Not only is this terrific wine delicious as an aperitif, but its complexity and verve make it a great match with seafood, from shrimp and scallops to salmon and mackerel. Aromas of lime, pear, white flowers, green apple and honeydew melon lead to a crisp clean acidity with refreshing cucumber, kiwi, and apple flavors, finishing with a refreshing minerality.
A beautifully balanced wine that is delicate, soft and approachable yet refreshingly crisp. Fruit takes center stage in both aromas and flavors of meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and peach. Grapes for the Tied Knot Riesling come from one of the first vineyards planted to Riesling in California. This is a wine that pairs well with richly sauced seafood, poultry or fruited rice dishes.
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Straight from the Barossa Valley in Australia, comes this pale, green-tinged yellow wine with pungent lemon pith, nectarine and mineral aromas. Its refreshingly bitter citrus and pit fruit flavors (with a hint of ginger adding bite) lead to a dry, persistent finish. Kaesler is a privately owned wine company that produces estate grown wines from vineyards planted as early as 1893. This 2011 Old Vine Semillon is one of Australia’s true wine treasures.
This exquisite wine’s richness and full body will make a perfect choice to accompany strongly flavored, full-bodied dishes, particularly those that are braised, grilled or smoked. Blackberry, raspberry and smoky pepper flavors are nicely balanced with layers of spicy clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Fruit flavors are structured against nuances of spice, cedar and vanilla. The winery’s lean, rocky, hillside vineyard typically yields small crops of Zinfandel with intense flavors and aromas, and this is no exception.
A gem of a wine from Martellotto Wine Productions, and winery owner Greg Martellotto, who’s intention is to make remarkable wines of consequence, consistency, value, and varietal expression. This 2011 Chardonnay features aromas and flavors of baked apples and pears. A broadened mouthfeel and yummy minerality combine with layers of vanilla, toast, and nutmeg, making it a splendid choice with full-flavored seafood and shellfish, as well as many veal and pork entrées.
Here’s a delicious, sophisticated wine produced by a renowned Yountville vintner that pairs nicely with seafood, from shrimp and scallops to oily smoked fish like salmon and mackerel, as well as lighter flavored meats like pork and chicken. Distinct aromas of pear, Meyer lemon and honeysuckle, lead to delicate flavors of lime, white grapefruit, honeydew and baked apple.
This delightful Pinot Grigio is a beautiful pale gold in color boasting aromas of peach, lime and passion fruit and showcasing tangy, mouthwatering flavors of candied orange and guava. Here’s an opportunity to enjoy the renowned goodness of a fine wine made by a recognized Napa Valley winemaker using the exquisite fruit grown in the Carneros region of northern California, for an amazingly reasonable price.
A claret style Zinfandel with full, jammy flavors of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and wild berry flavors with a hint of black pepper and anise. A nice touch of acidity makes a clean, food friendly finish. Our expert wine panel enjoyed it from appetizers through to dessert and wished they had more.
After two solid days tasting Zinfandels at the annual ZAP festival in San Francisco (the largest gathering of Zinfandel winemakers and enthusiasts in the world), this wine captured our attention immediately – unpretentious, understated and easy drinking. Aromas focus on sweet berry and licorice. Delicate fruit flavors complement the aromas while gentle tannins permit the flavors to shine through a nicely structured texture.
This lovely wine opens with a very mild apple-like bouquet with a hint of lemon zest. Flavors feature a combination of pear and tangerine with a hint of honey, green melon, crisp apple and lime, a profile that makes it a delicious match for richer salads that include fish or meat, or a dish like seared tuna with mango salsa or lemon chutney.
Originally from Portugal, this white grape has been the foundation for many successful wines in the past. Whether it be from Spain, Portugal, or for this notable example, Australia, dynamic white wines of this caliber are a treat year round. Made by the masterminds behind Bondaree, this wine carries flavors of candied banana, apple, and lemon. The acidity is fresh but not too bright, making it a wine that can mingle well dishes like cedar plank salmon, roasted chicken and root vegetables, as well as bowl of creamy pasta.
This exquisite 2012 Fleurelle Pinot Blanc takes white wine lovers on delightful flavor journey. It’s flavors showcase apple and citrus, with a streak of distinctive minerality. It makes a wonderful aperitif, perfect with a buffet, or sipping while relaxing in the afternoon sunshine. Produced by renowned vintner Gustave Lorentz, a family making wine since 1836 in the heart of the French Alsace.
There is nothing more enjoyable than discovering a bold, rich Cabernet at a great value, and that’s exactly what you get with this sumptuous 2013 Pearce Vineyards wine. Medium-bodied and smooth in texture, it features delicious notes of black currant, black cherry, and plum. To be sipped on alongside full-flavored, elegant meat dishes like roasted prime rib or lamb chops.
Argentina has been producing wine for more than 400 years. The first grapes for wine were planted in 1544. There are 960 wineries in Argentina with over 600 located in Mendoza. Blended with Syrah, the 2013 Pico Malbec is deep red in color with violet flashes with intensely fruity aromas of cherries and blueberries leading to a palate of delicate tannins and sweetness, and a smoky, persistent finish.
Both Zinfandel and Merlot are popular grapes on their own and this combination with Syrah proves that the sum can be greater than its parts. Concentrated blackberry and cherry aromas are joined by notes of black currant, plum, spice and violet. Fruit forward flavors are accented with a touch of sweet tobacco and spice. A smooth texture and ripe tannins make this wine very food friendly.