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Posted on Sep 01, 2015 in Wine , 45 Central Wine Bar , September–October 2015

45 Central has introduced an exciting new wine flights program, and invites you to come get your wings.

Featuring domestic, international and first-class flights, this is an excellent opportunity to taste wines from around the country and the world. Each flight will progress from light to full bodied with four 2-ounce pours complete with tasting notes.

The domestic flights feature primarily California wineries; however there are some interesting twists. The domestic white flight has a white pinot noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The domestic red takes off with a stunning single-vineyard pinot noir from Chandon.

The international white flight begins in Austria with a light and crisp Hugo grüner veltliner. Then a quick puddle jump to Bordeaux for a Grande Reserve Bergerac, a classic blend of sauvignon blanc with semillon to add lushness. The third stop is in Rias Baixas, Spain, for an herbaceous and creamy Kentia albarino. Finally, you land back in France with a gorgeous white burgundy from Saint-Veran. This 100-percent chardonnay shows off its limestone terroir on the nose, with white peach and citrus on the palette.

International reds start in Rioja, Spain, with a savory cedar and spiced Hazana tempranillo. Then race to the Cotes du Rhone region of France for syrah from St. Cosme. This cool weather syrah shows off violets, licorice and fresh berry flavors. The third leg of the journey lands you in the hills of Tuscany drinking a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from Ruffino. This Italian beauty offers elegant structure with plums and tobacco evident. Your voyage finishes across the Atlantic in Mendoza,

Argentina, with a meeting of Bordeaux varietals and malbec.

Although the Clos de los Siete is huge, it remains easy drinking with mocha and dark fruit notes.

If you are up for pampering, try first class. This flight features Adami prosecco to enjoy as a palette cleanser throughout your experience. You embark with a grand vin de Bourgogne, Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin, which is light bodied with sweet smoke, cherry and earth. Next sojourn is Numanthia tempranillo, a sumptuous Spanish red with caramel, chocolate and berries. Then you’re off to Italy for Le Bignele Amarone della Valpolicella, which has a fragrant bouquet and velvety mouthfeel. Last stop is Orin Swift’s Papillon, a dense and powerful cabernet sauvignon with supple tannins.

Whichever flight you choose, let the experienced staff of 45 Central be your guide.