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2011 Smyrna wine stroll, Part 3

A great wine tasting experience, strolling over twelve wine stations and sampling the food from local restaurants: Village Cafe, Atkins Park Tavern, Zucca and Moe's. Cabot Cheese also offered great bites to taste at The 6th Smyrna Wine Stroll. On wine station #9 Empire Distributors shared with us great wines from Argentina, Australia, Chile and France. From France Simmonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé, non vintage sparkling mostly Pinot Noir with a little of Gamay blended in. This sparkling rose offers great aromas of red fresh berries, a bit yeasty and hints of tangerine. Very refreshing bubbly with a hint of sugar up front and dry short finish; great sparkling under $20, enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with shellfish, smoked fish, sushi, Chinese food, Mediterranean food, salty cheeses and/or brie, Gouda, Gruyere and Manchego.

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On wine station #10, Sarah Webb from Prestige Wine Wholesale offered great selections from California, Italy and France to taste. 2008 Renato Ratti Ochetti Nebbiolo d'Alba (100% Nebbiolo), this wine offers an expressive bouquet of dried red cherries, rose petals potpourri, fresh rolled tobacco, wild mushrooms and black currant. The mouth feel is complex, great balance of acidity and fruit; with cherry compote up front, ripe plums, mushrooms, pepper steak and smoke, finishing up with thyme, pomegranate and lush mocha tannins. Great wine for food, have it with grilled or smoked red meats, beef or duck stew and cheeses like: aged Gouda, Robiola, Caprini, Mascarpone and Fontina. Great wine for $23.

Con Vinum Wine Distributors located on wine station #11 gave us a taste of France, from west to east: Bordeaux, Auvergne (Central France) and The Rhone Valley. Certified wine specialist Nicole Burgwyn, wine consultant for Con Vinum talked to us about Samorens White, Rosé and Red; great Cotes du Rhone wines, well crafted and a great deal under $15. The 2009 Ferraton Samorens Rosé (75% Grenache and 25% Syrah/Cinsault). This wine shows a vibrant bright rose color and fresh aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry, red currant with a nice dry mineral and lavender finish. Great summer wine that will pair well with a wide variety of foods: Charcuterie, grilled, fried or stewed fish, grilled or roasted pork, paté, green salads, grilled shrimp. grilled vegetables and mild cheeses.

On wine station #12 Josh Brett-Sales Manager, Southern Region for Michael David Winery located in Lodi, CA was offering six of their wines to taste: Incognito white and red, 7 Deadly Zins, Petite Petit, Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon and Lust Zinfandel. All their wines are very well crafted with particular flavors that greatly represent the different soils where the vines are grown. The 7 Deadly Zins (Zinfandel from 7 quality vineyards blended with low quantities of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot). This is a full-bodied Zin with aromas of ripe plums, spice and earth. On the palate is an explosion of fruit flavors: plum, raspberry and dark berries round up with soft tannins and notes of dark pepper and brown spices. This is a great wine under $20, enjoy it with smoked pork or chicken, your favorite burger, pasta with red sauce and thick crusted pizza.