Tuesday, November 8, 2011

80 Sips NYC

On November 4, 2011, Bottlenotes held the 3rd annual Around the World in 80 Sips event at Espace on 42nd Street and 11th Avenue.

I developed a soft spot for Bottlenotes after working with them at last year’s event. I learned so much from that experience and expanded my palette in the process. Every year the are new adventures to be had, so lets get to the good stuff – the wine.

The evening began with a trip to India by way of the Good Earth Winery from the Nashik Valley of Maharashtra which is 120 miles for Mubai, India.

My journey with Good Earth started with the 2008 Aarohi (Sauvignon Blanc). The nose on this wine is the complete opposite of the classic “Cat Pee” aroma of Sauvignon Blanc. On the contrary, Aahori ($14.99) is fruit forward while showcasing a very florally mineralistic flavor. This is such an exciting change for this variety that I was thrown for a loop.

Now onto the reds, I started with my beloved Shiraz. “Brio ($14.99) boasts Shiraz’s classic purple hue while the oak and spices overpower the fruit. The peace di resistance is “Basso ($18.99), Cabernet Sauvignon. Basso is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon but with lots of tobacco, plum and pepper. I think that their might even be some paprika in there as well. This is a must try for my “Big Ass Red” drinkers. Love it, love it, and love it.
I decided to take my glass state side to the Chappellet station showcasing their beautiful VIP 2008 Prichard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. I must have spend 20 minutes chatting with Leila Faghani from Chappellet discussing the care and love that goes into the terroir and hand picked loving kindness of all of the vineyard workers that make up their family. Discussing the terroir in detail made me long to visit and see it for myself. Leila, I might have to take you up on that visit.

Later on that evening, I joined the Wine Sisterhood that bought “Middle Sister” to 80 Sips. Not only were the sisters in the house, they brought the cousins too. The cousins consist of “Promisquous Red, Purple Cowboy and Purple Haze” What can I say, purple has also been the favorite color.

If you find yourself in the mood for some menage-a-berries, hang out with this crowd. All of the wines boast an exciting flavor profile of black berries and spices. Every day values for an every day wines and all are priced at $14.00.Nice.

As I headed back overseas no worldwide tasting event can end without the Old World and the New World crossing paths. After all, the party doesn’t really get started until you get a taste of Italy for some Brunello di Montelcino and the super Tuscans. From the baby Rosso from Centine ($11) and right through to the big boy Banfi Brunello di Montalcino ($55), you always feel the passion and love of tradition from Italy. Viva Italia!

Last but not least, I locked lips with the French wines from the Rhone region. I jumped from the 2009 Chateau Cabrieres Chateanuef-du-Pape Cuvee($35) over to Chateau du Trignon for some Muscat Beaumes de Venise ($20).

The event was coming to an end so I figured that I would end it on a sweet note. What I loved most was the fact that most of these wonderful wines are under $80 and most of the superstars of the night were under $40 and lower.

Until next time – Mo Wine!

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