A VALENTINE STORY
On the LONG PATH we travel, you may think that LIFE IS GOOD and TODAY IS THE DAY, but when you are SIRIUS about LOVE, you may wish to follow the paths of TELMO AND RUTH or RUBEN AND FLORA all the way to BRIDE VALLEY.
Chardonnay can make a wonderful value wine. While many Chardonnays are expensive, an array of winemakers are creating exciting and affordable examples of the varietal. If you have a budget of $15 or less, you can find a very good bottle of Chardonnay and we think this is one of the best. A light creaminess and soft oak define this wonderful chardonnay. Hints of apricot aromas and lovely flavors of honey crisp apple and a touch of spice. Makes for a great pairing with Grilled Rosemary Chicken or Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta.
In 1994, with only $78 left in their pockets, brothers Bert & John Jacobs designed their first Life Is Good t-shirt And the rest as they say is history. Bert & John teamed up with 90+ Cellars to select wines made for toasting life’s simple pleasures with both companies donating a portion of the proceeds to charity. Fresh and crisp, this Chardonnay is beaming with ripe fruit flavors of green apple and peach and a mouth-watering texture and finish with a hint of honey. Serve it alongside Chicken skewers with avocado sauce or a simple poached salmon in a light butter sauce.
When the topic is Bordeaux, it is always the great red wines of this historic region in France that come to mind, but the white wines that are made here should not be overlooked. They are filled with a unique style and character that make them hard to resist. Maison Sichel has crafted Sirius from two grapes that thrive here, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, and the result is a succulent wine with alluring citrus and peach flavors with a hint of honey and pineapple on the racy finish. Partner it with seafood fettuccine, pork cutlets in a cream sauce or an assortment of sushi rolls.
Once the heartland of the Venetian Republic, Veneto has one of the country’s richest historical, natural, artistic, cultural and culinary heritages. The importance of wine making in this region is underscored by the creation in 1885 of the very first Italian school for vine growing and oenology. Today’s wine makers use modern facilities to create wines that honor the tradition of this region. LOVE is a blend Corvina and Merlot and has rich flavors of cherry and blackberry with an elegant finish with hints of cocoa. Pair it with a rich Fettuccine Bolognese or even as an after dinner wine.
Chile’s largest wine growing region, the Maule Valley, has traditionally been associated with the mass production of average quality grapes – but there has been a recent surge towards making premium quality wines for export. Telmo & Ruth, those star crossed lovers, is a wine that takes the more aggressive style of Cabernet and combines it with the more soft ans supple Merlot to make a wine that has currant and raspberry flavors with a vanilla laden inviting finish. An ideal choice to serve with Slow Cooker Pot Roast or take a chance with Braised Lamb Shanks with Rosemary!
Blending Cabernet and Carmenere brings together two of Chile’s powerhouse grapes. Carmenere became Chile’s signature, taking the grape out of relative obscurity and shoveing it into the spotlight, where it belonged. Cabernet is often called the King of Grapes, and it is beautifully suited to Chile as well. World renowned wines have been made out of each grape in Chile; blending them together was a natural, and delicious, idea. Ruben and Flora is a wonderful example, flavors of cassis and cherries are well knit and lead to a generous and structured finish with notes of coffee and vanilla. Serve it with a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Herbed Ricotta or Beer Braised Beef Brisket
Throughout history, the English have been some of the world’s greatest drinkers of fine wine, but producers? Not so much, but Bride Valley has vineyards that replicate the soils found in the hallowed region of Champagne and have produced a sparkling with that has received accolades and awards. The Blanc de Blanc shows the chalky soil and freshness from vintage, fruity citrus notes and a finish that has hints of brioche and a racy style. The Rose Bella a wine of real character and depth, generous aromas and flavors of raspberry, strawberry and red currants with a clear and crisp finish. These wines are at the forefront of the English wine industry and one taste will prove that fact!