New York Wine Expo 2013

New York Wine Expo 2013

Finger Lakes Wines

Finger Lakes Wines

Last night, I attended the New York Wine Expo, an event featuring over 600 wines by 150+ producers. Most of the wines were served at tables grouped together by country, which made it simple to maneuver.

Esporao

Esporao

I’ll admit that I sampled a lot of wines. Some were great, some nice and some I’ll be okay just trying once. While I enjoyed many, here are some worth mentioning:

  • Fulcrum Wines – the three Pinot Noirs poured were outstanding. Just everything a solid California Pinot should taste like. The jewel in the crown is the aptly-named, Gap’s Crown.
  • 2009 Esporao Reserva Red – nice velvety mouth feel, bright red fruit with a little oaky finish.
  • 2011 Altitudes Ixsir White – who knew I’d enjoy Lebanese wines this much? Of the four delicious wines poured at the Ixsir table, this one was the favorite with its big floral nose and bright fruity flavors.
  • 2011 Rutherford Wine Company Predator – the first sniff of this Old Vine Zinfandel screamed – BACON! Just a delicious Zin with all a Zin should be – big, bold, chewy, peppery, and in this case, smoky. All this for $12-$13.
  • Finger Lakes pavilion – was fun reliving my latest Finger Lakes wine country visit through the sipping of some of the wines. Always nice are the Red Newt Dry Riesling and Circle Riesling, the Red Tail Ridge Semi-Dry and the Fox Run Lemberger.
  • Cavazza Prosecco Spumante DOC Extra Dry – perhaps the best Prosecco I’ve had. Crisp, perfect dry finish.

CrowdAmid a sea of wines were some food companies showcasing their goods. Among some favorites were:

  • Chocolate Springs – A boutique chocolate shop from Lenox, Massachusetts headed by Joshua Needleman, creator and chocolatier. I had the opportunity to sample the Culinary Institute of America graduate’s decadent salted caramels coated with a rich, thin chocolate coating. The treats were incredible.
  • Backyard Farms – I live in the Garden State, a place with the most succulent tomatoes in the country, right? I’m thinking that perhaps I might have tasted one of the best tomatoes EVER, last night at the Backyard Farms booth – straight from…Maine! Tomatoes from this vendor are superior in flavor to others, partly because tomatoes are left on the vine to fully ripen before being picked.

ProseccoThe crowd was relatively young and the room was busy but not uncomfortably crowded. Two minor hiccups were the lack of bottled water, unless I simply missed it, and the long, winding line of folks waiting to enter the expo.

Overall, it was a nice evening with many opportunities to sample wines from around the world, some available for tasting exclusively at this event.

Make a point to attend this event in 2014 when the expo returns to the Big Apple.

Cheers,

Veronique

2011 Jidvei Dry Riesling

2011 Jidvei Dry Riesling

2011 Jidvei Dry RieslingGreenish yellow in the glass, this Romanian wine is floral on the nose, not similar to Rieslings I’ve enjoyed from any other country. In the mouth, it’s light with the faintest citrus notes.

Just not a very good example of this grape I typically enjoy so much. Not good, not bad.

Pairings: Chinese take-out, Thai or Indian food.

Style: White Wine

Grape Type(s): Riesling

Region: Târnave, Transylvania, Romania

Price: $9

Pierre Sparr Crémant D’Alsace Brut Rosé

Pierre Sparr Crémant D’Alsace Brut Rosé

Pierre Sparr Crémant D'Alsace Brut RoséIn the glass, this Crémant D’Alsace is bright pink. It looks like it’ll have a strawberry aroma and indeed does. The strawberry carries over in the mouth, but it’s laced with citrus and a little clove. The bubbles / texture is creamy and silky. Nice level of acidity and a clean, dry finish.

This Pierre Sparr Crémant D’Alsace Brut Rosé will please cocktail party wine drinkers and more serious wine fans.

Pairings: Use as an aperitif at a cocktail party with or without food. Seafood in light sauces, poached chicken.

Style: Sparkling Wine

Grape Type(s): Pinot Noir

Region: Alsace, France

Price: $15

2005 Domaine du Gros’ Noré Bandol

2005 Domaine du Gros’ Noré Bandol

2005 Domaine du Gros' Noré BandolI had the good fortune to be a guest at a wine dinner where a friend brought this wine. What a great pairing to the pork belly dish I had.

In the glass, this Bandol is deep purple and leggy. Had a hard time pulling myself away from sniffing this blackberry, earthy and mushroomy-scented wine to taste it. This Mourvedre blend is big, meaty and dense. In the mouth, it’s all about the dark fruit, licorice, spruce and earth. I only detected a little of the funk associated with this appellation. Big wintertime wine that could benefit from seeing the decanter.

Pairings: Game, roasted beef or lamb.

Style: Red Wine

Grape Type(s): Mourvedre Blend

Region: Bandol, Provence, France

Price: $32

2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Select Late Harvest Riesling

2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Select Late Harvest Riesling

2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Select Late Harvest RieslingGolden in the glass, this Finger Lakes dessert wine is simply outstanding. The nose is sweet with honey and Meyer lemons. The honey continues in the mouth, in a non-cloying way, with a nice balance of sweetness and alcohol laced with notes of Asian pear.

Not many American dessert wines are better than this little number.

92 Points – Wine Spectator.

Pairings: Cheese course, stone fruit cobbler, custard-based desserts.

Style: Dessert Wine

Grape Type(s): Riesling

Region: Finger Lakes, NY, USA

Price: $52

2007 August Briggs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 August Briggs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 August Briggs Cabernet SauvignonOpaque and deep red in the glass, this big-bodied California Cabernet Sauvignon offers dark Bing cherry and mocha aromas and a big, rich mouthful of ripe dark berries with toasty, oaky notes. The finish goes on forever with a bit of cracked pepper that lingers on the tongue.

Just a delicious wine.

Pairings: Short ribs, grilled beef or lamb.

Style: Red Wine

Grape Type(s): Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Napa Valley, California, USA

Price: $50

2010 DEADBOLT Winemakers Blend

2010 DEADBOLT Winemakers Blend

DeadBoltI had the pleasure to sip this really interesting wine alongside a grilled rib eye steak and absolutely loved it. The combination of lightly oaky, tannic Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the big bold flavors of Zin and the dark, ripe fruity, round flavors of Syrah and Petite Syrah produce a wine that satisfied my love for a big, beefy wine while showing finesse and elegance.

Chief Winemaker, Philip Laffer, says in a statement that “With DEADBOLT, we have created a richly flavored and approachable red wine which is quintessentially Californian. We are delighted with the final outcome”. Indeed he should be.

The wine is available is a limited number of states (California, Nevada, Illinois, Massachusetts and Colorado).

Pairings: Grilled beef or lamb, white cheddar macaroni and cheese.

Style: Red Wine.

Grape Type(s): Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Syrah blend.

Region: California, USA.

Price: $15.99.

This wine was provided to me for sampling and I am adding to my repertoire as it is truly enjoyable.

2007 Rosenblum Cellars Gallagher Reserve Black Muscat

2007 Rosenblum Cellars Gallagher Reserve Black Muscat

2007 Rosenblum Cellars Gallagher Reserve Black MuscatWhat a fun wine. Sampled it as a dessert pairing at The Ryland Inn with chocolate cake and really enjoyed the true ‘grapy’ flavors. Unctuous yet not syrupy, this 100% Muscat dessert wine isn’t overly-sweet, offers nice chocolaty and exotic spices notes and has a nice level of acidity.

Pairings: Chocolate anything.

Style: Dessert Wine

Grape Type(s): Muscat

Region: Napa, California, USA

Price: $25

2007 Tolaini Al Passo Toscana

2007 Tolaini Al Passo Toscana

2007 Tolaini Al Passo ToscanaBrick red in the glass, this Italian red wine offers intense aromas of cherries, fresh dirt, leather and mocha. This full-bodied Super Tuscan tastes of ripe dark berries, anise and chocolate and offers a silky mouth feel. Long, spiced finish with light tannins.

Pairings: Grilled beef or lamb, sautéed mushrooms.

Style: Red Wine

Grape Type(s): Super Tuscan Blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Price: $25

2010 Quintodecimo Giallo d’Arles

2010 Quintodecimo Giallo d’Arles

2010 Quintodecimo Giallo d'ArlesGolden straw color in the glass, this Italian white wine offers intense floral aromas and freshly-baked bread notes. This full-bodied Greco Bianco benefits from seeing some French oak and tastes of ripe peach and apricot. Long finish with nice balance and acidity.

The Sommelier at Marea suggested this wine to our party having both fish and meat and it was a great choice.

Pairings: Fish, seafood, poached chicken.

Style: White Wine

Grape Type(s): Greco Bianco

Region: Campania, Italy

Price: $40