Spring Wine Tasting and Sales Event at Falls Village Wine and Beer
By Dathan Kazsuk
One of my favorite things about wine is collecting them. Much like vinyl records, it’s sometimes great to spend a day with them and reminisce. I do that as well with our wine collection. But with most of my vinyl today, I’m collecting albums from back in the day that I’ve already heard. Or in the days back home in California, shopping for the latest techno classics, I was able to take that slab of plastic to a Technics 1200 and listen to the tracks before I purchased a record.
You can’t really do that for the most part with wine … unless you purchase them at a wine tasting. I’ve really come to admire bottle shops that will sometimes feature wines that are a little more provocative than the typical $12.99 to $16.99 price range. I’m not saying you can’t find some nice value wines – because you really can. But every once in a while you want to splurge on a nice bottle of Kosta Browne, Turley, Orin Swift or something from one of our favorites at the moment, Italics Winegrowers.
And sometimes you find that hidden gem that lies just south of $20 that you might have never picked up at the shop. We actually found that lately in the form of Hillside Vineyards Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon.
So I was thrilled when Falls Village Wine and Beer in Raleigh hosted its Spring Wine Tasting and Sales Event on March 31. The event was limited in ticket sales and held on the store’s day off, making for a somewhat intimate afternoon of wine tasting. Four representatives from Advintage Distributing, Freedom Beverage, Bacco Selections and Winebow poured a total of 4 wines each for a grand total of 16 wines to sample before you buy.
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California, France, Italy and Spain were all represented in this tasting event. And what I enjoyed with the tasting was that you got some high-end tasting wines for very reasonable prices – wines that afternoon ranged from $15.99 to $36.99.
Some of the standout wines for us included the following:
Brady, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, 2016, $23.99
Niner Wine Estates, red blend, Paso Robles, 2015, $26.99
Poggio Bonelli, Chianti Classico Riserva, 2016, $32.99
Anime Negra, Quibia Mallorca, 2017, $18.99
Glenelly, Red Estate Reserve Stellenbosch, 2011, $23.99
Falls Village Wine and Beer will tentatively host its Summer Wine Tasting and Sales Event on July 14. Follow them on Facebook to keep an eye out on the exact date and what wines will be available.