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2015 October 8-10 Chapel Hill
TerraVita has grown! It's become a full-blown wine-and-food festival, chockful of tastings, dinners, after-hours parties, educational seminars and general celebration over an extended weekend in October. Special events are selling at a quick pace, so don't delay in checking it out.
For a full schedule of this year's events and tickets, go here:
Buy(s) of the Week
Clos Siguier Cahors 2012, France ** $16.99 at the Wine Merchant in Cary. A supple juicy red from the region in France that was the first to make 100% malbec wines. Nicely rugged and earthy, with black cherry and ripe berry flavors and a grip of tannin.
André Brunel Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Grenache 2013, Rhône Valley, $14** A good transitional red--earthy, spicy, lively fruit, a good choice for early autumn grilling, from a top producer of Les Carilloux Chateauneuf-du-Pape (the very fine 2012 goes for $62).
Grimaldi Dolcetto d'Alba 2013 Piedmont $16** Ripe berries and black cherries dominate the fruit flavors of this Dolcetto, one of my favorite autumn reds for its rich texture.
Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2013, Sonoma $15-20**+ One of the best balanced Zinfnadels available, Dry Creek's 2013 Heritage has marvelously toothsome flavors of blackberry, black raspberryand a hint of licorice, round and succulent; great for autumn grilling.
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2013, California** $20+ Medum-bodied, juicy pinot flavors (cherries, ripe berries) with hints of spice and smoke. Widely available, nice for roast loin of pork, Cornish game hens and other fowl.
I always have a sparkling wine on the chill and ready to enjoy--year round. You never know when the mood will strike.
Chandon Blanc de Noirs, California $18-22*** Excellent; one of the best from Domaine Chandon that I've tasted--quite dry but creamy and rich; appealing effervescence. Very wholesome, elegant and long in finish. Also liked the Brut Classic**
Hillinger Secco Rosé Austria $20-25 Made from 100% pinot noir--and it shows in the delightful fruit in this dry sparkling rosé from Austria's Burgenland region. Lovely balance and length--sometimes hyped as Prosecco-like, but I think it's much better than Prosecco.
Mirabelle Brut Rosé California *** Schramsberg's second label is very appetizing--while suggested retail is $28-30, it's widely available for $20-22--and worth a search. Bright berry flavors in this appealing froth, a blend of 55% chardonnay, 45% pinot noir.
Schramsberg 2012 Blanc de Blancs Napa Valley $33*** Elegant, bright, crisp with an underlying richness. Beautiful as an aperitif, excellent with fresh oysters, very long in finish.