh don't worry, it has plenty of punch, but it is wrapped in layers of fruit and spice to such a degree that the 15% alc is not apparent as a "hot" feeling on your palate. In the end, what you get is a wine with full, round, raspberry flavors and soft well-balanced finish, that has enough guts to go with Char-Grilled anything or the thickest barbecue sauce you could come by.