Wine of The Week
Posted on: Friday 3/4/2011 10:16am
Posted on: Monday 2/28/2011 1:25pm
You want to get just the right bottle of wine to impress your date, but not break the bank in the process. What is a good 'first date' wine? Personally, I can't think of a better way to kick off any get together, be it a party with friends or an intimate night of potential romance, then with a sparkling wine. The Non-Vintage Pascal Toro Sparkling Brut from Argentina ($10) is both festive and inexpensive. French wines always make a great first impression The 2009 Chateau de Segries-Tavel Rosé from the Rhone Valley is a reliable wine for first dates ($15). When I first began dating, one of the few things I knew how to cook was pasta and tomato sauce. The 2007 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Campo ai Sassi Rosso di Montalcino will definitely benefit a red-based pasta sauce ($15). If you want to step up the impress-o-meter, try pairing the 2008 Red Car Boxcar Syrah ($23).
Posted on: Friday 2/11/2011 6:25pm
Here are some recommendations for a special wine to share with the special person in your life this Valentine’s Day. If you plan on having chocolate covered strawberries, try serving it with the Non-vintage Santi Nello Prosecco di Valdobbiadene from Italy ($15). Sushi is a very sensual dish, so why not swing by a high-end market and pick up an assortment of Japanese tapas as well as a bottle of 2009 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Gris from Monterey County, California ($15). Roses may be red, but rosés are for lovers. One of my favorite examples of this versatile wine is the 2009 Etude Pinot Noir Rosé from Carneros, California ($20).
Posted on: Friday 2/4/2011 10:54am
At $10, the 2009 Alamos Malbec from the Catena Family of wines in Mendoza, Argentina offers a splendid value. It has scents of violets, dark plums and cocoa with flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and ripe plum, with a touch of pepper and notes of vanilla. If you want a crowd pleasing white wine that won't break the bank, try the 2009 Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco from the Tuscany region of Italy ($10). This white wine has an intense aroma of white rose petals and apple with flavors of peach, nectarine and apple. Other wines to try: The 2006 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California (around $20) and the 2007 Chateau Pipeau from the Saint-Emilion region of France ($25).
Posted on: Tuesday 1/25/2011 10:56am
The $18 2009 Paulo Laureano Branco ($18) from the Vidigueira sub-region is made from the white grape varietal Antao Vaz and has a wonderful floral nose of tropical fruits, nectarine, minerals and a touch of vanilla. One of the best values in red wine from the region is the 2007 Marques De Borba Red Wine by Ramos Vinhos ($14). It has strawberry and cherry blossom aromas with warm flavors of red berry fruit. The 2007 Malhadinha Nova Monte Da Peceguina Red Wine ($35), is made from Aragones, Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Alfrocheiro and has aromas of black fruit, spices and minerals with flavors of strawberries and cherries with notes of tobacco. Made from a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Petite Verdot and Syrah, the 2005 Dona Maria Red Wine Reserva ($40) explodes with aromas of dark fruit, mint and spices and flavors of black plums, dark cherry, spices with hints of tobacco.
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 12:47pm
To help with finding the right gift for the wine lover in your life, here are some great wine-related suggestions to get you started - although, a bottle of nice wine is always appreciated too!
Grands Crus Classes The Great Wines of Bordeaux by Sophie Brissaud (text) with photographs by Cyril Le Tourneur d'Ison and Iris L. Sullivan ($65) - This is a wine lover and foodie's dream book, offering a virtual trip through Bordeaux, France without the worries of going through security at the airport. Start on page one and work your way through 87 Chateaux of the Medoc and Sauternes regions. Each section has a brief one-page history of the chateau, along with three to four pictures of the property. Best of all, a recipe by 87-world renown chefs is paired with a vintage from each chateau. Sounds like an 87-week challenge to me. Anybody up for a Julie & Julia type project?
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 12:46pm
The 2007 Antis Malbec Reserva from the Mendoza appellation ($15) has rich scents of dark fruit aromas with attractive notes of mint-chocolate and flavors of black plum, dark cherry and cassis with hints of cocoa, tobacco and leather. The 2008 David Bruce Petite Sirah ($17) features a nose of ripe black plums, crème de cassis and dark chocolate with robust flavors of black cherry, jammy blueberry, mocha, and chocolate with a whisper of pepper that combines to give your tongue a warm treat.The 2007 D'Arenber Laughing Magpie from the McLaren Vale of South Australia ($25) has a lovely nose of blackberries and gardenias with flavors of blackberry and anise. Another wine to try: The 2007 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($44)
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 12:25pm
Only wines made in the tiny Champagne region in France can be called Champagne. The Prosecco region of Italy produces some wonderfully crisp, refreshing sparkling wines. At $18, the Non-Vintage NV La Tordera Prosecco di Valdobbiadene from Veneto, Italy is one of the best values in sparkling wine. Scents of lemon/lime fill the bouquet while flavors of apple and nectarine dominate the front of the palate. The 2006 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs from Napa Valley ($30) gained international recognition in 1972 when President Nixon served it at the historic "Toast to Peace" in Beijing, China. It has aromas of key lime, honeydew and a hint of pineapple upside-down cake with flavors of citrus, pear and baked apple. Another wine to try: If you're really looking to splurge, then the Non-Vintage Krug Grande Cuvée from Reims, France ($175) is your champagne.
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 11:29am
The Non-vintage Domaine Chandon Brut Classic Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley ($20) is a great way to kick off the evening. The tight, medium-sized bubbles carry bright flavors of apples, pears and nectarines over the entire palate. The 2008 Luna Pinot Grigio from Napa County ($15) can carry the weight of the turkey and hold up to some of the more flavorful side dishes. It has aromas of nectarine, grapefruit and peach and flavors of tropical fruit. Another great wine to pair with turkey is the 2009 Adelsheim Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley of Oregon ($15). It has scents of tropical fruit and citrus and flavors of green apples, pear and guava. If you're looking for a versatile red wine, try the 2008 Maison Louis Jadot Côte de Nuits-Villages Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France ($22). It has a bouquet of ripe cherries and flavors of strawberry and red plum.
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 11:28am
The 2007 Kingston Family 'Alazan' Pinot Noir from the Casablanca Valley ($30) features a bouquet of mushroom and forest floor with flavors of plum and dark cherry. The 2008 Los Vascos 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon ($14) has flavors of blackberry jam, ripe black plums, dark cherries and tobacco with notes of vanilla and licorice. The 2007 Santa Carolina 'Herencia' Carménère ($15) is often referred to a merlot, but Chile has adopted this French red varietal as its national grape. This version has flavors of plum, cherry, tobacco with hints of vanilla and espresso. The 2006 Maquis 'Lien' Red Wine ($18) is made from a blend of syrah, carménère, cabernet franc, petite verdot and merlot and has flavors of dark plum, blackberry, blueberry cobbler and pepper. Another wine to try: The 2008 Tabali 'Reserve' Syrah ($16)