Last Thursday night Scott and I had a date at Swirl to have an exclusive tasting with the winemakers of Familigia Meschni wines. They live in the Twin Cities and have their winery in Argentina, all of the wine they produce there is shipped to Minnesota, a bit in Massachusetts and Missouri. Those are the only place you can find it. With no formal training, a husband and wife team set to recreate a childhood dream. Eugenio, of Italian descent, grew-up with his grandfather and father in the wine making industry and ended up owning a winery in Argentina after moving to Minnesota. Such a wonderful story. A charming, funny, real couples who has just a few rules:
- Make wine in small quantities
- They would drink a whole bottle of whatever they make themselves (I love this rule!)
We tasted 6 unique wines:
Premium Unoaked Chardonnay ($14.99), a balanced Chardonnay that has notes of apples, pears, honeydew melon and mandarin orange peel. They only made 850 cases of this wine so you can tell just how dedicated to quality they are.
Premium Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99), a wine that an an amazing nose and was very crisp. I don’t love Sauvignon Blanc but this had minerality and citrus
Premium Torrontes ($14.99), a Torrontes like no other. A tiny bit bubbly, notes of peach, flowers & apricot and perfect with spicy foods. I love love love this wine, as they referred to a “patio pounder”. I blogged about my love of the Torrontes last year because I came across a bottle on sale and I am sucker for a cool looking (and orange!) bottle. If you are ever in any of the states they sell this, come to visit me, or I come to visit you I promise to bring this wine.
Premium Malbec ($14.99), a beautiful garnet color, and just an easy drinking malbec. Sometimes a simple description is best.
Premium Malbec Syrah, I love this so much I might stock pile bottles of this. A strong berry and floral bouquet and a great wine to pair with grilled or braised meats.
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva ($19.99), the Reserva, the best was saved for last, a red wine that bites and a full of blackberry and black currant. A wanted to linger with this glass and take spend the night discussing life and love with the winemakers.
A perfect Thursday evening and even better was they they were down to earth, real wine drinkers who just want to share their passion for wine.