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At the sparkling wine house, we will feature Nadal Cava Avinyo Brut paired with Smoked Salmon. This brut cava is a blend of the typical grapes of the location in the heart of the Penedès region of Barcelona, Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo. Aged for roughly 20 months before release, there are notes of pear, lemon and toast. With a creamy mouthfeel and nice length and balance. An outstanding artisanal Cava.
The other sparkling wine at the first house is an effervescent picpoul, a white varietal from Coteaux du Languedoc in France, paired with Deviled Eggs. The 2010 Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet is the perfect pool wine. It's great for hot weather. It's a delicate wine, like a girl in a tutu. Notes of green apple, and lemon make up the majority of the palate, with a slightly salty, almost "briny" finish.
At the second house on the tour, Italy meets the Southern US in Vickery Place, a 2011 Cantine Barbera La Bambina Rosé wine from Sicily is paired with chicken and waffles! The wine has a sublime color of pale delicate copper, with a touch of salmon rose. To the nose, fresh and charming scents of wisteria blossoms merge into fruity tones of wild strawberries, watermelon and citrus skin. On the palate it is fresh and well balanced, with a pleasant and long lasting fruity finish.
The second pairing at the second house is a pinot gris paired with thyme gougeres. The 2011 Elk Cove Pinot Gris starts out with sweet and unctuous aromatics, while showing crispness on the palate with citrus and grapefruit. The finish is full and satisfying.
Stay tuned to this column for more news on the Wine Walk! Next article will include the full menu for all houses, as well as more details about the dessert wine house.