Last Friday after adventuring for most of the afternoon, I stopped by Vintage Spirits in Herkimer, NY for their Easter wine tasting. As regular readers know, I have no real oenophile cred (or even a clear idea of how to pronounce “oenophile”). However, I love wine and I like giving a shout-out to a local business.
Tastings at Vintage Spirits are always educational for me, because Bronson, who owns Vintage Spirits, is very knowledgeable. I suppose if I go to enough tastings there, I will eventually gain a few oenophile creds myself. If I don’t drink too much wine and forget everything I hear (not at the tasting, of course, but, you know, if I buy a couple of bottles).
I started with Le Petit Rouviere Rose 2015 from Provence, France. I told Bronson how Steven and I often make the joke: If I have a little red left in my glass but Steven is opening a bottle of white, I tell him to mix it and we’ll make Rose. Of course that is not really how it is done. Bronson explained how the wine skins are left in for a certain length of time to make the color. I’m afraid I don’t remember the full explanation (yes, I purchased a couple of bottles; why do you ask?).
I though the Rose was tasty and would make a good summer wine. Of course I am quite ready to sit out on my deck with a glass of wine, but so far the Mohawk Valley weather has not been cooperative.
Next I tried Heron Hill Dry Riesling 2013 from Keuka Lake, NY. I like dry riesling and I am a huge fan of New York State wines (what a surprise), so I had high hopes for this one. I was not disappointed. It earned my ultimate accolade of “yummy.” I made a further note that it was “New Yorky.” I can’t describe exactly what I mean by “New Yorky.” It’s one of those “I know it when I taste it” things. This riesling was not entirely dry, and the description said it paired well with ham, so I felt confident in purchasing a bottle to bring to my parents’ house for Easter dinner.
I tried all the reds except the Fulkerson Red Zeppelin from Seneca Lake, NY. I knew it was sweet, and I think I have tried it before.
In addition to the riesling, I picked up a bottle of Barefoot Pinot Noir, which is a very tasty wine, especially for the price. Mom was cooking a rolled roast beef as well as the ham, so I thought some people might prefer a red.
Steven was working till six. Thinking he had worked all day and would like a treat, I walked to his place of employment and brought him to the wine tasting, which ran till seven. The nice people at Vintage Spirits did not mind that I tasted twice. After Steven had tried everything, we purchased a bottle of the Rose. Steven liked it, and I found I liked it even better on the second try. Now if we could only get some good deck-sitting weather.
Vintage Spirits is located at 246 Mohawk St., Herkimer, NY. Phone number is 315-866-6800. You can also Like them on Facebook.