The Terroir Guru Comes to the NJ Winter Wine Fest

On February 26th, the New Jersey Winter Wine Festival once again took over the Short Hills’ Hilton’s ballroom to give New Jerseyans’ a taste of hundreds of wines hand picked from around the globe. One of the event’s pourers happens to write the Terroir Guru blog, and wrote an in-depth run down of the wines he poured.

terroirThe Terroir Guru launched “to join those partisan-oenophiles who believe that great wine is “made” in the vineyard and not in the laboratory-cellar.” They “freely admit that we are influenced by philosophies of the likes of Nicolas Joly in the Loire and U.S. importers such as Kermit Lynch, Terry Theise, and Eric Solomon and their winemaking clients in the old and new worlds. ”

Regarding February’s New Jersey Winter Wine Festival, the Terroir Guru writes:

“The thirsty revelers were at times four deep in front of Table A at the 4th Annual New Jersey Winter Wine Festival, held at the Short Hills Hilton on Friday Feb. 26. Word had gotten around that there were some “hot wines” being poured at this table in the corridor right outside the main ballroom. “I hear you have Sinskey Pinot Noir,” said one informed person rather urgently. “Where’s the malbec? I hear you have malbec,” asked another with hope in her eyes.


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Yes, pinot noir and malbec were still in good supply at that point in the spirited evening, along with Alsatian Riesling, Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, a Bordeaux-style blend (right bank) from Sonoma and a Sangiovese-based “poor man’s Supertuscan” from the heart of Chianti Classico. More on all these wines in a moment (keep reading because some of these wines are true values and would be a welcome addition to your cellar).”

Further down the article, the Guru provides a thorough review of each wine he poured, including the La Massa Toscano Rosso 2013:

“I sold this wine to the crowd as a “poor man’s supertuscan” from the heart of Chianti Classico, and this moniker caught on during the night. Winemaker Giampaolo Motta declassified his vineyards near Panzano in Tuscany so he could innovate and experiment with sangiovese, the most widely planted red grape in Italy and the dominant grape in the wines of Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano…Motta’s La Massa is a very fine wine, big, dark, luscious with great structure (tannin, acid and alcohol, all in harmony). La Massa retails for about $20, a great value. (Tignanello, a similar wine from the Marchese Antinori company in Tuscany goes for about $80). “

Read the full article here [Terroir Guru]



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