Hope everyone out there had a happy 4th and managed to stay cool in the parts of the country that are burning hotter than the fireworks we watched last night. It’s a strange feeling when you’re living in Florida and half the country is experiencing hotter weather than you are. But it’s really nothing a little wine can’t help out with and I’ve got two I think you’ll enjoy…
Darioush Signature Viognier 2011
What They Say: Enchanting aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine and orange blossom laced with exotic notes of lychee and clove usher in in our lively, floral-spiced 2011 Signature Viognier. With a lightly chalky texture that coats and broadens the palate, the wine’s vivid notes of Asian pear, kumquat and orange zest are supported by classic flavors of white peaches, apricots and rose petal that linger on the fresh, well-defined finish.
What We Say: I first had the Darioush Viognier years ago at a girls’ dinner where I was lucky enough to be in the company of a friend of the restaurant’s chef. He sent over a bottle of the wine and it blew all of us away. We couldn’t stop talking about how much we loved the wine, which I’m sure the chef loved. That being said, it’s been one of my consistent favorites ever since, even though it’s not readily available at the local Total Wine. However, it’s worth the effort to order online. The delicious notes of honeysuckle, orange & peach make it a crowd pleaser; especially on a hot summer day. There’s a reason the 2010 vintage made the Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2012.
Blend Information: 100% Viognier
Region: Napa Valley
Price Point: $41 on the winery website
Radio Boca Tempranillo 2010
What They Say: Radio Boca is from Valencia. You’ve probably heard of Valencia in reference to its famous oranges, or its famous dish, the Paella. There’s also a raucous festival in Valencia, The Falles known worldwide for its all night revelry. But Valencia also produces a very fine Tempranillo. The Tempranillo in Radio Boca grows mostly on the mountainside, on head pruned vines 25-50 years old. Altitude with attitude. The soils vary from dark miocene to chalky lime. Balmy days, brisk nights. What’s not to like for a vine living in Valencia?? The people from Valencia make a point of getting the most out of life. So do the wines. (They don’t say much about the wine itself as far as taste/finish/etc as they leave it to “the people” to give feedback on what they think… I dig that.)
Blend Information: 100% Tempranill0
Region: Valencia, Spain
Price Point: $7.99 on their website