What to Sip at Tonight’s Barnsdall Wine Tasting 7/31

Silverlake Wine’s Jasper Dickson shows us what to tipple this Friday.

Another week almost over, another Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tasting coming up! Curious about this week’s line up? Silver Lake Wine’s Jasper Dickson fills us in on what to expect—here’s what he has to say.

Domaine du Castelnau Viognier Pays D’Oc 2014 France
As per our usual, we are starting you off with a deliciously crisp white wine this upcoming Barnsdall. One of my favorite grapes, Viognier, is indigenous to southern France where this wine is made. It is always beautifully aromatic and full of floral hints. Pair this bad boy with a fresh arugula salad with a little sea salt, olive oil, lemon and a bit shredded cheese (for good measure) and it’s smooth sailing.

La Closerie des Lys “Les Fruitieres” Rosé Pays D’Oc 2014 France
One of our favorite easy breezy rosés every year, Closerie is located in the Langudoc region of Southern France and is a blend of three native Southern French grapes: Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault. It is light and refreshing on the palate with hints of strawberries and cherries—yet it is completely dry. Pair with a nice cold cup of gazpacho!

Argento Bonarda Mendoza 2012 Argentina
Bonarda (also known as Charbono in California) is a lesser known grape that is starting to pick up steam in Argentina. Like its bigger brother Malbec, these wines tend to be full-bodied and juicy. This one is grown in Mendoza, the Napa Valley of Argentina, and has hints of raspberry and earth. Bust out the lamb chops and let this vino sing.

Siete Cuchillos Malbec Mendoza 2012 Argentina
It looks like we got a little French vs. Argentina action going here, with the first two wines coming from the Languedoc in Southern France and these last two reds repping hard from Mendoza, Argentina. The last but not least is 100% Malbec and is a nice big structured red. Perfect companion for a grilled flatiron steak.