I love this time of year! Wine club shipments and allocations are starting to pour in to replenish my cellar. Since I’m a slightly obsessed foodie and planner, I am starting to plan holiday menus and wine pairings – I’ll go through many, many variations before making a final decisions. As part of this, I get to flip through my current year’s stash of food and wine magazines – food and wine, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator and multiple one-offs – pulling out potential recipes and wine lists. This is how I came up with my new wine bucket list. Wine I haven’t I tried, but am dying to!
- Idlewild Fox Hill Vineyard Barbera 2013 ($32) – always looking for a new pizza wine and this one was one Food and Wine’s “top 5 pizza wines”, made by the producer of some of my favorite Rosé
- Matthiason Ribiola Gialla ($45) – love trying new varietals! This one is described as clean and crisp, pairs well with rich foods. New holiday white??
- Evening Land
- Taken 2013 Red Wine ($30) – the winery is a collaboration between Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps with a tagline “great wine made by great friends” – how can I resist?
- Lake County Cab – Shannon Ridge Home Ranch Cabernet 2012 ($30). An undiscovered (by me) California wine region and a fabulous year for California cab.
- Lichen Estate – White Pinot Noir ($ ). Seriously. White Pinot Noir. Sold.
- Quinta de Avelada 2013 ($11) – effervescent and minerally – two of my favorite wine descriptors. From Portugal’s Vinho Verde region where wines are known to be lightly fizzy, bright, minerally, low alcohol and cheap!
- Home Farm Rosé on tap at Shed in Healdsburg – perhaps just an excuse to go to shed, but this Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend is a great brunch wine.
- Any red blend from Desparada winery – made by Vaila Esh in Paso Robles, this winery has been on my radar for a year or so and I have yet to taste.