Saturday afternoon I attended a wine tasting event run by Ave Gourmet which advertises it’s events as “high-end tastings of the world’s best wine”. This is the second event run by this organization that I’ve attended and I’m not sure if I would say the world’s best wines but they do throw a fun party with some decent juice to be had. This tasting was held at the Gallow Green, a roof-top bar at the McKittrick Hotel located very far west at 542 West 27 Street. Very nice spot like an outdoor garden with lots of plants and greenery, and it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon to be outdoors.
It was a casual tasting and I was able to score a table which I soon shared with a couple of lovely ladies. They started us with a glass of Drusian Prosecco, I’m not a big fan of Prosescco but it was a nice way to start the tasting, after that they poured:
Donna Laura Pinot Grigio which was light yellow and dry, a little bland but drinkable.
The 2008 Prophet’s Rock Dry Riesling from Central Otago, New Zealand had a nose of peaches and was dry and lemony with mouth puckering acids on the finish.
The 2010 Saint Andre de Fiquire Cotes de Provence Rose was salmon colored with a nice balanced mouth-feel of cherry and herbs. Very drinkable
They poured four reds and I started with the 2010 “Little J” red blend from Western Cape, South Africa. It was dark red with a toasty and floral nose with sour cherry notes on the fruit with very crisp acids on the finish.
The 2012 Les Fontanelles Pinot Noir from Languedoc, France was light red in color with a nose of sweet cherry and candy cherry notes on the fruit with the finish dropping, a little bland at the end.
A local wine, Macari’s Collina 48 North Fork Long Island, Non-Vintage Merlot was dark red with a nose of sea air and dark plums and had tight black cherry fruit and a firm balance.
The 2012 Dos Fincas Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blend from Mendoza, Argentina was dark red to black in color with a nose of black licorice and cherry and was tight and tart with firm tannins on the end.