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.
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.
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.
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.
This excellent Portuguese red brings out the best in light meat dishes, such as pork, or flavorful, hard cheeses, such as Italian cow and sheep’s milk cheeses. Dark red in color, with crimson highlights and intense, mature red fruit aromas, the wine’s amazing flavors are nicely structured with a full-bodied elegance, and mature, round tannins, leading to a long, persistent finish.
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.
Benessere is Italian for ‘well-being’ and the Benish family named the winery to describe the feeling of life in the Napa Valley. Classic varietal aromas of Bing cherry, a hint of strawberry and fruit leather lead to flavors of piecrust, blackberry and vanilla with a touch of spice on the long finish. This hearty Sangiovese pairs wonderfully with traditional fare such as grilled steak or Portobello mushrooms.
From the highly rated Novato, California winery of Aussie-born Bruce & Kim Cunningham, this exquisite white wines from the Carneros region shows an amazing balance of acidity and structure while filling the palate with rich, developed fruit flavors. A great choice with mild, luxurious dishes based on shellfish, flaky white fish and poultry.
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”