With the winter holidays coming up, it's a great time to stock up on wine -- and of course we hope Argentine wines will be part of the mix for your festivities. Argentine wines are meant for sharing and celebrating, so there are plenty to fit the bill. Here are some of our favorite pairings.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc ReNacer Enamore 2009 , one of our top blends, can echo those aromas while anchoring the meat's earthier flavors. Bit of glaze on there, too? At just $12, the Amado Sur 2009 blend by Trivento has you covered, with citrus and berry flavors mingling with licorice.
Indian Chenin Blanc Norton Privada 2009 . But if we had to choose just one, with price being no object, we'd go for the Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2010 . If you like Argentine wine - heck, if you like wine at all - you won't be disappointed.
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St. James Vineyard Offers First Tastes of Its Reserve, Estate Wines A guide to Whisper Vineyard's first produced wines available inside its tasting room, which opened Nov. 25.
Indian Rosé Zugmeyer said Whisper Vineyards is focusing on producing small quality, but high-quality wines. They have chosen to use hand-harvesting practices that involves 'dropping' up to two-thirds of the fruit, or cutting most grapes off the vine before they are fully formed so plants produce less grapes, but it intensifies the flavor.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc The 2007 Reserve Merlot offers a bright taste of cherry with fruity and spicy notes over a rich texture and balanced tannins with only 222 cases made. The 2007 Reserve Red Cape Blend has an aroma of blackberry, liquorice and coffee accented by lavendar, cedar and graphite offering a concentrated taste of dark fruits and spice, lingering with mouth-coating tannins. Whisper Vineyard has started releasing its 2008 vintages offered in an Estate Tasting: 2008 Chardonnay ($24 a bottle/$8.50 a glass), 2008 Red Cape Blend ($32 a bottle/$10 a glass).
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Loved one honored through scholarship for youth baseball Give the gift of joy, health and memories to our youth this holiday season.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Napa grad Megan Morris at home in Ohio When Megan Morris was deciding where to take her swim career, the 2012 Napa High graduate had her sights set far from California.
Indian Rosé Wine on tap is becoming ubiquitous, in large measure because of Free Flow Wines, which moved to a 22,000-square-foot space next to the Dey facility in the Napa Commons business park in July. It was formerly in Sonoma’s Eighth Street “Wine Ghetto.” The 4-year-old company now supplies 300 premium wines from 150 wineries on tap. They are available at more than 2,000 restaurants, hotels, sports and entertainment venues nationwide from its 42,000 kegs.
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The renowned Sashi Moorman makes the wines for Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara County's new Ballard Canyon appellation. Though Stolpman's Syrahs tend to get most of the attention, I'm more impressed with the Roussanne called L'Avion. The vineyard, farmed organically, the vineyard is actually planted on what was once the landing strip for planes in the '30s and '40s. Fermented in big French oak casks and aged on its lees for over a year, the 2010 L'Avion is rich and complex with scents of honey and jasmine. This is a gorgeous, subtle Roussanne, pale gold in color, with a beautiful mouth feel. Over the course of an evening, the flavors reveal themselves slowly.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India It's a perfect white to serve with lobster or Dungeness or Alaskan king crab, it's also a wine big enough to work with scallops or other seafood in a sauce. You'll want to save this bottle for a special meal or for someone who'd pay attention as the wine develops over the course of an hour or so.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz ; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com ; and from the winery at http://www.stolpmanvineyards.com .
Rob Hammelman of Sand-Reckoner , left, with his niece, at the fall wine festival in Willcox.
Chenin Blanc India Several Willcox-area wineries brought home the “heavy metal” earlier this month in the fourth annual Arizona Republic wine competition.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India The awards were presented Nov. 15 during the “Celebration of Arizona Winemakers” at Quiescence at the Farm, after being judged Oct. 28 at Tarbell’s Restaurant, in Phoenix.
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