One of the reason I love wine so much is because I find it exciting to know how the grapes are grown and which type of soil is used. I love learning how to pronounce varieties and finding out about indigenous grapes.
One of my favorites from the New York Wine Expo are the Ixrsir Wines.
Ixsir is located between Jezzine and Batroun in Lebanon and has been nominated as one of the Worlds greenest wineries in 2011. To the right is the 2012 Grand Reserve White. It is a really beautiful wine with lots of stone and citrus fruits on the nose, well balanced with just a touch of oak.
Then, while sauntering over to the Italian Pavilion, I has the most delicious dessert wine that I have ever had. It was Moscato Di Scanzo. Seriously, this is sex in a bottle.
Hailing from Turkey, The Vinkara Winery totally rocked my world with the eloquent and Narince,named after an indigenous grape in the Tokat province of Turkey. When I think of all of the tropical fruit aromas in this wine, it takes my palate far away from Turkey but I enjoyed the ride. I love the fullness in the body of the wine, filled to the ends with a balance of acidity that can only resemble the ancient art form a wine making.
2011 Villa Yambol Rose. I am normally not one for drinking herbaceous Rose however, I could honestly live on this wine all Summer long. It was floral on the nose, but full of strawberry juice that skated through the muted acidity of this incredible wine.
The travesty of it all is that it is not widely available in New York yet. Of course, that is always the way.
Until next time, Mo Wine!