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2013 Ghost Pines Chardonnay

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From the Wine Maker – “Selected from three of California’s most recognized Chardonnay appellations, Sonoma, Monterey and Napa, our Ghost Pines Chardonnay offers expressive, fruit-forward characteristics. The artful combination of these three regions delivers baked apple, pear and lemon cream flavors, accented by an elegant finish of sweet vanilla.”

This wine is best served with Mahi Mahi, Salmon, Shark, Swordfish, and Tuna sautéed, grilled, roasted or baked with or without sauces. Semi-hard cheeses like mild Cheddar, Fontina, Jarlsberg, Swiss or Gouda, soft rind cheeses like Brie.

Rating:

This wine was given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2016 Dreaming Tree Chardonnay

When Steve Reeder and Dave Matthews first met, they realized they had a few things in common, like a passion for making wine at least as strong as their passion for drinking it.

They set out into wine country, looking for a way to make quality wines accessible to everyone. Along the way, they found inspiration in the down-to-earth characters and unforgettable flavors that give the region its rare kind of charm.

From the Wine Maker – “The fruit jumps out of the glass and reminds you of roasted pear or baked apple pie. Big fruit and brown spices that are backed by a distinct Central Coast citrus note. The entry coats your mouth with these great flavors. Easy to enjoy, this wine will bring the coastal wine adventure right to your home.”

Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple with Dukka Dust

Serves 4-6 as an appetizer / 2-3 as a main course

Ingredients

  • 1 lb medium shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1 pineapple, cut in 1 inch chunks similar to size of shrimp
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 3 tablespoons whole fennel seeds
  • 3 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Soak 8 – 12 skewers in water for 15 minutes if using wooden skewers. Metal skewers also work.
  3. Place the almonds in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet and toast for 10 – 15 minutes or lightly browned. Coarsely chop. You can also buy roasted almonds and skip the oven toasting. The flavor will be slightly more intense.
  4. Place coriander and fennel seeds in a small sauté pan and toast over low heat until fragrant about 3 – 5 minutes.
  5. Crush the coriander and fennel seeds using a mortar and pestle, a coffee grinder or the bottom of a sauté pan on your cutting board. Place in a bowl.
  6. Add the thyme, salt and pepper to the coriander and fennel mixture to create dukka dust.
  7. Alternately thread 1 each of the shrimp and pineapple onto the skewers.
  8. Brush shrimp with olive oil to coat and sprinkle lightly with salt and grill on a medium flame until shrimp are opaque about 2 – 3 minutes per side.
  9. Sprinkle with dukka dust hot off the grill.

Notes

If you use a coffee grinder for crushing your spices, run a piece of dry bread through the grinder to remove any spice odors.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2013 Adele Chardonnay

The Adele Chardonnay comes from a 10-acre block in the well-known Vine Hill Road region of Russian River, source of some of the best Chardonnay produced in California. It is fermented two-thirds in new and used French Oak barrels, while the rest is fermented in stainless steel to maintain the bright freshness of the fruit. During its 8 month elevage, the wine sees some batonnage, adding richness and texture. The result is a full-bodied but not overblown crowd-pleaser.

From the winemaker – “2013 Adele Chardonnay Russian River a bright yellow color of medium intensity along with greenish reflections. On the nose the wine offers a medium intensity of vanilla, ripe pineapple and toffee. There might be a hint of orange rind. On the palate he wine is dry, full-bodied with mouth-watering acidity. There is a medium(-) intensity of flavors similar to the nose. The vanilla and pineapple are dominant with a hint of tangerine. The finish is clean with a medium length of lingering pineapple. There is a pleasant slight sweet attack on medium intensity at the end.”

This wine is best served with white meats, scallops, Hard cheeses, fish, chicken, BBQ.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2014 Chateau St. Jean North Coast Chardonnay

Chateau St. Jean was built on a family’s dream to create a world-class winery in the heart of Sonoma. With its gracious style, elegant architecture, beautiful gardens and inviting tasting rooms, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as the quintessential Sonoma winery. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of each vineyard in the wines.

From the Wine Maker – “Chardonnay from North Coast of California. The nose has bright aromas of ripe apple, creamy lemon pie, warm vanilla and brown spice notes. The medium bodied soft palate is rich and supple with juicy fruit flavors of fresh nectarine, apple and pineapple. Pleasing notes of toasted hazelnut and subtle brown baking spice add complexity. The wine is well-balanced with a great core of fruit and bright acidity.”

This wine pairs nicely with raw and lightly cooked shellfish like crab and prawns, steamed or grilled fish, fish pâtés.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2015 Alamos Chardonnay

alamos-chardonnayAlamos crafts quality wines from Argentina, offering the best of the country’s high altitude vineyards at an incredible value. Alamos grapes are grown at the foothills of the Andes Mountains at elevations of 3,000 to 6,000 feet, where intense sunlight,cool evening temperatures and mineral-rich irrigation from mountain snowmelt translate to bright aromatics and rich flavors.

From the winemaker – “The 2015 Alamos Chardonnay offers layered aromas and flavors of crisp green apple, peach and citrus blossom. On the full and round palate, flavors of pear and pineapple emerge, balanced by subtle notes of vanilla, butterscotch and sweet brown spice. A lingering finish is accented by clean acidity and citrus zest.”

This wine is best served with white meats, scallops, Hard cheeses, fish, chicken, BBQ.

Rating:

This wine was given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2013 Maison Louis Latour Andeche Chardonnay

Maison Louis Latour is one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy whilst maintaining its traditional image. With a view to expanding the business in 1979, the valley of the Ardèche river with its limestone-based soils was chosen as the ideal location to produce top-quality vin de pays Chardonnay. The wine is deliciously apple-fresh with crisp acidity and a smooth finish.

From the Wine Maker – “Golden yellow with green highlights, offering an aromatic bouquet of white flowers. Powerful and rounded with good length.”

Best with Appetizers such as; baked goat cheese, smoked fish or shellfish, oysters on the half-shell and escargots that are sautéed with garlic.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2014 Banfi Centine Toscana White Wine

Our Centine takes its name from a 19th century farmhouse on the Castello Banfi vineyard estate. is rural Tuscan dwelling is noted for its many stone arches, called centine in Italian. Well balanced, Centine Bianco is notable for its rich aromatic expression and elegant structure.

From the Wine Maker – “Color: Brilliant yellow. Bouquet: Fruit-forward with varietal notes of pear, apricot, lime, and herbs. Taste: Dry and well-balanced with crisp acidity and lush fruit flavors.”

Ideal with white meats, grilled poultry, and entrée salads. Perfect also as an aperitif.

Rating:

This wine was given a 85 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 


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