Wine of The Week
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)
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.