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The Tasting Table

July 31 , 2019

About Mariluna

Valencia has a long and proud history of vine cultivation, in fact, archaeological evidence suggests that wine has been made in the region since Neolithic times. Bodega Norte is located in the heart of this area and takes advantage of the mix of Mediterranean and continental climate to produce grapes for Mariluna grown using sustainable practices. These are wines that truly represent the culture and passion of the Valencian wine history.

Mariluna White Blend

Made from a blend of Verdejo and Macebo, this is a very aromatic wine that leads off with floral notes that are followed by refreshing flavors of citrus and apricot. The finish is complex and exudes a richness and creaminess that are not often found in a white wine.

Food pairing: A great wine to pair with seafood, light pastas and salads.

Mariluna Red Blend

Tempranillo and Bobal from forty year old vines are carefully selected and then blended to produce a wine of great charm and character. Fresh and elegant can best describe this wine, with striking flavors of plum and cherry with a spice filled finish that shows hints of cocoa.

Food pairing: Pair it with an aged hard cheese, hearty pastas and red and white meats.

About Girasole

Girasole Vineyards (pronounced jeer-uh-so-lay) wines are made from certified organic grapes grown on the rolling bench lands of Redwood Valley in the Mendocino appellation of Northern California. All of the grapes that go into these wines are estate grown, and hand-picked from family owned and operated vineyards that date back to the 1950’s. In addition to our organic certification, Girasole wines are also vegan friendly and are grown in GMO-free Mendocino County.

Girasole Chardonnay

This wine offers up aromas of lemon-lime and Granny Smith apples with touch of vanilla. The rich flavors of citrus and melon with a touch of toasted almonds. Fermentation was 100% stainless steel, with just a hint of barrel aged Chardonnay in the final blend to add richness and complexity to the finish.

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

Girasole Hybrid Red

This gorgeous blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah is deep and rich in color. On the palate, the sweet herbs and firm structure of Cabernet is rounded and deepened by the ripe, brooding Petite Sirah and the soft Merlot. Abundant flavors of Italian spices and dried fruit carry into the long, luxurious finish.

Food pairing: Perfect pair with BBQ fare of all kinds or Fusion Cuisine.

Girasole Cabernet Sauvignon

Flavors of chocolate covered blackberries and mild toasty oak. and spice complement the hints of cassis and plum, while the soft and supple tannins make this Cabernet a very approachable and easy-to-drink wine.

Food pairing: Pair with red meats on the grill and an aged cheddar.

About Barra

Charlie Barra planted the home ranch, Redwood Valley Vineyards, in 1955. Charlie was one of the first growers on the North Coast to plant Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. And over the next 35 years, Charlie would add another six varietals to the soils of Redwood Valley Vineyards including Petite Sirah, Sangiovese,
Merlot, Pinot Blanc, Muscat Canelli and Zinfandel. Today, the Barra family farms over 300 acres of organic varietal wine grapes.

Barra Chardonnay

From the golden color from the time in French oak, to the intense aromas of white peach and wrapped up in robust flavors of guava, melon and subtle hints of caramel and vanilla, this is a truly classic example of Mendocino winemaking at its finest.

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

Barra Pinot Noir Rose

Even in the bottle, the vibrant pink hue of the Pinot Noir Rosé attracts the eye. In the glass, the aroma beckons with the cherry fruit the variety is known for, but also offering hints of peaches and ripe summer melons. On the palate, the wine is crisp and refreshing, with just enough natural sweetness to accompany a wide variety of fare.

Food pairing: Perfect compliment to roasted pork or chicken or grilled meats. 

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