There is so much history, versatility, and excitement behind each of these grapes.”
- Best regions: Germany, Alsace, Washington, New York, West Australia
- Flavor Profile: Citrus, Green Apple, Apricot, Petrol, Mineral
- Style: This varietal is naturally high in acid and produced in several different styles. Some bottles actually have a sweetness meter on the back of the bottle which is helpful, however many do not. Expect a spectrum of dry, semi-sweet, and sweet Rieslings. The best rule of thumb is that when you purchase a Riesling from France or California, it will most likely finish dry. When you select one from Germany or Washington, you will more than likely have a sweeter style.
- Pairings: Pair with something spicy like Thai food or Chinese, or a nice dessert such as cheesecake or a fruit tart
2017 Dönnhoff Riesling, Germany
Best Regions: France, New Zealand, California, West Australia
Flavor Profile: Herbaceous, Grassy, Lemon/lime, Grapefruit, Melon
Style: French Sauv Blanc is typically dry, clean, minerally and light whereas New Zealand Sauv Blanc is big and bursting with aromas and flavors from pineapple to fresh-cut green bell pepper. Try a Sauv Blanc from California or Australia as they can be a harmonious medium with grapefruit, herbs and honeydew melon. Not too simple but not over the top.
Pairings: Salad, Vegetables, Goat Cheese, or as a Cocktail on the Lanai
2018 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Best Regions: Burgundy, California, Oregon
Flavor Profile: Apple, Pear, Peach, Tangerine, Crushed Stone, Spice, Vanilla, Caramel
Style: French Chardonnay, for example, Chablis and White Burgundy, are focused and showcase the minerality and nature of the soil in which the grapes were grown. As for New World Chardonnay (mostly in California), you will find barrel-aged styles that are creamy, toasty, and buttery. These wines can be super satisfying and delicious and definitely have a huge following. Ideally, finding a Chard that is balanced with oaky, creamy and buttery notes but still has preserved acid giving the wine a refreshing finish is the way to go. Try wines from Central California, Maconnais, or Willamette Valley.
Pairings: Brie (soft buttery cheeses), Chicken, Meaty Fishes, Creamy Sauces
2017 Luminus Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA
Best Regions: Burgundy, California, Oregon
Flavor Profile: Earthy, Raspberry, Strawberry, Roses, Violets
Style: Pinot Noir is an aromatic thin-skinned grape. Expect lighter in body than other red wines but pronounced earthiness, minerality, and terroir with underlying cherry. Some California Pinots can be overproduced and taste more like a Syrah- which is wonderful if that is what you are looking for- but again, balance is key. Burgundy or Bourgogne in France is the birthplace of Pinot Noir and the wines can be quite elegant and distinguished, however, prices are high. As an alternative, try Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley Oregon or even New Zealand- they tend to be on point.
Pairings: Lean Meat, Truffles/Mushrooms, Salmon, Charcuterie
2017 Etude Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, CA
Best Regions: Rhone, Australia, California, South Africa
Flavor Profile: Blueberry, Black Pepper, Violets, Spice, Boysenberry, Meaty
Style: So much to love here. Shiraz from Australia tends to be more full-bodied, higher alcohol, and rich, luscious and jammy. Syrahs from California and the Rhone Valley in France will be on the gamey side with peppery notes and beautiful undertones of blue and black fruit. Rhone Valley in France is where this Syrah is world-renowned. If you can get your hands on Cote Rotie or Hermitage – you will not be disappointed.
Pairings: Lamb, Ribs, BBQ, Stinky Cheeses, Pizza
2017 3 Rings Shiraz, Australia
- Best Regions: Bordeaux, California, Chile
- Flavor Profile: Red Fruit, Bell Pepper, Vegetal, Tobacco, Black Currant
- Style: Cabernet is very distinctive – full of firm tannins, black cherry and bell pepper. It is the most widely planted grape worldwide and very well known to pair with steak and dark chocolate. Cab blends from Bordeaux and Napa Valley Cabs are some of the best and most expensive wines in the world. When you taste a Cab from Napa, expect it to be rich, extracted and velvety. Cab from Bordeaux is tart, with pronounced notes of graphite and pencil lead and a firm tannic structure.
- Pairings: Blue Cheese, Dark Chocolate, Steak (Protein Rich Foods)
2009 Acronicus Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara, CA
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