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The Tasting Table

June 19 , 2019

Rascal Pinot Gris

The Pinot Gris grape comes from the much hallowed vineyards of France and today is grown around thew world. We have come to love the style from Oregon, its a lovely combination of the texture and richness of France and the fruity notes when it comes from across the border in Italy. Rascal has a combination of stone fruit and citrus flavors featuring peach and grapefruit. It has the balance and structure to enjoy with a variety of foods.

Food pairing: Pair with meaty fish, cream sauces, rich veal, chicken, or pork dishes, foie gras, and even lamb.

Fisch Sauvignon Blanc

In Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly king. It’s the most widely planted variety, and it’s the one that producers here have put much of their collective efforts into for both financial and critical reasons. But the other “sauvignon” is not to be overlooked. Fisch is sourced from premium Napa Valley vineyards, this bright, fresh Sauvignon Blanc exhibits ripe citrus and tropical fruits accentuated by vibrant acidity and long finish. Recently placed 1st in a blind tasting among highly acclaimed Napa producers!

Food pairing: White meats including Chicken, Pork Chop and Turkey. Spices and Herbs. Green herbs including Parsley, Basil, Mint, Tarragon, Thyme, Fennel, Dill, Chives, and Rosemary.

Chime Chardonnay

Chime is about finding the perfect combination of a dedicated grape grower, an appropriate cultivar and an artisan winemaker to deliver consumers the best possible wine nature will allow. 100% Estate Chardonnay, raised in stainless steel, this wine is all about pure white peach and honeysuckle aromas and flavors , with a bright snappy and clean finish.

Food pairing: Serve with mild, buttery or creamy dishes, with meaty fish (halibut, cod) and shellfish (lobster, shrimp, crab, scallops.) Or with subtly flavored, simply seasoned poultry and pork dishes.

Octopoda Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Located in the geographical heart of Sonoma County, Russian River Valley is sculpted by cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean near its western boundary. Octopoda is aged in 50% new French oak for 18 months, there are lots of fruit and spices – pear, peach, apricot and clove. That richness is well balanced by refreshing acidity which lightens the palate. Easy to drink, either on its own lightly chilled or with several food pairings.

Food pairing: Serve with mild, buttery or creamy dishes, with meaty fish (halibut, cod) and shellfish (lobster, shrimp, crab, scallops or octopus.) Or with subtly flavored, simply seasoned poultry and pork dishes.

Barra Pinot Noir Rose

In 1955 Charlie Barra purchased Redwood Valley Vineyards, 175 acres of vineyard located at the headwaters of the Russian River, nestled at the base of rolling foothills. Wine and wine making was in his blood as the family had been making wine since the mid 1800s. That tradition is found today in the wines that carry the Barra name. With enticing aromas of fresh cherry and balanced and ripe strawberry and melon flavors, this dry and crisp wine is an easy to love wine for the season and also vegan friendly. And Charlie just celebrated his 73rd harvest!

Food Pairings: Light salads, light pasta and rice dishes, especially with seafood, raw and lightly cooked shellfish and grilled fish and goats’ cheeses.

Duck Pond Pinot Noir

Despite its status as one of the larger wine producers in Oregon, Duck Pond Cellars remains small at heart since first arriving in Oregon and owning a small parcel of land in 1984 and to this day their commitment to both great wines and as stewards of the land has not changed. Layered and rich, with concentrated flavors of cherry and raspberry with a hint of vanilla of the deep finish.

Food Pairing: Ideal with duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon.

Blackhawk Merlot

Blackhawk wines are an excellent example of quality to price ratio. Exemplary care is taken in every step of the wine making process to produce amazing wines at amazing prices. A deliciously attractive wine that’s ready to drink. This wine is soft, rich and full of ripe plum and raspberry fruit. This Merlot is well-balanced with nice texture and supple tannins.

Food Pairing: Pairs well with chicken and other light meats as well as lightly-spiced dark meats.

Navigator Red Blend Napa Valley

Navigator Napa Valley Red Blend is made from Merlot, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, black plum, cocoa and baking spice will take you at least 10 fathoms deep as you savor sip after sip. Now, all you have to do is find your latitude and longitude, plot your position, and open this wine!

Food Pairing: Portabella Mushroom Burgers, Grilled Salmon or Tuna, or BBQ Pork Ribs.

Giapoza Cabernet Sauvignon

Giapoza celebrates the Pozzan family’s fifth generation to make wine, Gianna, and the tradition of producing of wines that remain true to the families roots are in every bottle that carries her name. This is an engaging wine, expressive aromas of raspberry and hints of mocha that are followed by lush black and blue berry flavors that meld nicely with lingering vanilla notes on the finish.

Food Pairing: Grilled steak, beef short ribs or other braised dishes, roasted grilled lamb.

Shannon Ridge HE Zinfandel

Grapes grown at high elevations differ from the usual crops in that they are often exposed to longer periods of daily, unobstructed sunshine, imbuing vines with more energy that can then be converted into growing fruit producing a more concentrated and character filled wine. This Zinfandel has ripe fruit characters of blackberry and plum, an explosion of spices and fruit, balanced with soft oak notes and a structured finish.

Food pairing: Happiest when paired with anything from the meat aisle, from barbeque pork ribs, leg of lamb or a big, hearty meal of BBQ favorites.

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