Just in case you are wondering where we have been…
Brandon and I are enjoying South Carolina until early next week! We will be back with some new wines and maybe a few reviews of some of the fantastic places we have visited in Charleston. Hope your weekend is filled with great wine, food, and friends!
Ballentine Vineyards is a family-run winery with roots in Napa Valley dating back to 1906. I received a bottle of their 2010 Petite Sirah in the mail a couple of weeks ago and was definitely surprised with the depth of flavor in each sip!
This Petite Sirah opens with enticing aromas of dark berries and spice. The palate has layers of rich flavors that aren’t too overburdened with alcohol. There are delicious notes of toffee, blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, and spice. A wine that should definitely be on the radar of any Petite Sirah lover! (B+, $28, 14.3% alcohol)
Brooks is a small winery in Amity, Oregon committed to organic and biodynamic farming practices. Last week, I uncorked a bottle of their 2011 Runaway Pinot Blanc and definitely knew it was a bottle I wanted to share with you guys!
This Pinot Blanc pours a pale, gold color in the glass. It opens with aromas of tart green apple, pear, and lime. It is crisp and tangy on the palate with tastes of citrus, peach, and a hint of nuttiness. The racing acidity and vibrant flavors are sure to awaken your taste buds! ($15, 11.3% alcohol)
My Wine Rating – B+
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with shellfish, sushi, or brie cheese.
There are lots of reasons to celebrate this time of year. Graduations, vacations, sunshine, beach days…the list goes on! I am always excited to find a great sparkling wine that is priced exceptionally well for summer celebrations. Albert Mann 2010 Cremant d’Alsace Brut definitely fits the bill!
This sparkler is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Auxerrois grown in the Alsace region of France. Made in the traditional Champagne method, it has 12.5% alcohol and retails for around $22.
This pale, gold wine has aromas citrus and pear with hints of fresh-baked bread. On the palate, there are delicate bubbles surrounded with fresh tastes of citrus, green apples, spice, and yeast. Vibrant acidity and a lot of value for your dollar! Perfect for any summer celebration!
My Wine Rating- B+
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with oysters, lobster, or sip as an aperitif.
Today, I am recommending a Petite Sirah I thankfully stumbled across a few weeks ago and is definitely worth sipping. Guglielmo is a winery established in 1925 in the Santa Clara Valley. Their 2008 Petite Sirah is estate grown and retails for around $25.
Guglielmo 2008 Petite Sirah
Take everything your taste buds know about Petite Sirah and toss it out the window! This wine is extremely balanced with 13.2% alcohol and healthy acidity. The nose is earthy with notes of dark fruit while the palate has bright flavors of plum, leather, and cedar with controlled tannins. The white pepper finish leaves a lasting impression. Something different and I like it!
My Wine Rating – B+
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with game meats, carne asada, or rack of lamb.
Last time we were in Sonoma, I called up a small, family run winery called Pasterick and tried to schedule a tasting appointment. Friends had told us the property (which includes wine caves) was beautiful and the wines were definitely worth tasting. Unfortunately, they were closed that week and we never got to check them out. So, needless to say, I was super excited when a bottle of their 2012 Estate Rosé of Syrah showed up at my door. It is 100% Syrah with 12% alcohol and comes in at $24 a bottle.
This Rosé is a beautiful, peach-hued copper color and has floral aromas with earthy undertones. The palate is full-bodied with bright acidity. The tastes of watermelon and white pepper that are both refreshing and expressive. Balanced, full of finesse, and perfect for a summer meal!
My Wine Rating – A-
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with grilled pork, seafood salad, or as an aperitif.
The second bottle of Rosé I want to feature this week comes from Gustafson. Gustafson is located in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County and this dry wine comes from their Picnic Ridge Block of vineyards. It is 100% sustainably farmed Syrah with 14.3% alcohol. This is the biggest and richest Rosé I will feature this week but it still light enough to enjoy on a warm, spring afternoon!
Gustafson 2012 Estate Rosé of Syrah pours a brilliant, strawberry color in the glass. It has bright aromas of cherry and strawberry. The palate has a bit of a rich mouthfeel with clean flavors of red berries, pomegranate, and melon. Easy sipping yet able to stand up to a variety of summer dishes! ($20)
My Wine Rating – B+
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with red curry, turkey burgers, or grilled salmon.