When one sits and ponders all the fascinating Italian grape varietals that exist, Teroldego doesn't normally make the list. In fact, "Teroldego" (Tear-ahl-de-go) doesn't even SOUND Italian.
That's because the red grape Teroldego hails from the northern Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige (Südtirol), located on the southern border of Austria. Trentino-Alto Adige is a high alpine area annexed to Italy as a spoil of victory over the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I. Natives of Trentino still speak German as their first language, hence the existence of words like "Teroldego."
This light-bodied red grape has an intense, violet-toned ruby colour which becomes garnet with age. Intense and intriguing violet scented fruit characters, typical of this wine, dominate the nose, becoming full, ethereal and persistent as the wine ages. The palate is warm and sappy with a pleasingly bittersweet aftertaste, well balanced with a good tannin structure. If you had to compare it to another well-known variety, Pinot Noir or Gamay would be a good fit.
The wine's acid structure makes it a great accompaniment to many types of cuisine including stew with dumplings, Italian Speck, minestrone soup, and fresh young cheeses. $19.99
This 100% Garnacha was produced in the Campo de Borja region of Spain and consistently offers great drinking value for its meager price. It's made from 100 year old vineyards and rests for three months in French and American oak casks.
91 points Wine Spectator 2011
"This fleshy red delivers a rich core of blackberry and blueberry compote, accented by toasty vanilla, sweet licorice and cinnamon spice. Well-integrated tannins give this backbone. A bold, modern style. Drink now through 2017."
Malbec is all the rage these days, and for good reason! Affordable and approachable, this Argentine Malbec delivers loads of juicy purple fruit aromas, roasted coffee, and a touch of spice. The tannins are soft and easy and very well integrated.
"Argentina is in the midst of a Revolution. The same restless spirit which is the soul of the Argentine people has ignited a revolution in winemaking. This revolution has hundreds of young winemakers bringing out the natural beauty the vineyards of Argentina have to offer. Best reflected in its signature wines; Malbec and Torrontés. These wines express both power and elegance, soulfull yet unique. A reflection of Argentina itself. It is our passion to spread this spirit of rebellion and originality ¡Viva la revolución!" $12.99
This Cabernet - Syrah blend from Washington State is produced by winemaking team Charles Smith and Charles Bieler.
"Tightly focused and precisely defined, with dark berry, chocolate, and rose petal flavors on a supple frame, lingering easily on the polished finish."
Wine Spectator's 'Best Value'