Tuesday November 26, 2013
There is just something about Domaine Carneros' Brut Rosé that elevates an event, a dish, or a conversation. It's not just the bubbles (though they certainly add their fare share of merriment), but it goes beyond the bubbles - the symbiotic symmetry of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, promising a yin-yang-like collaboration of fruit and flowers, the leaner lines of Pinot Noir mix effortlessly with the fuller profiles of Chardonnay, an ambitious interplay of raspberries and strawberries swim in a swirl of toasty vanilla and finishes with definition and enduring balance.
An easy, albeit elegant pairing partner, this particular brut rosé has the acidity and palate profile to welcome a surprising assortment of recipes with infinite versatility. Perfect for holiday pairings from appetizers to berry-based desserts!
Thursday November 21, 2013
With so many solid, international wine options gracing wine shop shelves these days, picking a wine for dinner can be a daunting task. Should you gamble on the witty shelf-talker, or be sold by impressive ratings and high-scoring points, opt for clever labels, amusing names, or just close your eyes and run through a quick game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe?
The wine picking pressure mounts, when said dinner just happens to be the ever annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Gatherings of family, friends, and an almost epic collection of trendy to traditional Thanksgiving Day recipes can meld into a single, high-stakes wine buying occasion. Which wines work well with a variety of Turkey Day dishes? Reds, whites, and sparkling wines can all stake a confident claim at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. Curious to snag some tried and true Thanksgiving Day wine finds? Then take a quick peek at out our recently updated Top Pick Wines for Thanksgiving guide.
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Thursday November 21, 2013
Filled with abundant fruit and lavish flowers, the innate fresh-factor found in this Washington State Chenin Blanc entices with an impressive range of aromatics. The palate profile yields sweet melon, and a tangle of citrus and pear perched on a clean, crisp foundation.
Expect remarkable balance and unexpected elegance from this exotic, medium-bodied ensemble that speaks well beyond the friendly price point. The L'Ecole 41 Chenin Blanc, from the Columbia Valley, is well-positioned to welcome a range of recipes including Asian themes, assorted seafood and salads with a twist of lemon.
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Just two weeks until Thanksgiving and recipe rituals, tasty traditions, and the search for new designer dishes begins. While the turkey tends to be front and center on Thanksgiving Day, there are plenty of tastes, textures, and treats that surround the bird.
In terms of which wine partners up well with each aspect of the traditional and more modern turkey day foodie trends, there are several wine varietals that promise a solid showing in the food-friendly categories of acidity, plush palate appeal and overall pairing versatility. Discover the best wine bets for Thanksgiving food and wine pairings here.
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