Pin Up Platinum

De la Montanya has an interesting concept for the labels for their Pin Up Collection. They let anyone (I think just females, but who knows?) from their wine club throw their name in the hat, literally, and then they draw the names for the models. Now, Matt said he wouldn’t be thrilled if I tossed my name in, so I don’t think you’ll see me in a negligee on a wine bottle any time soon, but a cool idea nonetheless and a great way to get club members interested in the process.

Anywho, the Pin Up Platinum is a Pinot Gris from Christine’s Vineyard. It is 14.1% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure and only 135 cases were produced.

On the nose of this one I found spiced peaches, pears and a tropical note. The nose was very aromatic and pleasant. In the mouth I got pears, clementines and tangerines. The wine had a nice long and tasty finish. Overall it was very light and crisp and would make a great summer sipper. It had good acidity and structure.

It went really well with our summery dinner, which was breadcrumb and parmasean encrusted Asian Basa Fillet over cheddar cheese and parmasean polenta with broccoli on the side. The acidity went well with the creamy polenta and the light wine was great with the flaky fish. I would drink this one now or soon. And with the weather in the 70s here this week, I’m all about the summer whites!

Weekend Round-Up

So, being the wino I am, I am signed up for a ton of local wine shoppes’ email lists and I get updates (really, a ton of them) about local tastings and what’s happening on the weekends. I thought I’d try doing a quick summary of the events you can attend in the DC Metro Area.

At Arrowine in Arlington tonight there is a free tasting of Spanish wines being poured by a rep from Elite Wines. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 and you get a discount (typically 10-20% on any wines purchased that were tasted).

Tomorrow at Arrowine from 1-4 there’s another tasting of wines from Michael Downey Selections.

At Out of Site Wines in Vienna tonight from 5-8 there is a pouring of wines from Schild Estate wines from Australia.

Tomorrow at Out of Site you will find 5 wines from JAO Imports being poured, including a 2005 Fontaine-Gagnard Bourgogne blanc and a 2001 Christia Beaumes de Venise.

At the Curious Grape in Shirlington tonight you will find Not to be Missed French Values and Irish Cheeses from 6-8.

Tomorrow at the Curious Grape there is an Italian Winemaker tasting from 1-3. As always, you’ll get a tasting bar discount and more if you buy a case, even a mixed one.

That’s it for now, thought I’m still missing a few emails.

WBW #31 Round-up Posted

Roger over at Box Wines has the Round Up Posted from the most recent WBW! Wow, that was fast!

Looks like we had 22 bloggers participate this month and the selections ranged from the good to the bad to the ugly!

So head on over and check out the summaries and see if you can find a box wine (or alternatively packaged wine) that works for you!

I hope the quality of other packaged wines gets better, as I really like the concept of a wine that will stay fresh longer.