Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Reds & Whites At The Stirling Club

Most people know that food is the primary consideration for choosing the right wine. But with some fine restaurants making subtle changes to match the season, some wine lovers are at a loss without their favorites. Naturally, it's perfectly fine to select whatever seems right. However, you might surprise yourself after tasting a variety of summer reds and whites from around the world.

To help make introductions to a few summer favorites, The Stirling Club has invited Brett McAnnany with Red Rock Wines to share his selections from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 8 in the north lounge. Participation is only $35, with Stirling Club Wine Society members receiving half off. Reservations are required and seating is extremely limited.

What To Expect At This Summer Wine Tasting

Germany — Riesling, St. Uban-Hof, 2009
Consistently rated 90 by Wine Spectator for several years, this Riesling is one you don't want to miss. It comes from Leiwen, Germany, where the Weis family has made exceptional wines for generations. Their philosophy is simple: great wines are made in vineyards, not so much in cellars.

United States — Sauvignon Blanc, 75 Wine Company, 2008
With its ripe pear and citrus notes with tropical fruit flavors, this Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Red Hills Appellation, which is known for having the cleanest air in California. The secret? It is fermented completely in stainless steel and aged sur lie for nearly three months to enhance its complexity.

Argentina — Finca La Linda, Luigi Bosca Torrontes, 2009
This wine is from Bodega Luigi Bosca and comes from Mendoza, Argentina. It’s 100 percent Torront├ęs grown at more than 5,500 feet above sea level. The company shares its entire winemaking process on its Website.

France — Syrah-Grenache Les Vignes de Bila Haut, Cotes de Roussillon Villages, 2008
Roussillon is the sunniest region in France, which makes the region similar to Spain. Some people suggest this is why Roussillon wines haven't received as much attention. This one will. The dark red fruit is distinct, with a burgundy-like color. In 2008, this wine made the top 100.

Italy — Dolcetto, Camerano Dolcetto d'Alba, Piemonte, 2007
Made from the black grape grown in the Piedmount region of northern Italy, Camerano Dolcetto d'Alba features a youthful flavor with berries and tannis. The wines made here follow tradition, but Ettore and his son Vittorio Camerano are starting to keep an eye on the future.

Spain — Grenacha, Tempranillo, Syrab, Cab Blend, Cellars Pinol "Ludovius," 2008
Possibly the heaviest wine of the summer selection, this blend carries a glass-coating crimson hue with cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. The estate consists of 100 acres in the town of Batea in Terra Alta, Spain. Cellar Vinos Pinol was founded in 1945 and remained in the family for four generations.

Non-Stirling Club members may contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director, by email via the The Stirling Club Web site. Stirling Club members may also refer guests for consideration. Members may place reservations by calling 702-732-9700.
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