Raleigh Wine Shop, at 126 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, welcomes wine novices and connoisseurs alike with a bright, inviting atmosphere and varied price points on quality wines created with the purity of the fruit in mind. They focus on selecting ‘honest’ wines that use grapes farmed with a genuine care for the land and that are crafted with a sense of place of origin.
All of the traditional wine sources from around the world are well represented; from France, Italy and the United States to Chile and Portugal, every selection offers the aromas, flavors and overall balance that they feel are true to character and convey a sense of where those grapes were grown. They are eager to help you discover the wines you’ll love.
Raleigh Wine Shop schedules many events, including free tastings.
New World Wine Bash
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free wine tasting!
While we certainly love our European wines here at the Raleigh Wine Shop, there’s heaps of delicious wine to enjoy from the Americas and beyond. This Saturday Ariel Tetterton of Advintage will be in the shop sharing a collection of New World wines that showcase the dynamic and innovative winemaking happening across the globe.
We’ll begin in California with a classic style of Chardonnay. The Brack Mountain Wine Company’s ‘Barrique’ Chardonnay is, as the name implies, aged in small oak barrels for four months before bottling to give the wine notes of baking spice and vanilla on top of the ripe fruit and creamy texture. This robust white wine is a great pairing with many holiday food staples from latkes to mac and cheese.
Next we go to Chile to try a Pinot Noir grown in the shadow of the El Descabezado volcano in the Central Valley. Only a small portion of the wine is aged in oak before the final blending to preserve the bright red fruit tones and natural spice inherent with Chilean Pinot. Stock up on this light, fresh red because as delicious as it is to drink on its own, its versatility with food means you can enjoy with just about anything.
We’re staying in Chile for a Cabernet made by Viña Maitia. David Marcel is a French transplant who came to the country to make wine but stayed once he fell in love and married Loreto Garau. The husband and wife team are on the forefront of artisan Chilean wine, and mostly specialize in light, quaffable styles of wine known as pipeño. The Roto Cabernet is a change of pace for them, being a little fuller bodied with black raspberry fruit, perfect for roasts and braised meats.
We’ll finish up back in California with a hearty Zinfandel, a grape originally from Croatia but has become an American classic. Valravn specializes in sourcing high quality fruit from all over Sonoma County, but the Zin is certainly a standout. The vineyards average about 50 years in age, some over 100, for true old vine Zinfandel. Dark, inky black fruit with cassis and blueberry compote with a hint of white pepper spice. Perfect for keeping warm as winter begins to settle in.