A Kosher Wine-Tasting
Last night, I attended a kosher wine-tasting as part of a Long Beach Solomon Society event at The Wine Country. Since I’m not particularly familiar with wine, it was a bit of a learning experience for me. The wines were divided up into two groups: מבושל and non-מבושל. So, I figured I would start with the מבושל wines first.
I started off with the 2010 Daltan Canaan, which is a white wine. It was a pleasant wine, especially for starters. Next, I moved on to the 2012 Borgo Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which had a nice “grip” to it and I was told it is great with food, especially meats. Next up was the 2012 Ramon Cardova Rioja, which I immediately noticed was oak barrel-aged, which was great! Apparently, Spanish wines are frequently aged in both American oak and French oak – this was yummy! Next up was the 2011 Weinstock Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon, which was also oak barrel-aged, although just American oak; this had a nice fruity character to it and was pleasant. Finally, in the מבושל camp was the 2010 Chateau La Clare Medoc, which was also oak barrel-aged and was nice.
Moving on the non-מבושל camp, I skipped the one white wine and started off with 2011 Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, which was really special! It had a great “grip” to it and had a nice complexity to it – it was yummy! Next up was the 2011 Dalton Merlot, which was noticeably oak barrel-aged and had a pleasurable dryness and sweetness to it. Following that was the 2010 Dalton Shiraz-Mourvedre-Viognier “Alma”, which was sweet.
A special addition to the tasting were four wines from Shirah, which were a welcome addition to the selection. I skipped their white wine (sorry, I was enjoying the reds too much to bother with the whites) and started off with the 2012 Bro Deux, which was a good, calm wine. From there, I moved on to the 2012 White Hawk, Syrah, which I enjoyed more. But the 2012 Power to the People was really tasty and complex – definitely a treat!
While I am still quite naive when it comes to wines, it was a good opportunity for me to learn a little bit about wines, although there is so much more for me to learn.