This is our first tasting of the fall and I’ve put together a great lineup of autumn wines for you to sample. My white selections offer slightly richer textures than the bright, zippy summer whites we’ve been drinking. For reds, my picks are smooth, fruity, spicy and just complex enough to transition into a new season. Van Isaacson and Celia Rose will be providing musical entertainment.
My first pour in this lineup is a RUZA white Zinfandel from Lodi Valley, California. The goal of the winemakers behind this new wine is to bring "real white zin" back to America's tables. White Zinfandel has for years been perceived as an overwhelmingly sweet, syrupy wine of low quality. In this tasting I have decided to defy that notion and pour an outstanding, fruity, balanced white zin that will surprise you. The RUZA is a perfect example of the direction in which the "new white Zins" are going in the US market. Pairs with spicy dishes from most cuisines.
Next we'll shift gears and pour a 2014 "Simmonet-Febvre" from the iconic Chablis wine region in Burgundy, France. Chablis is a Chardonnay making wine region and its wines are frequently described as dry and lean, with citrus and pear flavors and a tingly finish high in acidity and minerality. Chablis pair well with chicken, fish, clams, scallops and dishes with creamy sauces.
My first red in this lineup is a "V" Petit Syrah from Vinum Cellars, a small California winery known for producing wines of the highest quality. The grapes from this Clarksburg vineyard yield an uber concentrated, ripe wine with blueberry and boysenberry notes, all tied in by a lovely vanilla wrapping. The V is very approachable and extremely food friendly, and pairs well with most comfort fall dishes. An excellent value for a delicious wine - I look forward to your take on this one!
We'll wrap the lineup with a very special treat: a 2014 "Twenty Rows" Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California. I tasted this wine two weeks ago and immediately decided to bring it in for my customers to taste. The twenty Rows is full of dark cherry and currant flavors, with aromas of cedar, coffee and vanilla beans. Perfect on its own or with steaks, burgers, grilled chicken, and more. If you are ever in downtown Napa check out their tasting room – great wines!
See you all on Friday!