“His lips drink water, but his heart drinks wine” – E.E. Cummings
Who remembers their first glass of wine? I don’t, but I’m pretty sure that it was either Boone’s Farm or Riunite – and most likely contraband. I’m positive that I was with friends as we gathered around a beach bonfire listening to Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” album, smoking cigarettes, making plans for the future and making plans for the weekend.
My, how far we’ve come.
Last night, I had the pleasure of going to Bottlenotes‘ Taste of Spring Wine Tasting event by wine distributor Opici Wines. There was over 25 tables set up with over 200 wines, beers and spirits from around the world being premiered to The United States.
Opici Wines is a distributor of close to 50 brands from Italy, Spain, France, Chile, Argentina, and the United States. They offer wines for every taste and budget, and each wine represents a great value to the consumer and is represented nationally through their distributor network covering close to fifty states.Their portfolio includes classic selections under the Opici label, such as Homemade Barberone, Burgundy, Chianti, and Marsala, as well as some of the world’s most respected wine brands, including Cesari and Carpineto from Italy, Albet i Noya and Dinastia Vivanco from Spain, Domaine Roux Pere & Fils and Chateau Beaulieu from France, De Martino from Chile, and Ruca Malen from Argentina.
There was also a live demonstration of shrimp with a green chile sauce by a special guest chef co-hosted by Epicurious’ Editor-in-Chief, Nilou Motamed. We went back for seconds on that one! Scattered along either side of that table were cheese and cured meats samplers. I can’t say that I left hungry. The food was perfect for pairing with wine and the event staff replenished so as to not miss a beat!
There were a few interesting beers and spirits, including Bruton Italian craft beers, Cocoa di Vine chocolate cream and white wine blend spirit from the United States, rebellion Bourbon from Kentucky and Brinley’ Gold Shipwreck rums from St. Kitts.
So, which wine was my favorite? There were so many great wines and they all had their own personality so it is very hard to choose. If pressed, I would have to say that Viberti Giovanni’s Barolo Riserva Bricco Delle Viole was to die for! All of their offerings were spectacular, but that one was a stand-out! It had a deep heady flavor with a smooth velvety mouth feel. If I closed my eyes, I could imagine drinking this in a early 20th century Paris opium den with Coco Chanel and Marc Chagall, feeling the flavor while soaking in the scene.
So, who is Bottlenotes? Bottlenotes is the leading interactive media company in the U.S. wine and craft beer industries, educating and entertaining their audiences via email newsletters (The Daily Sip®, Weekly Pint), interactive events (Around the World in 80 Sips®, Taste Around Town, and iBev), social media (find them on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/thedailysip and www.facebook.com/weeklypint and Twitter @bottlenotes @thedailysip @weeklypint), and mobile.
They have other wine tasting events coming up, including “Around the World in 80 Sips” and “Taste Around Town” in venues all over the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, The Hamptons, Miami, San Diego and San Francisco to name a few! Check out their events page on their website for more dates and details.