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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cape Cod Weather Hot and Humid - Wine At Our Sandwich Bed And Breakfast Cool And Dry

Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ings

WOW has it been hot! The temperature here at our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast has been in the low 80’s with very high humidity for the last few days. Seems like weeks already, but it is July and our guests do come here for the sun. So what better thing for them to do on a hot day than go to a wine tasting called “Sizzling Summer Spanish Beach & BBQ wines”?

Cellar 55 sponsored this tasting with the Boston Wine Company at the Belfry Bistro. The hot patio at sunset was the perfect setting for the subject wines. I always wanted to learn more about Spanish wines and I did, as we tasted a white, a rose and two red wines. The white, Botani, is made from 100% Muscat grapes. My first taste of the Botani was from a bottle that had sat in the sun for a few minutes and left me wanting. Gary, the Boston Wine Company representative, immediately replaced the warm wine with a properly chilled pour. This made all the difference in the world.  This very dry and refreshing wine pleasantly surprised me, but I suggest you serve it well chilled.

The two Spanish reds both use the Tempranillo grape; a common Spanish grape that I have heard of, but one that is not widely grown in United States. The first wine was Venta Morales, a 100% Tempranillo, and the second wine was Borsao, a blend of 25% Tempranillo and 75% Garnacha.  Garnacha is the Spanish name for the French Southern Rhone’s Grenache.  Grenache is also now widely grown in California.
I found the 2009 Borsao blend much smoother and approachable for a summer wine.  I have added this to my cellar and will be offering it to my guest this week. I also put some of the Venta Morales down, but want to taste it again when the weather cools off a little.

All in all it was a hot night for wine tasting. I learned more about some great Spanish wines and will be sharing this wine with guests at our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast. Hopefully they will benefit from all my hard work. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Happy wine-ing

Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper's Assistant and Resident Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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