Free Friday at the Dilworth Wine Shop
My favorite win-o and I went to the Dilworth Wine Shop for their free Friday tasting. Just walking in the door is a pleasurable experience as wooden wine racks full of worldy bottles line the walls. Ahh … wine … makes for such pretty decor.
The Dilworth Wine Shop is right near the sketchy BiLo and Ed’s Tavern. I highly recommend checking it out some time. I saw many wines that I’ve seen at Press and the Common Market. The distributor dude knew his stuff, too. The win-o and I felt dumber than, such as, Miss South Carolina at the 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant.
They were featuring three wines and free cheese. Faster than the early bird crowd at an all-you-can-eat buffet, we arrived promptly at 5:00 pm. The three wines were … drum roll …
2007 Cotes du Rousillon from the Jean Gardies Vineyard – a French red, its varietals included grenache noir, syrah and carignan. I’m not sure what all that means but it was good. Keep in mind when purchasing French wines, they are named by the region rather than the varietal i.e. burgundy, bourdeaux and champagne. While it’s a bit higher on the Uncorked price point at $18.99, this would be a good wine to take over to the in-laws house. The win-o called it a “sipping” wine. I called it a free ticket to schmoozing with the in-laws.
2006 El Ganador Malbec – an Argentian red, the malbec varietal is a dark grape that produces robust tannins. Tannins are the acidic features of wine. At only $9.99, this wine was delish. The win-o enjoyed this one so much that he dropped his cheese! Have no fear not a crumb of cheese was wasted. Malbec is becoming increasingly more popular. I read this somewhere.
Last but definitely not least was the 2007 Le Jade Picpoul de Pinet. Picpoul is a grape found in the Rhone Valley in France. It’s fun to say, “peek-pool.” Picpoul (ahh, yay such a cute pronunciation) exists both in dark and light skins, kind of like me in the summer and wintertime. It had the perfect mix of dry and sweet flavor, a wine that makes your lips smack. At $9.99, this would be the optimal choice to take to the Summer Pops series in Symphony Park. I went ahead and purchased the bottle for the occasion.
So we took two out of the three wines home and look who got overserved this time. Bad dog!