ThirstyGirl #TGTaste events are usually monthly and just keep getting better. This event on September 19 with HandCraft Artisan Collection Wines and Vintner Cheryl Indelicato was no exception. The last two events have been so popular that the hashtag #TGTaste trended as a hot topic on Twitter. I think this is a testament to ThirstyGirl’s great organization and growing beverage company relationships.
2010 HandCraft Pinot Noir
(around $12.99 retail, sample graciously provided by HandCraft Artisan Collection Wines)
As a more educated wine consumer and enthusiast, I have become more aware of my taste preferences with regard to wine and food. I have discovered a preference for those that are more acidic and flavorful. Therefore, my favorite red wines are those that are food-friendly and often have higher acidity, like Pinot Noir. What I really loved about this wine was its blend of 76% Pinot Noir, 9% Tempranillo, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Sangiovese, 3% Petite Sirah. It had gorgeous, balanced flavors of red berries, chocolate, and vanilla. I personally enjoyed it without food, but imagined the endless food pairing possibilities due to the unique blend, such as pasta and meat dishes.
2010 HandCraft Petite Sirah
(around $12.99 retail, sample graciously provided by HandCraft Artisan Wines)
The Petite Sirah was also a unique blend of 82% Petite Sirah, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Sangiovese, 3% Syrah, and 3% Zinfandel. Another favorite of my tolerant taster palate, it was very fruit-forward with lots of dark berries and fruits, baking spices, and pepper. I tasted this wine without food as well, but wished I had a hearty meat dish or cheese platter.