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Terri’s Wine Favorites

Terri's philosophy is simple: Obtain as much knowledge as possible about food, wine and spirits from tastings, traveling, reading, and meeting hospitality professionals, in order to pass this information along to our staff and customers.

Note: Pricing and availability subject the change.

Enjoy these great summer sipping wines that are fantastic with many dishes on our Summer 2014 Menu:

 

 
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JL Wolf Rosé, Pfaltz Germany

Bottle: $33.00

JL Wolf Rose from the Pfalz region of Germany is made from the Pinot Noir grape. The color is very light due to a very brief skin maceration before pressing the grapes to extract the color. Very light and refreshing, light berry flavors with a clean finish.

 

 
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Las Rocas Rosé, Calatayud Spain

Bottle: $36.00

 

This Rosé is fuller bodied, and you can tell immediately by looking at the deeper/darker color. This is made with the Garnacha varietal, which can lead to the richer texture and red berry flavors.

 

 
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Sparking Rosé:
Domaine Chandon Rosé NV, CA

Bottle: $45.00

n the hills above Yountville in heart of Napa Valley established 1973 by Moet Chandon one of the original pioneers of Napa Valley. Respect to French heritage and embraces innovation of California, traditional champagne method, soft, slightly dry, fruit forward style, vibrant strawberry, plum, red currant, background apple and pear.

 

 
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Château Domaines Ott “Les Domaniers Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France 2011

Glass: 6 oz - $9.75  •  9 oz - $14.50
Bottle: $39.00

Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah Peach color with pink shimmers. Fresh fruity nose, hints of apricot, white stone fruit, pomegranate, long crisp finish … this will be the fullest bodied of the three.

 

 
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L’Escargot Rosé, Côtes de Gascogne, Southwest France 2012

Glass: 6 oz - $14.75  •  9 oz - $22.00
Bottle: $59.00

Made from Cabernet and Merlot
Very pale in color showing soft fruit character, peach, apple

 

 
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JL Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Pfaltz Germany 2012

Glass: 6 oz - $14.75  •  9 oz - $22.00
Bottle: $59.00

Made from Pinot Noir. Light Salmon color, This is the lightest of the three. Also very soft fruit character, cherry, apple, has a zippy finish that may suggest a slight hint of carbonation/frizz ante with a semi-dry finish. 

 

 
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Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel, Lake County

Glass: 6 oz - $14.75  •  9 oz - $22.00
Bottle: $59.00

This Zinfandel is not your typical ripe fruit, highly extracted, high alcohol zin, yet it is nicely balanced showing dark fruits, but in particular, plum with a soft chocolate finish. The soft game flavors of the Venison help to accentuate the mild spiciness in this zin, and the cocoa nib brings out the chocolate flavor on the finish of the wine

Co founder Delores Cakebread, Dennis Cakebread Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Phil Cakebread, President, Bruce Cakebread COO. In 2000, he bought 2,000 acres in the Red Hills Appellation of Lake County, an hour drive northeast of St. Helena, close to Clear Lake. Red Hills located in Mayacamus Mountain Range. Fruit is sourced from Snow Lake Vineyard.

The venison pairs wonderfully with the Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel. The venison with caramelized eggplant topped with a touch of cocoa nib, with maitake mushroom, walnuts and warm sunchoke vinaigrette.

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Mer Soleil Chardonnay, Monterey

Glass: 6 oz - $19.75  •  9 oz - $29.50
Bottle: $79.00

Owned by Caymus Vineyards Chuck Wagner winemaker:barrel fermented chard, rich, creamy, nectarine, fig (mer-meaning sea-the Pacific Ocean), brings cooling fog and breezes –soliel meaning sun, ripens grapes golden, Santa Lucia highlands near Monterey bay which is the home of Mer Soliel Vineyard, having one of the coolest, driest climates in Calif growing areas.

2001 season was exceptionally long and cool, grapes hung on vine as late as November 14th until clusters were golden & flavors lush. Fermentation & aging in French oak, tropical fruit, honeysuckle, and citrus.

The full body and spiciness (clove) to the Mer Soleil make it a great match with the Lobster /Braised Short Rib dish that has a nice touch of tamarind, pickled mango, and a sweet potato puree. 

 
   
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Carmenère
Arenal, Viña Peralillo, Colchaugua Valley Chile 2010

Glass: 6 oz - $8.00  •  9 oz - $12.00
Bottle: $32.00

Intensely dark and violet in color, bold aromas of blackberry, earthy plum, cedar, spice box, and blueberry all combine with a slight peppery spiciness. You may experience some green notes such as bell pepper that are commonly consistent with the Carmenère varietal.

The producer is Viña Peralillo Arenal Carmenère from the Colchaugua Valley in Chile. Arenal is Spanish for sand to signify the sandy soil of Chile. Viña is the Spanish term for vineyard. The Camrenère is not very widely cultivated, but seen more in Chile, and produces deliciously rich, soft-textured red wine with excellent color.

The wine is soft on the palate with nice weight and texture. Can you detect a hint of paprika on the nose? If you are just being introduced to drinking red wine, this would be a great choice with its subtle texture.

The Carmenère will work wonderfully with the fall menu items such as Venison, Pheasant, Game, Duck, Lamb,  and Filet.

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough New Zealand 2010

Glass: 6 oz - $9.75  •  9 oz - $14.75
Bottle: $39.00

Crisp, fresh, light white that is a favorite among our customers. This wine is from New Zealand’s South Island which has a cool climate that is ideal for growing the Sauvignon Blanc varietal.

Sipping this wine makes your mouth thirst for more.

The grapes ripen slowly, spending more time on the vine which help develop flavors and intensity. The soil is rich loam, gravel, alluvial, clay and the vineyards are typically planted in shallow, stony soil with surface rock that reflect sunlight and help retain warmth and underground moisture.

Interesting, this wine does change quite a bit in flavor from vintage to vintage. As an example, from one vintage you may experience more green vegetal characteristics such as green bell pepper, asparagus, versus another vintage which may display more citrus of grapefruit and citrus fruits. Either way, this wine never fails to deliver. The wine does not spend any time in oak, therefore has a wonderful crisp acidity, herbaceous, citrus fruits, and grassy aroma.

This wine pairs wonderfully with the green and white asparagus salad appetizer which is served with prosciutto, warm poached duck egg, frisee, finished with a lemon sabayon.

   

Chateau Cap de Faugeres Bordeaux, 
Cotes de Castillon 2006

Glass 6 oz - $19.50  •  9 oz - $29.25
Bottle: $75.00

I had the pleasure of having lunch with Silvio Denz who is the proprietor of this fine Chateau.

This 2006 vintage has some bottle age to it, and the wine is drinking wonderfully.  Primarily Merlot, blended with Cabernet and Cabernet Franc. Soft flavors of blackberry, with raspberry, black tea, subtle oak aromas lead to a full bodied red wine.

Cotes de Castillon is an appellation located just East of the famous commune St. Emilion which is a village that lies Northeast in Bordeaux. Part of the Cotes de Castillon terroir where Chateau Cap de Faugeres is located actually overlaps into St. Emilion. Wines from this area are usually made using primarily Merlot because the clay soil makes the Merlot varietal thrive.

This is from the right bank in Bordeaux, which usually produces softer style wines than the left bank such as Pauillac, Margaux, St. Estephe, St. Julien. Due to the softer style, these wines are usually (not always) enjoyable earlier than the left bank wines.

Wines are labeled either Bordeaux AC (Appellation Controlee) or Bordeaux Superieur Cotes De Castillon AC.

Pairs wonderfully with Pan Roasted Herb Crusted Australian Rack of Lamb that is brushed with Dijon mustard, roasted garlic puree and then coated in bread crumbs seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and parsley. Served with black olive puree, garlic confit (garlic cloves and cronfited in olive oil with rosemary, thyme and bay leaf). Also served with Piperade which is made with onions, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, paprika, almonds, olive oil, garlic, thyme, parsley, oregano, and sherry wine vinegar. The lamb is finished with a lamb jus and fresh oregano.

   

Lioco
“Unoaked” Chardonnay
Sonoma County 2010

Glass: 6 oz - $11.50  •  9 oz - $17.25
Bottle: $45.00

Pineapple flavors, lemon blossom, chamomile, chalk, mineral, brisk acidity.

Enjoy with the Jumbo Lump Crab Croquette—a fabulous appetizer on the new Winter Menu. The lumb crab is mixed with crème fraiche, dipped in egg wash, breaded with panko bread crumbs and deep fried. The crab is warm and creamy surrounded by old bay seasoning mayonnaise.  This Chardonnay works well with both the Breaded Crab as well as the old bay seasoning. Crab and Chardonnay, a must try!

 

Far Niente
Chardonnay
Napa Valley 2009

Bottle: $95.00

Flavors of pineapple, peach, lemon blossom, green apple, toast vanilla, butterscotch, fruity, spicy, creamy texture.

Try this wine with our Sweet Potato Ravioli to experience a wonderful combination of food and wine. The richness of the Ravioli from the sage brown butter truly enhances the full bodied Far Niente Chardonnay.

 

Château Routas
Viognier/Chardonnay
Provence France 2008

Glass: 6 oz - $9.00  •  9 oz - $13.50
Bottle: $36.00

Floral nose of honeysuckle, exotic fruits, pineapple, white flowers. Great to drink as aperitif, with seafood, poultry, or vegetarian dishes.

Try this wine with our Chilled Alaskan King Crab Appetizer Accompanied with mâche, granny smith apple, parsnip cream, white truffle vinaigrette, topped with American paddlefish Cavier

 

   
   

Foppiano Vineyards
Estate Bottled Petite Sirah
Russian River Valley 2009

Glass 6 oz - $11.25  •  9 oz - $16.75
Bottle: $45.00

Full bodied, robust, rich wine, blackberry, dark chocolate, anise, white pepper on the nose, fruity aromas are followed on the tongue: blueberry, black cherry, dark toasted hazelnuts, sweet vanilla, long silky finish, smooth tannins.

Enjoy this wine with grilled or roasted meats, lamb, dark chocolate desserts or hearty aged cheeses: Asiago, Gouda, Parmesan Reggiano. Chef Heyer’s Slow Roasted Long Island Duck with forbidden rice, braised kale, dried cranberries, kumquat chutney, honey and clove gastrique pairs  perfectly  with this wine.

 

Toucan
Zinfandel “Unfined & Unfiltered”
Arroyo Grande Valley 2005

Bottle: $89.00

Bright wild berry fruit spice and forward elegance, cherry, black raspberry and pepper with full long finish: unfined and unfiltered dark fruits, pepper on mid palate, shows tremendous spice.

Pairs wonderfully with the Cervena Venison. The black peppercorn spiciness of the Zinfandel works well with the game.

 

Louis M. Martini
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2007

Glass: 6 oz - $10.25  •   9 oz - $15.25
Bottle: $40.00

Beautiful dark and red sweet ripe fruits. Blackberry, cherry, currant, mocha,soft oak, vanilla with hint of pipe tobacco. Rich and complex juice that leads to mild tannins and beautifully structured wine.

Try this wine with our Dry-Aged Rib Eye Entrée 21 day aged Rib Eye placed on a bed of fingerling potatoes that are mashed with a smoked cheddar béchamel. The Rib Eye is topped with a grilled Vidalia oion ring with crispy broccoli, finished with a Bordelaise sauce made from demi, red wine reduction, shallots and poached bone marrow.

 

Pellegrini Vineyards
Cabernet Franc
North Fork, Long Island 2005

Glass: 6 oz - 10.25  •  9 oz - 15.25

From New York State, a premier grape growing region of the East Coast, the climate and rainfall are parallel to Bordeaux, a 220 day growing season. Most wines produced here are bottled "Unfiltered" which = minimal handling and manipulation = sound wine. This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc which is similar in structure to Cabernet, but not as full bodied, showing fewer tannins and less acid, yet very aromatic and herbaceous. Unlike Cabernet, Cabernet Franc grows in cooler climates and thus ripens early. In Bordeaux, if the Cabernet conditions are less than perfect, they can savage the vintage by adding Cabernet Franc which is most often blended with Cabernet and Merlot. The first class wine of Cheval Blanc is primarily Cabernet Franc, but most people are unaware of this. The Pellegrini Cabernet Franc has a beautiful color with an intense aromatic nose of violets, ripe raspberry, menthol which leads to a fleshy mouthfeel followed by silky tannins. This is such a great wine, I consider this another Terri Baldwin find that allows you to enjoy a beautiful well crafted wine that is easy on the wallet and most enjoyable on the palate.

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