The Red Brick Café Wines are Great this December and it’s not just how they taste. They are also fun to say out loud – not usually a selection criteria for me – it just happened.
Strewn Riesling / Gewurztraminer from Niagara.
Riesling is my favorite white wine but really what is great about this wine is that I can’t help but smile when I say Gewürztraminer (you have to click here to hear it). Thank goodness for the internet. Could anyone really pronounce it based on the dictionary help (ɡəˈvʏɐtstʁaˈmi:nɐ)? Seriously, does anyone consider that helpful? Personally I like to say it in a lower guttural German sound or yell it like Dana Carvey and Steven Carell in Germans Who Say Nice Things. That just make the funnier when you know that the translation of Gewürztraminer is “perfumed Traminer”. Cute huh? Also, I woüld like to üse the ümlaüt whenever I remember (ü).
Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villages from France 2008
Georges DuBoeuf is the King of Beaujolais wines and his Beaujolais-Villages is a step up from Beaujolais vin ordinaire. This is a chance to practice your pretentious French accent. DuBoeuf, as we all know, really just means “of Boeuf” (Kenn’s regular language joke)– the French have such a way with names. This Beaujolais is smooth and very quaffable. You could easily gulp this wine if you were in a hurry.
Bodegas Castaño Hécula Monastrell from Spain 2007
This is also fun to say at a wine tasting– “Now try the Hécula is from Yecla”. Yecla is a great value wine region in Southeastern Spain near the larger region of Jumilla. It is a great wine with manly tannins but she’ll like it too! The Monastrell grape is the Spanish version of the French Mourvedre so it probably will remind you of a rustic wine from the Southern Rhône region. Hécula from Yecla? – heck ya.