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Summers 2008 Le Nude Chardonnay & 2007 Adrianna’s Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon

Paired with Smoked Duck Ham, pineapple & puree of white beans.

Andre’ — “The two wines in this post come from Summers Estate Wines. The first is the 2008 Chardonnay, “La Nude” a reference to the fact that it is produced without any oak barrel aging. As much as I love a buttery oaky California Chard, many of them are overdone. The La Nude is rich and mouthfilling, well-balanced with bright acidity and a lingering tropical fruit finish.

The second wine 2007 Andriana’s Cuvee’ is a dynamite Cab and at this price I think a great value as well. Nice spice and berry fruits with soft green tannins this is a medium to full-bodied cab that has a lot to offer.

Now the challenge, come up with one dish that pairs well with both wines. I am serving it to a few hundred people at An Evening of Wine and Roses. My first thought as I tasted the chardonnay was to use duck breast as a starting point. The meat wouldn’t overpower the white but it still has enough flavor to stand up to the Cab. As I have said before when you are pairing food and wine the pairing is more about the garnishes than the center of the plate. I decided to turn the duck breast into a smoked duck ham. Add a touch of sweetness and play off the fruit flavors in the La Nude with a pineapple chip, and finish off the plate with a puree of white beans. The smokyness in the duck and earthiness of the beans mirroring some of the flavors in the Adriana’s cuvee’.”

From the winemaker:

“The 2008 Le Nude Chardonnay possesses a pale straw color with tropical fruit aromas, finishing with crisp pear flavors. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Andriana’s Cuvee is a bright red fruit wine with smoky oak aroma that leads to a mouthful bursting with blackberry and spicy tones.”

Rating:

The Le Nude Chardonnay was given a 88 point rating & the Adrianna’s Cuvee Cabernet was given a 89 point rating  by Wine Advocate.

Availability:

2008 Le Nude Chardonnay in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $10.99 a bottle, $59.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $105.51 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#18717

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $23.99 a bottle, $129.55 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $230.31 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#15063

About the Chef:

Andre’ de Waal is the owner of Andre’s Restaurant &Wine Boutique in Newton NJ. For more information about Andre’ and his restaurant, visit www.andresrestaurant.com

2007 Pacific Rim “Vin de Glaciere” Riesling

Paired with Apple Crisp, Black Raspberry Sauce.

Andre’ — “This wine is consistently bright and fresh upon release. The 07 is aging well and has more pronounced flavors of dried apricot and honey. I think it is a great introduction to sweet, or as I like to say sticky wines. Some would put this in the Dessert wine category. It is also fantastic early in the meal with some pate’ or cured meats, or with a carmelized onion soup. For the event at St. Joes with the Growing Stage we are pairing it with the Apple crisp. The combination of flavors, apple, black raspberry and sweet riesling is electrifying. So, about that recipe. Slightly altered this is my Grandmothers Crisp Topping.

1 cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

8 ounces Butter cut into small pieces

Mix all of this together with your hands until it resembles a fine meal. Add

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

pinch of salt and cinnamon.

put this topping over prepared fruit and bake at 400 until golden brown.

From the winemaker:

“The Pacific Rim Vine de Glaciere is made from Riesling grown at the Selenium Vineyard, picked at about 22.5% sugar; the grapes are then frozen to concentrate the juice. The resulting wine is sweet with pear, melon, mango and honey notes and a kiss of horseradish-like spice and earthy clove. Riesling’s natural acidity helps balance the sugar.”

Availability:

2007 vintage in a 375 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $19.99 a bottle. SKU#18199

About the Chef:

Andre’ de Waal is the owner of Andre’s Restaurant &Wine Boutique in Newton NJ. For more information about Andre’ and his restaurant, visit www.andresrestaurant.com

2007 Monte Antico Toscano

The 2006 vintage of this wine appeared on the Wine Spectator’s 2009 Top 100. Since the 2007 vintage was equally good in Tuscany, expect similar praise for this yet-unreviewed version.

From the Wine Maker – “Deep ruby in color, its bouquet of leather, earth, herbs, black cherries, licorice and plums is confirmed on the medium to full-bodied palate — round, spicy, elegant, attractively fruity and extremely versatile. “

Enjoy with any fare from pasta or risotto, to meat, fowl and cheese.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2007 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $12.99 a bottle, $70.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $124.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#33690

2007 Thorn-Clarke Riesling Eden Valley Terra Barossa Single Vineyard

2007 Thorn-Clarke Riesling Eden Valley Terra Barossa Single Vineyard2007 Thorn-Clarke Riesling presents sweet fragrant florals, zesty limes/lemons, white currants and mineral notes. It has good acidity and a long finish on the palate.

From the winemaker – “The wine is a very pale straw with a green tinge. The nose has lifted floral, lime and Granny Smith apples with nectarine and musk also evident. The palate is medium bodied with rich delicious apples and a distinctive Eden Valley minerality. This flavour combines magnificently with the zingy freshness provided by the good acid balance to give this wine great line and length.

This wine is best served with a vast array of foods, but the winemaker recommends spicy tandoori chicken.

Rating:

This wine was given a 91 point rating by Wine Spectator, and a 90 rating by Wine Advocate.

Availability:

2007 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock in Hackettstown for $6.99 a bottle, $37.75 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $67.11 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#21935

2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir

2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot NoirThis bottle is a pure Pinot Noir with soft juicy balanced oak and soft sweet tannins.

From the winemaker – “The 2007 Pinot Noir has sweet, delicate aromas of raspberries and red cherries with hints of cocoa and toast. The sweet and tart flavors of ripe, red cherries and raspberries are accented by hints of vanilla and white pepper spice. An elegant Pinot Noir with delicate round tannins and nicely balanced acidity that lingers into the silky finish.”

A great complement to wild salmon. Also try with roasted duck, grilled lamb, mushrooms, and medium cheeses.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2007 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $27.99 a bottle, $151.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $268.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#16998

2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Estate Bottled Pinot Noir

2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Estate Bottled Pinot NoirBig fruit, black, red and purple color mixed with silky tannins and a floral bouquet scent make this wine more generous and fruit oriented with continued airing. The incredible depth and complexity of this wonderfully balanced wine, while its nose is dense and concentrated, mingles nicely with  its exotic brown spices, oak and earthy minerals. This bottle will age well over the next few years making it a must have for your cellar, but decanting it will also reveal a great drinking wine which lies just below its reserved exterior.

A wonderful match for simply prepared ultra-fresh Pacific salmon, Portugese-style goat cheeses, raw-milk blue cheeses, or any number of cheeses from Sonoma dairies.

Rating:

This wine was given a 90 point rating by Wine Enthusiast.

Availability:

2006 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $44.99 a bottle, on sale for $39.99 a bottle 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2013. SKU#19902


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