“Last Friday of the Month” Wine Tasting – May 28

Auxerrois Weinsberg Cluster

TASTE Restaurant’s “Last Friday of the Month” Neighborhood Wine Tasting takes place on May 28. We invite you to drop in anytime between 5-6:30 pm to experience some of our most beloved Oregon and Washington wines from four distinctive wineries: Adelsheim, Novelty Hill, Reininger, Stone Cap. The focus will be on four flavor profiles: crisp or caramel-and-honey whites and exotic or black-bitter-blue reds.

For a $10 tasting fee, our guests will receive about 2 glasses of wine, detailed information about the wines, a small savory bite from TASTE Restaurant after each flight of wine, and a sweet bite to finish.

Guests will be able to buy some of our finest small-production wine at a one-time-only price. For those who decide to stay for dinner, TASTE will waive the corkage fee for any of the featured wines.

What:  TASTE’s “Last Friday of the Month” Neighborhood Wine Tasting  

When: May 28th    |   5:00-6:30pm

Where: TASTE Restaurant   |   1300 1st Avenue


May’s Wine Focus & Notes:

This month we are excited to feature four distinctive Northwest wineries, three unique grape varieties, and four different “flavor categories” of wine… come and experience these very unique offerings…

Adelsheim   |   Auxerrois   |   2008   |   Ribbon Ridge (OR)                   $31 / $21 (special retail price) 

We are excited to share with you a very old and unique variety – Auxerrois Blanc or Auxerrois Blanc de Laquenexy is a white wine grape that is important in Alsace and is also grown in Germany and Luxembourg. It is a full sibling of Chardonnay that is often blended with the very similar Pinot Blanc

This wine lives in our Crisp” category of flavor profiles – where wines of this style denote flavors of citrus zest, lemon and lime to pine, grapefruit and fig. We found the wine to express tons of mineral on the nose and palate w/ sweet citrus (lemon), nectarine flesh and clean floral notes 

Novelty Hill   |    Roussanne   |   2007   |   Columbia Valley (WA)     $34 / $24 (special retail price)

Roussanne is a white wine grape grown originally in the Rhône region in France,  where it is often blended with Marsanne. Depending on the temperature of the climate, Roussanne either expresses rich full bodied wines eluding to pear and honey (similar to what we have today) or delicate floral high acid wine.

This wine lives in our Caramel & Honey” category of flavor profiles –  where wines of this style denote flavors of raw and roasted nuts, honey, oak and butter to vanilla, pine and spice. We found the wine to have a ‘steely”, green almond and briny characteristic in the nose with wonderful tropical (pineapple, coconut) rich fruit on the palate with a linger of caramel, toasted nuts and Asian pear.

Reininger   |   Carmenere |  2008   |    Walla Walla (WA)                     $50 / $35 (special retail price)

The Carménère grape is a wine grape variety originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, where it is member of the Cabernet family  and occasionally its used for blending purposes in the same manner as Petit Verdot.

This wine lives in ourExotic” category of flavor profiles – where wines of this style denote flavors of anise, tea, mocha, licorice and cinnamon to black pepper and clove. Our tasting notes provided details of a nice balance of black (plum/blackberry) and red fruit (cherry) w/ complex nuances of mint, lilac, black pepper, mushroom, flint, black olive and a hint of smoked meat with good tannin structure.

 Stone Cap |   Syrah  |     2007  |    Columbia Valley (WA)                     $24 / $18 (special retail price) 

This wine lives in our “Black, Bitter & Blue” category of flavor profiles – where wines of this style denote flavors of plum and berry jams to blackberry, marionberry, black currant, huckleberry and cassis. This is a great value focused good example of Washington Syrah. Simple clean black fruit (Italian prune plums, blackberries and blueberries) focused with slight hints of spice, black tea and tobacco… like really good “blueberry pie”.  Especially fun and easy to enjoy with a crowd.

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