Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wine Wednesday :: Boston Wine Expo 2013 Favorites

Whether I'm writing about wine or wisdom, the glass is always half full in my book. At the Boston Wine Expo this past weekend, the glass often contained a pour designed to stimulate my senses. Mr. Chat and I spent the better part of the afternoon sniffing and sipping our way through the robust rubies of Rhône, crisp ambers of California and so many more. I can't possibly mention all that made a lasting impression, but here's a look at the most memorable.

Fulcrum's On Point Christina's Cuvée is elegance in a glass. The harmony of cherry, strawberry and cinnamon waltz their way into the palate. Winemaker, David Rossi, named the claret-colored wine after his wife.

Hailing from the rustic region of Altenejo in eastern Portugal is Ciranda from Herdade dos Coelheiros. The vintage is a crushed confection of smoothness delight. I am told the wine accompanies grilled meats and robust cheeses well.

The Indaba Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with salads and seafood. The South African selection is a dynamic stir of gooseberry and citrus with hints of bell pepper and fresh cut grass. Truly an amber to be admired.

By now, I'm sure you know how much I love animals. So naturally I could not skip the Stray Dog display without savoring a sip. Cranberry, blueberry and chocolate comprise the zest in this zinfandel. The best part is, a portion of each purchase is donated to the ASPCA to help dogs in need.

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The 2010 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, blended with 90% sangiovese and 10% merlot, is one of my go-to wines. The chianti exudes an aroma that is laced with red berries, spice and aged oak.

The aromatic Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure cabernet sauvignon chock full of black current, red licorice and plush plum from the northern coast of California. Hints of vanilla and creamy coca give the wine ruby rich layers.

Black raspberry, blueberry, cassis and fennel mingle with the soft lilacs and stout salt licorice of Oregon to hatch harmony in a glass with the Archery Summit Premier Cuvée Pinot Noir. Delicious. Plain and simple.

Admission was courtesy of the Boston Wine Expo.


  1. Still pretty upset I didn't go this year. I am already planning what I will open for my first non-pregnant sip of vino (err chug). I asked hubs what his fave was from he day- Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Rose 2004. Guess what I am making him buy?!

    1. One of my favorites as well. Your bottle (or bottles) from hubby will be well deserved, my friend.