Happy Wine Wednesday to you all! I am so excited to introduce you to four amazing wines today. Not only are they fantastic and affordable, but they have a great story. Let's talk about the one and only David Phinney. David Phinney is the genius behind Orin Swift. If you're not familiar with Orin Swift, it might ring a bell that their original flagship wine was 'The Prisoner' (recently sold to Huneeus Vintners). Like 'The Prisoner', Orin Swift wines are big, bold, sexy, high in tannin, high in alcohol and incredibly complex and balanced. Although I'm a big fan of these wines, I am ever more amped about David Phinney's recent line of wines- Locations.
In their simplest form, Locations wines are made using the best grapes from the greatest wine regions of their respective countries. David Phinney blends grapes from many different vineyards to produce a quality wine representative of both Orin Swift and it's country. These wines are easily noticed by their simple, sleek and attractive packaging; another David Phinney trademark. Each consists of one to two letters to represent it's country of origin, as well as the respective flag of that country. The wines are also named in an equally simple fashion. F-1 being the first of the wines produced in France, F-2 being the second, etc. There are currently five countries or wine regions producing Locations wines and I was able to get my hands on four of them. Lucky for me (and you!), they are all available at Whole Foods for just $19.99/bottle! If you're planning on doing some Memorial Day weekend grilling, I would suggest picking up one or four bottles to try. I especially recommend F-2 and E-3 for this weekend as they can be served slightly chilled. Cheers!
AR-3 - This is the third Argentinian Locations wine. A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat with grapes sourced from Mendoza and the Uco Valley. This wine has smooth tannins with notes of cedar, dark chocolate and dark fruits as well as some floral hints. I paired this with a juicy burger topped with blue cheese and roasted yellow tomato and it was an excellent compliment.
E-3 - This is the third Spanish Locations wine. A blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, Monastrell and Carignan sourced from the most notable wine regions in Spain including Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero. The wine is very fruit forward and easy drinking with raspberry and plum notes on the palate. It is medium bodied with bright acidity. Pair this wine with some simply grilled pork chops and grilled veggies or a flank steak with chimichurri sauce. It's a great warm weather wine to drink slightly chilled.
F-2 - This is the second French Locations wine. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Bordeaux varieties sourced from Roussillon, Rhone and Bordeaux. The wine is soft and balanced with notes of mild spice, black cherry and fig on the palate. It also has a slightly floral note to it. I paired this with some roasted chicken that I brined in white vinegar and paired with sautéed radishes and mustard greens and it was fantastic.
I-2 - This is the second Italy Locations wine. A blend of Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Barbera and Sangiovese sourced from Puglia, Piedmonte and Tuscany. This wine is medium to full bodied with notes of herbs, black currants, black cherries, spice and lavender. It has smooth tannins and a soft finish. I paired this with a wild mushroom risotto and it worked quite well. The mushrooms were hearty enough to stand up to the body of the wine. If you're feeling more adventurous and indulgent, step up your risotto with some truffles. A bold Italian red wine loves truffles :)