Wine Writer Confidential | № 9

Welcome to my latest installment of Wine Writer Confidential.

“Drinking will continue until morale improves….”

I don’t know about you, but the first half of 2017 has been a blur, with more tours and tastings to come…

Wines of South Africa.

Wines of South Africa

I’m currently at work on a series of artisan winemaker interviews for Paris-based BKWine Magazine made possible by the Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

These interviews grew out of a previously slated trip to South Africa in February 2017 with BK Wine Tours, which unexpectedly conflicted with me winning a Fellowship to the 2017 Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood Napa Valley.

Since I couldn’t make the trip to South Africa, WOSA graciously offered to host a series of interviews via Skype with three of the country’s top artisan winemakers. Each winemaker brings a unique perspective to winemaking in South Africa today, particularly with regard to the topics of terroir, technique, and global perceptions. You may subscribe to my site for future details about the winemakers profiled.

#wineStudio | Conn Creek Winery Small Lot Experiments – June 27th 6 p PST

Get ready as the #wineStudio community convenes for a final taste of summer!

We’ll explore Conn Creek Winery’s experimental Small Lot Rosé of Malbec 2016 from Antica Vineyard on Atlas Peak in Napa Valley.

Only 67 cases produced – can’t wait to pour forth!

Follow the fun on Twitter: #wineStudio |  6-7 p PST | June 27th 2017

Happy summer, all!

I want to hear from you!

It’s easy! Feel free to leave your comments below, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Psst….icons in the upper left corner above.

Disclaimer: BKWine Tours has not compensated me in any manner.

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Wine Writer Confidential | № 8

Welcome to my latest installment of Wine Writer Confidential.

It’s a busy time of tours, tastings, and quality quaffs!

Celebrate Walla Walla Wine 2017

As a student of Burgundy, my palate gravitates towards Pinot, with exceptions, such as The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, where Syrah roars with savage, full-throated, unfettered abandon, and where I just returned from a media tour of Walla Walla.

You’ll be hearing more from me about this trip in future publications as well as here. Many thanks to Heather Unwin and Ashley Riggs of the Walla Walla Wine Alliance for orchestrating this brilliant tour.

#wineStudio | Bonterra Organic Vineyards – June 20th 6 p PST

Put on your rosé-colored glasses and join me tonight for a tasting of Limited Release 2016 Bonterra Organic Vineyards Rosé with the #wineStudio community at 6 p PST on Twitter: #wineStudio.

Bonterra’s winemaker will pour forth with us about this delicate, dry, Grenache-based rosé crafted in the Provençal style with 100% certified organic grapes sourced from Bonterra Organic Vineyards in Mendocino County.

Villa Maria New Zealand | First Sip of Summer Tweet Up | June 21st – 5 p PST

It’s that time of summer again! Join me for another edition of Villa Maria New Zealand’s First Sip of Summer Tweet Up on Wednesday, June 21st at 5 p PST.

Hashtags: #FirstSipNZ #OpenAnotherWorld #VillaMaria.

Villa Maria Chief Winemaker Nick Picone joins Senior Winemaker for Villa Maria Helen Morrison and Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani as we taste through Villa Maria 2016 Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc, Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, and Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé.

These wines hail from New Zealand’s premium wine-producing regions, including Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, and offer fresh, versatile, and affordable summer sipping options that pair well with food, fun, family and friends.

Hope to see you at one or both of the virtual tastings. And don’t forget – I want to hear from you! Feel free to leave your comments below and join me on social media – simply click on the icons above. Cheers!

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Burgundy’s Overlooked ‘Other’ White Wine

Burgundy’s Overlooked ‘Other’ White Wine

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

My instructor at BIVB once described Chardonnay as the drama-free, fair-haired child that gets along with everyone. But every family has at least one problem child passed over in lieu of a more popular one.

In Burgundy, it’s Aligoté, Burgundy’s ‘other’ white varietal, a more angular version of sibling Chardonnay. A thin-skinned, rather tart white grape grown in Burgundy, styles vary from unctuous to austere.

While Chardonnay dazzles wine lovers from Chablis to the Mâconnais, Aligoté resides primarily in the Côte Chalonnaise village of Bouzeron. Notably, the village grows the superior Aligoté Doré varietal, rather than the lesser clone, Aligoté Vert.

This does not mean that other areas of Burgundy do not cultivate Aligoté. Pockets of producers include Alice + Olivier de Moor of St. Bris in Chablis, Domaine Naudin-Ferrand of Magny-les-Villers, which straddles Hautes Côtes de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Nuits, and Domaine Ponsot, Burgundy’s only Premier Cru Aligoté from Monts Luisants in Morey-Saint-Denis. I’ve also discovered some fuller, more luxurious Aligotés produced in Meursault.

One must admire Aligoté’s perseverance. Despite relegation to blending, segregation to Burgundy’s Bouzeron, and integration into the Kir Royale, Aligoté endures, and may yet prevail. With global warming on the rise, interest in this early-ripening grape increases across the wine region. (S)he who laughs last, may indeed laugh best.

A. & P. de Villaine counts at the top of Bouzeron’s Aligoté producers, today’s featured wine. If the name sounds familiar, the ‘A’ in A. & P. de Villaine stands for Aubert de Villaine of fabled Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Cote d’Or; his nephew Pierre de Benoist directs the domaine.

Tasting Notes

Wine: Domaine A. et P. de Villaine Bouzeron Aligoté

Vintage:  2014

Alcohol: 12.5%

Price: $32

Spec  (Note: Thanks to Soif Wine and Bar in Santa Cruz for stocking this wine.)

Robe:  Clear, pale gold hue.

Nez:    Discrete notes of mustard blossom, lemon, fleurs blanches.

Bouche:  Tart lemon zest, bright minerality; dry, light-bodied, vivacious.

I’ve chosen to pair this wine with a traditional recipe for gougères (cheese puff pastries) featured in the authentic French cookbook “Recipes from the Châteaux of Burgundy” by Gilles and Bleuzen du Pontavice, with photos by Claude Herlédan.

“Aunt Thérèse’s gourgères,” pg. 61

“50 cl. milk, 5 g. salt, 125 g. butter. Bring these ingredients to the boil. Remove from the heat and add 250 g. of flour. Stir for a minute over the heat to dry out the pastry. Remove from the heat and add eight (8) eggs, two by two, followed by 125 g of diced gruyere. Put into a greased ring-shaped baking tin or in small heaps onto a greased baking sheet. Bake in a hot oven.”

The recipe omits oven temperature ( Try 450 F.)

Good luck improvising with your own cheese variations – part of the charm of using these old recipes.

 June 17th 2017

concludes my guest hosting of 

The French #Winophiles 

A Virtual Tour of Burgundy, Part 2: Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais & Beaujolais.

 Here’s the Tour Guide for Part 2:

Jeff Burrows of FoodWineClick serves up “Salmon and Morels with the Domaine Wines of Louis Max.

Jill Barth of L’Occasion shares “Historic Vineyards of Mâcon.”

Michelle Williams of Rockin Red Blog regales us with: A Journey Through Burgundy Part 2, Exploring Mâconnais with #Winophiles.

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley of Wine Predator takes on: “Bourgogne with Beef Bourguignon from an Instant Pot.”

Lynn Gowdy of Savor the Harvest steers us through “Navigating Southern Burgundy: Mâconnaise and Beaujolais.

Jane Niemeyer of Always Ravenous explores Discovering Rully Chardonnay + Bouzeron Aligoté in Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.”

Nicole Ruiz Hudson of Somm’s Table schools us with “Cooking to the Wine: Jean-Marc Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis with Clam and Burrata Pizza.”

Wendy Klik of A Day in the Life on the Farm dips her toe in “Provence meets Burgundy.

Lauren Walsh of The Swirling Dervish swirls up Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.”

Link to the Virtual Tour of Burgundy, Part 1

I want to hear from you! Please leave your comments below. Cheers!

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A Tour of Burgundy, Part 2 | Not Too Late to Join Us June 17th!

Greetings! I’m away June 14th – June 18th at 2017 Celebrate Walla Walla Wine

but wanted to remind you:

I’ll still be hosting The French #Winophiles 

Tour of Burgundy, Part 2 – June 17th – 10 a CST

Scroll below for the Tour Guide…and a few fun facts!

This month the #Winophiles’ ‘virtual’ Tour of Burgundy wends its way south through the Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais subregions.

A Few Facts about the Côte Chalonnaise:

  • Contains irregular slopes with varying expositions, not always eastern facing, often separated by fields, woodlands and pastures, rather than a continuation of the Côte d’Or.
  • Also includes the Couchois, five communes east of Côte Chalonnaise known for producing robust, expressive Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc regional wines.
  • Contains no Grand Crus.
  • Production: ~62% red, 38% white
  • Principal Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté, Gamay (Gamay used in regional AOC’s Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire and Passe-Tout-Grains.)
  • Derives its name from the industrial, non-vinious village Chalon-sur-Saône.
  • Principal communes:
    • Rully: Northern village renown for crémant de Bourgogne; also produces reds and whites.
    • Bouzeron:  Primary source for Burgundy’s finest Aligoté.
    • Mercurey: Producer of high-quality reds on par with some of Côte d’Or’s finest premier crus.
    • Givry: Another producer of quality value red wines.
    • Montagny: Southern aromatic white wine-producing village.

A Few Facts about the Mâconnais

  • Considered the true start of “Southern Burgundy,” with a warmer climate than Northern Burgundy, and featuring more Romanesque architecture.
  • Undulating hills crescendo southward into massive rock outcroppings, including the famous rocks of Vergisson and Solutré (seen above.)
  • Contains no Grand Crus.
  • 85% vineyards planted to Chardonnay.
  • Major producer of quality white wines, as well as rustic reds sourced made mostly from Gamay.
  • Principal Communes:
    • Pouilly-Fuissé
    • Pouilly-Vinzelles
    • Pouilly-Loché
    • Saint-Véran
    • Viré-Clessé

A Few Facts about Beaujolais

  • Technically part of the Rhône Department, but administratively under the aegis of Burgundy.
  • Bordered by Mâcon in the north and Lyon in the south.
  • Soils include granite and schist in the north, and broken yellow limestone known as Pierres Dorées (Golden Stones), clay and limestone in the south.
  • Boasts 10 Cru AOC’s:
    • Brouilly
    • Chénas
    • Chiroubles
    • Côte de Brouilly
    • Fleurie
    • Juliénas
    • Morgon
    • Moulin-à-Vent
    • Régnié
    • Saint-Amour
  • The birthplace of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau,’ a post-harvest release begun in 1970 and celebrated  the 3rd Thursday of November each year.
  • Gamay comprised most Beaujolais rouge, mostly produced by carbonic maceration.

Link here more about #Winophiles virtual Tour of Burgundy.

Link here for #Winophiles Travel Guide to Burgundy | Part I.

About the French #Winophiles:

The French  #Winophiles are a group of wine writers and bloggers that love French wine.

Each month we focus on an area or aspect of French wine. Topics include regions, routes, food, travel, history, profiles, tastings…we expand widely and seek to learn.

Here’s the French #Winophiles’ Tasty Tour Guide

for the virtual

Tour of Burgundy- Part 2 | Hashtag #Winophiles

 Saturday, June 17th, 2017 – 8 a PST | 10 a CST | 11 a EST:

Jeff Burrows of FoodWineClick serves up “Salmon and Morels with the Domaine Wines of Louis Max.”

Jill Barth of L’Occasion shares “Historic Vineyards of Burgundy.”

Michelle Williams of Rockin Red Blog regales us with: “A Journey Through Burgundy Part 2, Exploring Mâconnais with #Winophiles.”

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley of Wine Predator takes on: “Bourgogne with Beef Bourguignon from an Instant Pot.”

Lynn Gowdy of Savor the Harvest steers us through “Navigating Southern Burgundy: Mâconnaise and Beaujolais.”

Camilla Mann of Culinary Adventures with Cam tipples through “Touring Burgundy by Glass: It’s the End of the School Year and I Need a Drink!”

Jane Niemeyer of Always Ravenous explores “Discovering Rully Chardonnay + Bouzeron Aligoté in Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.”

Nicole Ruiz Hudson of Somm’s Table schools us with “Cooking to the Wine: Jean-Marc Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis with Clam and Burrata Pizza.”

Wendy Klik of A Day in the Life on the Farm dips her toe in “Provence meets Burgundy.”

Lauren Walsh of The Swirling Dervish swirls up “Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.”

L.M. Archer of binnotes.com pours forth on “Burgundy’s Overlooked ‘Other’ White Wine.”

I want to hear from you! Please leave your comments below. Cheers!

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The Hedonistic Taster | № 21 | Gary Farrell Winery – Russian River Valley

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 21 | Gary Farrell Winery – Russian River Valley  

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Tastevin

“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.

Santé!

Today’s Tasting:

Gary Farrell Winery | Russian River Valley 

Like any work of art, every great wine has a soul – the part of the painting, the story, the pour that haunts you, that rivets you, that sparks your ‘mortal coil.’

Tasting the wines of Gary Farrell Winery by winemaker Theresa Heredia rivets my soul.

First, a little bit about my tasting protocols. With few exceptions, the wines I taste derive from small-lot, artisan winemakers.

I file all industry collateral (product information shipped with the samples) for review after I make my own notes.

I do this because I do not want my tasting experience ‘influenced’ by tasting notes prepared by the winemaker. I find wine tasting, like fingerprints, as individual as the person tasting. What I smell, taste, feel differs from that of the person drafting the ‘company’ notes.

Only after I prepare my notes and transfer them to the post do I review the winery notes. I review them for the same reason I always like to study the exam answers after sitting for a designation. I want to know if I succeeded in ‘syncing’ with the winemaker’s story, if I honored the wine’s specific terroir, if I captured what I call the wine’s ‘soul.’ In this rare instance, my own notes nearly mirrored those of the winemaker.

As a student of Burgundy, I find Theresa Heredia’s wines for Gary Farrell Winery on par with some of the finest domaines in the Cote d’Or. Her wines reflect a timeless finesse and mystery endemic to a great Burgundy, wines that reveal some, but not all of their secrets – leaving us to plumb the depth for answers, only to find more questions.

A note about the wines:

Gary Farrell Winery takes full advantage of Russian River Valley’s rich array of microclimates and vineyards in producing these approachable, age-worthy wines. These wines all showcase the 2014 Russian River vintage, note-worthy on many levels, including one of the region’s mildest, and earliest, harvests on record, as well as an ongoing drought that produced smaller berries of condensed intensity, and wines of lower alcohol yet greater structure.

Learn more about Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery here.

 

 

Wine: Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay – Russian River Valley

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol:  13.8 %

Suggested Retail: $35

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear pale lemon robe.

Nose:  Medium intense aromas of citrus, golden apple, almond flower.

Palate: Lemon curd, hazelnut, pear bouche; medium-light body, clean acids, soft finish.

Suggested Pairings:  The perfect hostess gift for the most discriminating of palates, able to ‘pair nicely’ with any summer gathering, especially those pool or dockside.

Wine: Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay – Russian River Valley

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol:  13.3%

Suggested Retail:  $45

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear, medium-gold robe.

Nose:  Medium-intense aromas of butterscotch, pear, white flower.

Palate: Meyer lemon, stone fruit, dill w/ golden apple backnote on the bouche; medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel, bright, clean finish. Multi-faceted, Mâcon-like stunner.

Suggested Pairings: Because of its multi-faceted flavor profiles, it can span the spectrum in pairing possibilities. I chose to serve as an apéritif with a fruit and cheese plate featuring stronger cheeses like Irish Cheddar and Roquefort, some organic apple slices, and roasted local almonds.

Wine: Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol:  14.1%

Suggested Retail:  $45

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear, medium-hued garnet robe.

Nose:  Medium-intense aromas of red fruit, spice and floral on the nose.

Palate: Cherry cola, red plum, Braeburn apple on the bouche; medium body, acids, tannins, finish.

Suggested Pairings:  Personal fave: deckside with grilled salmon and summer vegetables.

Wine: Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol:  14.1%

Suggested Retail:  $55

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear, deep garnet robe.

Nose:  Medium-intense aromas of red currant, cranberry, rose.

Palate: Red fruit, potpourri, black tea bouche; medium body, acids, lustrous tannins, silky finish.

Suggested Pairings:  This brooding wine compliments more complex fare like roasted game or bœuf bourguignon.

Wine: Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol:  14%

Suggested Retail:  $75

Specs: Available Exclusively to Wine Club Members by Phone Allocation.

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear ruby robe.

Nose:  Lilting aromas of red fruit, black tea, florals.

Palate: Cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry, rose petal bouche; graceful body, elegant structure, noble tannins. Utterly beguiling, Burgundian Premier Cru quality quaffer. Worth collecting.

Suggested Pairings: As with any fine Burgundian wine, Theresa Heredia’s Gary Farrell 2014 Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir pairs best with contemplation among one’s nearest and dearest.

 

Learn more about Gary Farrell Winery here.

I want to hear from you! Leave your thoughts on these wines – and any other wine questions – below in the comments section. Cheers!

 

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Wine Writer Confidential | № 7

Dear Readers:

Welcome to my latest installment of Wine Writer Confidential, where I spill, thrill and chill you with all the news unfit to print about my world of wine writing.

It’s rosé season, which means time to drink some pink!

#wineStudio | “Rosé en Mas” – Domaines Paul Mas | June 6th, 6-7 p PST

Not all rosé comes from Provence!

Join me and my #wineStudio compatriots this Tuesday, June 6th from 6-7 p PST as we taste through a trio of tasty rosé wines from Domaines Paul Mas of Languedoc, including a sparkling Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé NV, plus the popular Côté Mas Rosé Aurore 2016 and Arrogant Frog Rosé 2016.

Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Languedoc enjoys a rich winemaking history, often claiming fame as France’s oldest sparkling wine region.

Domaines Paul Mas encompasses a sprawling portfolio of wine estates dotting Southern France, helmed by Jean-Claude Mas, or ‘The Man,” a fourth-generation vine grower and first generation wine maker. Jean-Claude Mas describes his wines as “Rural Luxe,” or artful appreciation of life’s simple pleasures.

You can follow along on Twitter at #wineStudio – hope to see you on June 6th at 6 p PST!

#Winophiles |  A Tour Through Burgundy | Part 2

I’m also reprising my role as host for the The French #Winophiles virtual Tour of Burgundy, Part 2 on June 17th from 11 EDT.

For those of you unfamiliar with The French Winophiles, members include wine, food and travel social media influencers and writers, with a particular focus upon French wine paired with food, wine and travel themed-topics.

On June 17th, “A Tour of Burgundy, Part 2″  takes us on a tour of the Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, and Beaujolais. Join us on Twitter at #Winophiles.

Learn more about the #Winophiles virtual Tour of Burgundy here.

Food, Wine and Travel writers & Bloggers: Care to join the Burgundy Tour? Feel free to leave a comment below. Santé!

 

The Hedonistic Taster | Mt. Beautiful 

Enjoy my latest installment of The Hedonistic Taster, featuring New Zealand’s Mt. Beautiful here.

Please feel free to check back for more tasting notes on wines from other artisan winemakers again soon. Cheers!

I want to hear from you! Please leave your questions and comments below. Cheers! 

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The Hedonistic Taster | № 20 | Mt. Beautiful – N. Canterbury, New Zealand

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 20 | Mt. Beautiful

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Tastevin

“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.

Santé!

Today’s Tasting:

Mt. Beautiful | North Canterbury, New Zealand

For those of you unfamiliar with Mt. Beautiful, the story centers around a man, a country, and a quest.

In 2003, world-renown economist and avid outdoorsman David Teece and his wife Leigh set about locating a region where no vineyards yet existed in his native country of New Zealand. His goal: Make world-class wine where no wine had ever been made.

With the  the help of geologist and friend Ron Sutherland, Teece eventually honed in on North Canterbury, an area on the South Island between the Southern Alps and Kaikoura. At first glance, the region’s unrelenting nor’westers, sweltering summers, minimal rainfall, frost-prone winters, and rugged morphology didn’t appear conducive to farming grapes.

But the land’s twenty-three different soil types, including ‘Phoebe,’ a well-draining glacial till/loess/volcanic ash concoction, combined with a myriad of microclimates, proved an alluring gamble. Teece and his wife purchased a total of 184.32 acres, christening the virgin vineyard Mt. Beautiful.

Determined to grow cultivars different from its neighbors in nearby Marlborough, Mt. Beautiful boasts over thirty different clonal selections, each varying in flavor, color, berry size, ripening, phenolics, tannins, susceptibility to disease, and ability to withstand drought and frost, among other characteristics.

Mt. Beautiful practices certified sustainable farming, and enjoys an award-winning reputation thanks to its artisan winemaker, Sam Weaver.

A special note about the wine label, which honors David Teece’s heritage. The label draws from letters written by David Teece’s father, Allan Teece, while serving in New Zealand’s Expeditionary Force in North Africa, Palestine and Italy from 1940 to 1945, and features a hand-drawn map of New Zealand.

For Teece, the ‘call to the land’  is ‘visceral,’ something he learned from his father, and endemic to the  New Zealand culture. Mt. Beautiful winery and vineyard seeks to respect this relationship to the land, and to its unique terroir.  New Zealanders refer to terroir as  Tūrangawaewae, a Māori term which loosely translates to ‘a place to stand.’  These Mt. Beautiful wines clearly stand on their own.

Wine: Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  14.1%

Suggested Retail:  $15.99

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear, pale lemon.

Nose:  Tropical notes of lychee, pineapple, melon.

Palate: Lychee, gooseberry, grapefruit bouche; light body, bright acids, snappy finish.

Suggested Pairings:  This self-assured wine can stand alone as a refreshing aperitif, paired with fresh oysters, or served alongside grilled sole with a side of farm-fresh asparagus.

Wine: Mt. Beautiful  Pinot Gris

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol:  14.5%

Suggested Retail:  $18.99

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear, pale straw.

Nose:  Pear, white nectarine, tropical notes.

Palate: Kiwi, core of minerality w/ grassy backnote; light body, acid-plus, bright finish.

Suggested Pairings:  Seared sea scallops with black bean garlic sauce. Brilliant. 

Wine: Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol:  14.0%

Suggested Retail:  $24.99

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear, medium-deep garnet.

Nose:  Clean, developing red fruit notes of red currant and cherry, w/ a  hint of violet on the backnote.

Palate: White pepper, slate, black cherry bouche; dry, acid+, light-medium body, tannins, finish.

Suggested Pairings:  Pan-seared salmon, herb-roasted organic new potatoes and grilled summer vegetables.

Read my interview with winemaker Sam Weaver here.

Learn more about Mt Beautiful here.

I want to hear from you!  Feel free to leave your thoughts on these wines – and any other wine questions – below in the comments section. Cheers!

 

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