A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Merlot; The Federalist Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel marries intense raspberry and black pepper with vanilla, a touch of clove spice and rich caramel. The rich, ripe flavor of Zinfandel followed by the caramel flavor of bourbon is a wonderful pairing, but beware, the a.p.v. is a substantial 15.5 %.
Stuck in the “what wine should we have for Easter” conundrum? How about a Rosé? Rosé wines are remarkably versatile because they fall in between the extremes of red and white — less intense than a big, tannic red but with more depth and character than a light white. And don’t let the pink color fool you – Rosés are NOT sweet. Choose one from the Provence area of France and they are particularly dry with nice minerality. A little chill makes them perfect warm weather sippers and they pair well with most items on your Easter Dinner menu.
Kathleen’s Pick / Food Paring – Sauvignon Blanc
Attention Sauvignon Blanc drinkers: it’s time to leave New Zealand and move to France! Last night I made lemon orzo with shrimp and kale. It was outstanding (some nights are better than others for us home chefs)! I paired it with Thomas Barton Graves Blanc. Graves Blanc is a White Bordeaux, but what you might not know is that White Bordeaux is usually made up of a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Semillon is a lush, medium bodied grape that adds a wonderful apple honey flavor to the already citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. The body of the Semillon also helps it stand up the bold flavor of the garlic (yes, my lemon orzo was also riddled with garlic). The combination was delightful – crisp, lush, lemony, garlicky – everything you want for a delicious summer meal. The pairing is definitely a “keeper” and will certainly make a few more appearances on my patio dinner table this summer. White Bordeaux is actually a great pairing with most grilled fish and pasta dishes – so give it a try and see what you think!
Who cares if it’s snowing outside when you’ve got these beauties to keep you warm inside? Deep, dark, and delicious fruit coupled with toasty oak is the perfect way to keep the cold away. So curl up in front of the fire with any one of these hardy reds and stay warm and cozy all night. Cheers!
Woodwork wines are a line of wine offered to you from Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines. As the name suggests, Woodwork is showcasing three wine varietals – Cabernet, Chardonna, and Pinot Noir with significant oak. We tried the line and loved all three wines (which is remarkable for me because I am not usually not a huge oak fan). It’s all about balance, and clearly Woodwork has mastered the balance of oak and fruit in this series of well craft wines.
Just as the leaves are about to change color – Bogle’s Phantom wine has changed its blend for this year’s vintage. 46 percent Petite Sirah, 40 percent zinfandel, 11 percent Cabernet, and 3 percent Mourvedre creates a delightful blend of red wine that is well structured with flavors of dark cherry, raspberry, and vanilla. Buy yours now, because just like the beautiful foliage, Phantom disappears quickly.
Newton Red Label Chardonnay
This wine is what the Newton Winery refers to as their “everyday luxury” wine. It is medium boiled with rich toasty flavor. The lingering, textured finish is exactly what you would expect from a wine of this caliber. We are offering this delicious wine right now for only $21.99 a bottle – so if you have not tasted Newton Red Label Chardonnay at a great price – here is your opportunity.
Domaine Du Pegau
Attention Wine Collectors: 2006 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape
Recognized as one of the top estates in Chateauneuf, its wine is considered among the world’s greatest. We have just acquired two bottles of the 2006 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape and are thrilled to be able to offer them to you. Whether you are looking to drink an extraordinary bottle right now – or cellaring to enjoy years from now – this wine makes a fantastic addition to any wine cellar. Don’t just take our word for it – look at the ratings this wine has received. The Wine Advocate gave it 94 points, Wine Spectator gave it 93 points, and Wine Enthusiast gave it 91 points. If you are serious about your wine cellar you should seriously consider adding this beauty.
Are you familiar with Tempranillo? The primary red grape grown in Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions, tempranillo is a medium to full bodied wine. Dry with medium tannins, it has wonderful earthy, leathery aromas with herbaceous, light fruit flavors. Barrel aged for six months or more gives it that nice brick red color. It’s easy drinking on its own or pair it with food such as hard cheeses or grilled meats and vegetables. It really is a great varietal worth looking into.
Choosing wine for Easter got you stumped? Let us help with a simple run down!
Keep it simple! Crisp, lush, and fruity is the way to go. Step outside your comfort zone and try a nice Vouvray, Riesling, or Moscato. Yes, they are more fruity than you might choose on a daily basis, but the lush fruit pairs well with appetizers and most of your side dishes.
Just like whites, simplicity is the key here. Low tannin wine like Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, and Syrah will make a great addition to your table without overpowering the meal.
We have plenty of wine on hand so stop in and visit us. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help you. Have a safe and happy Easter!