This Now And Zin entry wraps up the wine story of my trip to Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley. Actually, this fond farewell concerns the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and the Continental Airlines flight back to Los Angeles.
I had a couple of opportunities to enjoy Yuengling beer during my visit to NEPA and was delighted to find it available at the airport as we awaited our flight. It's hoppy and bright - just the way I like 'em - with a strong hint of lemon that is quite refreshing. It goes great with pizza, too.
After the puddle-jumper to Newark, Continental flight 302 boarded and we were on our way home. I was once again delighted, this time to find an interesting wine offered on the plane. Maybe a bit homesick, I asked for a Zinfandel. There was none of that, but the Sol Casal Tempranillo proved to be a nice substitute. It's a Spanish wine from La Mancha, but it's bottled by Paul Sapin in France, and I believe it's part of his 187 line of small, one serving bottles like those served by airlines.
The wine is dark at the core and ruby red at the edges with a big nose - and I mean a huge nose - of red fruit and leather. It tastes of smoke and dried cherries, plums and blackberries. The tannins are quite mellow and the alcohol level is 13% abv. It has a big, rich taste which was much appreciated on the cross-country flight. It even tasted great in the plastic cup.