Wine Tasting At A Grocery Store?

alamos_chardonnay_2007When you think of going wine tasting, your thoughts probably turn toward wineries, right?  After all, that is the typical setting for sampling wine.  But have you ever thought that your local grocery store could serve the same purpose?  No, it isn’t conventional, but it’s a great way to try new wines in a different setting.

A few weeks ago we popped into a grocery store that we don’t typically visit and there in the wine section was a tasting counter complete with brie, crackers, and an slightly intoxicated winery representative.  We sampled a line of wines from Bodega Catena Zapata’s Alamos label from Argentina and were pleasantly surprised.  We even bought a bottle of the Chardonnay.  Had they not been pouring wine that day, there is a good chance we wouldn’t have ever tasted wines from that winery, so it was a great experience for us.  We continued with our shopping which, surprisingly enough, became a less stressful experience even at checkout.

So the next time you’re in the grocery store, you may want to stroll by the wine section.  You might be surprised by what you find.

Wine: 2007 Alamos Chardonnay by Bodega Catena Zapata
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Price: $10 USD
Notes: This lovely wine has a very nice aroma of pear and apple, with a hint of vanilla, lemon peel, and pineapple on the palate.  Although it spends 9 months in Oak, it doesn’t overwhelm the wine, which maintains it’s bright acidic character and has a pleasant finish.
Score: 88pts (B+)
Availability: (Wine.com, Gene’s Fine Foods)

Note:  All of the other wines we tasted from this label were in the same category as far as quality and value.

Posted by T.A.P.