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2011 Smyrna Wine Stroll

Another successful wine event for The Wine Cellars in Smyrna, The 6th Smyrna Wine Stroll celebrated on May 21 at The Market Village Shopping Center across from Smyrna City Hall. This year, high temperatures stayed with the wine strollers from beginning to end without diminishing their determination to taste all kind of great wines from around the world. The food samples supplied from local restaurants: The Village Cafe, Atkins Tavern, Zucca and Moe's where very flavorful and a hit with wine strollers.

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This year all the proceeds from the ticket sales benefited Must Ministries of Smyrna, a non-profit faith-based organization that helps community members in distress with food, clothes, employment, education and housing services. The event also included live jazz music and few artists selling their creations.

This year the wine tasting event was well attended and included a great selection of over 65 wines spread over 12 tables located all around The Market Village area. From Wines to Treasure Distributor on table #1 Mr. Shiel Grover poured Della Casa Bianca, an Italian blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is a great every day white, fresh, crisp and showed good fruit and dry finish; great summer white for $10 and great with white fish, shellfish and shrimp dishes. On table #2 Georgia Crown Distributing offered a beautiful lineup of five Ricossa Antica wines from Italy. The Ricossa Antica Casa Barbera d'Asti DOCG is medium-bodied red with great plum and red berries aroma and flavor with great acidity but refreshing and juicy, you can get this one for $15; pair this wine with pasta on red sauce, pizza and roasted meats with BBQ sauce.

On table #3 Jobe Best from Quality Wines & Spirits offered nine wines to taste, including two great high end wines, Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese 2007 from Napa Valley, these were not published on the wine program but was a pleasurable surprise. The Altamura 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant balanced well made wine that shows aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, blackberries, dark currants and expressive earthy and mocha notes; smooth tannins. Great texture and concentrated flavors makes this an impressive wine, it retails around $90 and will pair well with roasted lamb or beef with a red wine reduction sauce.

Click on this link to see a video of this event prepared by ATL Profile. Stay tuned to The Atlanta Wine Pairing Examiner for a second article featuring other wines offered for tasting at this great wine event.