Epcot Food & Wine Festival is a great opportunity to discover new wines. Among the 28 wines and champagnes I sampled last week, here are three new interesting discoveries from Germany, China and Portugal.
You don’t see many Pinot Grigio’s from Germany. This one was served at Epcot’s Germany Weinkeller and comes from the Rheinhessen, the largest of Germany’s 13 wine producing regions. It’s 100% Pinot Grigio grapes fermented in stainless steel and stored in stainless.
- Aroma: Clean and fruity.
- Taste: Crisp citrus with hint of nut. Soft yet medium bodied (more so than your usual Italian Pinot Grigio).
- My thoughts: I really enjoyed this wine. I’m a Pinot Grigio fan so was fun to find one from Germany.
We’re hearing a lot these days about China’s growing consumption of wine. Well here’s a wine made in China. This was the wine served at the China International Marketplace. Their website says they are the first premium wines produced in China. No pesticides, clean water and modern winemaking technology are used. And the Ningxia Helan Mountain Eastern region where the wine comes from is same parallel as Napa and Bordeaux.
- Aroma: Granny Smith apple and alchol.
- Taste: Clean tart apple with hint of almond.
- My thoughts: It was exciting to try this wine and while it has potential, particularly as an un-0aked Chardonnay, it doesn’t yet fully live up the the websites description. I found it overall flat after the first sip and pretty high in alcohol yet its only 12.9%.
- Aroma: Berry and floral.
- Taste:Â Raspberry and cherry with some heat, due to the almost 20% alcohol content.
- My thoughts: WOW! This a great new spin on the classic Port which I donâ€™t usually drink. I preferred Croft Pink with bubblesâ€¦soda water or Prosecco. Try adding a lime too.
Â More to come on Champagne and additional Italian wine discoveries. Cheers!
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