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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Inside Tuscany, the winemaking industry has very strict laws about what grapes you can use within a region of Italy, including the amount, and blending composition. To most, this means nothing but to us, we know that when we select wines for our customers, we are ensuring a level that would be expected from wines from this region. But with this, it limits innovation and in the 1970s, winemakers were bursting through the boundaries of blending and were creating wines that would rival many and score extremely well among critics. So in the 1980s, “Super Tuscans” were taking the stage of what would become a wine making revolution in Tuscany. Sangiovese, the principal grape of Tuscany was being blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create truly dynamic wines. Bigger in color and flavor from normal Tuscan wines, this elegant and enthusiastic red wine has bold cherry and strawberry fruits mixed with plum and a hint of fig. It’s herbaceous, has hints of smoke, earth, tobacco, and is a delight to drink. Gather up some Italian food, good friends and enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
Viña Maipu has been making some intriguing wines over the last couple of vintages. More and more, the wines we taste from this Mendoza powerhouse have been impressive. From Alta Max to Sublimis, these Bordeaux varieties are being crafted carefully to rival the best. The 2012 vintage of Sublimis Limted Edition Malbec is an intense red wine with a deep red hue, prominent red fruit of raspberry, intense aromatics, silky layers with vanilla, and a kiss of oak. Sweet tannins at the end of the sipping experience round out a solid experience that will guide you to savor this Malbec to the last drop.
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.