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Folk Machine Central Coast Pinot
This earthy Pinot Noir is made by the Hobo Wine Co. in Santa Rosa, Calif., but its roots are All-American as part of a series of wines named to pay homage to folk singer Woody Guthrie. Folk Machine is made from a blend of grapes grown in Monterey and Potter Valley, on sustainable and biodynamic vineyards, and has a light color and undertones of cherry. It’s a great complement to hearty foods like stew, game birds, and casseroles.
Tegernseerhof ‘T26’ Gruner Veltliner Federspiel
Bichot, Crémant de Bourgogne, Rosé
(Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay) Crémant refers to French sparkling wine made outside of Champagne but made using the same method of Champagne, i.e., making still base wines, blending them, then bottling, adding the liqueur de tirage (a sweet solution used to induce a second fermentation once the wine is bottled), disgorging, then sending them out to enjoy. Crémant has lovely aromas and flavors that start with tart cranberries but move into wild strawberries, then on to a dry, crisp cranberry, orange zest and mineral finish. It is a lovely wine to enjoy as a start to your evening. This wine is equally comfortable at the end of the evening, perhaps with a fruit and chocolate tart
Colosi, Nero d’Avola, Sicilia
Always popular at tastings, the Colosi Nero d’Avola has rich, enticing aromas and flavors of plum, dark berries and an undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. For food pairings, think tomatoes, black olives, and pepper, or Braciole with polenta, Vegetarians could enjoy this with pasta puttanesca (for the salitness of the anchovies, substitute feta for the cheese) or a mushroom Bolognese.
Domaine de la Patience, Numeusa, Costieres di Nimes
A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre with aromas of redcurrants, smoky cured meats and an underlay of something warm like cinnamon. Patience refers to the wild herb (in the sorrel family) that appears throughout the vineyards that are organically farmed. It would be a welcome companion with anything made with sausage, particularly a sausage like sopressata, duck, Chicken Cordon Bleu, salmon—especially with fennel or with a herb-pomegranate rub, or something comforting like cassoulet. Vegetarians could enjoy this with a pumpkin and kale pasta, lentil loaf with perhaps a slightly sweet barbeque glaze or pecan-crusted smoky tofu.
ReNacer, Enamore, Mendoza, 2011
Enamore is a joint project with Amarone producer, Allegrini, who brought their experience of making wine from dried grapes to ReNacer. A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda and Cabernet Franc grapes, dried to concentrate flavors, then given a long fermentation to increase extraction of color and flavors. A play on the word Amarone, Enamore means to fall in love.