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Meanwhile, enjoy his three NFL playoff wines…


From my notebook: Notes from an extreme taster

The NFL Playoffs are here!!!

By Wilfred Wong

From my notebook: Notes from an extreme taster
By Wilfred Wong
My recommendations of 3 Wines…

I don’t know about you, but I am a real fan of NFL football and whether my team is in the playoffs or not, I always plant myself in front of mine or someone else’s big screen, high def TV. I’ve gone to the game in person as well, though it can get pretty rowdy. I’m sure many of you are planning parties and get-togethers around the games. I have selected three wines that are guaranteed to bring your game up a notch higher and put your soirees into a Super Bowl high.

Starting with Chardonnay, now we know that one always has to serve a chard; otherwise, you’ll hear, “I really wanted a Chardonnay!” The 2012 Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonny from the Columbia Valley is just so right for any gathering of people: Ripe, core fruit, and sweet oak grace the palate, like few others. At BevMo’s ClubBev price of $14.99, this is light years ahead of all others.

For those that need to get “sideways,” I offer you the 2012 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Meiomi. Quite dark in color and really supple on the palate, this one is a real crowd-pleaser. One of BevMo’s most popular pinots, this one comes to the table at $19.99 ClubBev. Perfect for those who are screaming at the game and chomping down on prime rib of beef or double cut lamb chop.

As for my final choice of this trio, I am tagging the 2011 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet. This can be enjoyed without thinking. The wine is immensely popular and consistent. Who doesn’t like Rutherford Cabernet? Nobody!!! Take these three wines through the playoffs and you will have lots of happy family, friends, and neighbors.

Oh, I will be back with more picks next weekend so stay tuned.


Jo here…

While searching on images to enrich Wilfred’s blog for you, I came across this video produced by Meiomi Wines. Joe Wagner (winemaker and viticulturist) of Meiomi describes his terroir. It’s very informative and I thought I’d also share this with you. I’m learning about wines that I don’t know, along with you, from Wilfred’s vast knowledge of wines he’s tasted. I didn’t know about this winery located in the Petaluma Gap; although, I’m very familiar with the Petaluma Gap region, and am now intrigued to try this one.

The Petaluma Gap has the coolest climate in Russian River Valley, always 10 + degrees cooler than Healdsburg, the Northern part of Russian River Valley. Pinot Noir coming from cool climates like this one are very tricky to grow wine grapes in, very risky business if the grapes’ brix levels don’t come up during harvest, and they also produce spectacular Pinots… mostly because the alcohol levels are going to be a bit lower and much more food friendly. So, as I wrote, I’m intrigued.


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