What do you have in mind, when you are about to attend a wine tasting? I can only imagine that you are thinking about the various wines served by a hostess in a wine glass. Some dry red wines with lots of character or sweet white wines made with a fruity flavor are probably on your wine tasting wishlist. At some events, the wine is paired with a variety of meats or cheeses for event goers to enjoy the full experience. However, the Coolidge Corner Wine and Spirits in Boston, Massachusetts was a little less than expected.
As I walked into the Coolidge Corner, I was surprised to see that it was a small store that sold international wine. The staff politely greeted me, and the manager led me to the table that held the wine. For a tasting, the atmosphere was very down to earth and relaxed. There wasn’t orchestral music playing in the background. On the contrary, there was pop music on instead. Leave your fancy clothes and high heel stilettos at home because there isn’t a need for them. Sneakers, sandals or boots are just fine for this activity and if you are wearing a pair of jeans that will work too.
On the top of the red tablecloth, there were five bottles each of two different types of wines. They were San Angelo Pinot Grigio, which is a white wine and the other was Gascon Colosal Red Blend Wine. There were small plastic cups that were stacked up and an ice bucket to keep the white wine chilled. I sampled the San Angelo Pinot Grigio first.
There was a fusion of fruits such as peaches and pears. There was also a light taste of Pimpinella anisum which is also known as anise and the natural sweetener, honey. San Angelo Pinot Grigio was delicious. Although there weren’t any foods at the wine tasting, the manager suggested pairing the San Angelo Pinot Grigio with a range of seafood, pasta, and grilled vegetables. In my opinion, this Tuscany, Italian made wine tasted like a dessert wine.
Next, I tasted the Gascon Colosal Red Blend wine. This wine was indeed dry with a very distinctive flavor. The fruit combinations included plums, blackberries, and cherries. Additionally, there was a subtle hint of mint and oak. The manager explained that this wine is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Bonarda that also contributed to this vibrant flavor. This wine was made in Argentina. Naturally, Gascon Colosal Red Blend as with most red wines should be paired with red meats.
Overall, the Coolidge Corner Wine and Spirits is a down to earth store. It does not have the typical wine tasting atmosphere of sophistication and grandeur. However, It is a great place to stop in, especially if you are in the neighborhood.
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