Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 – Tasting with Svetlana

Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2015, Toscana, Italy $19.99

Color: pale yellow. Bouquet: very fruity, with notes of apricot, grapefruit,
flowers and spices typical of the Mediterranean scrub. Taste: full-bodied, with a lively acidity which gives freshness and persistency on the finish.

Food Pairings:  Ideal for accompanying fish dishes, seafood and vegetarian first courses.

Paraiso Estate Chardonnay 2015, Monterey, California $22.99

Aromas of peach, lemon-lime and green apple with flavors of toasted nuts, nectarine and apple. A full rich mouth feel with a long full-flavored finish.

Food Pairings: Poached Salmon in butter sauce, roasted chicken, pasta in creamy sauce, cheese based salads such Caesar or chicken salad.

Cantina La Vis Pinot Nero 2016, Trentino, Italy $16.99

Light ruby-red color, with flavors of cherry and ripe red fruits. Pronounced and soft tannins on the palate, with delicate undertones of black fruit and spice.

Food Pairings: grilled prawns, cream sauce, provolone, gruyere, and mild cheddar cheeses

Cycles Gladiator Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, California $15.99

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Syrah. Aromas of blackberry jam, cedar, with a hit of cardamom. Plum entry that opens up into a mouthful of black cherry Jolly Ranchers and other dark fruits. Tannins start gracefully enough and become dusty and pronounced towards the finish. There’s a considerable amount of lush, sweet fruits in the midpalate that carries well into the finish thanks to a thread of acidity.

Food Pairings: This is a classic steak wine. It has the depth of flavors to bring out the best in a ribeye while cutting through the fat. Also try pairing with polish sausages and a hearty pasta dish slathered in a tomato-based sauce.

Merriam Merlot 2014, Russian River Valley, CA $35.99

This Merlot has a beautiful garnet color and aromas of black cherry, plum and cedar. Very fruit forward with hints of blackberry and vanilla. An expansive palate with a long lingering finish of warm berry pie.

Food Pairings: Steak with blue cheese, Lamb burgers, roast chicken with thyme and onion.

Eagle Harbor Raptor, Red Bland 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington $59.99

A Bordeaux style red blend containing equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc enhanced by a small amount of Petit Verdot. Black raspberry, cassis, dark plum, graphite aromas with a hint of chocolate. Big, but not heavy with black fruit, moderately high tannins, and a satisfying long finish.

Food Pairings: Beef, pasta, veal and poultry