After months of pouring, peeling and pontificating, a plume of white smoke rose from the chimney of the 14th Street Bureau. The tasting enclave has made its final decisions. The fifth annual Delicious Seven is upon us. Hey, better than seven swans swimming. It’s definitely more fun.
The annual Feast of 7 Delicious celebrates my top seven picks for the most memorable wines of the past year.
It was certainly another difficult year as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the supply chain as Mother Nature started a curve in wine regions such as Champaign, California and Germany. Several wines were phased out at the eleventh hour this year simply because the bottles weren’t shipped to distributors in time for this year’s party.
Coincidentally, Wine Spectator magazine just announced its 100 best wines of the year. My liver only allowed me to choose seven wines. A quick price total of the top seven wines from the popular wine publication is $ 1,169, while purchasing a bottle of each of the Feast of 7 Delicious wines will set you back just $ 193. Without further ado, here are the Fantastic Seven.
If you are thirsty for a white wine adventure then La Cappuccina Soave Garganega is a wine for you. This wine is similar to a Pinot Grigio with much more body and character. Wonderful aromas of orange blossom float with each swirl in the glass. Soave is a very convivial wine as it pairs well with brie cheese and honey on a crostini, marinated artichokes and grilled chicken thighs. Chef Erik Pierce’s lemon-basil pesto pasta brought out the beautiful lemony flavors of the wine. You can’t go wrong with this $ 14.99 organic wine from the Veneto region. Buy it at the Mustard Seed Market and Krieger Market.
Mira Napa Valley Pinot Noir
I had a glass of Mira Napa Valley Pinot Noir at the Country Club of Hudson while attending a Ben Curtis Family Foundation wine event. This is not a weakling pinot. He’s screaming for your favorite cut of grilled pork. It has generous notes of dried cherry followed by a rich and velvety finish. Enjoy with a bowl of Chef Jonathan Pepera’s goat curry and some of his tasty pork tacos. Glad they gave it seconds. At $ 51, Mira is a wine definitely worth splurging. Buy it at Mustard Seed Market Montrose, Krieger’s Market, River Merchant in Kent, Acme No. 1 and Acme Montrose.
The Possessor is a red blend of Tooth & Nail wines from Paso Robles, California. It’s a blend of 69% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 10% Petite Sirah and 6% Syrah with rich flavors of red and black raspberry compote. Your heart will be the sole owner of this wine after 30 minutes in the carafe. The label is an 1830s original by John James Audubon depicting two red-tailed falcons fighting each other. I tasted this wine with some of Chef Erik Pierce’s picanha steak crostini. I have tasted this $ 29.99 bottle twice. It is definitely one of the memorable bottles of this year. Buy this wine at Cornerstone Market in Munroe Falls, Mustard Seed Market Montrose, Krieger’s Market, Acme Montrose, Fisher’s on Fulton Road, and Top Shelf of Ohio in Jackson Township.
Mayacaba is a special occasion bottled from Argentina. The grapes are hand-picked from centuries-old vines from a single vineyard in the Mendoza region. You’ll definitely want to give this $ 44.99 rich mountain wine a little extra time in one of your best tall bowl glasses. The raisin flavor of the wine reminds me of an expensive Italian amarone. The picanha steak crostini was also a big hit with this wine. Buy wine at Cornerstone Market Munroe Falls, Mustard Seed Market Montrose, Krieger’s Market, Vaccaro’s Trattoria
Maison du Moulin de Yount
Michael Pozzan is one of my favorite Napa Valley winemakers. I swear the guy has Bacchus on speed dial. He excels in making affordable wines that taste much better than their purchase price. His 2018 Yount Mill House is made with 100% Napa Valley Cabernet. This is an elegant cabin with flavors of blackberry and blueberry to accompany a touch of earth. He calls for a grilled New York strip loin. Take your time with this cute beauty at $ 19.99 as it gets better with every sip. I had a drink with a few Macedonian peppers stuffed with vegan cheese. Pozzan recommends the barbecue skirt steak with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes. Buy this wine at Mustard Seed Market Montrose, Krieger’s Market, North End in Hudson and Fishers on Fulton Road.
You don’t need to have UV protection when drinking ultraviolet cabernet. A few Krieger’s dried figs, a handful of pistachios, and a big chunk of aged Gouda are all you’ll need to savor this gorgeous $ 16.99 Cabernet from the Red Hills area of California, located just west of the Lake County. Winemaker Samantha Sheehan has added 5% Coombsville Cabernet Franc to her wonderful wine that pairs well with your Tuesday night burger. Sheehan recommends the Pasta Bolognese, Sausage Pizza, Ribs, and Dark Chocolate Cake. Buy this wine at Cornerstone Market in Munroe Falls, Mustard Seed Market Montrose, Krieger’s Market, Vinoteca Wine Bar in Canton, and Royal Park Fine Wine in Strongsville.
Prince Ruby Bordeaux
At $ 15.99, the Prince Ruby Bordeaux is a bargain. It comes packaged in a six bottle wooden box that would make the perfect gift for any wine writer, er, wine lover, on your holiday gift list. It is a blend of 35% merlot, 35% cabernet and 30% cab franc. Delicious with grilled beef steak skewers, a caprese salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and some Kalamata olives. Buy this wine at Mustard Seed Market, Krieger’s Market, Market District in Cuyahoga Falls and Green, North End in Hudson, Acme Hudson, and Heinen’s Hudson.
Meet me in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday, December 4 at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls to taste these fabulous wines accompanied by small bites from chefs Beau Schmidt and Erik Pierce. Forty wines in total will be available for tasting with additional tasting tickets available.
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Event: Feast of the 7 Delicious
Time: Saturday December 4, noon to 3 p.m.
Place: Sheraton Suites Grand Ballroom, 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls
Cost: $ 29
Reservations: Call (330) 920-7530 or text (330) 520-8222