Our next class in the Food and Wine Pairing Series at Provisions Market is…

Tuesday August 24
6:30pm – 7:45pm
Provisions Gourmet Market

Come enjoy the wines and cuisines of The Middle East, Sicily, Greece, Southern France, Spain and Morocco.

Middle Eastern Dip Plate of Roasted Garlic Hummus, Baba Ghanoush and Tzatziki with Pita
Seafood Crepe with Shrimp, Goat Cheese, Herbs de Provence
Chicken Tagine with Saffron, Ginger, Currants and Olives
Sasiccia Pizzaiola (Sicilian Style Stuffed Pizza) with Sausage

Wine pairings to be announced.

Five courses and five wines for ONLY $30!
This class is almost SOLD OUT so reserve your seats TODAY!


2005 Alamos Merlot
100% Merlot
Mendoza, Argentina

Average price range $10 to $12

“Our story of is one of how we have poured our lives, our passion, our spirit into transforming a scrub laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world.”

“Alamos Merlot is made from grapes grown on the eastern slopes of the low mountains of the great Andes. For more than 100 years the Catena family has been making wines in Mendoza, Aegentina. The cool climate and wide night day temperature differential that exist in the Catena family’s high altitude vineyards at above 4000 feet elevation are ideal for growing Merlot.”

“The 2005 Alamos Merlot presents a dark violet color with reddish tones. The nose is full of ripe plum and cherry aromas with light notes of chocolate and toast. The mouthfeel is soft and gentle with excellent texture, showing jammy red fruit flavors and finishing with supple tannins and vibrant acidity.”

I was excited to open a red wine from Argentina that was NOT a Malbec. Don’t get me wrong… I love my Malbec from Argentina, but it is fun to see what else is coming out of our latest and greatest…

Upon opening, I see the sediment on the cork. I am pleased because I prefer Merlot with a touch of age. The aromas of red rasperries and blueberries are my first impressions. Then a hint of blackberry, but not too dark… I pick up the slightest bit of oak. French oak, only accentuating the toast and chocolate the wine is displaying.

My plate tonight is actually of Mediterranean decent. Orzo with white beans, cranberries, spinach, feta… But the extra cheese I added on top made me want a bigger red that was smooth. Enter Alamos Merlot.

I have had this bottle for about a year or so. I know that I prefer a Merlot with age so I was sitting on it. Granted, I would probably LOVE it in about 2 years, I am still happy with my decision to open it tonight. It is smooth and lovely. Has the berry fruit and warmness that I was expecting. It stands up to my ‘grainy’ dish while complementing the cheeses I chose. I enjoy the hints of plum and cherry. I did not anticipate much tannin, to which I am correct and just feel the mouth of silky, smooth texture

And, another wonderful aspect, after finishing my meal, I am still interested in drinking my wine. Sometimes I will put it away for later analyzation and enjoyment but tonight is different. I want to continue….

Tonight is football night. The first night of football actually. “Official” football, not preseason… While most are home enjoying their brew of choice, I am here reveling in my very complacent, very delightful, very gratifying Merlot.

(After about 30 minutes of air, true earthiness starts to show… LOVE IT!)

And, once again, thank you ARGENTINA!