I often go to tastings at Valley Wine and Liquor in Herkimer and rarely make blog posts about them. It is a little silly of me, because I usually take notes. Sometimes I even take a picture of the person pouring. Today, I thought I would make a post about tastings we have attended the past two days.
Friday I made sure our friend Kim came with us, as I saw there were sweet wines to be tasted. Kim is an excellent wine tasting partner for me, because she likes sweet wines while I like dry ones. One of us is sure to be happy!
Friday was a tasting of Bolla Wines. We began with a Prosecca, which is a sweet sparkling wine. We all agreed it would be delightful in a mimosa. Next came a sparkling Pinot Grigio. I was especially interested in this, as I love sparkling wines (otherwise known as champagne, by the way). I liked it but was not in love with it.
Next we tasted the Pinot Grigion (not sparkling). I liked it better. The Chianti I liked best of all. Full disclosure: for years I was resistant to trying Chianti, because of that line in Silence of the Lambs. I enjoyed this Chianti quite a bit and purchased a bottle.
Here is Danielle, who was pouring, with Kim and Steven. Danielle mentioned she would be back on Saturday with 19 Crimes. Kim was busy, but Steven and I LOVE 19 Crimes.
Accordingly, we returned this afternoon and sipped a taste of illegality. I mentioned how I especially love 19 Crimes because of my abiding interest in murder. Our first taste was of the new to us Sauvignon Block. Please note the play on words: blanc/block, as in cell block. Get it?
I liked it a lot. Notes of citrus but not too grapefruity. The other wines we had already tasted: Hard Chard (tangy), Red Blend (the original and my favorite), Uprising (aged in Bourbon barrels), and Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course I tasted them again; how else could I decide what to buy today?
We finally decided in the Uprising, which Steven had particularly liked. We will probably purchase the other kinds at another time. I love Crime!