Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Return of the Purple Teeth

We've all probably tasted a few red wines that turned our teeth colors...but there is nothing like a black wine to give you that sexy purple hue to your teeth. Tuesday was the Cahors tasting at the Hotel Palomar. Cahors is an AOC in France which is actually the original home of Malbec.

The grapevines were brought to this region by the Roman Empire about 2,000 years ago. the wines of this region grew in popularity, much to the detriment to Italian wine consumption. A royal marriage in 1152 encouraged the production of winegrowing in Cahors and it began to flourish throughout Europe. The dark color of the wine allowed it to remain intact during maritime voyages and was found to withstand the long journeys and the test of time. But as time passed, and palates changed, the strong as liqueur flavor of Cahors wine began to be less and less favorable, being replaced by lighter, fruitier red wines.

But as we all know, what's in style at one time will come back in style again! Cahors wines are rich, full of flavor, and back in style!

Cahors wines are broken up into 3 distinct styles: tender & fruity, feisty & powerful, and intense & complex. Some typical fragrances are violets, black currant, cherry, licorice, vanilla, and menthol. And while most wines from the region are 100% Malbec, Merlot and Tannat may be used as well to smooth out the finished flavor of the wine.

Next time you're in your local wine shop, ask about Cahors. You'll be glad you did!

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