Our tour of the week on June 6 was the very first Friday North End tour. Wine Ambassador Lynn Simler led a group of 12 wine enthusiasts to 3 North End hot spots.
The group gathered at Aragosta at the Fairmont Battery Wharf on a beautiful early summer afternoon, sipping Prima Perla Prosecco, Vermentino di Sardegna, and nibbling on a selection of wonderful cheeses and salumi, while we gazed at the gentle surf splashing along the waterside. Lynn had the group analyze the Aragosta Vermentino for aroma, body, color, sweetness, and finish.
A quick stroll up Hanover Street brought us past the Old North Church, where we learned that Paul Revere sired 16 kids! Whoa, we raised a toast to hismidnight rides once we got inside Gennaro’s 5 North Square. Xochitl, the restaurant GM, introduced the restaurant’s wine and food philosophy, explaining the concept of a “scratch” kitchen. Several of the guests tried calamari for the first time…and loved it, especially when paired with Gennaro’s custom-blended Pinot Grigio, from the tiny Bennati Winery in Veneto. Lynn helped us understand the red wines from the Veneto, as we exclaimed the wonders of a Valpolicella.
After taking some birthday pics (two birthday revelers today!), we made our way to the last stop, Boston Bottles. Owner Dan O’Connor graciously insisted our birthday celebrants pick the wines to sample. And what tremendous choices: a Michel Chapoutier rose’ from the Rhone (one of the first wineries to include Braille on all their wine labels), and a luscious red, also from the Cote du Rhone!
Lynn bid the group adieu, accepting praise and kudos from all the participants, and encouraging everyone to join us on another tour! If you missed out on this Tour of the Week for June 6 you can book any Friday North End Tour by clicking here!