Jorge Ordonez Botani Muscat Alexandria, Sierras de Malaga, Spain $18.99
Winemaker’s Notes: Pale straw color. Fresh, fragrant and mature, brimming with the aroma of Muscat grape, apple, mandarin orange and a pinch of wilted flowers. On the palate it is fruity and dry, with notes of citrus and a gentle finish.
The surprising originality of Botani is the fruit from a rigorous process of grape selection and the great care taken in the winemaking process. The grapes used in this wine come from the vines from Almachar that grow on the north-facing mountainous slopes. After manual harvesting, at the end of June or the beginning of August, the grapes are brought to the selection table before pressing. Since they are extremely sensitive to climate changes, we were not able to make this
wine in 2005.
Tarima Hills Monastrell, Alicante, Spain $16.99
Winemaker’s Notes: Monastrell’s intensity of fruit shows throughout the wine; red plums, black cherries, and raisins, and the toasty barrel power lingers as well. There are a few green, herbal notes, and the wine finishes with a lingering warmth and toast. Drink now or in the next five years. Monastrell grapes are hand-harvested from small plots of low -yielding old vines. The wine exhibits deep garnet color with flashes of violet and a bouquet of dark red cherries and leather. On the palate, the wine achieves its full potential, offering notes of black berries, plums, and licorice with an elegant but persistent finish.
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Regina Fors from Turf Valley on the upcoming Savor Sip Style Luxury Home Show on 2/16-17 where you can savor great food, sip delicious wines and get great ideas to make your home even more luxurious!Wine Sandwich
Amy Reiley authored the critically acclaimed aphrodisiac cookbook Fork Me, Spoon Me. Master of Gastronomy and leading aphrodisiac authority, Reiley is recognized as one of America’s leading authorities on the link between food, wine and sexual pleasure. Reiley was the second American Master of Gastronomy awarded by Le Cordon Bleu and in 2005 she was one of 5 wine professionals chosen as a finalist in the international Wine Women Awards. She shares her hand rolled dark chocolate truffle recipe from her cookbook Romancing the Stove.
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