Weekly Wine Tasting at Market Wines – March 19 & 20, 2011

Filed under: wine — mike @ 18/03/2011 10:05 am

Spring officially begins this Sunday at 7:21 p.m….we’re starting the celebration a little early with wines that are all inspired by a very favorite springtime activity – golf!  The selection this week  wines that are Golf winefrom wineries founded or inspired by professional golfers – Luke Donald, Jack Nicklaus,  & Ernie Els.  Like their drive to excellence in golf, these athletes have strived to create the same in their wines.   

The first wine is a California Chardonnay from Carneros.  This elegant, well-balanced Chardonnay is full of crisp, clean minerality, with a restrained use of oak.  It  pairs well with a wide variety of foods from chicken and fish to risotto.

The next wine is another selection from California – a Pinot Noir from the Sonoma coast.  Pure red fruit flavors, a wonderful silky finish and soft tannins mark this wine. 

Our next two wines are both from South Africa.  The first is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot.  This well structured wine has  lovely integrated tannins, characteristic of a Cabernet based blend.  Ripe red fruit are prominent on the palate with a lengthy, smooth finish.

The Shiraz, from the same vintner, has  prominent chocolate flavors with a subtle oak character. With an elegant finish, this wine is best enjoyed now or for the next three years. 

Our final wine – an extra tasting – is a wonderful California Cabernet Sauvignon (Regularly $49.99; specially priced now $39.99).   Intense and layered with mocha, red currant and sweet spices with a lingering finish, this would go very well with that steak you are thinking of putting on the grill this weekend!

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Weekly Wine Tasting at Market Wines – March 12 & 13, 2011

Filed under: wine — mike @ 11/03/2011 8:42 am

Quite often, I’m asked how we choose wines for our weekend tasting.  Sometimes, it’s what’s new that I want to share with my customers.  Other times,  it’s a certain winemaker that I want to feature.  This weekend, I’m letting Linnea choose what we are tasting!

We will start with a very nice dry French Rose – soft pink in color, it is
fresh and elegant with aromas of pear, raspberry and red currant.  Wonderful with grilled fish or sweet and savory Asian dishes.

Second in the lineup is another French wine – a Cotes-du-Rhone – mainly Grenache and Syrah.  Rich and complex, this wine  is full of cherry and spice.  It’s also a great value – down to $9.99 from $14.99.        

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Our third wine is a wonderful 100% Garnacha from Spain.  Ripe and juicy with deep blackberry flavors, this wine has nice tannins and soft vanilla finish.

Our final wine is a lovely sweet German Riesling with the aromas and flavors of candied pears and apples. Lush, rich and expressive, this is a wonderful wine with fruit and cheese plates, spicy cuisines or just as dessert itself.

Join us this weekend. 

Cheers!

Wine Tasting at Market Wines – Findlay Market – February 26 & 27, 2011

Filed under: wine — mike @ 25/02/2011 10:20 am

Three new red wines and one very delicious Sauvignon Blanc this weekend!

The Sauvignon Blanc, from one of Chile’s oldest vineyards, islight yellow with beautiful green sparks. The nose shows the traditional ‘wild’ and expressive aromas of Sauvignon Blanc: boxwood and shrub followed by notes of chives and fruit such as pineapple, lime, green apple and white peach. The mouth is fresh, juicy and balanced.

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Our first red is a new Tempranillo from Spain. According to the “Wine Advocate” this wine delivers a captivating bouquet, the product of a good vintage and extended aging in barrel and bottle. Notes of Asian spices, incense, cigar box, lavender, red licorice, and configure of blackcherry lead to a silky textured wine with savory flavors, excellent balance, and no hard edges. “

Third on the menu is a new Italian “Super Tuscan.” The Merlot is intensely floral and elegant, while the Sangiovese is fresh and bright. The Syrah adds depth and body, offering a bold expression of forest-floor truffle, ripe cherry and blackberry preserves.

We will finish with a new Argentinean Malbec. With deep ruby red color, this wine displays ripe red berries, spice and black pepper aromas. Its intense initial taste is complemented by the softness and sweetness of its tannins. It is a wine with a great body and structure.

Join us this weekend!

Cheers!

Michael Maxwell

Owner, Market Wines

Wine Tasting at Market Wines at Findlay Market – February 19 & 20, 2011

Filed under: wine — mike @ 18/02/2011 10:58 am

Since the weather is warming up (it is, REALLY!), we have decided to taste two whites and two reds this weekend. 

We will begin with a new Riesling/Muscat blend from Australia – fresh, bright, citrusy, lightly sweet and a little spritzy on the tongue, this is the perfect dessert wine or aperitif.  It will make you think of summer – we guarantee it!

Our second wine is also new – an Orvieto from Italy.  On the nose it is fruity and fragrant with hints of wild mint and herbs.  This dry white wine pairs wonderfully with  fish or cheese dishes.

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Third on the menu is a Pinot Noir from
Oregon.  The grapes are blended from from vineyards in both the renowned Willamette Valley and the Umpqua Valley. Each of these regions imparts its own distinctive style and you will taste it in this wonderful wine!

Our final wine is a C.M.S. (Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah) blend from Washington state.  Black cherry and licorice dominate the palate with dried herbs and mineral notes during the finish. 

Join us this weekend!

with hints of wild mint and herbs. This dry white wine pairs wonderfully with fish or cheese dishes.

Third on the menu is a Pinot Noir from
Oregon. The grapes are blended from from vineyards in both the renowned Willamette Valley and the Umpqua Valley. Each of these regions imparts its own distinctive style and you will taste it in this wonderful wine!

Our final wine is a C.M.S. (Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah) blend from Washington state. Black cherry and licorice dominate the palate with dried herbs and mineral notes during the finish.

Join us this weekend!

Valentine’s Wine Tasting at Market Wines

Filed under: wine — mike @ 11/02/2011 8:56 am

Ok wine lovers, have we got a sweetheart of a tasting for you this pre-Valentine’s weekend.  Five wines – including a lovely French dessert wine plus a chocolate sample – will be on the menu!

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First, we are sampling a new private label Pinot Gris from Washington state – it’s a crisp, medium light bodied white with bright fruit characteristics.

Our second wine is a sparkling rose from Italy – delicate pink, with persistent bubbles and aromas of rose and fresh citrus, this dry prosecco is wonderful as a before-dinner drink.

Number three on the menu is an Italian Primitivo – soft on the palate with notes of cherries and plums on the nose, this is a perfect wine paired with red pasta dishes.

Our fourth pour of the day is also a new private label wine.  This Syrah is a bold, full-bodied red with lots of dark fruit and a toasty finish.

Finally, we have a French dessert wine that we will be serving with some chocolates from Skirtz & Johnston

Bring your sweetie down to kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend!

Wine Tasting at Market Wines at Findlay Market – February 5 & 6, 2011

Filed under: wine — mike @ 04/02/2011 9:06 am
Well, according to that famous groundhog, we will have an early Spring.  We will believe it when we see it! 
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In the meantime, we will continue to offer one white and three red wines for our chilly weather tastings.  This week we have two new French wines, a lovely new Malbec from Argentina and a juicy Tempranillo from Spain.  That ought to warm you up!
  
Our first wine blends 60% Sylvaner, 15% Muscat, 15% Auxerrois and 10% Chasselas to make a lovely white with  flavors of quince, tart lime, and citrus rind. Crisp, light, minerally, and sophisticated, this wine goes great with seafood.

 

We will follow with a 100% Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain.  On the palate it is well balanced with notes of jam and fruit.  Its finish is smooth and elegant.  Great with barbecue!

 

Our second new wine is a Malbec from Argentina.  Rated highly by both Wine Spectator (86 points – Best Value) and Wine Enthusiast ( 88 points – Best Buy), this Malbec has ripe plum and violets in the nose, with hints of vanilla.  The palate is pleasing fruit that mimics the aroma.  Soft and  supple, this lovely selection has a lingering finish.

Our final wine – also new – is from the southern French Languedoc region.  This red blend of mostly Syrah, with Grenache and Mourvedre, has effusive spicy notes on the aroma and lush, fresh flavors of raspberry and red plum that turn quite creamy. 

Market Wines – Weekely Tasting – January 29 & 30, 2011

Filed under: wine — mike @ 28/01/2011 8:04 am
Once again, a chilly winter weekend is upon us…so that means we are tasting one white and three red wines.  But, the great news is that three of those wines are new to the shop!

 

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To start, we are sampling an interesting California blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier.  An excellent choice for Thai Curries or Indian food due to its high natural acidity and floral/clove character, it is a very refreshing wine.    Buy a bottle today and put it away for a summer celebration!

 

We will follow with a new blend from Spain’s Jumilla region.  A blend of Monastrell, Cabernet and Syrah, this earthy, fruit forward wine would be wonderful with many Mediterranean dishes and is a great value!

 

Our third new wine is a French southern Rhone blend of mostly Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Carignan.  Filled with aromas of very ripe fruit, and leather and herbs, the taste of this wine is is sensual and is distinguished by a good balance of freshness.  Great with roast chicken or beef.

 

Our final wine is not new to the shop but is one we haven’t tasted yet.  This full-bodied dry Italian red is mostly Sangiovese grapes and has layers of flavor with a balanced acidity.

Beer tasting at Market Wines – January 22 & 23, 2011

Filed under: wine — mike @ 21/01/2011 10:58 am

BEER!  Yes, we are finally doing a beer tasting again!  This weekend, in conjunction with the 7th Annual Goldstar Chili Cookoff at Findlay Market , we will be tasting five different beers. 

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We are starting with a mild yet flavorful copper hued ale with toasty malt and subtle citrus hop flavor and aroma. Great with BBQ and spicy dishes 

The second beer is a winter seasonal – a rich and complex amalgam of hops and barley that will put the feeling back in your toes.  Drink it now or put it away for a few years – it becomes wiser with age.

Number three is a copper colored pale ale that pairs nicely with Mediterranean foods, starches and anything with fresh herbs. The floral hop character also blends with cheesy dishes like pizza, pasta and dips.

Next is a limited release blended ale that combines hop-heavy and oak aged pale ales into one impressive new brew.

We will finish with a beer made with milk sugar (lactose) giving it a nice creamy mouth feel mingled with hints of chocolate and roasty flavors.

Come join us!

Cheers!

Michael Maxwell

Owner, Market Wines

Market Wines Weekly Wine Tasting – January 8 and 9, 2011

Filed under: wine — mike @ 07/01/2011 11:47 am

For our first tasting of the new year, we are bring out some old favorites that we haven’t sampled for quite awhile and one new wine.  

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To begin with, we have fun white blend from California that combines seven different grape varietals.   Fresh, fruity, slightly sweet and spicy, this wine pairs nicely with sushi, fruit and cheese plates or Asian cuisine.

Our next two wines are a couple of great bargains from Spain.  First is  a lovely delicate rosé from Catalunya offering strawberry, raspberry and pear fruit flavors with just a touch of almond on the finish.  Next is a juicy Tempranillo – ruby-red with cherry and red berries on the nose and palate.  Both only $8.99 each.

Our last wine of the day is a new one to the shop.  This Italian Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend is a beautiful, full bodied red that goes well with pasta, roasts or mushroom risotto.  

You know you made a resolution to try new things – how about some new wine?

Weekly Wine Tasting at Market Wines – December 5 & 6, 2010

Filed under: wine — mike @ 03/12/2010 10:58 am

How can it be December already? Hard to believe but don’t worry, we have everything you need for the wine or beer lover on your holiday list! From little bottles of delicious desert wine to big, bold Cabernets, we can find something for every taste.

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To start the month, we are tasting one white wine and three new reds. First on the menu is a crisp, refreshing medium-bodied wine from southern Italy that is produced primarily from indigenous white Falanghina grapes. Apricots, almond, tart apple, lemon rind and a touch of honey are on the palate. This wine has great acidity and a long, clean finish.

The second wine is the inaugural vintage of an absolutely delicious Pinot Noir that any one would be proud to pour liberally at their dinner table! Hand-crafted from the finest California Pinot Noir grapes this wine is black cherries kissed by oak and complimented by just the right amount of Asian spice.

Our third wine is a new Grenache/Merlot blend from the Rhone Valley. This young wine is packed with fresh notes of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry wrapped in intense flavors and soft white and black spices. Round and very fruit forward, this extreme value wine can be enjoyed with your everyday meals or by itself.

Our final wine is an amazingly well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. With beautiful black and blue fruits, this wine has nicely integrated tannins and just a hint of fig and earth.

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