wine tasting at airports – hot or not?

On our way home from Houston, we visited the Vino Volo at Newark International Airport.  Much has been said about airport dining over the years (although I personally think it has got better at many airports), so this was to try whether the same was true for airport “wining”.  We ordered a plate of dry-cured meats and the “World Noirs”, a sample of 3 Pinot Noirs from around the world.

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Your wines come with information about it, even tasting notes (I recommend tasting it yourself first, and then check if your nose and palate equals that of the VinoVolo tasters).

The 09 Monterey County from Elusiv in California showed sweet fruit on the nose, sweet spice and candy. Not my cup of tea (eh, glass of wine), but if you like it light and sweet, the freshness and fruitiness is attractive on this one.

Next up, 08 Russian Jack from Martinborough Vineyards in New Zealand, was on the lighter side of pinot noir. Aromas of sweet berries like it’s Californian cousin, but some mint and green fruits shines through (a little more bottle time should rid the wine of it’s greeness?). Good finish.

The 07 Beaune (Premier Cru) Clos de Vignes Franches from Nicolas Potel rounded of the wine flight (vino volo – get it?). Dark berries, tobacco and wet forest floor on the nose, blackberry and minerally on the palate. A tad too much oak, but should integrate in not too long. Clos de Vignes Franches is a Monopole, and a small part of the climat “Les Vignes Franches”, situated in the southern area of Beaune.

Yes, it was a trip through the world of Pinot Noirs. It was a good collection showing the diversity of the grape.  And the charcuterie was wonderful to go with it.

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I give Vino Volo and the concept two thumbs up.  My advice to all travellers is to skip the usual burger or sandwich and try a wine flight instead, before boarding.

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Vino Volo is a wine lounge, restaurant, and boutique wine shop. They offer wines from around the world by the glass, in tasting flights, and by the bottle for guests to take home or have shipped. All dishes are available for guests to enjoy in the lounge or as carry-on. Vino Volo has 17 stores in operation today  (spring 2011).

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