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2014 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay

Chateau-Ste.-Michelle-Columbia-Valley-ChardonnayFrom the winemaker – “My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make it a pleasurable, food-friendly wine. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances.”

Chateau Dungeness Crab Cakes

Yield: Makes 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 lb. Fresh Dungeness Crab, pick through to remove bits of shell, and squeeze the liquid out 2 Tbs. fine diced apple 2 Tbs. fine diced red pepper, squeeze to remove liquid 2 Tbs. fine diced yellow pepper, squeeze to remove liquid 3 Tbs. minced red onion ¼ c. mayonnaise ¾ c. plus 2 Tbs. bread crumbs 1 Tbs. chopped fresh tarragon 3 Tbs. vegetable oil Washington apple slaw, recipe follows.
INSTRUCTIONS
Mix the first five ingredients in a small bowl.  Add chopped tarragon and mayonnaise, mixing until completely incorporated.  Add ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs and mix thoroughly.  If the mixture doesn’t hold it’s shape, add a little more mayonnaise.  Divide into 24 equal portions and form into patties.  Chill for at least 30 minutes, then coat with remaining bread crumbs.

Heat a non-stick saute pan over medium heat, add oil, and place the crab cakes in the pan.  Cook until golden brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes.  Remove from the pan and place on heated serving plate.  Top each crab cake with some of the Washington apple slaw to serve.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2014 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#17670

2011 Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli

Antinori-Chianti-Classico-PeppoliIntroduced in 1988 with the 1985 vintage, Pèppoli Chianti Classico DOCG is the archetypal modern Chianti Classico. In a departure from traditional Chiantis, Pèppoli combines the complexity and structure of a well-aged riserva with the fruity fragrance of a young wine. This style is made possible by a unique microclimate where east-northeast facing vineyards are planted in a small heat-retaining valley on mineral-rich rocky soils that are perfect for growing very fruity, lively Sangiovese. The wine further benefits from the use of better Sangiovese clones, severe grape bunch selection, delayed and cluster harvest when necessary.

From the Wine Maker – “Ruby red in color, the 2011 Pèppoli shows notes of cherries well-integrated with the chocolate and vanilla aromas of the oak aging. The palate shows much Sangiovese varietal character. The tannins are soft and silky, and the flavors are long and well sustained.”

The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $27.99 a bottle, on sale for $19.99 a bottle 01/02/2015 to 13/31/2016. SKU#10917

2013 Alamos Malbec

Alamos-MalbecThis wine has a full structure and a long, lingering finish. It has a spice and vanilla oak characteristic to it with floral notes which makes it a very drinkable wine now, or for years to come.

From the winemaker – “A classically Argentine wine, our Alamos Malbec blends the deeply concentrated plum flavors of the country’s signature variety – Malbec – with small portions of Syrah and Bonarda to add dark cherry and blackberry flavors. Well-integrated hints of brown spice and vanilla contribute layers of complexity.”

This wine pairs nicely with Chicken wings, barbecue, pate’s like chicken, duck or veal liver. It also goes with Hard cheeses like Asiago, Parmesan and Romano or semi-hard cheeses like Cheddar, Fontina, Gouda or Swiss.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2013 vintage 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#07411

2011 Be Riesling

be-rieslingRiesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world’s 20th most grown variety, an increasing trend, but in terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the “top three” white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

From the Wine Maker – “The tempo is set for excitement with tantalizing fruit that boasts a marvelously magnetic appeal. Once your palate is captured by this zest for life, it is complemented by bright floral notes and whispers of sweetness that linger like that perfect evening that still floods your daydreams with sly smiles.”

This wine is best served with a vast array of foods, but the wine pairs best with spiced foods like cajun barbecued shrimp, gumbo or pan-blackened fish, chicken with mole, salsa and tortilla soup.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2011 vintage 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#27913

2006 DaVinci Chianti

Well balanced and medium weight wine with flavors of ripe plums, cherries and red fruit. Lively with a soft mineral finish and round tannins that linger in a long peppery Finish. Lively, with plum, berry and a hint of milk chocolate on a simple, fruity palate. Delicious.

From the Wine Maker – “The Da Vinci Chianti is deep crimson in color with aromas of cherries and red fruit balanced by soft, round tannins.”

The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

Rating:

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

Availability:

2006 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#08164

2006 San Giuseppe Chianti Classico Riserva

San-Giuseppe-Chianti-Classico-RiservaChianti is Italy’s best known wine. Chianti is also Italy’s oldest defined area. The region was created by Medici decree over five centuries ago. That region later became the ”Classico” as the popularity of Chianti grew and the vineyards needed to serve the demand grew outside of the original region. Still today, the best Chianti comes from the original Classico region.San Giuseppe Chianti Classico Riserva is complimenting with a broad range of dishes, the reason that makes Chianti popular.

From the Wine Maker – “Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile, Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino are all Tuscan Wines made from Sangiovese grape. What defines those wines more than anything is “terroir”. San Giuseppe Chianti Classico Riserva is Chianti from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown on our vineyard in the Classic region. Only the best of the best is then selected and aged in oak for three years and made worthy of becoming Riserva. Of course not all wines of the same denomination are equal. So compare San Giuseppe to other brands. You won’t find better. All San Giuseppe wines are hand selected by Frank Gentile, Master Blender, to reflect the true character and best quality of the land and grape. Enjoy it now and save a six bottle wooden case for your cellar.”

Unlike Chianti with Cabernet that tends to dominate, San Giuseppe goes as well with light pasta as with steak.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2006 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $24.99 a bottle, $134.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $239.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#21765

2008 Coho Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir

Focused on rich cola and blackberry fruit that’s fresh, lively and full-bodied, intense without being heavy, ending with dried berry themes.  — Wine Spectator

From the Wine Maker – “ This wine comes three distinct Dijon clones of Pinot Noir on Stanly Ranch in Los Carneros. Ripe aromas of black cherry, wild berry and enticing ripe plum aromas mingle with floral violet scents with a toasted almond and vanilla-infused bouquet. Rich and mouth-filling on entry, where the opulent texture reveals layered black cherry, plum and red currant flavors and fine-grained tannins which builds finesse on the elegant finish.”

Rating:

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

Availability:

2008 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $42.99 a bottle, $232.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $412.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#27668


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