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.
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.
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.
This enchanting Napa Valley red blend is dark and seemingly ominous in color. While on the palate, it bursts juicy red fruits with a slightly sweet and sensuous body with a hint of dark espresso chocolate. It's a good kind of hex.
The 2012 Reserve Chardonnay is a classic Chardonnay, full of expressive aromas and flavors. Scents of butter toffee and vanilla, followed by exotic notes of spice and melon, swirl in the glass leading to concentrated flavors of tropical fruit with hints of butterscotch, vanilla and ripe apple. Seafood, poultry and white meats make an ideal accompaniment.
Floral notes, not unlike acacia with a tinge of honey. Crisp with fresh apple flavors and a hint of lemon. Serve chilled. “veen-yuh-RAWN deh tehr seh-CREHT ki pree-SAY may-COHN vee-LAJ”
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.
Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s most widely planted varietal. One sip of this sumptuous wine will tell you why. Lovely and ripe, the nose shows fragrant aromas of peach, citrus and tropical fruit with gentle herbaceous notes. It has the brightness, breadth and acidity to pair with crab, lobster, oysters, and other shellfish as well as light, flaky fish and salads.
This classic blend is from Entre Deux Mers, a sub-region of Bordeaux best known for its dry white wines. This gem features a combination of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and a small amount of Muscadelle (which adds a flowery/spicy note) resulting in a bright, refreshing wine with notes of zesty citrus, spring meadow, almond, spice and a hint of vanilla. It nicely pairs with freshly shucked oysters with a squeeze of lemon; sashimi or pan-fried sole or trout; or even salads.
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.
Here is an excellent wine for any roasted meat, or on its own when sharing the company of good friends. The wine’s power and structured tannins are perfect for the typical cuisine of northern Spain, which is heavy on the meat, whether grilled, stewed or roasted. Agent for Change Wines is a portfolio of wines produced to create awareness and raise funds for worthy causes.
An exquisite Santa Barbara-style Chardonnay in which aromas of pear, apple and lemon blossoms aromas abound as one approaches the glass. Flavors of minerality, apricot and apple swirl and deliver a pleasing balance to the creamy oak and rich butter notes that round out the finish. Definitely a wine that will stand up nicely to oysters, steamed clams and mussels, as well as simple preparations of fish like sea bass or sole.
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.
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.