Esporao Tasting at Legume Bistro 7May12 (with Pedro Lopes Vieira)

6pm-Formal Tasting with Dinner, 7pm-Bar

Join me welcoming Pedro Lopes Vieira to Legume Bistro for a formal tasting at 6pm followed by a casual visit in the bar at 7pm.

In the past few years, Esporao’s Wines, have amassed a huge list of high scores and best value awards, including two Best Value ratings and five scores 91 pts or better at The Wine Enthusiast.  Esporao is one of Europe’s fastest growing wine brands – join us for a taste!

Below are the wines slated for our tasting Monday at Legume (comments from distributor Aidil Wines) –  Chef/Owner Trevett Hooper is planning nettle soup and some vegetarian platters followed by a lamb and barley risotto dish with some charcuterie for the tasting.  Sounds TASTY!!  Reserve your seat by purchasing at this link:


Esporao Monte Velho White – Vinification:  De stemming, must chilling, skin maceration, pneumatic pressing, cold settling, fermentation temperature control with selected yeast inoculation in stainless steel tanks, centrifuging, fining, cold stabilisation and filtration.   Description:   Ripe and perfumed, with notes of tropical fruit, it’s mouth-filling, fruity and balanced, finishing with elegance.

Esporao Verdelho White – Comment:  This is a Regional Alentejo White, made exclusively from the Verdelho grape, one of the top local varieties.  Vinification:   Destemming, must chilling, skin maceration, pneumatic pressing, cold settling, fermentation temperature control with selected yeast inoculation in stainless steel tanks, centrifuging, fining, cold stabilisation.   Description: Cristal clear, citric color with green hues. Intense and complex aroma, with citric and tropical fruit notes suggesting nectarinas, mango and passionfruit. Fresh and elegant palate, with good fruit depth and cleansing acidity.

Esporao White Reserve – Vinification: De stemming, must chilling, skin maceration, pneumatic pressing, cold settling, fermentation temperature control with selected yeast inoculation in stainless steel tanks and new oak American and french oak barrels, centrifuging, fining, cold stabilization and filtration.  Description:  THE ESPORAO WHITE FEATURES A DISTINCT LABEL EVERY VINTAGE. THE ELEGANCE OF THE WINE DERIVES FROM THE 15 YEAR OLD VINES. WITH PEACH, MELON AND A SPICY OAK NOSE, THE PALATE IS RICH, CREAMY AND FRUITY.


Esporao Monte Velho RedThe best selling wine in Portugal, Vinification: Fermented and staged in large stainless steel vats only.    Description:  Subtle aroma of red berry fruits with balanced notes of American oak adding complexity. Rich flavors of ripe red berry fruits with good depth and a soft tannic structure.  

Quinta dos Murcas AssobioDescription: A deep, vibrant red color and the spicy aroma of berries and violet. In the mouth the delicious flavor blend of berry and black cherry envelope the mouth with long persitant finish.

Esporao Red Reserve:  Avg. age of vineyards 25 years  Vinification: Desteming of hand selected grapes followed by long fermentation (10 days) in stainless steel tanks. Malolatic fermentation and aging occurs for 12 months in French and American oak.   Description: Deep ruby color and complex aromas of ripe fruits and vanilla. Rich flavorsome palate, good depth of fruit, well structured with firm tannins. A great example of the excellence of this region and the flagship of the winery.

Quinta dos Murcas Red Reserve: Vinification – A vibrant mix of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Yellow, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Tiny, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, and Sousão grapes and aged in barrels of French and American oak barrels  Description:  This wine presents a complex aroma with hints of red fruit and subtle notes of smoke. Its sophisticated notes of fruit and subtle toast are well structured on the palate.

Quinta dos Murcas 10yr Tawny   Vinification: Produced with A grade, top quality grapes and aged in oak barrels.  Description: Both extremely elegant and dense,this oak aged Port wine boasts balanced acidity and fine fruit notes.

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My Picks for the Pittsburgh Wine Festival – 12 must-try wines!

Here are my top twelve picks for the Pittsburgh Wine Festival (with comments and table numbers so you can find them!)   Enjoy the Festival!!!

1999 Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

Winery:Nicolas Feuillatte


Notes:Vintage Champagne is always worth trying and 1999 was known to be a great vintage. Table 150


2004 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne

Winery:Louis Roederer


Notes:Cristal is the holy grail for many Champagne purchasers – worth trying for sure! Table 165


2006 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery:Ridge Vineyards

Region:Santa Cruz Mountains

Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes:Table 24


2007 Masi Agricola Costasera Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Corvina

Winery:Masi Agricola

Region:Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico


Notes:Many Americans do not know this type of rich, flavorful Northern Italian wine – worth trying. Table 107


2008 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina


Region:Valpolicella Classico Superiore


Notes:Table 83


2008 Hall Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery:Hall Wines

Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes:Super Napa Cab from former Ambassador to Austria, Kathryn Hall. Table 47


2008 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay

Winery:Leeuwin Estate

Region:Margaret River


Notes:Arguably Australia’s benchmark Chardonnay. Table 125


2008 Penfolds Wines Kalimna Bin 28 South Australia Shiraz

Winery:Penfolds Wines

Region:South Australia


Notes:Well-made Shiraz from Australia’s most famous winery – great to compare with the Dead Arm. Table 139


2009 Chateau Montelena Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay

Winery:Chateau Montelena Winery

Region:Napa Valley


Notes:The Chardonnay that won the white competition at the famous “Judgement of Paris.” Table 69


d’Arenberg Wines The Dead Arm Mclaren Vale Shiraz

Winery:d’Arenberg Wines

Region:Mclaren Vale


Notes:Benchmark Australian Shiraz, smooth, deep, and savory from family owned winery. Table 98


Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot

Winery:Duckhorn Vineyards

Region:Napa Valley


Notes:Napa Merlot may be out of fashion, but Duckhorn makes fantastic Merlot that should never be out of fashion. Table 59


Quinta do Noval 20 Year Old Tawny Douro

Winery:Quinta do Noval


Notes:Vintage Ports can be pretty rough when young, but the 20yr Ports are superbly approachable. Table 168

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