Sips of the Week
Winemaker’s Notes: In the glass the 2012 is a pale, straw yellow color with floral, sweet aromas of stone fruits, grapefruit, orange blossom and a hint of wet stone minerality. The flavors are similar to the aromas highlighted by pear, grapefruit, stone fruit, slight tropical notes and just the tiniest bit of spritz from the quick fermentation. Winemaker Kevin Hall says : “This wine is drier in style, with more minerality and spice than previous years, there is palate weight with this vintage and it almost has an Alsatian feel.” Food Pairing: Perfect with spicy Asian, Korean, Szechuan and Indian cuisines or try with cured hams & charcuterie that have a little saltiness. For a cheese course pair with washed rind Munster; for desserts a pear tart or apple crumble.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, California, $21.99
Winemaker’s Notes: The 2010 is a blend of all five Bordeaux varietals. The wine was barrel aged for 14 months in French and American oak. This Cabernet Sauvignon shows a bit more restraint than prior vintages. To balance that elegant restraint, Winemaker Kevin Hall added 7% Merlot for structure, as well as 1% each Malbec and Petit Verdot for color and 2% Cabernet Franc for a floral quality. Food Pairing: Try this wine with a bowl of French onion soup, grilled meats or a plate of local cheeses
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Sin Zin, Alexander Valley, California, $20.99
Winemaker’s Notes: The 2010 includes a small amount of Petite Sirah to broaden the mouthfeel on the wine and add a little more dark fruit to the palate. There are aromas of raspberry, plum, black cherry, and citrus. In the glass there are flavors of plum, cranberry, black cherry and classic spicy black pepper. The 2010 is a restrained vintage and will reward those with the patience to cellar a few bottles. Food Pairing: Zinfandel is versatile, For a casual pairing—pepperoni pizza, burgers or ribs. For a perfect dinner party try it with osso bucco or slow braised short ribs. Finally, this is the perfect red wine for the traditional holiday dinners.
All wines are available at www.WellsWine.com in Baltimore or at a fine retailer near you.
Pennie Haase, National Marketing Director at Alexander Valley Vineyards joined us to talk about their recent label change and how AVV has been creating amazing wines for 50 years.
Diane Henderiks joined us to talk about what to look out for on food labels and how to make sure you get the healthiest options. Diane is a personal chef and Registered Dietitian on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well! Diane is a regular contributor for Good Morning America, Yahoo News! blogger, consulting nutritionist for Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts, council chef for Chef’s for Humanity and advisory board member for the American Vegetarian Association. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association, International Association of Culinary Professionals and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. She travels the country sharing her expertise and engaging audiences at the nation’s top food & wine festivals and women’s events. Check her out at www.dishwithdiane.comNext Week
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