The crafting of a good barrel fermented Chardonnay is a balancing act of two separate events that when come together in a harmonious balance create a special style of Chardonnay. If planned perfectly and executed properly, the result can be fantastic. The initial fermentation of turning the juice into wine and then the secondary fermentation known as Malolactic fermentation gives the wine its creamy layered mouthfeel. Tipping point is a great example of a Chardonnay that is full-bodied offering woven flavors of green apples and pear, with hints of vanilla cream and oak, all in sync, creating a perfect sipping experience.
Washington State is the definitive source for amazing Riesling in the United States and this Riesling based white blend from Cameron Hughes Winery is no exception. It’s blend of crisp acidity and sweet fruit make it a delightful summertime sipper. Uplifting nose of apricot, banana, and lemon custard take lead in the flavor. Tastes sweet on the front end but finishes much drier with a balanced and juicy texture. A true delight and real crowd pleaser.
Maule Valley in Central Chile possesses some of the country’s oldest vineyards. So it is safe to say that this region in ingrained with winemaking traditional and experience with red wines being held in the highest regard. Currently undergoing a winemaking renaissance, we are seeing wines of increasing quality and that are stylistically innovative. Qapay Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with concentrated dark berry flavors with an herbaceous vibe. If you haven’t explored much with the regions of Chile and are looking for a exciting new wine to try, you should start here with this Reserve level Cabernet from Qapay.
Cavas are absolutely sensational and truly an amazing value for sparkling wine. The Fincalegre Cava was produced by Bodegas Luis Alegre with the goal of providing a luxurious bubbly with an approachable price. The Cava Brut is the flagship wine of this effort. Made with the local Spanish grapes of Macabeo (40%, also known as Viura) and Xarel-lo (40%) as well as 20% of Chardonnay, the product for this wine is picked by hand to ensure the highest quality. The winemakers of Bodegas Luis Alegre are perfectionists and they control the winemaking process from vine to glass. This control enables them to ensure that everything is as they like it. This includes the natural aromas of the varietals (green apple and citrus) to be present on the nose. The technique used in making this wine enables the complex flavors of a great sparkling wine to be added to the fresh fruit flavors. Perfect as an aperitif, it can also pair with food like sushi or spicy Mexican and Asian dishes. Stunning sparkler and an affordable price.
On the western edge of Central Italy sits Tuscany, wine region drowning in wine making history. With its rolling hills, towering Italian Cypress Trees and reputation for world renowned wine, we look forward to trying as many wines as possible from this area. Why? Honestly, these wines have bright fruit flavors, medium body weights and a pleasant finish that goes with so many foods and can be enjoyed in almost any circumstance. Val Di Botte Toscana Rosso has up front flavors of raspberry and strawberry with hints of roasted pepper and fresh herbs like thyme. The finish is light to medium and high but smooth tannin structure. We recommend you open and let it breathe before consuming. Enjoy with margherita pizza with fennel sausage or a pasta dish like Spaghetti Bolognese.
For a beautiful summer’s day, nothing is more enjoyable when it comes to sipping wine than a glass of refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from California. Our newest find, 2013 Pepi Sauvignon Blanc happens to come from one of our favorite innovative California producers, Pepi, who sources grapes from the cool climate Clarksburg and Lake County growing regions to produce this light and refreshing white wine. This Sauvignon Blanc has notes of vibrant grapefruit and zesty citrus, accompanied by slight green flavors to round it the refreshingly crisp mouthfeel. It compliments a cocktail party or light fare dinner. Pepi has back to back vintages of award winning wines and we are confident that the 2013 will surpass expectations and become a crowd-pleasing favorite white wine.
Hailing from the cooler climate Basque region of Alava, this is the epitome of a refreshing summer white. Old-vine Viura (80%) meets Sauvignon Blanc that gave us the perfect blend for the Kepe Blanco. The result is a fresh tasting white wine full of tropical fruit notes and flavors like gooseberry and melon with a rich mouthfeel and a long leisurely finish to truly linger and make this wine absolutely perfect. It will make a beautiful pair for seafood, tapas or vegetarian cuisine. Simply fantastico!
Some sparkling wines are perfect as an aperitif and some are perfect with dessert. This unique wine happens to be both. Produced in Piedmont, the same region that produces coveted truffles and sought after cheeses and meats. This moscato-based sparkling wine carries a D.O.C.G rating, the highest level of wine certification from the Italian National Government, ensuring that this wine is of the utmost top-tier quality.
A light and distinctive sparkling wine is that is perfect for pairing with sponge cake, soufflés, fruit salads, and strudels, among the many other tasty treats we enjoy. It’s delicate, floral, and fruity nature is perfect for anyone to enjoy anytime.
A blend of native grapes to the country of Portugal, Anta De Serra is for red wine lovers who love lush bold fruit with a full mouth feel while retaining the characteristics of the terrior. What you get is deep colored wine with full robust flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and cherry, paired perfectly with firm tannins and a soft but full mouth feel. More and more, we are finding that Portuguese wines are becoming a hit of the party as they evolve into producing wines of world-wide fan fare. More recently in fact, Wine Spectator's number one wine of 2014 was in fact, from Portugual.
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.
Carménère is the predominant grape of Chile. It flourishes widely in the many micro climates with in this narrow country. Hot days in the valley and cool nights puled in from the pacific ocean ensure these grapes ripen steady to ensure balanced flavors. Yapa Carménère displays a violet red color and the aromas 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. So no matter which side of the country you live, whether it be coastal or inland, you can find joy in this fun and flexible wine from Chile. Serve this wine with a zesty pork dish, or a hearty tomato seafood stew.
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.
Just seeing the word Alba makes us excited. Known as the gourmet capital of Italy, many things come from Alba that bring us tremendous joy. White truffles, savory cheeses, homemade pastas, and roasted meats make our mouths water and the exquisite wines to go with it all. From Alba, we turn to Dolcetto to enjoy for a nightly meal. Known as the “Shy” Italian, it drinks in one way, simply to be enjoyed. It is not like its sister variety, Nebbiolo, which is far too complex and requires too much thought and attention. Here, you can enjoy wines from Alba, especially Dolcetto, for what it is, a great wine to enjoy, now. What to expect from Dolcetto? It simply drinks beautifully when paired with anything with tomatoes. Even though Dolcetto means ‘little sweet one’: this wine is dry and definitely not little. Flavors of blackberry and boysenberry flow through its velvety mouthfeel with a firm finish.
Chilean Chardonnays are different from the ones produced in California. Most chardonnays from Chile have a far closer zesty style than the creamy, silky style of their California counterparts. This is due to the grapes being picked earlier, capturing the green essence of the world’s most popular white wine varietal. Big Cirrus flaunts green apple and citrus zest flavors in a slightly vibrant but full mouth feel. The finish is clean and smooth, with a short linger on the palate. If you prefer Chardonnays of a crisper nature, then Big Cirrus Single Estate is your next white wine to try.