Mattia Barzaghi Rezet Vernaccia (Italy)
Lovely floral and citrus aromas complement undertones of stone fruits and fresh herbs. Flavors of lemon zest, sage, and minerality with hints of anise and almonds on the crisp finish. Food pairing: beautiful with seafood salad, grilled calamari, and cured meats
Paradou Grenache (France)
Deep ruby colored, with awesome notes of garrigue, pepper, kirsch and dark fruits, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a great finish. A perfect wine to pair with hearty falls dishes and versatile enough go with everything from chicken to a ribeye.
Lindemans Bin 40 Merlot (Australia)
Featuring aromas of blackberry and ripe plum with underlying spicy oak, this lovely Merlot is elegant and generous with flavors of dark red berry fruit supported by savory chocolatey spices and silky tannins. Try with pulled pork tacos, or with cheesy pesto pasta.
Casa Coller Spumante (Italy)
“Spumante” means “sparkling wine” in Italian. Spumante doesn’t identify sweetness level or type of grapes used. This example is dry, but delicately fruity. Straw yellow in color, there’s a soft perlage and an exuberant foam that leads to flavors of baked apple and quince. Perfect as an aperitif, but also good with a risotto with seafood, or as part of the weekend tradition known as the Mimosa.
Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell (Spain)
Displays a cornucopia of earthy, rich and spicy notes: licorice, dried fig, ripe plums, white pepper, thyme and blackberry compote. Well concentrated, weighty and generous enough to stand up to wild game, spicy sausages or beef short ribs.
Peirano Immortal Zin (California)
The deceptively subtle aromas of this wine combine red current, raspberries, red cherries, with earthy cedar marrying together to put your olfactory senses into a new dimension. In the mouth, the palate is wrapped in a mysterious, velvety layered mix of raspberry cordial, sweet mouth filling red fruit, blackberry and red current, leading to a lengthy rich mouth filling almost breathless finish.
Milbrandt Family Cabernet (Washington)
Brawny but with a surprisingly elegant streak, the Cabernet Sauvignon is plush and lavish with ripe black currant and black cherry and layered hints of savory dried herbs that seamlessly meld with the gentle tannins. And sure, this hefty red is a natural next to a steak but try it with a spicy sausage pizza or hearty ragout and pasta.
Casa Santos Lima LAB Red (Portugal)
The color is bright and ruby with hints of caramel and floral notes on the nose. The palate is bursting with tremendous juicy plum and dark fruit flavors. This is a spicy, smoky with well-integrated fine tannins that give a full shape to this wine and flavors of spice and licorice on the finish. This warm, hearty red calls for Dutch oven full of braised beef ribs and mashed potatoes.
Beringer Founders Chardonnay (California)
The perfect combination of apple, pear, and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of toast and a classical round mouthfeel. Pair with grilled chicken or fish, it can also stand up to a rich risotto with its ripe clean flavors and lingering finish
Les Petites Sardines Muscadet (France)
This is a seriously fun wine. The actual grape is Melon de Bourgogne, but the wine is known as Muscadet. The nose is dominated by the fresh aromas brought by the sea spray of the Atlantic, yet with some light floral notes. This wine delivers a boat load of fresh minerality, bright acidity, and finesse, with a slight pearliness that is pleasant on the palate. It’s ideal with winter PNW oysters, seared scallops, or a spicy, chickpea/veggie curry.
Alverdi Rosato (Italy)
The delicate pink hue of this lovely Rose’ is a harbinger to the intense floral aromas and graceful, almost ethereal flavors of rose petal, fresh guava, ripe strawberry and fennel that dance around the palate upon tasting. Crisp and classically bone-dry on the finish to pair with bright salads but enough fruit in the middle to handle lightly dressed pastas.
Viu Manent Reserva Malbec (Chile)
Intense floral aromas with an abundant fruity character, this juicy Malbec recalls ripe plums and pink peppercorns (think hints of soft spice). Medium-bodied, very flavorful and balanced. Ideal with pork ribs with a Montreal rub (believe me) and roasted root veggies.