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TRY IT TUESDAY – Moldova Wines Tasting #wines #moldova

TRY IT TUESDAY – Moldova Wines Tasting

If you love wine like I do, you probably look for events that allow you to try wines from different regions.

I attended a wine tasting of wines from Moldova because that area is not one that commonly associated with having vineyards and I wondered how wines tasted from that country.

The tasting was held at Flynn’s on Maxwell. The presenter Sergio is from Moldova and has been committed to introducing their fine wines to the US.

Wine: Crisecco (sparkling wine)
Grape Variety: Feteasca Alba 90% (Moldova variety), Muscat 10%
Aroma: hint of citrus
Taste: Light sweet, very bubbly
TOW: This was fine. If you like prosecco, you will like this. Pairs well with fruit.

Wine: Feteasca Regala (white dry wine)
Grape Variety: Feteasca Regala 100% (Moldova variety)
Aroma: Light fruity notes
Taste: Crisp, medium finish, smooth, not too dry, notes of peach and lemon
TOW: If you are looking for a pinot grigio, you will like this.

Wine: Rose de Purcari (Rose dry wine)
Grape Variety: Rara Neagra 15% (Moldovan variety) Merlot 35% Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
Aroma: Berries, especially strawberry
Taste: Earthy, medium body, long finish, dry but not overly so
TOW: Because of the long finish, I think this is better with cheese.

Wine: Rara Neagra de Purcari (Aged red dry wine)
Grape Variety: Rara Neagra 100% (Moldovan variety)
Aroma: Fruity and vanilla notes
Taste: Strong oaky flavor, full body, long finish, velvety taste
TOW: If you like dry red wines, you will love this.

Wine: Cuvee Rouge (Aged red dry wine)
Grape Variety: Rara Neagra 5% (Moldovan variety) Saperavi 15% (Eastern Europe variety) Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
Aroma: Fruity and smoky notes
Taste: Strong flavor, full body, long finish, velvety taste
TOW: This is more of a classic blend and pairs well with red meat or pasta dishes.

TOW Final Word: I thoroughly enjoyed the wine tasting, learning about Moldova, and was glad to find Crissesco. I do love a nice bubbly wine!

****TOW comment: I was cleaning out my drafts and couldn’t find my photos from this event. The wines were delicious though!

Flynn’s on Maxwell Wine Tasting – June 2013

Flynn’s on Maxwell Wine Tasting

A couple months ago, I went to a wine tasting at the newest wine and beer establishment in Greenwood SC. The couple that owns this store are passionate about what they do. The husband loves specialty beers and the wife loves good wine. With Flynn’s on Maxwell, they have an avenue to talk about their passion and explain flavored nuances of many libations that they have discovered.

I attend wine tastings because it gives me a chance to try wines that I would otherwise not buy. Over the years, I have found that I do not like many reds because they are usually too dry for me. I am an ultra sweet moscato or Riesling type of girl. However, I will try new red wines to see if I can find one that l like to drink.

The wines talked about here were ones that I tried during the June 2013 tasting.

Steelhead Pinot Noir – $14.18 – Dry wine with strong flavor. I was not a fan because I do not like dry wines. I felt like I had cottonmouth.

Decoy Pinot Noir – $21.32 – The aroma of this wine was better than the taste because it was dry too. The aroma was rich, full body with an earthy, leather, tobacco smoke flavor. I loved smelling the wine but the dryness took all the taste out of my mouth. All the people there that like dry wines were raving over this one though.

Joel Gott Pinot Gris – $14.58 – I could not verbalize what I thought of the flavors for this one. My nose caught hints of a sweet flowery fragrance, but my tongue did not taste what I expected based on the aroma. I think my mind was confused. This wine blew my mind 🙂

Folie a Deux Chardonnay Sonoma RRV – $15.93 – My favorite of this tasting session. It was light and fresh. I ate with some grapes. I wish I had had some strawberries though. It felt like summertime at its greatest.

Since everyone’s palate is different, the reason I do not like a wine could be the same reason another person wants to try it. If you like pinot noir wines, you might enjoy Decoy Pinot Noir. Like I said, the people who did like Pinot Noirs said it was delicious. If you are looking for a nice chardonnay, I do recommend Folie a Deux Chardonnay Sonoma RRV. It was really tasty.