Saturday, January 19th, 2019 – Tasting with Svetlana 

Familia Mayol Garnacha Blanca 2017, Mendoza, Argentina $19.99

Pale yellow color with bright tones. Very floral and fruity with a hint of citrus. White flowers with apple, melon and peach flavors are backed by mineral notes and crisp acidity.

Food Pairings: Appropriate for any kind of fish, shellfish, light pastas, chicken and medium soft cheeses.

Cantina La Vis Chardonnay Classico, Trentino, Italy $16.99

A young but complex wine, it possesses a distinctive elegance and freshness.  Pale yellow in color with traces of green, it has a pleasing bouquet and fruity notes of golden apple and pineapple.  The flavor is full and well balanced.

Food Pairings: Pasta,Shelfish, Mature and hard cheese, Lean fish, Cured Meat

Shannon Reserve Chardonnay 2016, Lake County, CA $27.99

Aromas of toasted marshmallows and caramel apples fill your senses. The palate is bright with green apple, sweet peach, lemon rind, and finishes with lush vanilla oak notes.  An enticing aroma of toasted oak meets spicy ripe peach and pear flavors in this full-bodied luxuriously creamy wine. It has vanilla, nutmeg and ginger notes and a mouth-coating texture that is also well supported by acidity. Oaky, yes; delicious and balanced, also yes.

Food Pairings:  Pair its beautifully ripened core fruits and oak accents with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs in a morel reduction sauce.

Stonestreet Chardonnay 2012, Estate Vineyards, Sonoma, CA $41.99

The 2012 Chardonnay, made from Dijon clones. It delivers a distinct mineral backbone alongside a strong citrus element. Tangerine and marmalade emerge first from the glass, opening to a palate that cascades through peach and ocean spray—all culminating in a finish with surprising grip and acidity. It should drink well for 4-6 years.

Food Pairings: Scallops in cream sauce, pasta carbonara, chicken risotto, baby artichoke and parmesan salad.

Ironside Pinot Noir 2016 Reserve, Monterey, CA $24.99

This jammy pinot is bold with cassis and dark cherry notes, drinking more like a cabernet than a pinot noir. Baking spice, chocolate, and licorice candy notes give it a distinctly California feeling.

Food Pairings: can be enjoyed on its own, or with a wide range of cuisine, particularly salmon, roast lamb, or salads with cheeses and nuts.

Jorge Ordoñez & Co. Rotunda Old Vines Garnacha 2013, Spain $13.99

Dark inky in color. Tight on the nose with blackberries, plums, cherries, and vanilla. Full bodied, fruit forward on the palate with plums, blackberries, blueberries, earth, vanilla, licorice, baking spice, tobacco, cinnamon, cherries and peppercorn.

Food Pairings: Pairs well with rice, pasta, (noodles, spaghetti, macaroni), vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses.

Barra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendocino, California $25.99

This Cabernet has plenty of dark cherry fruit complemented by complex notes of fennel, sage, and other herbs.  The tannins are firm but balanced, and aging for twelve months in French oak has made them smooth and round.  The wine finishes with intriguing hints of brambles and forest floor.

Food Pairings:  Grilled duck breast, braised short-ribs, porcini mushrooms

Owen Roe Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc 2015, Washington State $34.99

An uplifting nose is bursting with aromas of strawberry, green pepper, cocoa powder and spice. The palate is very soft and textural with dried fruit notes, subtle hints of oak and vanilla. The dried fruit notes linger with hints of baking spices, velvety mouthfeel and firm tannins. 

Food Pairings: Beef short ribs braised in red wine and herbs, Cassoulet, Moroccan lamb barbecue, and beef stew.

Burmester Ruby Port, Portugal $23.99

This is Burmester’s classic Ruby Port, rich in simmering spice notes (think cinnamon and nutmeg) dusted over sweet stewed plums.

Food Pairings:  Aperitive, nuts, cheeses(blue) and desserts