Thursday, November 19, 2009

1st Avenue Wine Tasting Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Traci always does a great job with her tastings (love the snacks) and the new releases this evening were from MJ Distributing and poured by Josh O'Donnell. We started the evening with an unoaked chardonnay courtesy of TLC Argentina. Very nice chardonnay, huge fruit flavor of tangerine, apple, cantaloupe. Very crisp my favorite this evening. I could tell it's going to be a good night.
Wine 2 was the Frias Rose'from California. Little dryer but nice strawberry/watermelon flavor. Time to head to the second floor.
Floor 2 started with a Sua' White from Argentina. A blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Chenin and 20% Torrentes. This to me had a citris flavor and bubbly along with sweet. The second wine was an Ass Kisser Red Blend from Australia consisting of 59% Shiraz, 41% Grenache. Spicy bite to this wine at the start but smoothed out the longer it was in the glass. Finished with a soft vanilla berry flavor. Like it better the second time I tasted. On to the 3rd floor.
Floor 3 started with Ass Kisser Shiraz Australia. Very nice smooth wine with an excellent berry spice flavor. I'm a fan. Wine 2 was a Chocolate Box GSM Australia. Little more full flavor with spice and cinnamon the dominant flavors. Surprised how smooth the finish was. Back to floor 1 for the finale.
Chocolate Box Shiraz Australia was an excellent wine. Black fruit, vanilla (love vanilla), oak and spice. Impressed and only $15.99 but seems more expensive. Finally a wine my daughter would love Sua' Red Argentina. 60% Sangiovese, 30% Bonarda and 10% Moscatel. Sweet red served chilled. Wine with bubbles.

Wow a wine packed evening right before thanksgiving (yes Traci it was a 4 bottle purchase). I love little events like this because it will showcase some very nice value wines with the more expensive (tried to drink water to stay hydrated but the wine was better). I recommend every chance you get to taste different wines, take full advantage.

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Everyone.

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