2008 DeRose Vineyards Viognier Cienega Valley – CA USA
This fruity and full-bodied Zinfandel is dark in color from extending the fermentation of highly ripened fruit. Enjoy its intense berry flavors through a silky, lingering finish.
2009 Franciscan Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA USA
The wine is full bodied yet elegantly structured with delicate mineral, honey, citrus and stone fruit characters from the Carneros lots, and classic pear and apple notes from the South Napa vineyards. The aromas are seamless; a benefit of fermentation and aging in oak barrels.
This crowd pleaser is just the kind of wine you might want to serve at your summer party. This almost clear wine opens with a light lime like bouquet with notes of wet stone. On the palate, this light bodied wine is balanced and shows lots of minerality along with its light lime flavors. The finish is dry and lingers slightly. This is also a very food friendly wine that would pair nicely with sole or halibut and maybe even oysters. Enjoy this bargain.
2009 Condes de Albarei Albariño Salneval, Spain
Light straw in color, the nose of this Albarino is seductive with honey, pear and tropical fruit and a slight mineral component. It is racy and zesty with citrus and floral flavors in the mouth, yet is round and soft at the same time. It matches perfectly with fresh seafood and shellfish; is an ideal accompaniment to salty, spicy Asian cuisine; and is also great on its own as a cocktail wine. Truly adventurous food lovers will amaze and inspire their friends by serving it with the unlikely, but fantastic pairing of traditional barbequed ribs with a sweet, slightly spicy tomato based sauce.
Pinot Grigio is one of the world’s most popular wines. Also known under the French moniker “Pinot Gris”, and even the German “Ruländer” among others, Pinot Grigio is a chameleon of a grape. It is produced in a range of styles, from the light fruity Italian style that has gained popularity, to a more mineral, flinty rich wine favored by the French – particularly in Alsace – and emulated by many in the new world.
Full of yeasty fruit and spice, it is a party wine and a terrific summertime tipple. Persistent bubbles, delicious light strawberry nose and crisp, clean finish make this one a perfect choice for your next sparkling wine.
2011 Korbel Champagne Cellars. France
Clean and bright on the nose with yeast scents paired with white orchard fruits. On the palate this is noticeably sweet with lots of fruit, pears, and spice tones. It’s very richly fruited and retains a youthful, green grape tone to the mid-palate and onto the moderately long finish.