Every journey has it’s milestones, and marking the trail is an important part of any notable sojourn. Whether or not this particular trip is notable can no doubt be debated. Even so, a little under a year ago I began this blog. Since then, I’ve managed to drink a few glasses of wine. Along the way some 25 selections from the Whole Foods shelves – all very modestly priced to boot – have passed my way. 25 being an auspicious number – silver anniversary, for example – I’ve decided it’s time for a marker.
photo by jameson fink
Commemorating this occasion and serving as my own recap of this wine tasting “trip,” I’m going to identify my 5 favorites from among these Whole Food selections. I won’t be giving them a numbered score or tell you whether it’s a buy/don’t buy. We all have different palates; different likes and dislikes. You decide if you want to give any of them a try or pass on the whole lot. I’ll simply list my top 5 in order of personal preference, summarize my own tasting experience, and provide a link to my original post on each where you can find some additional info. Remember, I’m a wine enthusiast. My own tasting notes may or may not agree with yours and those of the bonafide experts.
Kenwood Vineyards Sauvignong Blanc 2012
A balanced Sauvignong Blanc, I found flavors of lemon, peach and honey with hints of pear and kiwi, a light dusting of green bell pepper, and a nice zip of grass on the finish.
Cupcake Red Velvet
A dinner party fave, to me this enjoyable red blend was fruity with plenty of blackberry and plum along with purple clover, earth and hints of carob.
Tres Ojos Garnacha 2011
Dark raspberry, bread and spice flavors almost brought to mind a berry muffin, but at 14.5% alcohol it wasn’t sugary. Additional notes I caught included pepper, a hint of licorice and eucalyptus as the moderate tannins kicked in on the finish.
Château Millegrand Minervois Rosé 2012
A light coral in color, this dry rosé was also light on the palate bringing me gentle flavors of tart cherry, a green herbaceousness, floral notes, some minerality, and a touch of quinine on the end.
365 Trackers Crossing Chardonnay 2012
This Chardonnay gave good oak in what I consider the epitome of the Australian style. I tasted honey, pineapple, a touch of guava, light citrus notes, generous oak, some hints of spice, and a final bite of bitter melon.
It was very difficult narrowing it down to just five. There are certainly other tasty wines among those I’ve sampled. So for those of you who are Whole Food shoppers, the full list of the 20 additional wines I’ve sampled so far is below – in no particular order. If I’ve missed your favorite(s), please drop me a note here. I’m always grateful for recommendations!
Piccolo Fiore Bianco di Sicilia 2011
365 Paul Valmer Chardonnay 2011
Three Wishes Merlot
Don Simón Seleccion Rosé
Lello Douro Vinho Tinto 2010
Big House White 2011
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
365 Paul Valmer Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Riven Rock Moscato 2012
Harthill Farm Chardonnay
365 DiFlora Moscato
Three Wishes Chardonnay
Bricco Dei Tati Barbera 2011
Domaine Carpy Les Pins 2009
Bubo Pinot Noir 2011
Don Simón Seleccion Shiraz
Cupcake Riesling 2011
La Bastarda Bianco di Toscana 2012
Tablao Red Wine Navarra 2012
J.M. Fonseca Twin Vines Vinho Verde
One more quick caveat. I didn’t drink these all in one day, one week, or even one month – it took me just under one year. [Admittedly, I have also been drinking other wines. lol] Retail being a dynamic industry in which stores regularly update and change their stock, some of these wines may no longer be available at your local Whole Foods.
Wherever your wine trail leads you … as always, here’s wishing you many happy wine adventures!