All of a sudden we arrive at Preakness Week. It’s been two years since a Triple Crown winner was crowned and I still think about those amazing races. I’ll watch clips of them, not just during this time of year, but at opportune times where I feel I need some inspiration and something to lift me up and make my day a little better.
I’ve sporadically written about wines related to horse racing season but not specifically for a wine created for this upcoming weekend’s race at Pimlico.
The Racetrack Red from Fiore Winery & Distillery is just the right wine to celebrate the occasion, and before and after isn’t so bad either.
For my taste, it’s not the kind of wine I tend to go after regularly, but the semi sweetness works for the usually warm weather, the celebration, and I think many a wine drinker and even non-wine drinker will be able to appreciate what it has to offer.
The touch of Muscato doesn’t necessarily wow me but I think folks are going to love it. I’m also not a fan of Muscato to begin with, so that’s a personal thing.
And it’s easy to drink. Chambourcin is a grape synonymous with Maryland. It can be used to make medium to fuller reds to the sweeter variety that we have today. Regardless, the cherry flavor is hard to ignore as well as the high level of tannins, acidity, and thick skin. It’s a wine that’s not to be sipped quickly. Certain ones actually may take thicker skin to finish. That’s not a joke or a pun.
At only $12.99 this is a wine that is also inviting on the price. But how about that label and the notes? If this isn’t a Maryland, and more specifically, Baltimore type of wine, then I give up. This is one where you buy, not only for the label as a keepsake and souvenir, but to celebrate what a beautiful week this is for the the city and the state.
If you’re having a Preakness Party or pre-party what better way to celebrate than with this approachable and accommodating varietal. And it goes with simple foods like you may be eating at a party such as pizza. And pizza is fun.
No black-eyed Susans but I hope these flowers will do.
Moving along I want to mention that Fiore has some of my favorite local wines period. I’ve been to their winery and I’m grateful that’s in a short drive from me. Also by realizing I just said that, I don’t go there enough. I’ve been to tastings and events at the venue and find it cozy like any good winery should. The vibe and the energy feels like home. Well it’s near home, but you know what I’m saying.
This is the first time I’ve written about Fiore and it won’t even be close to the last. As I alluded to earlier, their Chambourcin and Cabernet Sauvignon are two favorites of mine that I like to use for special times of celebration with friends, family, and other awesome people in my life. And at around $20, the price is well worth splurging here and there when it feels right.
To purchase the Racetrack Red or any of their wines click here. The link to find a store carrying it near you is there as well.
Yet I have something even more exciting to talk about. If that wasn’t enough, I have posted this link that I found per a conversation I had yesterday. This is the wine and this is the grape that also is synonymous with the northeast, the southeast, Maryland, and home. It may not be next week but I look forward to talking about this special wine soon. I’ve yet to try it myself but if the verdict is unanimous than there’s got to be something special about it right? I believe we’re all in for a treat.
Enjoy Preakness, Enoy this wine, and enjoy each other.
This is really an awesome week to be in Maryland and in Baltimore, so enjoy…