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.
Sauvignon Blanc has quickly become the signature grape of Chile. Crisp and refreshing, a good Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is something to be treasured. The Camartina is one of the best Sauvignon Blanc from Chile that we've had the fortune to taste. Made from perfect fruit that comes from an estate vineyard in the Colchagua Valley, the Camartina is extraordinary. Tropical fruit aromas abound immediately in this wine tempered by the slightest bit of herbaceousness and green chili. Refreshing and balance, these flavors intertwine nicely on the palate. A beautiful aperitif or an accompaniment for a light starter or seafood dish.
Pinot Grigio is one of the world's most popular white grapes. It has taken many homes in wine growing regions around the world and even has a few aliases such as Pinot Gris, Petite Gris, and many more. No matter what it may be named, it has the same characterisitic. It is fruity, crisp, clean, and dry. It pairs well with seafood dishes and is perfect for sipping as a cocktail wine on a sunny day. The Italians do Pinot Grigio right, with focus on the minerality to make sure that the fruit and minerality work together like components in a wrist watch.
After the stunning success of the earlier vintages of Carma Carménère, the vintners at Carma stepped it up yet again for this next vintage. The grapes used for the impressive 2013 Carma Carménère come from the winery’s estate vineyard in the sector of Palmilla, a region considered by many to be in “the center of gravity” when it comes to Chilean wine. The 10 year-old vines benefit from deep soils that are clay-like and sandy, are trained onto vertical shoot-positioned trellises, and cane pruned. The wine is a violet red color and the aroma is of fresh red fruit—raspberries and cherries—along with notes of herbs and toasted coffee beans. The aromas follow through on the palate with red fruits, spices and bittersweet chocolate. It is an elegant wine with juicy concentration and persistence.
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.
A rich, ripe flavorful Chardonnay from Sonoma County featuring a wonderfully round mouthfeel and a delightfully fruity palate with hints of butter and oak. Crisp enough to pair with crustaceans like shrimp and lobsters, the wine will really shine when put alongside a simple white fish dressed in butter and lemon.
Viognier may not be a staple in your cellar as the "go to" white wine, but for white wine lovers who desire fresh fruit flavors along side floral notes and a medium weighted but vibrant mouth feel, let me introduce you to Saddlehorn Cellars Viognier from California. A grape that is native to France, it produces amazingly delicious results with minimal effort. In California, Viognier is widely used as a blending grape but make no mistake, this variety is in a class all of its own. It's dry but with flavors of melon and peach, with hints of banana and vanilla, this is a wine that shines with so many food dishes that it's hard to name just one. Rest assured, that this wine is no slouch by itself and can be a cocktail party wine that everybody will enjoy.
If you haven't tried Chardonnay in a while, this is the one you have been waiting for. Don't be fooled by the label, Chocolate Box Chardonnay from Central Coast California is a well-balanced Chardonnay that will turn you into Chardonnay's biggest fan.
Certainly, when you think of Portuguese wine, the first thing that comes to mind is the signature port. Port is delicious but the layers of Portuguese winemaking are so much deeper than that. Albarrada is a new and exclusive winery that makes amazing wine that showcases local grapes. This red wine (or vinho tinto, in Portuguese) features a local grape, called Castelão. Native to the soils of Portugal, Castelão. It is unusual, finding a better home in the drier and harsher climate of Portugal than the normally more grape friendly soils of temperate climates. When well cared for, the wine that results is aromatic and fruit-forward with notes of red berries and slight hints of floral notes. This profile has made Castelão one of the most beloved grapes of Portugal and this Albarrada is a brilliant representation of the native grape.
Looking for a wine that is enjoyable anytime year round? Check out this Sauvignon Blanc with it's fresh citrus and melon combine to create a delicious versatile white wine.
This Cabernet Sauvignon from Colchagua Valley, Chile is a shining example of how Chilean winemakers are using modern techniques to produce high quality, great tasting Cabernet Sauvignon at an amazing value. Camartina is a produce to continue to watch in the future as its' modern practices and efforts in sustainability puts Camartina on our do not miss list.
Certainly, everyone recognizes that Riesling is a German grape. However, there can be absolutely no denying that the varietal has flourished in Washington State, becoming one of the signature grapes from the state. As one of the leading producers in the region, Hyatt Vineyards can showcase exactly what makes the Riesling of the area so superb. Instantly attractive, the nose is full of fruit, with peach and apricot taking the lead. These flavors continue on the palate, met by the hallmark stone-fruit notes of Riesling. These luscious flavors meet a perfect balance between acidity and sugar to ensure this wine, simply put, stuns. As with many great Rieslings, this wine can be paired beautifully with spicy Asian cuisine, soft cheeses or all by itself, as a great aperitif.
It’s dinner time and Thai food delivery is on its way. You’re really excited for some pad thai and spring rolls. Who wouldn’t be, right? Now it’s time to decide what to enjoy with dinner and an ordinary white wine just simply won’t do. Out of the corner of your eye a shiny blue bottle with a beautiful bird and flower grabs your attention. It’s Redbreast Riesling, an effervescent, slightly sweet, white wine dances with spicy foods such as Thai and Indian like the Argentine Tango. Flavors of peaches, tangerines, and melon along with a light and pleasing finish make this wine an absolute delight. After you’ve finished enjoying this delicious wine you can use the decorative bottle to put flowers in, creating a lasting memory of food and wine together.
If you love crisp refreshing white wines like Pinot Grigio, you need to try this wine. Made from a blend of some of Italy’s most beloved grapes including 70% Trebbiano Bianco, Val Di Botte Toscana Biano has everything you could want in a white wine. The color is pale, straw like. It has pleasant, fruity aromas with hints of fresh flowers. It is fresh and dry, with intense fruits flavors like green apples, melon, and lemon zest with a vibrant and refreshing finish. Toscana Bianco is perfect for fresh fish and seafood dishes.