Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Taste of the Mediterranean at FineWine.Com

Getting a little bit tipsy in the middle of the afternoon is all in a day's work for this event planning guru. At least it is on days when I have the pleasure of attending a tasting of 13 of some of the most delectable Mediterranean Wines at FineWine.Com's August Wine Festival. Saturday, FineWine.Com's Gaithersburg, MD location was filled to capacity for this FREE event. With a packed calendar of fall events in my near future, this was a wonderful opportunity to try out some great new wines before serving them up for my guests.

My favorites? I'd have to say the Burgans Albarino 2007, Spain, a light and summery gold-colored white with hints of lemon, and the Calvet-Thunevin Cuvee Constance '05 France, a sweet red, both from the Henry Wine Group. I walked out with a bottle of the Albarino.

FineWine.Com offers these tastings several times a year. Stop by their website to find out how to receive their newsletter and get updates on future events.

20A Grand Corner Avenue
Gaithersburg MD, 20878
10:00am - 8:00pm (Mon - Wed)
10:00am - 10:00pm (Thur - Sat)
11:00am - 6:00pm (Sun)

Here are the wines from the tasting. They were all quite nice...

Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2005, Italy
Fontaleoni Vernaccia di S. Gimignano 2007, Italy
Cantina del Taburno Falanghina 2007, Italy
Seghesio Dolcetto d'Alba "La Chiesa" 2006, Italy SILVER MEDAL
Burgans Albarinio 2007, Spain WS 90 Pts
Calvet-Thunevin Cotes du Constance 2005, France
Vina Godeval 2006, Spain WS 90 Pts Best Buy! Top 100
Vinas Mazzaron Toro 2004, Spain WS 90 Pts
Mas Donis Monsant 2005, Spain WS 90 Pts
Hercules Agiorgitikos 2005, Greece
Boutari moschofilero 2006, Greece WS 90 Pts Best Buy!
Santo Yannie's Blend 2006, Greece
100 Maria's Red 2005, Portugal

Alright, now get out there and do something fabulous this weekend!

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