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Olympic Wines

Aug 6, 2012
Olympic Wines
The best Olympics-and-wine pairings

17_olympics1_400The 2012 Olympics are in full swing, and as you watch the various sports from London, we’ve got you covered with the following Olympics-and-wine pairings. So sit back, relax, and take in the Games with a glass of wine in hand.
 

Gymnastics.
ROBERT MONDAVI “To Kalon Vineyard” Reserve Fumé Blanc 2009 (Napa, CA) $40. To Kalon means “the highest beauty” in ancient Greek; graceful and agile like a gymnast, this medium-bodied wine is crisp with floral notes. Available here.

Diving. RÔTIE CELLARS Red Wine “Southern Blend” 2010 (Columbia Valley, WA) $36. This is a silky and smooth full-bodied Rhône-style blend of grenache, syrah, and mourvédre that perfectly captures the grace of platform diving, with a little splash at the finish. Available here.

Decathlon. McCREA “Boushey Vineyard” Sirocco Blanc 2009 (Yakima Valley, WA) $22. The decathlon is one of the most grueling events, and this Rhône-style blend of grenache blanc, marsanne, roussanne, and picpoul has a diverse set of flavors, including lemon, pineapple, and pepper. Available here.

Weightlifting. ANSELMO MENDES “Muros Antigos” Alvarinho 2011 (Vinho Verde, Portugal) $11. The words “powerful” and “muscular” could describe both weightlifters and this Portuguese alvarinho (the same grape as albariño in Spain). With a full-body and lots of acidity, this wine is as well-built as a power lifter. Available here.

What are your favorite Olympic sports? Tell us below!

 



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