Monday, December 29, 2008

OurGlass Wine Co.: Grand Holiday Tasting

I recently attended the Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at OurGlass Wine Co. in Saugus. A number of members of the North Shore Winers came as well so it was a fun time chatting and drinking with my fellow wine lovers.

Though this grand tasting was a bit smaller than prior ones, there still were 8 wine distributors (with over 50 wines), 1 beer distributor, 1 liqueur distributor and 1 food distributors. I tasted about half of the wines and found a few stand out wines.

Ruby Wines
--2006 Cellar el Masroig Sola Fred, Montsant-Spain ($10.99): A blend of 90% Carinena and 10% Garnacha. An intense fruity nose leads to a delicious wine with rich fruit flavor, a touch of earthiness and a good finish. At the price, this is a great value and highly recommended.

Ideal Wines and Spirits
--2007 Winkeler Jesuitengarten Riesling Spatlese Trocken, Rheingau-Germany ($22.99): A killer Riesling that tends on the drier side. Crisp, clean and lots of delicious citrus flavors.

--2007 Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py, Beaujolais-France ($17.99): Forget Nouveau Beaujolais, this is an example of the true potential of Beaujolais. Dry, excellent cherry and raspberry flavors with hints of floral notes. Some complexity and a moderately long finish.

Oz Pacific
--2007 Domaine de Pothiers Gamay, Cote Roannaise-France ($14.99): From a small, lesser known wine region, this wine was light and fruity, reminiscent of a good Beaujolais.

--2005 Domaine Le Mas de Collines Gigondas, Rhone-Franc ($25.99): An excellent wine with restrained dark berry flavors and subtle spice tastes. Good structure, long finish and moderate tannins. A good example of how good Rhone wines can be.

OurGlass Wine Co.
124 Broadway (Rt.1 N)
Saugus, MA
Phone: 781-941-8068

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