Obscure Reds and Seasonal Flavors for Autumn

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This is the month of feasting.  In winter months, gathering is not just for holidays but for sharing food, story telling and in many ways keeping each other company while the weather is terrible!  So this month we feature unique and obscure wines to hopefully kick start a fun gathering.  Why not present something that starts a conversation?

Rosé wines will be 20% off from Thursday November 12th until Thanksgiving!  Our fabulous Ramato is on a huge discount as we need to change labels by the end of February:  Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe Pinot Grigio Ramato (Veneto, Italy) Originally $17.99 … it is now: INSIDER $13.99 | Mixed Case $11.19.  Spread the word!

Here’s the line up of obscure reds:

Weingut Prechtl Zweigelt (Weinviertel, Austria) — Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $16.99 | Mixed Case $13.59 — Tasting notes: 100% Zweigelt- inky color with black currants, blackberry skins, sage and savory herbs, medium tannins. Pair with: Buffalo Burger as well as sausage dishes, especially blood sausage with sage or a pomegranate jicima hazelnut fresh greens salad.

Weingut Prechtl Reserve Red (Weinviertel, Austria) — Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $16.99 | Mixed Case $13.59 — Tasting notes: Zweigelt, St. Laurent, and Blaufränkisch —  If your palate wanted to explore other countries, here you go-  Inky, yet tart, luscious tannins and layered dark fruit berries with vinous herbs. Pair with:  Sage and pork spatlese, your green bean casserole that Grandma made, or a fresh rack of lamb.  Choices, choices…

Food_Lamb rib chops with fregola

Carmen Carmenère Gran Reserva (Colchagua Valley, Chile) — Reg $16.99 | Mixed Case $13.59 — Tasting notes: Dark cherries, plums, toasted smoky bits, vanilla and a hint of fresh raspberries. Pair with:  Smoked ham with cloves and fruit- orange would be ideal, but do your pineapple and tell me otherwise.

Neil Ellis Pinotage (Stellenbosch, South Africa) –Reg $22.99 | Mixed Case $18.39– Tasting notes- Dark plum, cherry, blackberry melded with dark chocolate, soft tannins. Pair with: STEAK!!  Seriously.  Alternatives of morels, nut pies, pot pies and ham hock stews… ahhh yeah.

Spice Route Pinotage (Swartland, South Africa) — Reg $23.99 | Mixed Case $19.19 — Tasting notes: Smoky cherry tobacco with explosive plum, raspberry fruits, medium tannin and a hint of beetroot (as the winemaker calls it). Pair with:  Collard wraps with stewed meats or pulled pork.  Or Spring rolls with a tamari aoili.

Castelfeder Lagrein (Alto Adige, Italy) — Reg $20.99 | INSIDER $16.99 | Mixed Case $13.59 — Tasting notes: Extracted black raspberries, black currants, cherries and blackberries with tannins, tobacco leaves and earth.  Inky, but not heavy.  Lush, but not heady.  Pair with: Smoked turkey or ham roasted with nuts.  Vegetarian: squash, zucchini and roasted potatoes.

VEG_ZUCCHINI with yellow & red peppers, pesto & goat cheese over tomato purée_Sep 2014
Castelfeder Pinot Nero (Alto Adige, Italy) — Reg $20.99 | INSIDER $19.99 | Mixed Case $15.99 — Tasting notes: Rich dark plums and black cherries with supple tannin, smoke and spice. Pair with:  If salmon was in season, that would be delicious.  Alternatives — Scallops, duck, game hen, roasted beets with blue cheese, fig and pomegranate endive salad with hazelnuts and balsamic.

Palazzo Malgara Nerello Mascalese (Sicily, Italy) — Reg $15.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99 — Tasting notes: Rich black berries, black cherries, tannin, leather components with layers of tobacco, vanilla and licorice. Pair with: Cioppino, seasonal mushroom dishes, risotto and veal.

FOOD_veal rack chop with linguine_Sep 2012
Palazzo Malgara Negroamaro (Salento, Italy) — Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | Mixed Case $11.19 — Tasting notes: Dark plums, herbs, silky texture with subtle rustic earth undertones. Pair with: Lamb meatballs, stuffed piquillo peppers, paella.

Palazzo Malgara Nero d’Avola (Sicily, Italy) — Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | Mixed Case $11.19 — Tasting notes: Blackberry, blueberry, & cassis with a medium and mild body and a soft round finish. Pair with:  A great seafood red!  Swordfish, sturgeon, spot prawns with a side of fresh pasta and herbs!

Robert Ramsay Cinsault (Columbia Valley, Washington) — Reg $31.99 | Mixed Case $25.59 — Tasting notes: Briar patch strawberries, black cherries, summer baked fruit with hillside herbs. 94% Cinsault, 6% Syrah. Pair with:  Duck and game hen, roasted potatoes and yams, cassoulet.

Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley, California) — Reg $24.99 | Mixed Case $19.99 — Tasting notes: Brambly fruit and blueberry mix with softer hints of espresso, black cherry, and dark chocolate. A seductively long finish. Pair with:  Flank steak with sauteed peppers, Stilton Blue, Humbolt Fog and figs, roasted chicken with rosemary and carrots.

$5_crostini with blue cheese mousse, figs

Flying Dreams Tempranillo (Columbia Valley, Washington) — Reg $49.99 | Mixed Case $39.99 — Tasting notes:  Ripe raspberries, anise and spice mixed with fresh cedar and cocoa. Pair with:  Lamb with a cherry balsamic sauce, risotto with saffron, pancetta and goat cheese pizza

Santa Lucia Morello di Scansano (Tuscany, Italy) — Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $16.99 | Mixed Case $13.59 — Tasting notes: Spicy with earthy aromas.  Deep dark plums, wild black berries, cooked cherries with stony minerality. Medium plus tannin gives a leathery quality with hints of tobacco leaves. Pair with: Jens’ Sausage Lasagna

May you have safe travels with great meals filled with laughter, great conversation and delicious pairings!

Happy Autumn & Happy Thanksgiving!

Jens, Julie and Jaci