Box: September 2022

Chasing Portuguese Sun

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This month we look west for a catch of fresh and sunny Portuguese wines all from a new IWCoK supplier – Organic Wines. Get ready for lots of Vinho Verde and big plum filled reds – Its’ Portugal time.

The most iconic Portuguese white is without question Vinho Verde. Made primarily from Alvarinho, they come in a variety of presentations from inexpensive, low alcohol everyday wines, lightly effervescent wines and more serious, citrus and mineral filled long finishers. Something for every table.

The reds are a mix of Latin love. Starting with a big, chocolatey Malbec, moving over to a Spanish cuvee from a much loved producer, and finishing off with a big Sicilian Nero d’Avola.

Lets finish off the last days summer time with some sunshine. Welcome in these new wines with a smile and a glass ;-)

 

 

 

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Liv

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Wine description:

  • Country: Portugal
  • Grape: Cuveé
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Style: Light and refreshing dry white wine
  • Drink: Wine for immediate consumption
  • Supplier: Organic-wines.cz
  • vivino: 3.6
  • Price: 208 Kč

Mike's Tip

Basic peaches and pairs. Light and extremely easy to drink at 12% alcohol. Perfect for when you want a glass with lunch that will not decide your entire afternoon.

Calcada

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Wine description:

  • Country: Portugal
  • Grape: Albarino
  • Alcohol: 12,5%
  • Style: Medium-bodied dry white wine
  • Drink: Wine for immediate consumption
  • Supplier: Foltýn Wine
  • vivino: 3.7
  • Price: 275 Kč

Mike's Tip

Think of green apples and wet stones. A balance of dry, slightly acidic fruit and minerals. A class act that is ready for a serious dinner of fish or chicken.

Tola White

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Wine description:

  • Country: Italy
  • Grape: Cuveé
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Style: Medium-bodied dry white wine
  • Drink: Wine with potencial 2 to 5 years
  • Supplier: CELLARIUS
  • vivino: 4.0
  • Price: 320 Kč

Mike's Tip

A blend of Chardonnay and Inzolia, this is a medium bodied white from Sicily. This producer does not do subtle. The tropical fruit flavor of the chardonnay is balance by the lighter and short partner, leaving it a refreshing drink that won't overpower a salad or white fish.

Casa do Arrabalde

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Wine description:

  • Country: Portugal
  • Grape: Cuveé
  • Alcohol: 12,5%
  • Style: Medium-bodied dry white wine
  • Drink: Wine for immediate consumption
  • Supplier: Organic-wines.cz
  • vivino: 3.7
  • Price: 219 Kč

Mike's Tip

Yet another "serious" vinho verde. Look for citrus fruits and mineral tones. Light enough for a salad but with enough backbone to hold up to chicken. A versatile dinner wine.

Los Haroldos

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Wine description:

  • Country: Argentina
  • Grape: Malbec
  • Alcohol: 12,5%
  • Style: Full-bodied, rich red wine
  • Drink: Wine with potencial 2 to 5 years
  • Supplier: Foltýn Wine
  • vivino: 3.8
  • Price: 185 Kč

Mike's Tip

Malbec is about dark fruit, chocolate, and spice, and this one is no exception. You will find a balance of tannin, sweetness from the plums and blueberries and a touch of acidity. Big flavor demanding "big" food that will not be overpowered. Red meats go best.

Casa de la Ermita

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Wine description:

  • Country: Spain
  • Grape: Cuveé
  • Alcohol: 13,5%
  • Style: Full-bodied, rich red wine
  • Drink: Wine with potencial 2 to 5 years
  • Supplier: Foltýn Wine
  • vivino: 3.8
  • Price: 195 Kč

Mike's Tip

One of my favorite Spanish producers. This blend of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo has a dry, oaky flavored with lots of licorice and plum. A real treat.

Merkén Reserva

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Wine description:

  • Country: Chile
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Alcohol: 13,5%
  • Style: Full-bodied, rich red wine
  • Drink: Wine with potencial 2 to 5 years
  • Supplier: Foltýn Wine
  • vivino: 3.7
  • Price: 195 Kč

Mike's Tip

An easy, fruity Merlot that will not break the bank. Not overpowering but look for a lot of cherry and red fruit jumping out. Great with some spicy salami or sausage.

Chiantari

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Wine description:

  • Country: Italy
  • Grape: Neronet
  • Alcohol: 13,5%
  • Style: Full-bodied, rich red wine
  • Drink: Wine with potencial 2 to 5 years
  • Supplier: Foltýn Wine
  • vivino: 3.9
  • Price: 280 Kč

Mike's Tip

Bold!. Big dark fruit flavor with a bit of sweetness and light acidity. This is nothing about subtle. This is a big red that needs t breath and be best served with a bit of grilled dinosaur. Last summer days BBQ here we come