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The Cellar: Reserve Cava, Riesling + the Perfect Port

Friday, January 03, 2014

 

Happy New Years!

This week we will be focusing on some fantastic bubbles, a great Austrian white and a Cellar's first - a category that I am a huge fan of: Port!

NV Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad

This year I toasted the New Year in with Segura Viudas’s Cava Reserva Heredad. At under $20 this Reserve Cava, in its unique bottle, is not only appropriately festive but brings a lot of serious bubbles to the table. At Segura Viudas, which was named Wine & Spirits 2013 value brand of the year, they handcraft their sparkling wines the ‘Champenoise’ method - according to Cava traditions dating back over 100 years. The Reserva Heredad is the estate's top offering – a hand harvested blend of 67% Macabeo and 33% Parellada. After the second fermentation, which gives the wine its bubbles, the wine is aged on the dead yeast cells for 30 months, hand-riddled, etc. This is the real deal. I love this wine because it is has some serious weight behind it displaying a rich, coating mouthfeel. Its yeasty aromas and flavors are complimented by lovely toasted apples and hints of smoke. The wine finishes dry with lingering acidity.

2011 Domäne Wachau Riesling Terrassen, Federspiel, Austria

At the most recent ‘Evening with Wine’ event at the Providence Wine Academy participants tasted some wonderful wines from South African and Austria. One of the wines that was in the running but didn’t make the final tasting list was the 2011 Riesling from Domäne Wachau, the region’s largest cooperative and the producers of some of Austria’s best value wines. Producers in Wachau have developed their own categories of classification dictating ripeness at harvest and finished alcohol levels.‘Steinfeder’ is the lightest style with a maximum alcohol of 11.5%. ’Federspiel’, which this wine is, must have a final alcohol range of 11.5%-12.5%. Finally, ‘Smaragd’ must have a minimum alcohol of 12.5%. Slightly off-dry this wine displays delicious apricot alongside ripe pears and lemon. The mouthwatering acidity on the finish keeps the wine fresh in your mouth.

Quinta do Noval, Noval Black, Port, Portugal

This week’s last wine is a Cellar first – a fortified wine from Portugal. More specifically, this is the Noval Black Port from iconic producer Quinta do Noval. Established in 1715 Quinta do Noval has long been a pioneer in the Port industry. Among other things, they were the first to label their Tawny Port with the age indication that we are so familiar with today (10 Year, 20 Year, 40 Year, etc.). They were also the inventors of the Late Bottle Vintage category of Ports; a category which sees the best juice from a non-declared vintage aged for 4-6 years. With the Noval Black Quinta do Noval is once again creating somewhat of a new category – this time in the friendly ‘under $20’ category. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the famous Quinta do Noval vineyard, as well as from other vineyards in the Douro Valley and matured for 2 years, a portion in oak casks with the other portion is kept in stainless steel, keeping the wine fresh, full of dark fruit and vibrant. This is very easy sipper – ripe and meaty with dark spicy fruit and chocolate - a great entry-level bottling for any aspiring Port enthusiast.

Enjoy!!

 

Steffen Rasch is a Certified Sommelier and Specialist of Wine. Feel free to email him at [email protected] with any wine-related question or learn about wine in person by signing up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.

 

Related Slideshow: 13 Biggest Food Stories in 2013

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13. Best Pizza

Everyone loves pizza, and Massachusetts has some of the best around.  Where to find the best pizza, however, depends on who you ask...

According to Zagat, Massachusetts' best pizza comes from the North End of Boston; the Giambotta at Regina Pizza.

Read GoLocal's coverage of the Zagat's Best Pizzas in New England Here.

Another publication, The Daily Meal, released a list of the 101 Best Pizzas in America for 2013.  On their list, 12 pies came from New England, with 6 coming from the Bay State. 

Read GoLocal's Roundup of the 12 Best Pizzas in New England here. 

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12. Best Restaurant

Worcester's EVO received three awards in 2013 for Best Chef, Albert Maykel, Best Organic & Vegan Food, and has kept its title as Worcester’s Best Overall Restaurant for the second year in a row.

The family-owned restaurant is run by siblings Albert Maykel III and Celeste Maykel Zack, and also received a Central MA Family Business Award from the Worcester Business Journal.

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11. Best Burger in MA

The third week in October was Burger Week at Zagat, and in honor of the legendary sandwich, they released their list of "50 States, 50 Burgers"; naming an "official" burger for each state.

Their pick from Massachusetts came from Cambridge, at Craigie on Main. According to Zagat:

"The relatively simple grass-fed beef patties are sandwiched between a homemade bun topped with sesame seeds. But in staying true to the restaurant’s elegant aesthetic, he dresses the burger with mace ketchup in lieu of Heinz."

See GoLocal's Coverage of the Best Burgers in New England Here.

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10. Not For Wine Drinkers

Massachusetts was one of the worst-ranked states in the country for wine lovers in 2013, according to a report from The American Wine Consumer Coalition in Washington, DC.

While Massachusetts wine drinkers may love their local vineyards and wine shops, it turns out that Massachusetts pulled a failing grade - an 'F' - and ranked #44 overall, based on how friendly its wine laws are for consumers.

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9. MA State Sandwich

August was National Sandwich month, and in its honor, Zagat named Fluffernutter as the Bay State's official state sandwich.

The peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich has been a lunchtime staple in Massachusetts since the invention of "fluff" in Somerville in 1917.

Read GoLocal's coverage of New England's State Sandwiches Here.

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8. Michael Covino

When it comes to restaurants in Worcester, one name stands out above the rest; Michael Covino, President and CEO of Niche Hospitality Group.

This hospitality entrepreneur is one of the minds behind the revitalization of the Worcester dining scene. His restaurants include: Bocado, Worcester's first authentic Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar; Mezcal, the southwestern/Mexican destination that first opened on Shrewsbury Street and has since added a new location in Leominster; The Citizen at One Exchange Place, a significant addition to Worcester's changing downtown landscape; The People's Kitchen, located above The Citizen and featuring a "home cooked meal" approach; and Rye & Thyme, an American tavern in Leominster.

GoLocal's Susan Wagner had the pleasure to speak with Covino in 2013, read what he had to say here. 

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7. Cupcakes for a Cause

After the tragic bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April, most of New England (and much of America) sought a way to help... and one Millbury woman found her own way to pitch in. 

With a goal of raising $1,000 by selling cupcakes, Anne King of Queens Cups Bakery was able to raise $2,350 in four days; giving $1,000 to the One Fund Boston, and the other $1,350 to Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG).

Read GoLocal's Coverage of this Cupcake Hero Here.

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6. Alina Eisenhauer

To those with a sweet tooth in Worcester, they know the place to go is Sweet, the dessert bar created by Alina Eisenhauer.  Alina has established herself as one of the biggest names in pastry in America after being part of several Food Network productions; Chopped, Cupcake Wars, as well as winning their Sweet Genius competition in 2011.

2013 was a big year for Alina.  She expanded her business at a new location, and saw her invention, the cronut (she called them Dosants) explode, and she sat down with GoLocal's Susan Wagner in December. Read their conversation here.

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5. NE Best Food Towns

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Here was our methodology:

GoLocal's researchers sought to quantify the essences of a truly great food town by capturing several key factors about it: its top restaurants and its culinary lifestyle.

To assess its concentration of top restaurants, researchers utilized a set of awards and ratings: AAA's Diamond rating system and Mobil/Forbes' Startle Star rating system formed the basis for the pool. Restaurants that rated 4 or 5 diamonds/stars in the last 4 years were collected and filed by their location. From there, researchers logged every James Beard Foundation award winner for the last 4 years as well as the 2013 semi-finalists and applied those restaurants to the base of cities of towns.

See Which Towns Made Our List Here. 

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4. #4 Ice Cream State

Bay Staters love their ice cream, in fact, more all but two other states (plus District of Columbia).  The website Bundle assessed ice cream consumption per capita based on credit card transactions at ice cream and frozen yogurt vendors.

Read more on the states and cities that consume the most ice cream here.

For GoLocal's list of great Central Massachusetts ice cream and froyo spots, click here

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3. Worcester's Best Pizza

The best thing about pizza places is that no two are the same. But that also makes it hard to narrow down which spots are best to grab a great pie or slice.  So luckily, GoLocal's Emily Davies put out her list of the best pizza joints in Worcester this February. 

Do we leave out your personal favorite? Let us know about it!

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2. The Cronut War

Cronuts? Or Dosants? 

Whatever you choose to call them, they are delicious. But these tasty doughnut/croissant hybrids brought Worcester into the spotlight in 2013 over who made them first -- and GoLocal was there to get the scoop.

New Yorkers were flocking to a SoHo bakery owned by Dominique Ansel to get their hands on his new creation, the Cronut.  However, Worcester's Alina Eisenhauer had been making the same pastry for years, though she called them Dosants. 

Read about the delicious controversy here.

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1. Health Code Violations

GoLocal's biggest food story in 2013 was not necessarily a positive one. GoLocal went through all of Worcester's restaurant health inspections and organized a list of the dining establishments with the most health code violations.  

GoLocal created an proprietary interactive map that shows the health inspection records for all of Worcester's nearly 700 restaurants.  Be sure to check this out before selecting your next spot for a meal. 

 
 

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