Wine of The Week
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 11:27am
After 69 days trapped almost a half-mile below the earth's surface, I'd want a glass of white wine. Here are a few white wines to toast to the freedom of 33 lucky men. Starting with the 2009 Cousino-Macul Sauvignon Gris ($15), which has a fragrant nose of nectarine, acacia flowers and citrus fruits. The 2009 In Situ Chardonnay, Winemaker's Selection ($13), is a charming chardonnay that offers up aromas of green apple and nectarine and a whisper of vanilla. The 2009 Luis Felipe Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Family Selection ($9) offers flavors of apple and nectarine with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. The 2009 Lurton Hacienda Araucano Sauvignon Blanc Reserva ($13) has bright notes of peach, nectarine and gooseberry. Another wine to try: 2009 Cono Sur Riesling ($9; 2009 Cono Sur Vision Viognier ($13).
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 11:26am
If you're looking for a crisp white wine to face off with, try the 2009 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. For only $14, it has flavors of ripe gooseberry, passion fruit and crisp lime on the zippy finish. The 2008 d'Arenberg The Stump Jump - a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre from McLaren Vale may be one of the best red wine values - just $11 - coming out of Australia today. This front line of three muscular grapes possesses a huge nose full of blueberries and blackberries. The 2008 Tempra Tantrum by Bodegas Osborne, a Spanish wine made from a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, has juicy flavors of plum, blackberry and chocolate. It's $8 Another wine to try: The 2007 Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge ($11).
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 11:21am
It's a good bet that your guests will like the big floral nose of the 2009 Yangarra Roussanne from the McLaren Vale region of Australia ($21). It's got scents of bee's wax, melon and honey suckle and flavors of apricot and peach. If you're looking to up the ante, for $20 try the 2007 Peppoli Chianti Classico from Antinori. It has floral, red berry aromas with a hint of cocoa. It goes well with salami and cheese. For $30, the 2005 Dry Creek Vineyards Old Vines Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, California is a sure-fire way to raise the stakes. It's got notes of smoky vanilla, black fruit and pepper and flavors of black cherry, dark raspberry and cardamom. It pairs well with ribs or chili.
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 11:20am
The 2007 Yamhill Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir from Oregon ($15) is a slightly lighter-styled, yet delicious wine that is full of fresh, ripe red cherry and strawberry flavors. The 2008 Te Kairanga Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand ($20) has a mineral-rich nose with hints of strawberry and boysenberry and flavors of red berry fruit. A classic example of French pinot noir is the 2005 Champy Bourgogne Pinot Noir, from Burgundy, France ($25) It has flavors of fresh red berries and ripe red plum. The 2008 Martin Ray Winery Pinot Noir Reserve from the Russian River Valley ($30) has flavors of dark strawberry, ripe raspberry and black cherry with hints of baking spices and cocoa on the long finish.
Posted on: Tuesday 1/18/2011 10:22am
At $9, the 2007 Alta Corta from the Lisboa area is a great value for an everyday drinking red wine. Made from a blend of tinta roriz and caladoc, this wine has flavors of black cherry, dried fig and tart plums with subtle hints of vanilla. The 2008 Casa Santos Lima Quinta de Bons-Ventos ($9) is made from a blend of five different varietals and is full of ripe black and red fruit with pepper and spice notes. The 2007 Quinta do Carneiro Vinho Tinto ($12) is an easy-drinking, charming dry red wine full of bright red fruit flavors, including red cherries and ripe plums with hints of fresh blueberry. This is a versatile wine that would pair well with either spicier fare, such as lamb rogan josh, or supple cheeses. The 2007 Quinta de San Francisco Red ($12) is a blend of castelão (60 percent), aragonez (20 percent) and touriga nacional (20 percent) with rich, ripe dark fruit flavors and notes of toasty vanilla. The 2007 Grand'Arte Special Selection from Lisboa ($14) has vibrant flavors of jammy black fruit, cassis and violets and hints of clove and black pepper.
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Posted on: Friday 12/31/2010 12:26pm
The 2009 Clif Family "Climber" White wine ($14) from Napa Valley, California is fermented in stainless steel so that the pure fruit flavors of tropical fruit, citrus and melon shine on the palate and all the way through to the crisp, refreshing finish. For a wine made for Italian food, try the 2007 Lungarotti Rubesco, a $20 blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes from the Torgiano region. Rhone Valley wines can warm the soul on a cold night and brighten any occasion. The 2007 Font de Michelle Chateauneuf de Pape ($50) features a characteristic bouquet of dark cherry and ripe plums on the nose and rich, supple flavors of cassis, black plums and black licorice in the mouth. Few wines can thrill a wine lover or drive him or her to madness like French red Burgundy. The $80 2005 Patrice Rion Nuits Saint George is simply remarkable. From the subtle notes of strawberry preserves and bright cherry flavors up front to the hints of smoked ham and earthy cedar notes on the finish, this wine seduces the tongue. One of the wines that I always enjoy - usually on somebody else's tab - is the Joseph Phelps "Insignia" from Napa Valley. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is a veritable powerhouse that delivers concentrated aromas of lush black fruit, graphite and roasted coffee. Evidently, happiness in a bottle is only $200.
Posted on: Friday 12/17/2010 12:24pm
A fun wine that won't break the bank is the Non-Vintage Bruno Hunold Cremant d'Alsace from France. For $20, you get a wine with floral, lemon and brioche aromas and flavors of apple and nectarine. The 2009 Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz from the McLaren Vale region of South Australia ($22) has flavors of boysenberry, blueberry and smoky cherry with notes of peppery spices. The 2008 Murphy-Goode "Liar's Dice" Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California ($20) has ripe and juicy flavors of blackberry jam, black boysenberry and dark cherry and hints of clove. If you're looking for a gift to bring to a holiday party, try a bottle of Dow's Trademark Reserve Port from the Douro Valley of Portugal. At $20, it has flavors of black fruit, dark chocolate and toffee. Another wine to try: The 2007 Bodegas Muga Blanco from the Rioja region of Spain ($20).
Posted on: Friday 12/10/2010 11:03am
The 2008 Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran from, Burgundy, France ($20) has aromas of apple, buttered toast and pear with hints of lemon and lime and go great with latkes. The 2009 Veramonte Pinot Noir Reserva from the Casablanca Valley of Chile ($18) goes great with grilled salmon with its strawberry and cherry flavors with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. The 2005 Ben Hanna Winery Single Humped Merlot from the Judean Hills of Israel has a dusty, earthy nose with hints of cherry and strawberry and notes of blueberry and cinnamon.