Two new red wines that have made their way onto our shelves…and I am pretty excited about them both, even though they are both very different in style. The first is a little Barbera ( i don’t know why I keep referring to this wine as “little” when it is anything but that – I suppose because it is super affordable). It is from producer Uvaggio in California and pretty new to the market. They specialize in Italian varietals such as Barbera, Nebbiolo, Vermentino, etc… using grapes harvested from vineyards in the Sierra Foothills and along the California Coast. Low and behold…..this tastes like a Barbera! It is bright and spicy with lots of cherry on the palate – fuller in body, dry. A great, food friendly wine. At $9.99 it was sort of a given. Plus I love the package…modern and understated.
Next up is from Fetish – a collaboration between some of Australia’s finest wine makers, growers and artists. This line up of wines is impressive. We decided to bring in Fetish “The Watcher” Shiraz after I tasted it at a trade show last month. Amazing!! I was kind of blown away….and I have been in and out of loving Shiraz for quite some time. This is a big boy. Lush, RICH, layered, powerful. The 2006 vintage has gotten some solid 90 and 91 point ratings from Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator and I think it’s pretty evident why. There is some restraint and elegance to this wine that is missing in a lot of that big, bold Shiraz we are tasting lately. Take some time to check out the website – pretty cool background on all their wines as well as on the collaborative team.