• Two Thumbs Up
• Refreshing floral aromas with lots of citrus and orange zest. Zesty citrus flavors abound with a touch of peach ice tea and a mineral quality. Not complex, but just right for unfussy warm-weather meals.
At a recent assembly of the Wine Hep-Cats Union, my fellow wine hep-cat, Blaze Boswell of Decatur asked me: “Hey, Daddy-o, what’s going to be the groovy wine this summer? Rosé?”
To which I replied: “Blaze, baby, that pink wine stuff is like so last year. You’ve got to get you mind around something called torrontés.”
“Cool, man,” she said. “But for the uninitiated, why don’t you dish the down-low on torrontés, Wine Dude?”
“It would be my utmost pleasure,” I said. “One of torrontés’ parents is the four-square-boring criolla chica grape, once loved by Spanish missionaries throughout the Americas. Its other parental unit is the exotic muscat d’Alexandrie, which once was the happening grape of the Mediterranean when everyone walked like an ancient Egyptian. It is still produced enjoyed in many hot spots in southern Europe.”
“Criolla and muscat crossed paths, if you know what I mean, in Argentina and it’s been all good ever since. It has the body of sauvignon blanc, but you can really dig the fresh peach, citrus and floral qualities it gets from muscat. It chills out nicely, too, with bright acidity that makes it a hit with the BBQ set. Best of all, it comes at a perfect price point for poor poets and artists.”
“Rock on, Wine Dude!”
Gil Kulers is a certified wine educator and a wine consultant for a metro-Atlanta wine shop. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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