Back Bay Cafe

Cape Classics and Frenzy


 We were fortunate last week to have a visit from Zingo Munger, Southeastern Sales Manager for Cape Classics, an importer and distributor of fine South African wines. As Zingo poured samples for Mary and me at the Washington store, he regaled us with tales of the burgeoning South African wine industry. South Africa has a winemaking history dating back to the 16th Century, but in recent times it all fell apart as the world boycotted South African products over their apartheid policies.

A Late Summer Rose of Spain

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Muga Rosado 2008 (Rioja, Spain) 
Bodegas Muga, with its production facility in the historic old town of Haro, in the heart of Rioja, is best known for its premium bottlings – Torre Muga and Prado Enea Gran Reserva. These wines consistently receive scores in the mid-90’s from the wine experts and sell for around $100 a bottle. Indeed, last spring, a poll in Wine & Spirits magazine last spring, Muga scored as the most recognized Spanish wine available in restaurants in the U.S.

Bargain Spanish Tempranillo

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Reinares Tempranillo 2007 (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain)
The Tempranillo (temp-ruh-NEE-yo or NEEL-yo) grape is the most widely planted red grape in Spain. It gets its name from the Spanish word temprano which means “early.” This early ripening characteristic means it is reliable even in years when the notorious rains of autumn come early, watering down the harvest of grapes that need more hang time on the vines.

Big Red from Priorat

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Roureda Llicorella 2005 (Priorat, Spain)

You can hardly find Priorat, or Priorato in Spanish, on a map, it’s so small. This tiny Catalonian wine region covers just 4,151 acres – Rioja, in comparison, is over 150,000 acres – but Priorat’s impact on the world of wine is large.
Named for the local monastery, or priory, that began producing wine in the 12th century, Priorat lies inland from Tarragona in northeastern Spain.

King Estate

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King Estate 2007 Signature Pinot Gris
King Estate is located southwest of Eugene, Oregon near the town of Lorane. The 1,033-acre certified organic estate (including 465 acres of organic vineyards, as well as 30 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers) provides a spectacular mountain vineyard site with elevations ranging from 800 to 1,100 feet and cool, prevailing northwest winds that moderate vineyard temperatures.

"Embrace your inner pyrate"

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Clipper City Brewery in Baltimore, MD says, "Why be normal when you can be EXTRAARGHdinary?"  Since we've never claimed to be "normal" here at Wine & Words, we're pleased to introduce to brews from Clipper City's "Heavy Seas" portfolio.  These are bold and a little reckless, for the beer drinker who's not afraid of flavor.

New Italians


A couple of new Italian reds from our friends at The Country Vintner:
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso Toscana IGT


Reds, Whites & the Blues

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Every year at 4th of July I grow patriotic.  I re-read the heroic battles of our American Revolution (my favorite account is Rebels and Redcoats by George F. Scheer and Hugh F. Rankin) and peruse my much-worn copy of the Federalist papers.  Here at Wine & Words/The Back Bay Cafe we fly both the Stars & Stripes and the Union Jack in tribute to Chef Yvonne's Englishness and in celebration of what we call "English-American Friendship Week."  Customers ask Yvonne if they (the Brits) are still mad at us.

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