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2012 Bridlewood Estate Monterey County Pinot Noir

bridlewood-estate-winery-monterey-county-pinot-noirAt Bridlewood, we like to take our time. We hand select our grapes from California’s vast Central Coast AVA, and we pour our passion into winemaking. Our picturesque 105-acre estate rests on a high bench of ancient seabed, facing the Pacific breezes that meander through the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the Purisima Hills and San Raphael Mountains to the north. Days are warm, nights are cool and the abundant sunshine is tempered by wind and fog. This is Central Coast Wine Country at its best. The grapes for this wine were harvested early in the morning, keeping them as cool as possible. This helped the grapes retain their natural acidity and expressive fruit flavors while allowing for better control of the fermentation temperature.

From the winemaker – “Our Bridlewood Monterey County Pinot Noir has layers of cherry, raspberry and plum flavors that are nicely complemented by hints of caramel, vanilla and toffee. The soft, silky mouthfeel of this Pinot Noir goes a long way.”

This wine is best served with Veal chops, veal Marsala, Piccata, Osso bucco.  Veal with light herb, vegetable, cheese, cream, mushroom or wine sauces. Mild, firm cheeses like Swiss or Gouda.  Hard cheeses like Parmigiano or Romano and savory cheese like Cheddar.

Rating:

This wine was given a 86 rating by Wine Advocate.

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $18.99 a bottle, on sale for $16.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2015. SKU#24191

2011 Stags Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

A perennial favorite on restaurant wine lists, Artemis is generous in flavor and velvety in texture. Mainly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, a 7% Merlot,2% Syrah, and 1% Petit Verdot finish this wines big bold blend.

From the winemaker – “Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cedar and forest floor get a boost of complexity from hints of rosemary, gentle fresh herbs, baking spice and vanilla caramel. The wine is deep, dark and intense, yet also signature Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: medium-full-bodied, firmly structured, powerful yet elegant, and with a long, succulent finish.”

Enjoy this wine with braised short ribs on a cold winter’s night or with a porcini and gorgonzola burger for you gourmet grillers.

Rating:

This wine was given a 94 point rating by Wine Enthusiast.

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $57.99 a bottle, on sale for $39.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2015. SKU#39160

2012 Mark West Chardonnay

Mark-West-ChardonnayPlayful fruit flavors of papaya and pears are complemented by subtle apple pie spice and vanilla from oak aging.

From the Wine Maker – “This vintage shows aromas of bright citrus, including lemon and pineapple, as well as mango, peach, nectarine, vanilla and lemongrass notes. The wine is bright with clean fruit flavors showing tropical notes with a touch of baked apple. The oak aging gently frames the wine, contributes a slight caramel note, and complements the fruit flavors from these fine coastal vineyards.”

Great with appetizers such as; baked goat cheese, smoked fish or shellfish, oysters on the half-shell and escargots that are sautéed with garlic. Cream style cheeses such as; cottage or goat cheese, semi-hard cheeses like Fontina, Jarlsberg, Swiss or Gouda.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $14.99 a bottle, on sale for $9.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2015. SKU#13882

2011 William Hill Bench Blend Chardonnay

William-Hill-Bench-Blend-ChardonnayTucked away near the Silverado Trail, just minutes from some of the world’s most renowned Chardonnay vineyards, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and red Bordeaux varietals with rich, expressive flavors. Winemaker Ralf Holdenried makes William Hill’s extraordinary collection of elegant wines to showcase the other side of Napa – the side that is off the beaten path.

From the Wine Maker – “Our William Hill Estate 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay was made from a mix of grapes grown in the cool Carneros and warmer St. Helena AVAs. Ripe tree fruit and heady notes of baked apple are supported by layers of caramel, brown spice and toasted oak flavors. This wine has a rich palate and silky mouthfeel, with moderate sweetness and a long, lingering finish.”

This luscious yet balanced Chardonnay is a perfect complement to dinner with flavors of toasted oak, buttered popcorn, green apple, and citrus.

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 86 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $29.99 a bottle, $161.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $287.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#23310

Cocoa di Vine Chocolate Wine

A seductive blend of velvety-smooth chocolate flavors and luscious grape wine, Coca di Vine is the ultimate indulgence. Kiss your inhibitions goodbye as this sinful decadence offers a rich chocolate taste and silky finish.

From the Wine Maker – “An intoxicating blend of chocolate and wine, Cocoa di Vine is the ultimate indulgence! The chocolate flavors are produced at one of the top creameries in the United States. The wine – a blend of Torrontes, Pedro Ximenez, and Moscato – was produced at a US winery as well, making this an all-American product.”

Cocoa di Vine works well as a dessert wine and can be paired with cakes, cookies, and ice cream. It is also served as a cocktail and is growing in popularity among cocktail lounges across the country.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

Non-vintage 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $9.99 a bottle, $53.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $95.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#25193

2008 Mark West Pinot Noir

2008 Mark West Pinot NoirAndre’ — “I love the MW Pinot! First of all for the price it is tough to beat. The balance of Fruit/spice/acid is dead on.

This is a great food wine but I could also see myself drinking it on it’s own, while I’m sitting around the fire with friends.

We opened a bottle at home this past weekend. I made Cauliflower with Bacon, some Local Potatoes and Pan Roasted Black Bass.

For the Bass I cleaned 2 filets, patted them dry and seasoned them with salt and pepper. Drop the fish into a hot pan with just a touch of oil, cook on med-high for 3-4 min, flip and cook 2-3 min more. Remove from the pan and hold in a warm place. Meanwhile drop a knob of butter in the pan with a splash of wine and some fresh herbs, pour the sauce over the fish (don’t forget to check the seasoning)”

From the winemaker:

“Enticing aromas of strawberry and raspberry with barrel notes of caramel, vanilla and baking spices. Oak aging rounds out the palate and gives the wine its body. The wine drinks of deep, concentrated raspberry, cherry pie with a touch of cola berry. The wine shows juicy fruit texture and subtle oak.”

Availability:

2008 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $13.99 a bottle, on sale for $9.99 a bottle 01/01/2013 to 12/31/2014. SKU#06180

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


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