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.

Harvest at @medevillecollection #Repost @medevillecollection with @get_repost ・・・ First week of Crémant de Bordeaux harvest in Château Fayau ! 🍇🍷👌 #chateaufayau #medevillecollection #8generation #harvest #harvest2019 #cremant #cremantdebordeaux #bordeauxwine #bordeaux #sauvignon #winelover #wine #blog


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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.

How’s your French? 🇫🇷 Harvest at Le Roc, a family owned natural winery in the Southwest of France. #Repost @domaine.leroc with @get_repost ・・・ Contrôle de maturité avec nos big boss préférés 🍇 #harvest2019 #southwestfrance #domaineleroc #negrette #indigenousgrapes #fronton #naturalwine #organicwine #blog


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Monday, September 23, 2019

Harvest 2019 at Max Ferd. Richter. #Repost @cr_mfr with @get_repost ・・・ First #riesling of the #harvest2019 ! #mülheimersonnenlay for our #sparklingwine ! Perfect grapes ! #Mosel #maxferdrichter #methodechampenoise #klassischeflaschengärung #deutschersekt #germanwine #winesofgermany #winestagram #winetime #instawine #instawein #2019 #blog


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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

We’re excited to support childhood cancer research at L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade on September 14! Join @hopeshiv for an afternoon of delicious wine, amazing food, marvelous auctions and more on UCLA's Royce Quad — all to benefit @AlexsLemonade and the fight against childhood cancer! Get tickets at LALovesAlexsLemonade.org. #LALovesAlexs #blog


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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. 

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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.