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Fleming’s new list of 100 wines by the glass

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 2:45 pm in Corkheads.

I recently got a sneak peak at Fleming’s Prime Steak House and Wine Bar’s new list of 100 wines by the glass. The list, which is currently available, is a combination of the usual suspects (Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc) disappointments (Beringer White Zinfandel? Come on, the world is full of beautiful rose) and pleasant surprises (three rieslings).

And that’s just the whites.

I tried a variety of red wine, and was happy to see the wine directors showcasing reliable producers but trying out different wines in their portfolios. For instance, they feature Orin Swift, but it’s the zinfandel, not The Prisoner, which some of us have grown weary of. Duckhorn’s there, but it’s cabernet sauvignon, not merlot, that is being featured. Hoorah.

With a selection of new small plates including delicate ahi tuna skewers and mouth-watering lobster tempura – those will be available starting Sept. 21 – I sipped samples of Penley Coonawarra Gryphon, an Australian merlot with a beautiful smoky aroma of charred blueberries.

Just before dinner, I had a taste of Masi Veneto Campofiorin, an earthy blend from Italy with an acidity so great it was practically begging for marinara.

And lastly, with my petite filet mignon, I sipped Raymond’s Napa Valley Sommelier Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, a rich, full-bodied wine with a good deal of tannins to stand up to red meat.

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