Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, at Abel’s Wine Bar, located on Tonitza Street, no. 10 was held a wine workshop, in which those in attendance had the opportunity to learn more about grape varieties, wine styles, and terroir. The experience was very pleasant, considering that the guests had five wine labels from Alira as “educational material” for different varieties and ranges.
The place was not chosen by chance, given the fact that Abel’s Wine Bar is one of the most animated places dedicated to wine in Bucharest, with a portfolio of over 100 wines, where we can find a pleasant, cozy, and relaxing atmosphere.
The workshop started with Alira Sauvignon Blanc 2015, the first white label of our winery, highlighted itself by citrus aromas of lime juice, lemon zest, grapefruit and also pineapple, melon or freshly cut grass. It was the perfect wine to calibrate our taste buds and accurately follow the first steps towards a textbook wine tasting. Pleasantly surprised by the new wine experience, the public fully appreciated it and matched it with fresh cheese, salads, fish and chicken dishes.
Subsequently, the event continued with the second wine of the evening, Alira Rosé 2016, a fruity, fresh and well-balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Fetească Neagră. The wine has pale pink-salmon color, with intense aromas of raspberries, strawberries, red cherry, lime juice, and mineral final notes. These are the elements that generated enthusiasm among the guests. Besides, of course, the recent story of the Romanian rosé, where our winemaker, Marc Dworkin had a massive impact. And the information that public had the opportunity to taste a wine which was still unreleased on the market, flattered them. Thus, inspiring them to match the wine with salmon, shellfish dishes or pasta in white sauce.
And so, he first part of the workshop ended, followed by a short break in order to “rest” our senses, before the red wines tasting and changing of the wine glasses. Because, as you know, red wines are served in another type of glasses.
The second part of the tasting began with Alira Fetească Neagră 2013, rated as the best wine made from this variety in its price category according to Tastevin – Wine Brotherhood. And while the audience enjoyed the first red wine of the evening, they were listening to the story of Alira Winery, the story of the grape varieties grown at Aliman and Rasova, the terroir’s and of this variety. The wine is characterized by very pleasant aromas of prunes, figs jam, dark chocolate, and spices. And guests matched the wine with Easter dishes like lamb ribs, or lamb pastrami. Complex and well-balanced, it is ideal to be decanted for at least 30 minutes before consumption.
Soon after, Alira Grand Vin Cuvée followed for tasting. This wine is the only assemblage from Marc Dworkin’s signature range and is a blend from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fetească Neagră. The blend has intense aromas of berries, cinnamon, vanilla and black cherry. It was the wine that impressed everyone with its delicate texture, long aftertaste, and jam notes in the finish. Here, the public learned more information about premium and super-premium red wines, such as the difference between the aroma and the bouquet, the role of barrels and the possible occurrence of the sediments. In terms of gastronomy, following the Easter spirit, the public paired the wine with roasted lamb or mutton leg baked in red sauce. Being aged in barriques for a period of 14 months, it is recommended that the wine should breathe in the decanter for at least one hour.
Shortly after, there was a brief pause of suspense, after which,the surprise of the evening: Alira Eleganza 2014 was introduced. A sweet, expressive and very aromatic red wine, with a medium body and delicate flavors of chocolate, licorice, caramel and crème brûlée. The wine was made after the Recioto method, which involves the late harvesting of the grapes, when they reach the stage of raisins. Traditionally, the Recioto technique comes from Italy, where they use grapes like Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella. But in the case of Alira, a blend of Fetească Neagră, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon was chosen.
The evening ended very successfully with passionate discussions and conclusions about wine and Alira wine labels, with the promise that we will meet again soon for the next event.