At last night's Wine Club (working title, still trying to see what works, last night we came to "Meow Meow Club" because trying to get people to listen about wine while drinking a lot of wine is basically herding cats but I can't decide if I like it enough but anyway), I put together a tasting of contrasting wines from similar regions.
The whites are both from Northern Italy. First, the Ronco del Gnemiz Friulano San Zuan (2013, Silverlake Wine). Friulanos are also known as Sauvignon Verts, and taste a lot like Sauvignon Blancs. Super herbaceous with a bright minerality. Contrasting, I served the Angiolino Maule Masieri (DomaineLA), an organic wine that has the color of an energy drink and the palate of a sour beer.
The reds are both from California. After coming off the super acidic Masieri, I served the light and fruity Broc Cellars Valdiguié (2013, DomaineLA). Valdiguié is an uncommon varietal these days, with only 300 acres left in California from the 6,000 acres that spanned the region in the 70's. And contrasting, I served The Prisoner (Whole Foods), a huge Napa blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache. Rich cherry and tobacco, wreaking of traditional Napa mores.
We then got wasted and shot gunned Pampelonnes in my front yard. ✌️