On this Holiday weekend wine takes center stage so I've put together a lineup of four outstanding "share and pair" bottles for you to taste. Rob J will be on the keyboard providing musical entertainment.
Kick off your celebrations in style with my first pour, a "Vilarnau Reseva Cava, Gaudi Edition" Cava that’s a true and tested crowd pleaser. Packaged in an eye-catching bottle, this dry, crisp Spanish bubbly offers aromas of apple, light spice and a lovely lemony finish. Spot on with brunch, dinner or just for a toast to happiness!
Next is a “Chamisal unoaked Chardonnay” from California's Central Coast. This white displays zesty aromas of just-cut apple, lemon-lime soda and a stony quality. Fresh and crisp on the palate, it finishes with kiwi and sea-salt flavors. A great white to pair with casseroles, chicken and fish!
My first red is a "Calista Coast Range" Pinot Noir that's a heavenly match with many Easter favorites. The Calista is a medium-bodied, bright Pinot with aromas of dried cherry, rose petals, and roasted coffee. Cranberry and rhubarb splash the palate to a long, black fruit finish. 89 points - delicious!
My last pour is a superb “South African Tokara Shiraz” (Stellenbosch). This savory red displays notes of blueberries, mulberries, hints of red berry and Chinese Five-Spice. Full-bodied, the Tokara has chalky dry tannins and a white pepper finish. Pairs beautifully with pork tenderloin, roasted poultry and meat dishes. Highly recommended!