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.
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.
The Spanish name Teresita translates to “late summer,” the beginning of the grape harvest in California. The wine’s ruby red color hints at flavors of ripe cherry and blackberry fruit balanced by hints of spice and licorice that carry through to its memorably smooth finish. Beef, lamb and pork will work well with this food-friendly choice, as the ripe berry flavors taste great alongside well-seared meats.
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.
Valle Secreto’s vineyards are located in the high altitudes of the Cachapoal Valley, with unique climatic characteristics, where the wind and temperature variation between day and night give the wines a delicate tannin and fine aromas. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is cherry red in color, brilliant and attractive to the eye. Toasted aromas lead to fruit flavors behind the oak, showcasing the rich tastes of black plum, dried figs and cassis jam.
Golden yellow in color, this dry Argentine Moscato features rich, elegant aromas of dried apricot, honey and papaya. The first sip reveals a wine with a nice acidity, great balance and a refreshing edge as well as a long, intense and velvety finish that allows it to pair perfectly with vegetables of the season, melon, smoked fishes, and white meats.
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.
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.
Nestled away in the stunning Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy, not far from the country’s border with Austria, the Luisi Winery creates its own brand of magic from its lush vineyards. This very special Italian beauty showcases flavors of ripe apples and grapefruit with a delightfully crisp finish.
Here’s a real winner. Viognier is the product of a white wine grape originally grown in Rhône River Valley of France as early as 281 AD. Like many Muscat and Riesling wines, Viognier is characteristically aromatic. One of our favorite Central Coast wineries, Saddlehorn Cellars, produced this delicious 2011 Della Flora from fruit grown in its heritage vineyards. It features aromas and flavors of floral, peach, apricot, pear, and melon.
On the palate, this lush and textured wine expresses dense dark-berry flavors, spice and espresso, with well-developed acidity and a lingering finish. A great match to red meat.
The 2011 La Maison Bordeaux Blend is the perfect wine to serve as an apéritif with gourmet cheeses or with lovely beef stews. You might even find it to be the perfect fit with dark chocolate.