There is a lot going on the next eight days at Madrona Wine as we fall back into the winter half of Daylight Saving.
First--Stock up on Bubbles this weekend so you can celebrate Tuesday night and Toast the First Woman President of the United States.
Second — SAVE THE DATE — Next Sunday (eight days from now on the 13th) we are having a Special Burgundy Tasting at 5:30. The cost is $20 and space is limited and full details are coming soon.
Third — -This Saturday (today) We are tasting a range of Spanish Deliciousness! Shrug off the weekend showers and come join us.
2015 Txomin Etxaniz, Getaria Txakoli
Llopant, Cava Brut Reserva
2014 Triton, Tinta di Torro
2014 Juan Gil, Monastrell
2005 Sierra Cantabria Gran Reserva
Fourth — This Sunday we are squandering our extra hour with an over the top Vermouth tasting with FIVE VERMOUTHS!!! We tried this fantastic line of Vermouth from Alessio and jumped at the chance to pour them for you. Our distributor will be here to tell you all about them from 2 to 4, but they will be open for tasting all day from 11-5. These are great in cocktails but complex enough to drink on their own.
Alessio Bianco $27
Alessio Vermouth Bianco is an historic variation of Italian Sweet Vermouth, regarded as a “Vino di Moda” (fashion wine). Vermouth Blanc was made with a similar recipe as traditional sweet vermouth, but was filtered to be completely clear and was sometimes referred to as “Semi-sweet”. Warm spices and mild bitterness are tempered with a bright, crisp citrus finish. Enjoy chilled on its own or as an alternative to traditional Italian Sweet Vermouths in your favorite classic cocktails.
Alessio Rosso $27
A complex traditional Sweet Style Vermouth.
Alessio Chinato Vermouth $30 Full bottle, $22 — 375ml
Alessio Vermouth Chinato is also based on a classic recipe from the late 19th century combined with the additional bittering of Cinchona bark and more than 25 other balancing herbs, including Grande and Petite Wormwood, and reflects an almost-lost style of bitter vermouth.
Alessio Vino Chinato $40
Alessio Vino Chinato is highlighted by bold red and black fruit aromas and youthful tannins with added herbal notes from aromatic herbs and a balanced bitter finish of Cinchona bark. Alessio Vino Chinato is an elegant and robust aperitif for use in any cocktail requiring a classic Italian Sweet Vermouth and can also be enjoyed chilled on its own before a meal, or after and is exceptional when paired with chocolate or sharp and blue cheeses.
Tempis Fugit Kina L’Aero D’Or $37
Kina L’Aéro d’Or reflects an Alps-Provence style with white wine made from the Piedmont-grown Cortese grape infused with cinchona bark, orange peel, wormwood and other exotic spices. It has a beautiful deep golden hue with an aroma of quince and fine marmalade, and a complex, mildly bitter taste that teases the tongue as its well-balanced sweetness prolongs the finish. Kina Aéro d’Or is absolutely spectacular in classic cocktails such as the 20th Century, Vesper or Corpse Reviver #2 and will easily find its way into many more cocktails of your own.
There is no reason not to have a great weekend.
Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.