The restaurant situation being what it’s been for the past few years, we know how it works. The smart money is on the lowest common denominator. And in Tucson, it’s exaggerated- if you look at lists around town, you can expect to see the same thing at most restaurants: A Sonoma Chardonnay, a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a Napa Cabernet, and so on. And not that there’s anything inherently wrong with any of them- they’re popular on lists because they’re popular with guests. People enjoy them.
Feast, though, has always been steeped in its own curious culture, and we’ve historically believed that while there’s nothing wrong with a familiar dish well-prepared, our guests want the dish that they didn’t eat yesterday. Sure, we could make a Caesar salad or a crème brulée. But odds are you’d already have had them someplace else, recently, and could get them again at yet another place tomorrow.
In the spirit of Feast, then, we offer you this week’s wine tasting, four wines that don’t conform to the Tucson formula. Odds are you’ve heard of them and likely tasted them before as well, but odds are just as high that you haven’t tasted any of them recently- and that’s just the varietals, let alone the producers. So this Saturday, September 2, when 2:00 rolls around, prepare your tastebuds to meet some old friends you haven’t seen in a while, or some new acquaintances you’ll be itching to get together with again. For a mere $15 plus tax and tip, you can belly up to the wine bar and taste with your cronies some wines you haven’t yet met, from a person you haven’t yet met. Our buddy Madison is relatively new to the Tucson market, and will be coming down from Phoenix expressly to hang out with all of us and talk about wines you didn’t drink yesterday. Give us a jingle at (520) 326-9363 and we’ll save a spot for you.
Wines you didn’t drink yesterday
You can see the tasting order and pricing of the wines here.
2021 Bidaia Txakolina (Hondarrabi Zuri, Petit Corbu, Gros Manseng,) Getariako Txakiolina DO
2020 Guerrieri Rizzardi Soave Classico (Garganega, Chardonnay,) Soave Classico DOP
2020 Longaví “Glup” País, Itata, Chile
2020 Viña Progreso “Overground” Tannat, Canalones, Uruguay