Whether you’re celebrating a momentous wedding anniversary,
a cornerstone birthday, or just in need of a really sophisticated bottle of red
to impress your guests here are three beautiful California wines that will make
a great addition to your collection. After sampling around 50 different bottles
of wine during my Wine Country visit I picked three of my favorites. I know you
will fall in love with their vintage finesse that pairs well with any occasion.
The complex flavor of this elegant wine selection lends
aromatic hints of black plum, soy sauce and rose petals completed by a smooth
finish. Silver Oak Cellars blends prior to barreling in American oak barrels to
achieve the rich flavors of fruit before the oak element harmonizes the wine’s
character. If stored properly this wine can be enjoyed up to 15 years.
I always tell loyal white wine drinkers who want to expand
their palates and drink more reds to start off with a Pinot Noir. Pinots are
great transitions because they are seductive wines with ripe tannins and
graceful fruity flavors. Cakebread Cellars is a distinguished winery that
constructs many quality selections. The Pinot Noir Carneros hosts a silky,
medium bodied taste with aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and lavender. To develop
additional complexity, store this wine for 3-5 years longer.
Cook with: Pinot Noir Risotto With Rosemary Chicken
The Duckhorn Vineyards Merlots are white house worthy and
have been featured at many presidential luncheons and dinner parties. Notes
from the winemaker: “This Merlot offers a rich texture, ripe tannins and
seamlessly integrated French oak. On the palate, polished flavors of red cherry and raspberry
are accented by an enticing layer of graham cracker piecrust.” I look forward to a perfect, chilly fall evening when I can curl up next to a cozy fire
pit with a few close friends and open this standout vintage selection.
Cook with: Rosemary-Merlot Flank Steak