It’s Friday and that means it’s time to plan for the weekend. Like many of you we will spend time working around the house, in the yard and relaxing. Today we have three wines that will take you from relaxing after your work week on Friday, to chilling after house and yard work on Saturday and finish the weekend with a meal from the grill on Sunday. We received these wines as tasting samples.
2019 Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Terrassen, Wachau — pale yellow in the glass with aromas of dried chamomile, melons and oat hay. Bright citrusy flavors are backed by gravelly minerality and citrusy acidity. 12.5% abv. SRP $14.99
This quintessentially Austrian wine is so complex and pleasing aromatically. The flavors are bright and citrusy and so refreshing. I can imagine sipping this wine on Friday afternoon on the patio while listening to my La Macchina playlist.
Federspiel® wines have a maximum alcohol content of 12.5% and chaptalisation is strictly forbidden. Federspiel® is a registered trademark of Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus an association of winemakers in the Wachau wine growing region.
2019 Beronia Rosé, Rioja — pale salmon in the glass with aromas and flavors of mixed berries and citrus supported by lively acidity. 13% abv. SRP $12.99
Tempranillo and Graciano play well together to serve up a taste of mixed berries that is very refreshing. Allow this rosé to warm a bit in your glass to bring out the most of its flavors. It is just what you will want to sip after completing whatever domestic chores are on your list for Saturday.
2015 Beronia Reserva, Rioja — dense ruby in the glass with generous aromas of blueberries, blackberries, dried dill, cedar and dusty earth. Generous berry flavors include blackberries and blueberries along with an echo of dried dill, cedar and dusty earth. Tannins are drying and well integrated in this medium-bodied red. The finish is medium+ in length and finishes with bright acidity. 14.5% abv. SRP $ 19.99
This blend of 95% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano, 1% Manzuelo (Carignan) is an absolute delight and an excellent value. Grapes are selected from the oldest vineyards and after fermentation was aged for 19 months in a combination of French and American oak. The wine aged for a further 17 months in the bottle before release.
This Reserva has plenty of palate-coating flavor without being too ripe or too tannic. It is absolutely lovely and would pair beautifully with grilled lamb chops.
Beronia was founded in 1973 by a group of Basque friends in Rioja Alta, which is home to the highest-elevation vineyards in Rioja. González Byass purchased Beronia in 1982.