Highlighting just how much we actually drink..
Trig Point’s Alexander Valley Diamond Dust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (~$20) is soft and elegant with notes of blackberry, pepper and spice. The palate is rich but smooth with hints of cinnamon, clove, tobacco leaf and chocolate. Supple tannins linger on the long finish.
For my 30th birthday, we rented a lake house in New Hampshire and I spent the weekend on the dock with some fantastic wines. Far Niente’s 2007 Napa Valley Chardonnay has rich aromas of lychee, tropical fruits and baking spices that are balanced by notes of candied citrus and honeysuckle. The palate is creamy and elegant with bright notes of white pepper spice, lemon curd and green apple. The finish is long and smooth with notes of vanilla and baked apple.
Soft and elegant, Louis Latour’s 2012 Valmoissine Pinot Noir has beautiful aromas of black cherry, plum, truffle and sweet spice. The palate is smooth with a bright cherry-fruit acidity and hints of earth, mushroom and spice on the finish.
Mornings don’t get much better than this. Luca Paretti Loco’s Extra Dry Prosecco is crisp and light with refreshing notes of citrus fruits, pear and apple. The palate is soft with creamy bubbles and a long, bright finish.
Sanford’s 2009 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir has elegant aromas and flavors of spice, black cherry and clove. The palate is rich with notes of black cherry, plum, baking spice, black pepper and clove. Smooth with a clean acidity, the finish has notes dark fruits and spice.
Jaffur’s 2009 Santa Barbara Syrah is big, bold and powerful! This Syrah has some weight behind it. Warm notes of raspberry and plum are followed by intense spice and firm tannins. Tobacco, black pepper and dried raisiny-fruits are balanced on the long, rich finish.
Ricardo Santos 2011 Malbec (~$11) is inky, rich and dry with notes of black pepper spice, dark berries and plum. The palate is dry with firm tannins and lingering notes of dried herbs and spice.
Date night with the hubby! @avenue_n was amazing! The scallops were like butter and the sweet corn and crab risotto is literally heaven. I’ve definitely reviewed this one before, but Frogs Leap Sauvignon Blanc is by far one of my favorite whites. It’s crisp and light with fresh grapefruit, peach and pear notes. The finish is long with a bright and lively but soft acidity. Perfect alone but was a great match with the scallops!
What pairs with fall camping? Marchesi do Gresy’s Langhe Martinenga Nebbiolo (~$21) does! Young and fruity, this Nebbiolo has bold notes of strawberry, cherry and raspberry. Fresh fruit flavors are balanced by a smooth peppery finish with bright but soft tannins.
Gainey’s St Ynez Valley Riesling(~$12) is rich and elegant with notes of peaches, apricot and pear. The palate is smooth with creamy hints of honeysuckle, lychee and lime. Sweet fruit flavors are balanced by a clean, delicate acidity on this dry Riesling.