– Contributed by Robert Stelmachuk, Sommelier, Chambar Restaurant
Helping you spend lots of money on wine is one of the easiest things I can do. But where’s the fun in that? Challenge me. Make me work for it. One of the things I love is making wine approachable and, more importantly, accessible to everyone. True, it’s important how a wine tastes. But what about how a wine makes you feel?
With this list, take the road less traveled. Offer your senses an adventure. Whether you need a bottle for a dinner party or simply to ease away your day, keep this list close in hand next time you’re shopping for wine. You’ll be glad you did.
Imagine waking up in a garden of Spring flowers with a Honeysuckle pillow caressing you. Immediate, ear to ear smiles. Rose petals and Lychee nuts galore. Dry.
This is like getting a Peach and Apricot pie to the face. Busting with fresh, expressive white flowers. Sublime.
Electric Boogaloo juice. Explodes with vibrant acidity, bay leaf, fresh Pineapple and Granny Smith apple skins.
If sunshine had a flavor, this would be it. Bright, peach stones, lemon verbena, Crenshaw melon. Silky and ultra sexy!
Chenin is the Four Wheel Drive of whites. It goes everywhere and does everything. Pears, lime sorbet, flint, minerals and bracing acidity.
Sweet cherry pipe tobacco. Savory, warm, versatile. Like a Pinot Noir with a Superman cape. A must have in your arsenal.
Like kissing an old Rockette. Worn & leathery yet oddly sexy. Dry tannins covered in dark berry fruit.
Zinfandel via Italy. Leather, spice, stewed red berry. Savory. A wine that wraps around you with a hug.
Blueberry fruit bomb with melted cherry nibs and chocolate. Bonarda is like an amped-up version of merlot.
Elegant espresso and cherry mix with roasted earth and chocolate shavings. Uncomplicated. In the good way.