Happy New Year everyone. There’s so many posts that I let linger too long that they no longer become relevant. It could be because seasons have changed, too much time has passed, or the time of year would become compromised.
If I let the wines I tried from Red Red Wine Bar of Annapolis, MD remain uncorked and without the proper review, then I would ruin Christmas and the holidays forever. That was a joke by the way.
I was of course going to write about my experience a few weeks back, in conjunction with the fabulous pizzas we had, but all of the holiday everything took over. That might be me making excuses but it also gave me time to reflect a little more on this experience, and see if these wines I tasted resonated with me into the new year. And has it aged well with me.
A great wine ages well but so does an organically awesome experience.
And I always attempt to write about wine in a way that is approachable, relatable, and accessible to everyone.
Little did I know that I would get such a valuable lesson in New World Vs. Old World.
It’s one of those things we often taken for granted. When we sip wine we usually just want it to taste a certain way, and for us to feel good about what we’re drinking. How often do we think about where the wine is coming from?
For me I’d like to know the source. Knowledge is power. But knowledge when it comes to wine is even more invaluable. It opens so many doors and steers conversations in regards to food and beverage into magical places. I’ve found myself in riveting discussions because of what I’ve learned about wine and even more what my peers have taught me, whether directly or by happenstance.
So without getting any more long-winded I’m happy to write about a new world and an old world varietal.
The 2015 Penya Viognier is a treasure. And as much as it paired great with the pizza we had, I can only imagine how great this would be in the summer. With its inclusion of summer fruits like mango, pineapple, and peach this is perfect all year round. But when it’s warmer in climate I can only imagine how joyous this is with a less hearty meal.
And the novice in me also thinks of New World (which is what this wine is) is the addition of fruits, more oak, and more creativity than it’s Old World counterparts. I also think many New World wines want to please many people at once. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Wine is intended to make as many people happy as possible.
Now for the Old World.
The 2012 Villa Puccini Toscana is what old world is all about. It’s a medium bodied wine that is easy to drink and easy to drink now. I found it just as light if not lighter than the Viognier. But that could be because of the heavy holiday eating going on at the time. And what else screams Old World more than Italy.
90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot seems simple enough.
However, I’ve had the Villa Puccini countless times in the past. It’s just one of those wines that I tend to see everywhere. I’ve had it at restaurants, seen it at parties, and swear I’ve seen it sold in many a wine shoppe. And it has always been reasonably priced and easy to drink, and to pair with everything. If that isn’t old world then I don’t know what is.
But what’s old world and new world to me may be different for you, and different or everyone else. And that’s the joy in wine drinking.
I want to once again thank Bethany at Red Red Wine Bar for a world class experience that will forever stick with me as a great memory for this past holiday season.
I’ve seen both wines priced in stores anywhere from $9-$12. Both are bargains for what you’re getting.
This is only the beginning. Their wine list is loaded with goodness and an inspired collection of wines that I won’t be able to ever do in its entirety. But I can try a few. And I hope to revisit this within the next month or so.
One wine I forgot to mention was their Chardonnay on tap. I may have actually enjoyed it more than the others. Not for the fact that it was on tap (well maybe). But for the simple flavor. It’s my fault I didn’t investigate further. But it was wonderful. Just another in the many reasons I will be back.
To be continued. And this is likely the last holiday post for a while.
But for old times sake, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.