Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wine of the Week - Domaine Le Roc Fronton ‘Le Classique’

This week's featured wine is a unique bottling from the little-known French appellation of Fronton. Natural winemaker Domine Le Roc brings the Southwest of France to the U.S with their 'Cuvée
Classique.' A Negrette-based blend, this rustic wine is fresh and spicy with dark fruit and herb notes.
A touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah provide structure and length.

Since the Middle Ages, Fronton, just north of Toulouse, has been the home of the Negrette grape variety, which is nearly exclusive to the area. The region encompasses 2,300 hectares of vines dominated by dry heat and rocky soils and the landscape is marked by hills and valleys, ranging from 300 to 600 ft above sea level. It is here that, since 1974, the Ribes family has been dedicated to producing wines with personality and character at Domaine Le Roc. Their insistence on strictly controlled yields, while being careful not to over-extract the fruit, and high vine density planting produces wines that release a wonderful perfume. They produce wine in a traditional, almost old-fashioned way that raises the bar for Fronton wines and deserves recognition.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Rich and Luscious Autumn Recipes

Photo Credit: Alexandra Rowley / Food & Wine
Autumn brings all things rich and luscious -- jewel-toned leaves falling from the trees, ripe fruits, sumptuous knits and slow-cooked suppers. If you’re in need of the perfect fall dinner for a cozy evening at home, look no further than Food & Wine’s line up of 24 Fall Favorites to Put in Rotation. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but this week we’re feeling the Butternut Squash Casserole with Leeks, Prosciutto and Thyme, a “luscious squash-studded bread pudding” that can stand up on its own as a main dish, or can be served alongside roasted meats.

You’ll of course need an equally rich and luscious wine to pair it with, which is why we’re opening up a bottle of the Pascal Laffourcade Clos des Quartes. This Chenin Blanc has notes of ripe apple and a rich texture, which mirrors the buttery caramelized vegetables in the bread pudding.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wine of the Week - Pascal Laffourcade Clos des Quarts

Now that the weather has finally turned towards fall, there's no reason to abandon white wine just yet. Our featured wine this week is ready to make the seasonal transition with you - and is a real rarity as well. The Pascal Laffourcade Clos des Quarts is a rare example of Chenin Blanc grown in Quarts de Chaume (traditionally a producer of dessert wine) that is fermented to dryness. This is a white with some serious structure and the ability to age. Roger Voss, writing for Wine Enthusiast, says of the 2015 vintage:
"This single-vineyard wine is impressively ripe and rich. It is maturing although nowhere near its peak. The ripe apple, mango and kiwifruits are matched by the intensity of the mineral texture. (09/2018)"


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lamothe Best Buy

Congratulations to Château Lamothe de Haux! Their 2018 Bordeaux Blanc has been named to Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100 Best Buys of 2019." This is the second year in a row that this wine has been included on this list.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Pumpkin is for Fall

Photo Credit: So Delicious
Fall has arrived and pumpkins are everywhere -- on our plates and in our cups -- whether it’s a pumpkin spice latte or a creamy pumpkin pie. Not just for the sweet tooth, pumpkin makes an excellent addition to stews and soups, just as you would use a butternut squash. This weekend we’ll be getting in the fall mood and making So Delicious’ Lamb and Pumpkin Stew, a cozy dish with warm spices and rich flavor.

We’ll be pairing it with Laurent Martray's Côte de Brouilly “Les Feuillées”, a full-bodied Gamay with notes of dark berries and allspice. Essentially fall in a bottle, this wine pairs beautifully with the warm spices in the lamb and pumpkin stew.

Jean-Louis Chave in Vinous and the Wine Spectator

Both Vinous and Wine Spectator have released bottle scores for the 2016 vintage of Domaine Jean-Louis Chave. With scores up to 98 points, this is a vintage to seek out. Also reviewed are Chave's Sélection wines, offering value in an often-pricey category.

The Chave family is based in a small village on the northern right bank of the Rhone. There have been Chaves growing vines on the famous Hermitage hill since 1481. Gerard Chave took over from his father in 1970 and rapidly achieved megastar status due to the extraordinary quality of his wines and has since passed on the winemaking responsibilities to his son Jean-Louis. The Chave’s methods for all their winemaking are traditional farming, super low yields, full ripeness, and minimal manipulation. Their unmatched meticulousness continues through five centuries to render venerable expressions of the purest of Rhône terroir.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wine of the Week - Laurent Martray Côte de Brouilly “Les Feuillées”

This week's featured wine is a Gamay that's also ageworthy. Laurent Martray's Côte de Brouilly “Les Feuillées” is no lightweight Beaujolais. This cru offering is complex and food friendly. Josh Raynolds, writing for Vinous, says of the 2015 vintage: “Brilliant magenta. Incisive, mineral-accented cherry and blackberry scents, along with suggestions of candied violet and allspice. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that spread out slowly and become sweeter as the wine opens up. The mineral note comes back strong on a very long, focused finish shaped by fine-grained tannins.”

Laurent Martray has been a winemaker based in Odenas since 1987. His vines are located on the hillside of Combiaty facing east and south-east, from which come the “Vieilles Vignes” and “Corentin” cuvées. More recently Martray has been using a plot of vines located on the famous Brouilly hill, also in Odenas, which is the “Les Feuillées” wine in the Côte de Brouilly appellation. The “Les Feuillées” cuvée, in the Côte de Brouilly appellation, is made from very old vines planted in 1916 on just over one hectare. The soil consists of porphyritic and diorite rocks with blue volcanic stone.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Autumn Transitional Foods

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Autumn is the ultimate transitional season, a time to create a serene and snug space as temperatures drop and we head into winter. Dinner preparation goes from seared on the grill to slowly cooked on the stove. Red wine becomes the staple, but there’s always a place for a good quality Chablis at the table. Enter Samuel Billaud’s Petit Chablis ‘Sur la Clos.’ Served with simply prepared roasted chicken and caramelized roasted fall vegetables, such as Lidey’s Thyme Roasted Chicken Breasts with Autumn Vegetables, you’ve got yourself autumn heaven on a plate.

The red apple notes complement the caramelized vegetables, and the acidity cuts through the richness of the skin on the chicken. Total autumn comfort with the simplicity of pure ingredients in both food and wine.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Wine of the Week - Samuel Billaud Petit Chablis 'Sur Le Clos'

One of the stealth values in Samuel Billaud’s lineup is his Petit Chablis ‘Sur la Clos.’ As its name indicates, it comes from four hectares he owns in a vineyard directly above the famed Grand Cru ‘Les Clos,’ with the only difference being that the Petit vineyard lays on Portlandian limestone instead of Kimmeridgian. In contrast, many other producers’ Petits generally come from vineyards that are more far-flung, while this particular wine truly comes from the heart of Chablis.

This wine regularly gets acclaim, drinking far above its AOP. Of the 2017 vintage, Neal Martin, writing for Vinous says:
"The 2017 Petit Chablis Sur La Clos, which was racked one time, has a very perfumed bouquet with crisp red apple and light lemon zest aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp, very good acidity here with a vivid finish with plenty of tension. Recommended."

Part of an esteemed Chablis family, Samuel Billaud struck out on his own in 2009 to found his eponymous domaine. He had previously been the winemaker at Domaine Billaud-Simon, which had been a shining light in the old school Chablis clubhouse of quality. Since the creation of his own label, Samuel has met with great success and moved into a new winery space in 2015 as well as purchasing four hectares of vines that had previously belonged to Domaine Billaud-Simon. The resulting range, from AC to Grand Cru, are layered wines rife with crunchy oyster shell and silex, and exhibit a range of flavor profiles from licorice to white peach to toasty baguette. This is top quality Chablis from a rising star producer – for white Burgundy lovers, these are not to be missed.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

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Our newest Sicilian producer, Filipinos Grasso, is being featured this week at A16! #filippograsso #mountetna #sicilianwine #blog #Repost @shelleylindgren with @get_repost ・・・ This Wednesday, September 25th @a16rockridge & Thursday, September 26th @a16sf , we are honored to be pouring 2 Etna producers -Filippo Grasso & Barone di Villagrande- both multi-generational winemaking families from Mt. Etna, Sicily along with @brittanycarlisi - visiting us from her home on Mt. Etna. We’ll be discussing the Eastern Slopes of Etna & the cru for Carricante in Milo with @baronedivillagrande - whose 10 generations of making wine in Etna & Salina are truly part of their heart & soul and show in their beautiful wines. Also, Filippo Grasso wines located in the Northern slopes of Etna. Their 6 hectares located between Etna Volcano & the Nebrodi Mountains, tell a story of 4 generations of Winemaking on Contrada Calderara at 650 meters. We’ll be pouring all these wines and pairing with some Sicilian-inspired dishes from a historical sense when Campania & Sicily we’re ‘the two Sicilies’.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Wine & Sushi

When considering what to drink with sushi, the first thought is usually sake -- a tried and true classic. But lately, we’ve been seeing some exciting wine selections (the grape kind) making their way onto sushi menus across town. One might think it’s tricky to pair wine and sushi, but as sushi is one of the more diverse types of food, the wine possibilities are boundless. Let’s start with a simple yellowtail roll.

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You’ll want a white wine with some acidity and zest -- enter the Antonella Corda Nuragus di Cagliari. Not to overpower the fish, it’s the perfect link to the starchy sweetness in the rice and the acidity in the sauce of your choice.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wine of the Week - Antonella Corda Nuragus di Cagliari

Italy is home to literally thousands of indigenous grapes and we're happy to feature a real rarity this week - the Antonella Corda Nuragus di Cagliari. This is an ancient grape variety native to the southern part of the island of Sardinia, thought to date back to the Phoenician era of 1550 BC to 300 BC. Light bodied and tending towards high natural acidity, this is a perfect aperitif wine or with raw seafood of all types - such as oysters, sashimi, and ceviche.

The story of Antonella Corda winery is deeply connected to that of its eponymous founder. She grew up among the vineyards in a family of winegrowers that stretches back over generations. Her mother gave her a love for the land and her father instilled in her a passion for the work of vinification. Antonella became an agronomist, graduating in Agricultural Sciences and Technology at the University of Sassari and founded her own winery in 2010. She took the reins in hand, transforming it into an ambitious and innovative project that honors its past. She has created a boutique winery capable of producing excellent Sardinian wines worthy of representing the region worldwide. A 40-hectare farm with 15 hectares of vineyard, 12 of olive trees, and the rest left open for crop rotation. Antonella Corda believes sustainable cultivation to be the best way for people to coexist with nature, so it can be passed down to the next generation intact. All of this means that organic fertilizers, integrated pest control actions, and sustainable irrigation systems are utilized in the vineyards.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shiverick Wines in the Wine Advocate

The Wine Advocate has released its most recent issue and several winemakers from the Shiverick Imports portfolio have gotten some great press. Samuel Billaud, Domaine Font du Vent and Max Ferd. Richter have all been featured, so be sure to click through for all the latest!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Apple Season

Perfectly crisp apples are starting to make their debut at the market, evoking images of classic warm apple pie and buttery apple turnovers. But, apples aren’t just for dessert – a savory spin on this autumn fruit favorite is just as delicious. Bon Appetit has a cozy list of savory apple recipes ideas that are sure to get you in the fall mood -- from Roast Pork Tenderloin and Apples with Mushroom Sauté to Cornbread with Caramelized Apples and Onions

Photo Credit: Gentl Hyers / Bon Appetit

Going with a savory apple option also invites the opportunity for a supple red wine with some spice. Enter the Montaribaldi Langhe Nebbiolo “Gambarin,” a silky red showing notes of red fruit and spice, a lovely accompaniment to the caramelized and warmly spiced apples in the tenderloin and cornbread.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Wine of the Week - Montaribaldi Langhe Nebbiolo "Gambarin"

Our featured wine this week is a perfect early-fall selection. While big Piedmontese wines such as Barbaresco and Barolo are perfect for the cold weather, Langhe Nebbiolo is a little more supple and ready to drink far earlier. For this time of year, we're highlighting the Montaribaldi Langhe Nebbiolo “Gambarin.” Nebbiolo is a late-ripening grape varietal that is generally harvested in September and early October. Once in the winery, grapes are destemmed, then fermented and aged in stainless steel. The wine is open and fruity, with red fruit and purple floral notes supported by spice and silky tannins.

In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe. He acquired vineyards throughout the Piedmont and his desire was to create a diverse array of holdings that could highlight the different soils, climatic conditions and traditional varietals of the Piedmont. In 1994, Pino’s son Luciano took over the reins and changed the name of the family business to Azienda Agricola Montaribaldi. The name Montaribaldi refers to the ancient Roman road that linked the winery to the different vineyards throughout the Piedmont, thus creating a philosophical and geographical umbrella that tie Luciano’s forward looking Domaine to the rich viticultural history of the region. The vision of the Montaribaldi reflects the mantra of “place over process” and the winemaking is done in such a way as to bring this to fruition.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Late Summer Ratatouille

You know it’s late summer once you start seeing ratatouille on the menu. The perfect way to make use of late summer produce -- eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper and tomato -- ratatouille is simple, delicious and transitions us beautifully into fall. It can be served solo or alongside your favorite protein, such as Garlic Herb Steak with Summer Ratatouille from Plated. 

Photo Credit: Plated

This dish calls for a flavorful red wine that mirrors the spice and depth of flavor found in the ratatouille. We suggest Herdade do Rocim’s Touriga Nacional, an indigenous varietal from the Alentejo region of Portugal. You’ll want this bottle around as we carry into fall and winter, as well.

Herdade do Rocim in the Wine Advocate and Food & Wine Magazine

Herdade do Rocim is in the press again, with their wines featured in both the Wine Advocate and Food & Wine. This producer of local grape varieties from the Alentejo region of Portugal continues to fire on all cylinders, with reviewer Mark Squires awarding up to 93 points to recent vintages. In Food & Wine, the Alicante Bouschet is featured as one of "15 Delicious Portuguese Wines to Try Now." We can't agree more. If you haven't discovered the wines of Rocim yet, now is a fantastic time to do so!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wine of the Week - Herdade do Rocim Touriga Nacional

This week's featured wine is the Touriga Nacional from Herdade do Rocim. As in nearly all of Portugal, the focus here is on indigenous grapes, so while you might not have heard of Touriga Nacional before, it is certainly a variety that's well worth getting to know. Its home is the Duoro Valley in Northern Portugal, where its primary purpose is as a blending grape for Port wines. However, savvy winemakers have realized Touriga's potential for dry red wines, like this delicious bottling hailing from the Alentejo region. This is a wine with great aging potential, with Roger Voss of the Wine Enthusiast awarding the 2017 vintage 90 points, saying:
"A dark, perfumed wine with ripe black currant flavors that are underlined by layers of tannins. This solid, fine wine is rich, still structured and needing time to broaden out."

Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim. Catarina Vieira has been in charge of the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina and Pedro have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building s new state of the art winery. They believe that Rocim has great potential for producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition and have created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Samuel Billaud in the Wine Advocate

The scores are in for Samuel Billaud's 2017 Chablis vintage in bottle - and the news is great! As Wine Advocate reviewer William Kelley puts it:
"These are bright, nervy expressions of Chablis with plenty of concentration and length...Producing classy wines of crystalline purity, this address already belongs on any list of Chablis's best, and the 2017s, revisited from bottle, are showing brilliantly. Billaud was one of several producers who observed that the vintage had tightened up with élevage, and all his 2017 offerings come warmly recommended."

Part of an esteemed Chablis family, Samuel Billaud struck out on his own in 2009 to found his eponymous domaine. He had previously been the winemaker at Domaine Billaud-Simon, which had been a shining light in the old school Chablis clubhouse of quality. Since the creation of his own label, Samuel has met with great success and moved into a new winery space in 2015 as well as purchasing four hectares of vines that had previously belonged to Domaine Billaud-Simon. The resulting range, from AC to Grand Cru, are layered wines rife with crunchy oyster shell and silex, and exhibit a range of flavor profiles from licorice to white peach to toasty baguette. This is top quality Chablis from a rising star producer – for white Burgundy lovers, these are not to be missed.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Labor Day Pairing

Photo Credit: The Food Network / Ina Garten

Labor Day has become synonymous with the end of summer -- a last hurrah of the season sipping cold drinks and grilling with friends and family. It’s also the peak season for tomatoes and a wonderful opportunity to make use of the vine-ripened fruits adorning farmers market stands. We love Ina Garten’s recipe for Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts, which can be served as a side dish alongside anything grilled, or cut into bite size pieces for appetizers.

In the spirit of celebrating the best summer has to offer, we can’t forget about rosé. These tomato and goat cheese tarts are heavenly with a bottle of Médeville Bordeaux Rosé. The sweetness of the tomatoes complement the rich fruit flavors in the wine, while the creamy goat cheese offsets the wine’s acidity in the glass.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wine of the Week - Medeville Bordeaux Rosé

Today's featured wine is the Médeville Bordeaux Rosé, a Cabernet-based blend from the southern part of the region. This is a refreshing rosé that also features a little more fruit and body. Médeville has recently reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability by producing in High Environmental Value (HEV) Level 3. This is a new step for them to protect the environment by identifying and promoting particularly environmentally friendly practices that cover four key areas: biodiversity conservation, plant protection strategy, managed fertiliser use, and water resource management.

Founded in 1826 by Jérôme Médeville, a barrel cooper from the Cadillac region of Acquitaine, Château Medéville has been crafting fine Bordeaux for seven generations. Currently run by Jean, Jacques, and Marc Medéville, it is located south of the city of Bordeaux and encompasses terroirs on both sides of the Garonne River. Jean Médeville et Fils has always taken a modern approach to the production of high quality value-driven Bordeaux with up-to date facilities and equipment. That said, they maintain elements of tradition during the winemaking process; the wines follow rigorous guidelines at every stage during viticulture and vinification.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Recipe Thursday: National Burger Day

It’s National Burger Day, so we’d be remiss not to share the ultimate burger pairing for this week’s Recipe Thursday. Right on cue, the grill is fired up and ready to go in anticipation of sinking our teeth into a delicious Classic Burger, recipe courtesy of Sunset Magazine. 

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We’re changing things up from the typical beer and burger pairing though, and instead reaching for a brilliant bottle of Martin Clerc's Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah. The hints of black pepper and sweet violets in the wine bring out the best in the beef, and the smokiness of the burgers matches the subtle smoky notes in the wine. For even extra flair, throw some sautéed mushrooms on the burger -- it’s a perfect match with the earthy flavors in the Syrah.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wine of the Week - Domaine Martin Clerc Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah

Our featured wine this week comes from the Collines Rhodaniennes, an area that sits at a slightly higher altitude than the neighboring vines of Côte-Rôtie. Since they're not part of the AOP, they provide excellent quality at an unbeatable value. Martin Clerc's Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah is like a mini Côte-Rôtie at a fraction of the price. So when you're craving Northern Rhône wine, this is an excellent bottle to pick up.

The estate was created in 1991 by Louis Clerc, Martin Clerc’s father. The first bottles are produced in the early 2000s. Born in Tupin-et-Semons, a small village just north of Condrieu, Louis Clerc always knew he wanted to work in wine. Finally in 1991, after much research and deliberation, he decided it was time, and he purchased hectarage in both the Condrieu and Côte Rôtie appellations. In 2000 Clerc entirely overhauled his facility, which sits right on the Rhône River in Chonas l’Amballan. He invested in totally modern equipment including inox cuves with temperature control. It was shortly thereafter that his wife Monique and son Martin began working with him and learning the trade with their own burgeoning passion. Unfortunately, Louis Clerc lost his life in 2007. However, Martin is 100% prepared to keep his father’s dream alive. After studying in Burgundy and several winemaking experiments in France and in the southern hemisphere, Martin Clerc has entirely taken over the family domain, and since 2013 has been responsible for winemaking.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Savoring Summer

Is anyone else having a hard time believing we’re already halfway through August? Pretty soon, we’ll be busting out the pumpkins, fall recipes and heartier reds. In the meantime, we’re savoring the warm days of summer by filling up our glasses with rosé and spending quality-time by the grill. For those busy weeks when time is flying by, but you still want a home-cooked meal, a Grilled Pork Chop with Roasted Rhubarb (Williams Sonoma) is the way to go. The sauce can be made in advance, so all that’s left is throwing the pork chops on the grill.

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And, of course, don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of rosé, such as Diwald’s Zweigelt Rosé, a dry pink wine with bright strawberry and raspberry notes to perfectly match the similar notes on the rhubarb. This rosé cuts right through the fattiness of the pork, as well.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Wine of the Week - Diwald Zweigelt Rosé

Our featured wine this week is the Diwald Zweigelt Rosé, an organic Austrian bottling that’s very dry, with bright strawberry and raspberry notes, and a savory herbal core. #roseallday #diwald #austrianwine #zweigelt #indigenousgrapes #certifiedorganic #drinkpink #blog

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Paula and Hans Diwald pioneered their winery’s conversion to completely organic viticulture during a time when chemicals and additives were prominent in winemaking. In 1980, the Diwalds converted their 4 hectare farm into a vineyard. After some trial and error with chemical fertilizers, the two made the decision to farm organically in order to improve the quality of their fruit. Today Martin Diwald leads the second generation of the family’s commitment to producing wine that reflects Wagram’s environment, resources, and land. Being an organic winery is central to their vision, believing that wine made this way will show authenticity and honesty. They take their status as pioneers of Austrian organic wine production seriously, believing that being pioneers also means never resting in their quest for oneness with nature.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Summer Clambake

Few dishes signify summer quite like a clambake. However, the clambake is more than just a dish, it’s an experience. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring friends and family together for a no-frills feast that celebrates the height of summer. Clambakes can feature a variety of seafood, including clams, lobster and shrimp (see Ina Garten’s recipe).

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Keep guests’ glasses full with a low-alcohol, quintessential summer white, such as the Herdade do Rocim Vinho Verde 'Goivo'. With razor sharp acidity and a hint of ocean freshness, it’s an ideal pairing for a steaming plate of seafood. Serve with some crusty bread and extra butter on the side.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Wine of the Week - Herdade do Rocim Vinho Verde 'Goivo'

Vinho Verde is a quintessential summer wine for good reason. Light bright, slightly spritzy, and low in alcohol, it's the perfect fit for hot weather. The Herdade do Rocim Vinho Verde 'Goivo' is made from the indigenous grapes Lourejo, Trajadura, and Arinto. Bright lime along with some slightly rounder notes of peach as well as a light minerality. Drink when you need pure refreshment.

Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim. Catarina Vieira has been in charge of the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina and Pedro have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state of the art winery. They believe that Rocim has great potential for producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition and have created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Recipe Thursday: A Pairing for Wedding Season

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Wedding season is upon us, and that means wine will surely be flowing amongst heart-felt celebratory toasts. Of course, a glass of Champagne is a great way to kick off any joyful event, but when it’s time to share a meal, and guests are teetering between sticking with white or switching to red, a refreshing glass of rosé will fit the bill perfectly.

The Paul Thomas Chavignol Rosé is a versatile, food-friendly option that will pair wonderfully with elegantly passed Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Crostini appetizers. This rosé combines bright acidity with a hint of richness, mirroring the tart creaminess of the goat cheese. Cheers!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wine of the Week - Paul Thomas Chavignol Rosé

Our world tour of rosé rolls on, with our featured bottling - an icon of French wine out of the Loire Valley. The Chavignol region of Sancerre is set apart by its Kimmeridgian limestone soils that are particularly suited to the Pinot Noir used to make this wine. The Paul Thomas Chavignol Rosé is truly a classic, with the International Wine Review giving the 2018 vintage 91 points, saying:
"Light red color. This is an outstanding example of Chavignol rosé with orange citrus and cherry skin scents. It’s full in the mouth with a perfumed palate of raspberry, rhubarb and lingering notes of melon. Great acidity and freshness. Made from 35 year old, organically cultivated Pinot Noir vines grown in the domaine’s 6 ha vineyard in Chavignol."

Domaine Paul Thomas is run by Raphael Thomas, son of Paul. Raphael originally intended to pursue a career in physics, but after his father tragically passed away at the end of the harvest in 2000, he made the decision to carry out his father’s legacy by returning to Chavignol and taking over management of the winery. From just six hectares of vines, Raphael produces 90,000 bottles. 75% of the total production is Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre) while the remaining 25% is Pinot Noir (either Sancerre Rouge or Rosé).

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Recipe Thursday: (Indoor) Summertime Pairing

Holy heat! We are all about alfresco and poolside dining in the summer, but when there’s a heat wave, we’d best keep our munching and sipping indoors. It’s a great time to give the grill a break, and give our nestled pots and pans some love in the kitchen. This is when we bust out a classic, comforting recipe, such as Spaghetti Carbonara from The New York Times, and pair it with an equally classic glass of Cesconi Pinot Grigio

Photo Credit: The New York Times

Immensely food-friendly, crisp and clean, the Cesconi Pinot Griogio cuts right through the rich sauce in the Carbonara. It’s the perfect (indoor) summertime pairing.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wine of the Week - Cesconi Pinot Grigio

We hear you - it's hot. So to avoid overcomplicating things, our featured wine this week is a fresh, crisp white that's just perfect for warm-weather drinking. The Cesconi Pinot Grigio comes from the Alpine region of Trentino, which provides this wine with more depth and complexity than is commonly associated with Pinot Grigio. The nose on this wine shows yellow apple, peach, and pear, while layers of fruit continue on the palate, balanced with fresh acidity and a long, crisp finish.

Perched high above Trento on banks of the Adige River is the hill of Pressano. In these rugged Alpine surroundings, the Cesconi family tends their vineyards planted to both red and white grapes. The current proprietors can trace their family roots back to the 17th century, and building on more than two centuries of cultivating and producing wine in Trentino, the four Cesconi brothers - Lorenzo, Roberto, Alexander and Franco - as well as their father Paul, continue the family tradition. The family has a deep appreciation and respect for the achievements of their ancestors, however, they seek to build on this history by perfecting the traditional practices of the Domaine. To that end, the brothers work entirely organically in the vineyards and continue to move towards biodynamic methods.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Virna in Wine Review Online

The 2015 vintage of Virna's Barolo Cannubi has recently received a 99-point score from Michael Franz writing for Wine Review Online. He gives the wine glowing praise, saying:
"I have the highest respect for Virna Borgogno’s wines, and put my money where my mouth is…by buying at least one or two of her wines in her portfolio in most years, ranging from the Riserva through the cru wines and right down to the normale Barolo DOCG bottling. This, however, is the most striking young wine I’ve ever tasted from the estate, and from a vintage that is not my favorite. Perhaps I should write “admirable” rather than “striking,” as what is really special about this is its magical purity."

The Borgogno family has owned vineyards in Barolo since 1720, and have always attached particular importance to the work carried out in the vineyards and the selection of only the best grapes. The Virna label was created in 2001, when Virna Borgogno became proprietor of her family’s estate. Today the estate stretches out over an area of around 12 hectares, producing wines from grapes grown on its own vineyards located in historic crus in the Barolo wine-making area. Though the wines are from different crus, each one represents the heritage and tradition of the Barolo region. Cannubi is arguably the most historic vineyard in Barolo, and this wine comes from the Cannubi Boschis hill, which is special because it combines the noted limestone soils of the rest of Cannubi with a healthy dose of sand. This soil makeup, along with lower altitude and cooler temperatures, courtesy of the proximity to the Alba and Tanaro Rivers, combine to produce a wine that has both elegance and richness. This wine is made from the Nebbiolo clone Lampia.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Rosé and Grilled Lamb Chops

A full-bodied, robust red is often a go-to when meat is involved in a meal, but what about when you’re headed to an outdoor barbeque and the temperatures outside are quickly heating up? This week we’re here to share a summer wine pairing that will go wonderfully with the meatiest of barbeque dishes, such as Grilled Lamb Chops (Cooking Light), but will still significantly cool you down in rising temperatures. 

Photo Credit: Cooking Light / John Autry; Photo Styling: Cindy Barr

Enter the Château Ollieux-Romanis Rosé Corbières "Cuvée Classique”, a silky rosé full of flavor and just enough body to stand up to luscious, grilled lamb. Slathered in chimichurri sauce, this lamb packs a punch with fresh herbs, echoing the garrigue notes in the rosé.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Don’t miss this Thursday’s tasting at K&L Hollywood! Hope Shiverick will be pouring the Chave Selection lineup, including this ‘Silene’ Crozes-Hermitage. July 18 from 4:30-7:00 pm. #chave #jlchaveselection #crozeshermitage #rhonevalley #rhonewines #instoretasting #hollywood #sunsetandvine #klwines #blog

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Wine of the Week - Château Ollieux-Romanis Rosé "Cuvée Classique"

Today's featured rosé comes from the south of France and looks the part. However, there's a twist to this wine - the Château Ollieux-Romanis Rosé Corbières "Cuvée Classique" is more than just a summer sipper. Garnering 90 points from the Wine Advocate, reviewer Joe Czerwinski writes:
"Plump and medium-bodied, with a silky texture, the 2018 Corbieres Rose Cuvee Classique is a rare blend of 60% Grenache Gris, 25% Cinsault and 15% Grenache Noir. Scents of berries and hints of garrigue and licorice give this rich, textural rosé something extra. Worth pairing with meat dishes."

Located in Boutenac, just south of the village of Corbières in the Languedoc region, Ollieux-Romanis is now one of the largest privately owned wineries in Corbières, spanning some 130 hectares. Along with the Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne, all of which are quite common to the Languedoc, the Bories also cultivate Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Merlot, and Mourvèdre, the “unapproved” varietals going into their fun entry-level VdP label Capucines. Ollieux-Romanis is also currently working its way to fully organic status.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Poolside Rosé

What’s the best thing to drink during a heat wave? Water, of course. But also, rosé! It’s called summer water for a reason. Not only does the cold, pink-hued drink make the heat bearable, it also has extraordinary food pairing abilities on hot, sunny days. This week we’ll be dining poolside with a bottle of refreshing Château Lamothe 'Miette' rosé and whipping up some yummy bites, such as Watermelon Salsa and a Grilled Summer Pizzette with Caramelized Peaches, Burrata, Arugula and Crispy Serrano from Food Network.

Photo Credit: Food Network / Chris Santos

The depth of flavor and acidity in the ‘Miette’ rosé makes it a versatile match with many types of food. It does exceptionally well with spicier foods, such as salsa and serrano pizzette, as the fresh palate helps to tone down the heat.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Weingut Max Ferd. Richter in the Wine Advocate

Stephan Reinhardt, writing for the Wine Advocate, has just reviewed the 2017 and 2018 vintage in the Mosel, including the wines of Max Ferd. Richter. We say definitely don't sleep on their Estate and Classic Rieslings, but the whole range of 2017/2018 wines show two strong vintages. Reinhardt says:
"The wines I tasted here in spring this year are fascinating and include several highlights, of which I'd like to point out the Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett as one of the finest Rieslings of the category I tasted this year. I highly recommend trying it." 

The estate of Max Ferd. Richter has been passed down from father to son for the past 300 years. The current reins are held by Dr. Dirk Richter, the 9th generation, and will eventually be passed down to his son Constantin. The estate produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. The terroir of their steep vineyard sites is generally grey slate with different compositions of ferruginous (Brauneberg), mineral quartz (Veldenz) or clay (Graach, Wehlen, Mülheim) soils; those deeply influence character and flavor of the wines. Strict attention to quality and detail is paid to all vines from the QBAs on up through the Eisweins. Through the entire line of wines, their hallmark balance is evident in every glass. Throughout the estate, only all-natural fertilizers, sustainable farming, and hand-harvesting are employed. Vineyards are treated as needed so in some vintages some vineyards are entirely ecological. They use pomace, compost and stall manure as fertilizers. Application is in late winter and early spring. Overall, they are trying to minimize waste, water and energy consumption.

Wine of the Week - Lamothe Rosé 'Miette'

Now that we're in the thick of summer, it's time to ramp up your rosé consumption! This week's featured bottle is the perfect option for hot, sunny days. 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the Château Lamothe 'Miette' is a bright salmon pink wine that shows notes of strawberry and cherry, with a round, fresh and dry palate.

Located in the commune of Haux southwest of Bordeaux’s city center, Château Lamothe has actively produced estate-bottled wine since the 16th century. Its renovation in the 19th century yielded the distinctive façade now pictured on the label of each of the Lamothe cuvees. It is currently run by The Néel-Chombart family, who have owned the property since 1956. The Château currently spans 80 hectares of clay and limestone slopes in prime Bordeaux growing conditions. Over the past fifty years the family purchased more hectarage under vine and converted what were underground galleries below the chateau into cellars ideal for aging wine. Winemaking technology was also modernized and vastly improved. Today Château Lamothe’s distinctive label is recognized world-wide, and enjoys quite a following. In an effort to increase sustainability, Château Lamothe is working toward ISO 14001 certification, which sets out the criteria and maps out a framework that a winery can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.