Avaniel Tempranillo Rosado
I would be remiss if I did not give this beautiful Rosé wine a mention in Wine Values & Bargains. My neighbor put me on to this delicious and tasty wine. He and his wife are not huge wine drinkers, so when they do open a bottle of wine they want to make sure it is to their liking. Paul has two important resources for finding the right wine: He reads Wine Values & Bargains and shops for wine at Weimax Wines in Burlingame.
I have previously mentioned Weimax Wines and proprietor Gerald Weisel. Gerald is a master of selecting wines, and he is one who is not swayed in the slightest by the wine ratings or the likes of Parker, the Wine Spectator, or the rest. He relies on his own palate and extensively travels the world’s wine regions seeking out wines for his one-of-a-kind wine shop. The Avaniel Tempranillo Rosado is a fine example of the types of wine you can find at Weimax Wines.
When I tasted this wine at my neighbor’s house, I knew I must include it in my blind tasting of Rosé wines. It ended up being chosen second out of six Rosé wines. The price is $11.99, a very reasonable price for such a fine-tasting wine. It is 100% Tempranillo with a nice bright color, strong aromas including watermelon, and a solid character in the mouth. It’s a hardy wine, while at the same time refreshing. I think it also has a fantastic finish. The Avaniel Tempranillo Rosado is produced by Bodegas Monteabellón, a relatively new winery located in Spain’s Ribera del Duero region. 89 Points.
Family Winemakers Event August 17 and 18.
Here is an opportunity for those who are interested in sleuthing for wine values and bargains. This is one of my favorites of the large wine tasting events held in San Francisco. The crowds are less rowdy at the event, more serious and intent on discovering new wines. The owner or winemaker or both will represent most of the wineries present. It is a great chance to do some serious wine tasting, comparing and evaluating different varietals made from California producers. The event takes place August 17th-18th at the Fort Mason Center. Check the Family Winemakers’ Website for ticket information.