For our Tour of the Week on June 21st, a beautiful sunny day brought 12 happy wine lovers to Harvard Square to drink some delicious wine, nibble some tasty treats, and celebrate the first day of summer.
Wine Ambassador Bryan Hoffman welcomed the group to Nubar, the gorgeous restaurant inside the Sheraton Commander hotel. A glass of LaMarca Extra Dry Prosecco, and a platter of 3 local cheeses (Brie, Havrati Dill, and Soft Goat), combined with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and red grapes, kicked off the festivities.
Bryan then poured everyone some Martin Codax Albarino, a wonderful tropical fruit-flavored wine from Rias Baixas, Spain…perfect for summer sipping. The guests discussed the “4 S” method of wine tasting: See, Sniff, Sip, Savor.
A quick stroll through the Harvard campus brought the group to First Printer, on Dunster Street. Everyone marveled at the preferred seating inside the old Cambridge Savings Bank vault. Bryan unlocked the differences in California vs. Oregon wine making styles, as we sampled the Wine By Joe Oregon Pinot Gris and the Geyser Peak California Cabernet Sauvignon, accompanied by piping hot strips of Margherita and Mushroom Flatbread.
Our tour concluded at Finale, where we discussed which wine best paired with the Dark Chocolate Decadence, a dense, fudgy, flourless, truffle-like cake with a hint of coffee. The two wines we compared were the Pascual Toso Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, and the Castello Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui. Which worked best? We’ll leave the final comments to a mom/dad/daughter trio joining us on their 3rd wine tour! They’ve been on the North End and South End tours already, and have plans to sweep through the Back Bay later this fall.
“Don’t make us pick our favorite. We love everything about these tours. Wine. Food. Great company. We like them all!”