On Friday night I ventured out into a very snowy New York and went to the NY Wine Expo at the Javitz Center. I wasn’t sure what to expect and whether this would be a world tour of wine or just a few wineries who could afford to be there. The Sobe Wine and Food Fest was also on at the same weekend and so I knew many of the decent producers would be in Miami – bummer! Portugal had a fantastic presence and dominated the floor, along with New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. There were only a couple of French, Italian and Australian labels represented. I didn’t see any German wines, much to my disappointment. Even California wines were surprisingly scarce.
It’s always nice to taste a few things you wouldn’t normally buy so I indulged in a number of different Tokaji Aszu (dessert wine from Hungary), many different ports and Ice Wine. I’ve decided I’m not really a port wine but I do love dessert wines. The Tokaji was very good!
Overall, I would have liked to have seen more top quality producers. Most of what was presented was everyday wines (nothing wrong with that of course!).
Here are some wines that I thought were excellent values and great for everyday drinking, or that special dinner:
Bodega del Fin del Mundo, Malbec 2006 from Neuquen, Argentina – very good, $39
Rosso di Montalcino, 2007, Castello Banfi from Tuscany, Italy, Sangiovese, $19 (excellent and good value)
Chateau Le Boscq, 2005 from St Estephe, Bordeaux, France, $40
Cupcake Chardonnay, 2008 from Central Coast , California, $11 (not overly oaky and a good value for $)