Tasting Notes from the NY Wine Expo

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 $)

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