The Dish on Winter Wines with The Daily Meal

Leslie Daily Meal 3

I recently filmed a segment on Winter Wines with my friend, chef Diane Hendriks, who hosts regular segments dubbed “Dish with Diane” on The Daily Meal.  We were, of course, discussing wine and food for cold weather. These sips are ideal whether you like sparkling or sweet, white or red, affordable or extravagant.
Enjoy and let me know your vinous picks for keeping warm in winter’s chill.

Leslie Daily Meal 2


Under $20

Franciscan Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012
Franciscan Estate, Napa Valley 2012 Chardonnay 

Force of Nature 2013, Red Wine


Dreaming Tree 2009 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon


Chateau Pey La Tour, 2011 Bordeaux Superieur




Patz & Hall, 2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay


Ritual, Casablanca Valley, 2013 Pinot Noir


Warre’s Otima 10, Tawny Port



Luna Nuda Italia, Prosecco


Segura Viudas, Estate Bottled Brut Cava


Moet & Chandon, Imperial Brut Reserve Champagne


Click here to watch the whole segment on The Daily Meal.

The Daily Meal


What is Leslie Drinking? | Shiraz, Vermentino, Pinot Noir


2011 Jim Barry “The Lodge Hill” Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia ($18)
If you think Aussie Shiraz is only big and bold, you haven’t sipped this wine. These Shiraz grapes adore growing in the cooler climate of a place called Clare Valley. The Clare — as locals know it — isn’t really a valley rather a series of hills and vales in South Australia. The soil, site and sun, along with the dipping evening temperatures combine to create wines of elegance. This beauty is sleek, spicy, and complex. The charming Barry family is firmly the helm of the company and known throughout the world for their stylish wines.

2012 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Vermentino, Toscana, Italy ($15)
Looking for an alternative white to welcome summer? Look no further than Vermentino. An Italian white variety, it makes wines that are exotic, full bodied and loaded with succulent fruit flavors. This bottling – from one of Italy’s top producers – comes from the heart of the Maremma region in Tuscany. Grapes grown at the scenic estate of Ammiraglia, enjoy sun and sea breezes bringing ripeness and vibrancy to the luscious white. It’s a winner with any type of fish, salads and simple roast or grilled chicken.

2012 Reata “Three County” Pinot Noir, California ($35)
Reata comes from the Spanish word for lariat and symbolizes the uniqueness of each handcrafted wine in their portfolio. This Pinot Noir is a powerful blend of grapes from three California counties, Sonoma, Monterey and San Benito. The aromas are reminiscent of dark berry fruit with a hint of vanilla and spice. Tannins are well balanced and smooth giving the wine an overall silky texture. It’s class in a glass.


What are YOU drinking as we leave summer behind and head into fall?


Check out my favorite pinks to drink, with my picks for affordable Rosé.