Linda Kissam, president of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association unearthed a treasure to share with us; a magnum of 2004 Filsinger Brut Champagne. Filsinger shuttered its doors more than five years ago. We all wondered how this bottle had stood the test of time. I was assigned the task of removing the cork. Much to my surprise the cork came out intact without a lot of coaxing. Poured into our glasses, the color was deep golden. I smelled it. Hmmm, pretty nice. When I took a sip it was clear it wasn’t going to get any better, but it had held up surprisingly well after 14 years.
Our wine journey brought us to the Basque region of Spain and the 2016 Zuri Getariako Txakolina. It’s a bright, crisp wine with lots of green apple on the nose. Another food friendly wine, it played nicely with pistachios and dark cherries on goat cheese and with the Thai green curry I brought. It’s another budget-friendly wine that you should be able to find for about $20.
Our international journey took us to Chile for the 2014 Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon. With cherries on the nose, this wine was a little tannic for my palate, but I think in will smooth out in a year or so. It paired very well with dark chocolate. At about $12 or less, this is a bottle you might want to consider stocking up on.
Tom Plant launched WINEormous, a food, wine and travel blog in 2009 and is a long-time member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. Based in Temecula, California, he offers intimate winery tours for no more than seven people. He is a three-time recipient of the best tour award from the Luxury Travel Guide in Birmingham, England. Tour details and pricing are available at www.temecula-tours.com. Call now to book your Temecula Winery Tour at (951) 907-9701! Ask about special discounts.