Tour de Vin is around the corner: Vote for your favorite wine from around the world
Tour de Vin is Friday, August 24th, and you have a shot at winning a pair of tickets to this premier wine and food tasting event. All you have to do is tell us which of the six wines listed below is your favorite. Once you've voted sign up to be a CultureMap Insider for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Tour de Vin, a bottle of the winning wine, and other fun gifts from The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas.
Rhône varietals are becoming increasingly popular in the heart of the Central West Coast and Troublemaker has set the bar for quality and value in Paso Robles. A Rhône-inspired blend, Troublemaker is made by Austin Hope and crafted with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah. Syrah is the backbone of the wine, setting the stage with a fruit-forward style and full body. The bright and sweet flavors of Grenache further enhance the blend. Mourvèdre adds texture and additional rustic flavor, while Petite Sirah adds color and additional tannins.
New Zealand's largest wine region in production and area, Marlborough, is located at the north-eastern tip of the South Island. The long, straight Wairau Valley has the most extensive plantings of vines. This young wine region has won worldwide acclaim for its Sauvignon Blanc. Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc is alive with the intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passion fruit. The palate is well balanced with mouthwatering acidity and grapefruit flavors leading into a long finish of remarkable intensity.
Rioja, a classic region of Spain, produces some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Though small in area, it is the richest in production of fruity, full-bodied wines. La Vendimiai’s a blend of Spain’s two original star varieties: Garnacha and Tempranillo. Lively and lucid, this wine has supple aromas of fresh orchard fruit, wild berries and ripe blood oranges. Fruit-forward and round on the palate, the aromas found on the nose are mimicked in the mouth and include additional notes of sweet spice and raspberry jam.
The white Bordeaux blend is perhaps one of the most overlooked categories of wine in the world today. In the prestigious Graves region, white Bordeaux wines can be consumed young and will display fresh citrus and grassy flavors; the style is usually associated with Sauvignon Blanc. The nose shows sweet citrus notes of grapefruit and orange zest with strong aromas of fresh picked herbs and chalky minerality. The palate is full with good acidity and offers more citrus notes along with fresh cut grass. The wine finishes dry and crisp, with a lingering of flavors on the end.
Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. It is a region full of tradition, but in continuous evolution. The Cabernet-Sangiovese is one of the success stories of 20th century Italian winemaking. This Tommasi Poggio al Tufo blend balances the distinctive black cherry and wild berry flavors of Sangiovese against the structure and power of the Cabernets. With an intense bouquet of mature red berries it is well-balanced with good structure and nice length.
Colchagua Valley is one of Chile’s best-known regions for premium quality red varieties. Located south of Santiago, Colchagua Valley wines regularly appear high on the world’s lists of leading wines. Viña Bisquertt La Joya Merlot Reserve is toasty, rich and spicy on the nose, with big black fruit aromas, a dusting of raw oak and smoked meat. It’s full, round and lush in the mouth, with ripe flavors of blackberry and oak but nothing candied, faux or cheap tasting. Smooth, full and chocolaty on the finish.