Affinitás Furmint Tokaj 2013
Country: HUNGARY / Region: TOKAJ / Appellation: TOKAJ / Varietal(s): FURMINT+HARSLEVELU --- The 17th century monarch Sun King Louis the XIV of France proclaimed Hungarian Tokaj the “King of Wine and the Wine of Kings!” While he was referencing the seductively sweet Tokaj Aszu wine made of botrytis-afflicted furmint grapes, this week we will be sampling a compelling dry-style of Tokaj made of the same furmint variety. The name “furmint” itself is derived from the French “froment,” in reference to the wine’s enticing golden-wheat color. From 30 year old vines we get grapes with bright acidity giving wines a sense of freshness even after years in the bottle. Aromas of ripe peach, white flowers and citrus jump right out of the glass. The addition of some hárslevelű vinified and aged separately in stainless steel adds textural depth to a wine that already has nice complexity on the palate – balancing spice, acid and rich, oily mouth feel. Perfectly juicy roasted pork loin, or even Kashmiri lamb rogan josh – heavy on the spice but not on the heat – would make an unforgettable pairing.
Domaine Vetriccie Corse AOP 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: CORSE AOP / Varietal(s): NIELLUCCIU+SCIACCARELLU+SYRAH --- “Vetriccie” is the name for the indigenous Corsican wicker that grows wild near the vineyards of Domaine Vetriccie. This red blend reflects the estate’s appreciation and respect for the native habitat of Corsica. The co-fermentation of two native grapes, niellucciu (aka Sangiovese) and sciaccarellu, with continental syrah, yields a well-balanced Côtes du Rhône-esque blend. Ripe berry, fresh cracked black pepper and wild herb aromas make this ready for your spring and summer cookout (think grilled eggplant with herbes de Provence), but still perfect with hardy winter stews or vegetarian chili.