Monday, November 30, 2015

November 30th

This week we have one of the coolest (and probably most geeky) wines we have done for our wine of the week series. This is Lambrusco, which a sparkling DRY red wine from Italy. Most of us think of Riunite Lambrusco, which is a sweet red wine (usually drank by our Grandfathers). If you love Prosecco and red wines than this is your new favorite wine that is perfect for every occasion (especially the end of a long work week)! 

This is Tenuta Pederzana's most feminine and elegant wine, in which the freshness and vibrant fruit that one finds in the Grasparossa grape are highlighted to the full. The morello cherry note is joined by an intriguing sensation of wild strawberries and raspberries. The brief maceration at fairly low temperatures has made it ideal for drinking as an aperitif and in summer, thanks to the smoothness of its very delicate tannins which, besides, always leave the palate fresh and clean, making it ready to taste the next mouthful.

Chad the Tie Guy's Review: This is one of my favorite wines to turn people on to when they want to try something new and exciting. This of the best qualities of Pinot Noir and Prosecco combined to form a dry but fruit forward sparkling wine. It's definitely not like anything you have probably had before but for $13 bucks its well worth the leap of faith. Enjoy!

Grape Varietals:  Grasparossa (100%)

Wine Region: Emilia, Italy

Alcohol Content: 11%

White Horse Wine Color Code System:       LIGHT RED WINES      

Food Pairings: Try pairing this wine with typical food from the Emilia region of Italy such as tortellini, tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce or fried gnocchi. It is also ideal with delicately flavored foods such as herb crusted turkey or pork loin but shines with salmon and lamb. 

Cheese Pairings: 
Drunken Goat Cheese- A mild, soft cheese aged in red wine
Spain $8.49 (8oz)
Gouda Ewephoria- A mild Gouda with a smooth, sweet flavor.
Netherlands $9.49 (8oz)
Emmenthaler- A swiss cheese with a sharp, nutty flavor
Switzerland $8.49 (8oz) 

Monday, November 23, 2015

November 23rd

As we continue in our wine recommendations for your Thanksgiving dinner, we have a classic pairing: Pinot Noir. However, as you know we don't usually stick to the old boring "classic" wine pairings, so this one has a cool twist. This all organically farmer Pinot Noir is made in the relatively unknown Potter Valley in Mendocino County, California by an old Navy veteran who learned to love wine in the Mediterranean.

This wine is a great Pinot Noir with lovely rich fruit flavors of cherry, cranberry and strawberry with a nice hint of sweet spices and light oak. The soft and silky tannins on this wine make it a great wine with or without food but try this one with your Thanksgiving dinner and you won't be disappointed.

Chad the Tie Guy's Review: Nobody like weak and watery Pinot Noir (which unfortunately is quite common). This is a great example of what makes everybody love Pinot Noir. It is silky and soft with a bright flavor that shines through. Very elegant and definitely making an appearance on my Thanksgiving table! 

Grape Varietals: Pinot Noir (100%)

Wine Region: Potter Valley, California

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

White Horse Wine Color Code System:       LIGHT RED WINES      

Food Pairings: This wine is great with Thanksgiving dinner and other light meats. For a real treat, try this with a balsamic cherry glazed salmon over roasted zucchini gratin. 

Cheese Pairings: 
Di Bruno Aged Gouda- Creamy flavors of honey and butterscotch
Holland $5.49 (8oz)
Cherry Grove Havilah- A flavorful local, hard alpine style cheese
New Jersey $10.99 (8oz)
Emmenthaler- A swiss cheese with a sharp, nutty flavor
Switzerland $8.49 (8oz) 

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 16th

As the Thanksgiving holiday gets closer, we have another hidden gem that is perfect for pairing up with your Thanksgiving dinner. With the myriad of different flavors on the table this season from cranberry sauce and green bean casserole to gravy laden turkey it is often difficult to pick one wine that will seamlessly go with everything. This is that perfect wine from start to finish (yes, even with dessert).

This is a DRY Gewurztraminer from New York States famed Finger Lakes Region. Usually done in a sweet style, this wine is elegant and very aromatic. Flavor of peach, apricot, rose petal and lychee (a japanese fruit) burst forth with a clean, mineral driven finish that refreshes your palate for the next sip. This misunderstood grape is often overlooked by average consumers, but the adventurous wine drinker will be greatly rewarded for picking up a bottle of this wine for the holidays. Cheers! 

Chad the Tie Guy's Review: This is one of the most complex and aromatic white wines. This proves just how amazing the Finger Lakes wine growing region of New York state is. If you steer away from Rieslings and Gewurztraminers because you think they have to be sweet, then try this wine and enjoy this delicious exception to the rule.

Grape Varietals: Gewurztraminer (100%)

Wine Region: Finger Lakes, New York

Alcohol Content: 13.3%

Food Pairings: This wine pairs really well with poultry which makes it a great wine for Thanksgiving dinner. The complex floral flavors of this wine also make it perfect for hard to pair global cuisines such as Thai, Mexican, Japanese and Indian foods.

Cheese Pairings: 
Delice de Bourgogne- A super soft, triple cream with a rich flavor
France $9.99 (8oz)
Bucheron- A mild, soft goat cheese with an edible rind
Frace $6.99 (8oz)
Cypress Grove Humbolt Fog- A soft rind cheese with a tangy edible ash layer
USA $12.99 (8oz) 

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 9th

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we offer up another one of our hidden gems that is worthy of your holiday feast. This refreshing but still flavorful wine has a lot of complexity with out making itself seem fussy or fancy. This is a great wine to great your guest with and ease the holiday tension because it is perfect by itself but it has a way of making the food it is paired with taste better. I recommend stashing a case of this one and labeling it "Holiday Survival Kit".

The Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhône river.  In 1927, Parisian wine merchant Pierre Chassaing founded Domaine Isle Saint-Pierre and devoted himself to cultivating vines and raising sheep.  A few vines remains from that time, together with a flock of 200 sheep that provides the manure needed to nourish the vines.  The proximity to the water means that the island enjoys a coastal climate (with a cooling influence from the nearby bodies of water) and deep, well draining sedimentary soils comprised of sand and silt. This allows the current winemaker to farm this island organically without the use of harsh chemicals and pesticides.
Chad the Tie Guy's Review: This is one of my favorite all around white wines. It is crisp and refreshing while also having a lot of flavor (unlike those one note Pinot Grigios).

Grape Varietals: Chardonnay (70%), Sauvignon Blanc (25%), Muscat (5%)

Wine Region: Rhone Valley, France

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Food Pairings: This wine is great by itself after a long day, but it also shines as the beginning to a party. Try pairing this one up with appetizers, salads and snack foods due to it's clean yet aromatic personality. A nice one to serve ice cold!

Cheese Pairings: 
Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper- A creamy, buttery aged Gouda
USA $14.99 (8oz)
Drunken Goat Cheese- A mild, soft cheese aged in red wine
Spain $8.49 (8oz)
Cypress Grove Humbolt Fog- A soft rind cheese with a tangy edible ash layer
USA $12.99 (8oz) 

Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2nd

Last summer, in the Hamptons, there was a rosé shortage. People were running through the streets, screaming. There was not enough rosé. They were hoarding it in their arms … and we said, ‘never again!’” That's when Instagram superstar Josh Ostrovsky (who you might know as @TheFat Jewish or maybe just the King of Brunch or Whitney Jewston or Jewther Vandross?) says he got the idea for White Girl Rosé.

This wine is pink, however it is NOT SWEET! This DRY rose is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and "Red" Zinfandel that is as dry as a normal Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay. This wine has flavors of watermelon, strawberry and floral notes with a crisp, clean finish. This wine is perfect for fall  because it is flavorful and yet refreshing, but it is available year round for those in the know!

Chad the Tie Guy's Review: We love dry roses because they are the best of both worlds. They have the rich, complex flavors of a red wine and the crisp, refreshing finish of a white wine. They are made the same way as a red wine but the skins are removed after a few days leaving the color and body lighter. If you have never tried a dry rose, do yourself a favor and dive right in with this kitschy complement to Thanksgiving dinner!

Grape Varietals: Zinfandel (65%), Sauvignon Blanc (35%)

Wine Region: California

Alcohol Content: 12%

White Horse Wine Color Code System:       D       DRY ROSE       D      

Food Pairings: A crisp, refreshing wine like this goes great by itself but is so versatile that it can go with everything from appetizers and salads to Salmon and Pork. Dry roses like this wine are the perfect accompaniment for Thanksgiving dinner (so if your planning ahead, grab it now before everyone else gets it).

Cheese Pairings: 
Aged Asiago Cheese- A nice salty, flavorful aged Asiago tang.
Italy $5.49 (8oz)
Gouda Ewephoria- A mild Gouda with a smooth, sweet flavor.
Netherlands $9.49 (8oz)
Delice de Bourgogne- A soft triple cream cheese that is like butter!
France $9.99 (8oz)