Time for a European Vacation
– Alfie, from the movie Alfie (2004)
It’s that time of year when school lets out, minds turn to summer break, and many make that trek across the “pond” to experience a little European history and culture. Sure, the summers are more moderately heated on The Continent, the ambience is perfect for creating lifelong memories, and one can literally retrace the steps of ancestors past. Sometimes, though, a trip to Europe just isn’t in the plan. Does that mean we still can’t have it all? Of course not! We just need to bring a little bit of Europe to Hinsdale.
Hinsdale’s Inspired Wine Club June selections are prepared to do just that! Feel the brisk whoosh of alpine air as you quaff a favorite Austrian white and imagine yourself along the Languedoc’s Canal du Midi with a rich cut of grilled beef and an equally hearty red. This month’s wines are ready to transport you even if your own vacation is on a smaller scale and in closer proximity to home.
2010 Hermann Moser Gruner Veltliner Karmeliterberg Kremstal
A 300-year-old estate produces an impressive example of Austria’s signature white wine. From 19 hectares of vineyards in the storybook village of Rohrendorf, grapes were harvested October 20th to achieve impressive flavor, creating a crisp, balanced medium-bodied wine with layers of orchard fruit flavors that are accented with wonderful mineral notes. The nose offers hints of smoke, pepper and herbaceousness often associated with Grunter Veltliner. The pale yellow wine comes with great acidity and a long finish and is versatile enough to serve refreshingly as an aperitif or as an adornment to grilled seafood, summer salads or even spicy Asian fare.
2009 Chateau de Flaugergues Languedoc ADP “Les Comtes”
A sip of this deep red wine will not only transport you geographically but also through time, back to the 18th century on the lavish country estate of Count Henri de Colbert located near Languedoc’s capital, Montepelier, in the south of France. “Les Comtes” Rouge was first released in 2007 as a tribute wine. A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, the nose clearly brings forth red berry and spicy scents that are both intense and complex. On the palate, it is as rich and opulent as its aristocratic origin. There is no mistaking the gorgeous balance of ripe red fruits with a tinge of spiciness that add to its depth. Again, this is a lovely wine for sipping, but is equally ideal for serving with grilled meats or alongside a cheese platter of medium cheeses such as some of the lighter goat or sheep cheeses or even a medium to sharp cheddar.