This new feature of Juicy Tales is intended to be wine and food pairing education. As a member of the Society of Wine Education, I’m devoted to having wine (in America, because it’s all set in many other places around the globe) become viewed as liquid food. It’s a waste of your energy to view it as something that’s unapproachable, not easy to understand, and mostly for the elite. Wine has many price ranges, complements a meal, and raises our enjoyment of life (when enjoyed in moderation). To that end, and because I’m so busy with copywriting for clients, I’ve handed this off to one of my successors, Melanie Hoffman. I think you may be drooling by the end of this blog… and that’s okay! — jo
2005 Big House White, California ~ A full nose of honeydew, star fruit and lemongrass with added notes of jasmine flower and a slight mineral attribute. Palate has a refreshing mouthfeel of zesty Meyer lemon and Mandarin orange. Finishes with a grassy quality. A great hot tub sipper or enjoy out of the tub with creamy cheeses and smoky meats. ~ $9.99
2006 La Baume Pinot Noir, France ~ Earthy nose opens with leather, tobacco and clay that leads way to jammy blueberries and raspberries with a touch of sweet cream. Palate follows nose with added mint and white pepper in the finish. Try with a chili rubbed pork tenderloin in a cherry reduction over a wild mushroom risotto. ~ $14.99
2004 Foppiano Vineyards Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ~ Upfront nose of bright blackberry and raspberry fruit, with touches of dark chocolate and sweet oak. Aromas continue to develop with an earthy freshness of recent rain. Very approachable palate displays blackberry and cassis, hints of vanilla and nutmeg spice. Good tannins and a round jammy finish lingers. Pair this wine with a smoked chicken salad sandwich on garlic herb focaccia bread, topped with Heirloom tomatoes and arugula. ~ $15.00
2005 Loud River, Roaring Red, Colchagua Valley – Chile, (Petit Verdot 50%, Carmenère 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%) ~ Intriguing nose full of sweet blackberry jam, milk chocolate, cinnamon and cedar spice with a touch of oak in the back. Juicy palate displays plum and strawberry upfront with added cocoa powder a hint of leather and a smooth black currant finish. The perfect match for sticky finger grilled baby back ribs, smothered in sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. ~ $TBA
2000 Chateau Laroque Grand Cru, Saint-Emillion ~ Musty European nose, mushrooms, red currants and plums dominate with added smoke, leather and black licorice. Velvety palate follows nose with additional touches of rose hips and lush cherries, soft oak and vanilla bean in the finish. Enjoy with duck sausage on a Youkon Gold potato crisp topped with daikon and cranberry pepper relish. ~ $59.99
2003 Ficklin Vineyards Tonriga, Single Varietal Port, Lake County ~ Smoke, oak and a touch of raisin quality opens in the nose. Aromas continue with ripe plums, warm honey, and a touch of clove. Palate follows nose with added leather, espresso, and sweet cream in the warm, lingering finish. A real decadent treat with raspberry and cream filled puff pastry. ~ $31.25
If you would like to have your wine reviewed on this blog, ship wine to Melanie Hoffman, Diaz Communications, 781 Natalie Drive, Windsor CA 95492 (Tel: 707-620-0788).