Wednesday, 26. June 2013
Flight cancelled, then recreated itinerary with another airline left us at Philadelphia International Airport with too much time to kill. So we ambled off looking for wine. Vino and Volo is a wine bar in Terminal B near Terminal A. I decided to try a Pinot Noir flight since Kathy and I are headed to France to immerse ourselves in the French wine regions.
The Pinot Noir flight had three wines: a 2007 Pinot Noir from Walnut Block Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, a 2009 Alysian Winery Russian River Valley AVA Pinot Noir and a 2011 Champy Pinot Noir from the Burgundy region of France.
The 2007 Pinot Noir from Walnut Block Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand had an earthy profile that reminded me of eucalyptus and a hint of licorice. The red cherry fruit had a smoky tint and the wine begged to accompany a bar-b-cue. The 2009 Alysian Winery Russian River Valley AVA Pinot Noir was fruit forward on the bouquet. Cherries and plums predominate the aroma and taste with a hint of cedar. Bold tannins were a welcome surprise. Although this wine would pair well with foods, it also makes a nice aperitif. The 2011 Champy Pinot Noir offered plenty of spice with medium to bold tannins. The wine would pair nicely with a barbecued portebella mushroom.
This wine flight offered three distinctly different Pinot Noirs. All three of them were enjoyable, however the New Zealand and France Pinots would have been marvelous paired with food.
Vino and Volo was a comfortable break from airline travel. The chairs are very comfortable and the wines enjoyable. The Pinot Noir flight was excellent. Vino and Volo are located in several airports across the country including Baltimore, Dallas, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit and many more. They also have locations outside of airports.