Weekend Tastings Round-Up

Church Street Cellars in Vienna is tasting from a portfolio of Italian wines from 6:30-9:00pm on Friday. Included in the tasting is an Oddero Chardonnay, a Pelissero Nebbiolo and a Firriato Camelot.

Out of Site Wines in Vienna is having a tasting on Saturday from 1-4pm. They are tasting 4 wines from the portfolio of Robin’s Cellars.

Tonight, the Curious Grape in Shirlington is having a tasting of new world wines from South Africa and Spain from 6-8pm.

Tomorrow at the Curious Grape is a free seminar starting at 1pm about aging wines. They will be tasting younger and aged versions of the same varietals.

At Arrowine in Alexandria tonight there is a tasting of 12 French wines from 5-7:30pm. (I wish we could go, but we have company!)

Tomorrow at Arrowine from 1-4pm you’ll find the Country Vintner pouring selections from their California portfolio.

Have a great weekend!


2005 Fritz Pinot Noir

Drank my 2005 Fritz Pinot Noir the other night with Roz’s Zuppa Toscano. We had tried Pinot Noir with the soup before the match was a good one, so I didn’t want to mess with success. And it was a good match, but I found this Pinot Noir to be a bit heavier in the mouth than I am used to for Pinot Noir.

The Fritz was 13.9% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure and came in a club shipment so I have no idea how much it cost. We also have a bottle with “Clonal Select” written on it and I am not sure if they are the same thing…they have the same alcohol levels and since the actual science of winemaking escapes me, I have no idea if you could do bottlings with two different sets of grapes and come out with the exact same alcohol content.

On the nose of the wine were black cherries, raspberries and spice, and then strawberries a little later. In the mouth it was smooth, though as I mentioned it was heavier than I am used to for a Pinot Noir. Flavors in the mouth were mostly strawberries and I would describe this wine as a fruity red. I would also suggest letting it air a bit before drinking as it seemed to develop nicely in the glass.