Sips of the Week
Winemaker’s Notes: The traditional aromas of lychee, honeysuckle and spice greet the nose and palate. The 2011 Gewurztraminer has an exquisite brightness and juiciness on the palate. A mix of floral, spice, and fruit notes makes the wine a pleasure to drink in its youth, although the structure of the wine suggests an additional year or two of aging would be worth the wait. Indulge your senses by pairing this wine with a favorite curry dish, all types of spicy Asian, Indian, or Mexican cuisines, as well as fresh tropical fruits, smoked salmon, or a ginger glazed honey ham.
Domaine de Cambis Le Chant des Griots, Languedoc, France, $15.99
Winemaker’s Notes: A blend of Viognier and Roussanne, this wine is ready to taste at the end of winter when buds bloom. Brightly colored with yellow light. Minerality, rounded, Aromatic complexity are the expression of terroir and blending. Taste as an aperitif or to accompany a fish or cheese.
Winemaker’s Notes: Light ruby with purple tones, with aromas of fresh strawberries and raspberries. The palate has silky red fruits balanced by lively acidity. Pair with all meats, chicken, wild mushrooms, and strong cheeses. Serve slightly chilled.
Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, Lodi, California, $17.99
Winemaker’s Notes: In Lodi, our old-head trained Zinfandel vines develop unusually firm structure. The 99 year old Carignane was an elegant, vibrant addition to this Zin along with the small amount of Petite Sirah. The wine has a dark, rich color and plenty of minerality, loads of bright and savory raspberry and black currant fruit, with hints of pepper and crushed rocks. This wine pushes the envelope of sheer decadence with an expressive fragrance of briary berries, pepper, and spice.
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Chef Michael Forster of HeCooksSheWines.com joined us to talk turkey…to stuff or not to stuff, to brine or not to brine and why fresh turkeys are the ticket! He also made this fab video below on the RIGHT way to carve a turkey and it may not be how you think.
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