Wine Tasting At The Vineyard

On Sunday we attended a wine tasting at The Vineyard in North Andover featuring 22 wines of South America. I brought glasses lest there were only plastic cups. They did provide actual wine glasses, but I used mine anyway. One of them broke in my back seat and I haven’t cleaned it up yet (bummer). Good thing it wasn’t Riedel!  Anyway, the wines.  The first table featured wines of Argentina and was my favorite. I’m not sure if that was the wines or my palate was not yet ‘fatigued’. I tried my first Torrontes and was blown away by the extremely floral nature of the nose – like burying your nose in a bouquet of honeysuckle. I picked up a bottle of this 2007 Jacques et Francois Lurton Torrontés. Of curious interest to me was the 2006 Michel Rolland Clos de Los Siete Mendoza Argentina. To my nose it was very young, tannic, and tight, and not close to being drinkable yet. Table 2 featured mainly wines of Chile. I picked up a bottle of the surprisingly complex 2007 Montes Sauvignon Blanc Classic Series. Table 3 featured more wines of Argentina, and is where I found the irresistible wine of the day: the silky smooth as a baby’s bottom 2006 Pascual Toso Malbec Reserve Barrancas Vineyards. Wow, the first Malbec I’ve tried that I’ve completely enjoyed. When I open these 3 bottles I’ll add more complete tasting notes in Cellartracker.  Overall the distributors at each table where very nice and open to all sorts of questions and a good time was had by all.


March 11, 2008 - Posted by | Wine | , , ,


  1. Out of curiousity, I can’t drink reds because they trigger migraines, I like dry wines, so what would you recommend for w white wine?

    Comment by LMO | March 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi Leslie!
    There are so many great white wines out there to try! Here are a few I’ve enjoyed:
    2006 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris
    2005 Martin Ray Gewürztraminer Angeline
    2006 Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc
    2006 The Black Chook Viognier/Marsanne/Roussanne
    2005 Michael-David Vineyards Viognier Incognito
    2006 Morgadío Albariño Rías Baixas
    You can also try a dry Riesling from the Alsace (France), and of course Chardonnay, a Blanc de Blancs champagne, a Pinot Grigio from Italy (though I think Pinot Gris which is the same grape from Oregon is better).

    Comment by bloviatrix | March 13, 2008 | Reply

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