We attended a really great wine tasting on Friday night, and we’re going back again tomorrow. You’ll never guess where it is …
It’s at the Bigg’s Skytop Pavilion location on Beechmont. Yep, there’s a fantastic tasting and it’s in a grocery store.
Michael, the wine steward for this Bigg’s location, goes all out with his tasting. Last Friday night we tried 6 different Spanish cavas and sherries. Accompanying the wine tasting, we had chocolate covered strawberries, a fresh fruit tray, baked brie with fresh preserves, beef tenderloin with fresh herbs, haricot verts, and a few other items, all prepared by Chef James.
Michael kindly provided background notes for each wine, which is one of those things that I think takes a tasting from good to great. Michael was quite knowledgeable about each wine, and extremely helpful.
The best part? The whole shebang was only $5 per person.
I believe that tomorrow they are tasting Red Wine & Chocolates. Yum. Michael requests that you RSVP if possible, just so they can prepare enough food. Call 513.231.0606 or email. The tasting starts at 6:30. Get there on time to try some food before it disappears.
We perused the wine aisles after the tasting. While Bigg’s does sell their wine at the lowest prices (state minimum), it’s still less in Kentucky due to various state laws. But if you’re buying in Ohio, the selection at this Bigg’s was impressive.
Our quick reviews (face scale only) of the wines from last Friday are after the jump.
Here are our quick reviews of the wines we tasted last Friday.
Last week focused on cavas and sherries. Cavas are Spanish sparkling
wines made in the same method as French Champagne. Sherry is a
fortified wine made near Jerez, Spain. After fermentation, the wine is
fortified with brandy and possibly yeast, depending on the type of
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut: (That black bottle of sparkling wine)
Freixenet Carta Nevada Semi-Dry: This one smelled and finished like 7-up.
Codorniu Reserva Reventos Brut: 50% chardonnay. Complimented the chocolate-covered strawberries nicely.
Codorniu Brut Pinot Noir: Blush. 100% Pinot Noir. This started out as a :>, but improved as we sipped. It also paired well with the raspberry preserves and brie.
Michael served us the sherries on ice, first cut with orange and then cut with lime. Both the Osbourne Sherry and, to my surprise, the Harvey’s Bristol Cream, responded well to this serving. Kevin preferred sherry with lime, while I preferred the orange slice.
The Harvey’s Bristol Cream, which I’ve always ignored, reminded me of a lower-cost version of Merryvale’s Antigua, which is a fortified wine I absolutely love. I was also surprised to discover that Harvey’s Bristol is not, as I expected, a cream.
Both of these sherries recieved from us.
The tasting was well-planned, with food that complimented the wine choices and the wine served to best maximize the flavors.
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