2 Red Catering Wines

2 Red Catering Wines

Posted on Mar, 14. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

We all know that most catered events pour some of the worst swill one could ever conceive of as even being called wine. I make it a point to take note of wines at the catering price point that are actually quite delicious wines. Having worked many fine caterings in my day and often being the person to select the wines for these events I have a constant eye open for wines that are suitably priced and of suitable quality to pour for these events to help keep my restaurant colleagues tuned into them. Thus in turn helping all of us who have to attend these events by trying to raise the quality level to something agreeably palatable.

I tasted two wines last week that struck me as fantastic catering wines and although I had not originally intended to offer them out here, I thought that it may be something you all might like to know about for your own parties and events.

Both wines are red:

The first wine is the 2009 Sinfonia Tempranillo, a Grapes of Spain import from Tierra De Castilla region of Spain. This is a classic little varietaly labelled Spanish wine showing all the ripeness and correct fruit profile of the Tempranillo grape. The nose is bright with new world flavors of dark berries and the old world flavors of fresh fig and spice. The wine is full bodied, a gulpable style of forwardness and bite. This is a a wonderfully made wine, no spoof, just a classy little table wine from a small rustic region, a nice cocktail wine to have around.

The second wine is much more European or what most folks at a catering would refer to as dry. It is the 2008 Laplace ‘Les Sarments’ Cabernet & Tannat blend. The first thing to note here is that the wine is actually from the top producer in the Madiran region of France Pierre Laplace. The second thing to notice is how darn good the wine is. This one takes a few moments to open up. All the microoxygenation in the world can not take all the tough out of Tannat. The wine starts out grippy and terse but with excellent Cabernet fruit of dark cassis showing through. After a few moments the brightness of the Tannat fruit comes to play also and you have a wonderfully full bodied, almost Bordeaux styled, wine but in a much more modern palate profile. Many might prefer this wine for food, a no brainer for steak night, but this is what I personally would be sipping on at a catered event, the firm chalk of the tannins acting almost like a built in palate cleanser keeping the wine always fresh and interesting for another glass.

I bring you these two little gems as good solid $8 wine to have around for parties and such. I also think they make great everyday drinking wine at that price point. I recommend each wine as solid in its class.

2009 Sinfonia Tempranillo
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $7.70 • Premier Cru: $8.05 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $10.50
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2008 Laplace ‘Les Sarments’ Cabernet & Tannat
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $7.70 • Premier Cru: $8.05 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $10.50
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2 Responses to “2 Red Catering Wines”

  1. Vicky

    11. Apr, 2011

    Can you ship to Utah? Thank you

    • Michael Davis

      14. Apr, 2011

      Sorry Vicky. We can’t legally ship wine. We are a local Charlottesville operation only.