Celebrate mid-week early with Palate Food & Wine in Glendale, and sample a lineup of wines from different artisanal producers every Tuesday night. From 6:30 – 9:00 pm, you can try 4 different pours for $10, order food from the wine bar menu, and listen to live jazz.
The wine lineup changes every week, but here is a sample of a recent tasting. A taste of Burgundy, the Gerard Mugneret 2008 Bourgogne Passetoutgrains (which translates to chuck all the grapes together), reveals a French red wine that is a blend of 1/3 Pinot Noir and 2/3 Gamay grapes from the region. In Burgundy, single vineyard designations impart wine with a true sense of place, known as “terroir”, and extremely high price tags. This beauty allows you to flirt with the mystique of France without going broke. It tastes of red currant and cranberry, layered with dried fall leaves, a mineral streak, Asian spice, and a funky earthiness, with great acidity and balance.
A great partner to the evening’s tasting is the porkfolio, ordered from the wine bar menu. It’s a spectacular assortment of prosciutto di parma, speck, barolo salumi, sopressate, wild boar, and bresaola. Truly to die for, accompanied by grain and violet mustards, and crunchy bread. Yummy with a capital Y!
Next up is a taste of Italy. Tenuta Sant’Antonio 2007 Valpolicella Ripasso “Monti Garbi” is basically a baby Amarone made from a blend of Italian varietals. It has plum, fig, smoked meat, and dark chocolate aromas. It’s a full-bodied, lip-smacking delicious wine with intense flavors of cherry and mocha and finishes long with a fruity, smoky finish. This wine is a terrific way to experience northern Italy’s Veneto region.
On to Spain! Tinto Figuero 2008 Ribero del Duero 4 Meses is a 100% Tempranillo, full of red fruit aromas, and hints of black licorice and ripe blackberries. It’s ready for it’s closeup, so drink now. It’s a nice, round, balanced wine with a persistent finish.
Finish up with the Albeisa Barbaresco 2007 Terre Di Bo, a fleshy 100% Nebbiolo revealing berries, plums, earth, violets and roses. It tastes of the Italian countryside. It’s a great way to wrap up the evening along with a beautiful cheese plate. Design your own from a long list of cow, sheep, goat, and blue cheese offerings.
Around 8:30 pm, wine director Steve Goldun and a few of his world class musician friends perform impromptu jazz, more of a jam session but a definite addition to the ambience.
All of the wines featured in the weekly tastings are available for purchase at the end of the evening for a 10% discount. These wines are all reasonably priced and would be a great addition to your home wine cellar.
Every week has a different theme, but the tastings seem to have a common thread, “Eat, drink, explore new wines, and be merry!”. Palate Food & Wine certainly fulfills it’s mission, and provides a bright spot for wine lovers to pursue their passion.