Tomorrow night, June 4, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m., Whole Foods in Green Hills is hosting a Summer Top 10 Tasting for just $15/person. The focus this week is on the wines of Greece.
Entrenched in history, the vineyards of Greece contain over 300 indigenous grape varieties. Greek winemakers are now crafting world-class wines with distinct flavors. Learn about the vineyards of this sunny country, as you taste a selection of wines from native and international varieties. Students will taste wines along with grilled Halloumi cheese and olives.
Whole Foods Market, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, 440-5100.
Named after the proprietor of the 19th century mail coach service that once ran through their property, Henry’s Drive Vignerons is the wine operation established by Kim Longbottom and her late husband Mark.
Today, Kim continues to build the business in honour of Mark; with fine winemaking and brands such as Henry’s Drive, Parson’s Flat, The Trial of John Montford, Dead Letter Office, The Postmistress, The Scarlet Letter, Pillar Box and Morse Code. These wines are testament to Kim and Mark’s dedication to crafting fine wines from Padthaway, one of Australia’s great wine growing regions.
We hope you'll join us in sampling these five beautiful Aussie wines, paired with delicious fare from Bound'ry, for just $20 per person.
Only 50 seats are available, so make your reservations ASAP.
Pillar Box White
"Light straw-colored, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of lime, grapefruit, and kiwi with a touch of fresh herbs. On the palate, hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits emerge. This smooth-textured, crisp, refreshing wine over-delivers in a big way." — The Wine AdvocatePillar Box Red
"A perennial Best Buy in these pages, the Pillar Box Red does not disappoint… It is purple-colored with an enticing nose of cherry blossom, cinnamon, blueberry, and licorice. Ripe and rich for its humble price, it has plenty of savory fruit, good balance, and a seamless, fruit-filled finish." — The Wine Advocate
Parson's Flat Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz
"Very deep garnet colored, it has intense black cherry, blackberry and minted cassis aromas with nuances of tobacco, tree bark, earth and some licorice. Full-bodied with medium-firm silky tannins and high acid structuring the generous fruit, it has very good persistence. Just beginning to evolve and enter its drinking window, it should continue to cellar to 2016." — 91 points, The Wine Advocate
Dead Letter Office Shiraz
"Very deep purple-black in color, it gives intense ripe plum, blackberry and kirsch aromas with some pencil shavings and chocolate plus whiffs of mint and undergrowth. Very concentrated and rich, this full-bodied Shiraz is well structured with crisp acid and medium-firm fine grained tannins. There’s still a suggestion of oak apparent in the long finish. Approachable now, it should continue to drink to 2016+." — 90 points, The Wine AdvocateThe Scarlett Letter Sparkling Shiraz
"Deep garnet-purple colored, it has a moderate intensity of blackberry, black cherry and mint aromas, some toastiness and a waft of rose petals. The palate is very bubbly / foamy with medium-high acid, a medium level of soft tannins and barely detectable sweetness, finishing long and spicy." — The Wine Advocate
When: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 6 p.m.
Where: The Bound'ry, 911 20th Ave. S.
How much: $20 per person
Call The Bound'ry at (615) 321-3043 to reserve your seats.
Note: I did replace a few breathless exclamation points in the above invite with mellower period. I like Henry's Drive and all, but sometimes these wine newsletters get a bit strident.