Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wines Divine for Holiday Fare

Holiday fare with something 'pumpkin-spice' -or peppermint chocolate -match well with Octoberfest beers and schnapps-but earthy aromatic red wines as well as balanced white wines-can also pair off well.
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At-Il Gattopardo -several rich red wines made from Romagna Sangiovese regional grapes were paired perfection with the elegant rustic southern Italian appetizers served.
The new to us  Sangiovese red wines-sharing the characteristic rich berry garnet color of Brunellos - are helpfully subject to the new Romagna appellation regulation (12 sub-zones) that safeguard and promote these delicious aromatic sips to consumers on this side of the Pond.
One of our favs...Il Nespoli (Poderi Dal Nespoli S.r.L. Soc. Agr.) Romana Sangiovese Superiore Riserva- a red wine with fine, elegant tannins with characters reflective of the medium textured terroir. Pair with hard cheeses, meaty entrees-or we think, spicy autumnal fare-like warm up pumpkin squash soup.
Another top pick-Bron & Ruseval
 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva Bertinoro 2013 wine-aged in oak barrels-full flavors rich floral  hints.
Grenache grapes made into white/red wines from the southern Rhone valley + Aragon Spain- Basque region-also bring holiday cheers for seasonal grub. On the left-Grandes Vinos y Viñedos Anayón makes delicious full bodied varietal white wine made from 30 years old Chardonnay vines aged in American oak barrels for six months +clarified before bottling. On the right-and in the glass-Department 66 Grenache 2014 from Languedoc-Rouissillon, France-is simply transporting-with deep berry flavors, mineral notes-and smooth tannins...