Store manager Kevin Franke welcomed everyone and began pouring the first wine, a 2011 Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes. Torrontes is Argentina’s quintessential white wine and its nose is unmistakable. You get plenty of floral notes along with a little citrus. It’s normally priced at $14.95, but it was offered at $11.95 on this evening and was paired with fresh cheese and meat antipasti.
We moved on to the evening’s first red, also from Zuccardi, the 2011 Serie A Bonarda from Santa Rosa, Argentina. You may know Bonarda as Charbono, or you may not be familiar with it at all. A lesser known grape, this wine offered lots of black fruit and it paired will with the beef empanada. This one’s a steal at $14.95.
We enjoyed two wines from Patagonia, 2011 Del Fin Del Mundo Gran Reserve and 2009 Del Fin Del Mundo Special Blend. Both were Bordeaux blends with the Gran Reserve featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. At $26.95 it’s and exceptional wine and the pairing with beef ribs was spot on. The Special Blend was equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec with 20% Merlot. It’s a complex wine that’s worthy of its $39.95 price tag.
This was our first visit to the Ontario tasting room of San Antonio Winery, but it certainly won’t be our last! There’s a great selection of wines here, priced reasonably, and no shortage of fun events to attend. It’s a great place to stop by if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for the wine lovers on your list.2802 S. Milliken Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761 Phone: 909-947-3995 Open Daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm