Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
With the arrival of October also comes the arrival of Columbus Day and an opportunity to reflect on the fact that he never actually set foot in the United States. Such deep thinking is always more effective with a glass of wine in hand, and that's where we come in. We have included a trio of full-bodied wines to take the nip out of the autumn air. We also would like to remind you of our annual fall wine tasting on November 1st at All Saints Church to benefit Princeton Pro Musica. Salud!
Aldegheri Santambrogio Le Pietre Rosso Veronese 1997, Italy
A few years ago the Italian wine world saw the introduction of wines known as "Super-Tuscans". This means the blending of traditionally Italian grape varieties such as Sangiovese with traditionally French varieties like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. What we have here is what could be called a "Super-Veneto". It combines the lighter fruit characteristics of the grapes Corvina and Rondinella with the rich cassis flavor of Cabernet Sauvignon for a delicious and easy drinking Pizza or Pasta Wine.
Cerbaiona Toscana IGT 1996, Italy
This wine is a surprise and a treat to offer and to consume. It comes from the region of Montalcino in Tuscany, home to the famed and expensive Brunello di Montalcino. About five years ago, winemakers Diego Molinari and his wife Nora embarked on a series of experimental steps in an effort to maximize the potential of the estate. This led them to settle on Merlot and Cabernet instead of Sangiovese as the principal grapes they were going to put into their wine. This full-flavored and round wine will pair well with Steak and Potatoes or perhaps an Osso Bucco for a more Italian feel.
Domaine de Fenouillet Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2000, France
The Domaine de Fenouillet have only been producing wine under its own name since 1989, but have been growing grapes in the southern Rhone for generations. This little bottle of wine is a blend of mostly Grenache with a touch of Alicante thrown in to brighten up the final product. A fresh, rich, and fruity wine with good grip and an intriguing nose of briary spice, it represents a pleasurable wine at an even more pleasurable price.