The holidays are a time for family and friends to enjoy good food and wine together as well as each other.
The last wine tasting of the year at Plaza Liquor is happening on Thursday, November 13 from 4-6pm ... so be sure to mark your calendar. Plaza Liquor, a bastion of fine wine in Pagosa Springs for the last 20 years is located at 511 San Juan St. downtown, across from the Subway.
Sean Roberts, a Wine Sommelier and representative for Southern Wine & Spirits will be available at the tasting event, for questions and additional wine information. A selection of five delightful holiday wines will be tasted:
George DuBoeuf Beaujolais Villages
Usually rated 85+ pts, the 2013 won the silver medal at the International Wine Challenge. A fruity lighter red with an occasional trace of rose on the nose, this vibrant wine exhibits moderate complexity and minimal tannins. Serve slightly chilled.
Food Pairings: Chicken, ham, and turkey, but no heavy meats. Good with some seafood, including crab and possibly sushi.
Artesa Pinot Noir
This medium bodied red wine is from the Carneros region of California, near Napa. It gives up aromas of raspberry, cherry and red currant. With subtle oak, it is slightly spicy and smoky with a hint of clove. The wine can show hints of caramel, and has smooth tannins and a long finish. Aged in French oak barrels for longevity, it shows great depth of flavor.
Food Pairings: Does well with a wide range of foods, from roast beef to salmon, duck and game birds, stews, roasted chicken and pasta dishes.
Chateau St. Jean Bijou Chardonnay
The word Bijou means “jewel” in French. Some French oak chips are added to stainless steel barrels during malolactic fermentation. This is meant to add texture, creaminess, richness and depth. Classic chardonnay nose elements include lemon and pair. Flavors of nectarine, citrus and kiwi combine with balanced acid for a pleasing mouthfeel.
Food Pairings: Fish, shellfish, salmon cakes, chicken, pork, pasta, pumpkin dishes and many cheeses.
Chateau St. Sulpice Bordeaux
Has been rated 88 pts. From the Bordeaux region of France, this rich red is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cherry, red currant and gingerbread have been reported on the nose. It has a good flavor balance with black cherry, spice and plum flavors.
Food Pairings: Does well with heavier meats and roast beef, but also roast chicken and savory dishes with mushroom based sauces.
Washington Hills Riesling
Bronze medal from the Dallas Wine Competition. The previous vintage was rated 90 pts by Wine Enthusiast. It is not as sweet as many Rieslings, so its dryness and moderate acidity will complement many sweeter sauces. Floral notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, lime zest and mineral on the nose, and flavors of key lime and nectarine are often present on the palate.
Food Pairings: This Riesling is versatile and can be paired with many international cuisines. Spicy dishes, fruit dishes, pork, duck, seafood, sushi and curries are all possibilities.
Be sure and check out this year’s vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau when it arrives at our store the last week in November.
Go to the Plaza Liquor website for information on wines, a wine tasting guide, food and wine pairings and more...