On the Season 10 premiere episode we showcased some amazing restaurants but as always we had fantastic wine to share with our new guests!
2013 Virage, Rosé, Napa Valley, California ($26)
Being a pink wine lover, I was impressed by the elegance and purity of this rosé. Its deep salmon hue is reminiscent of great rosés of southern France. Admiring the color, however, is only the beginning. Mineral aromas and underlying complexity make it a serious drink, but the mouthwatering, succulent flavors make it seriously fun to sip. Serve as an aperitif on Friday, alongside Sunday brunch, or simply with Tuesday take-out.
2012 Banfi Chianti Classico, Italy ($15)
Want a wine to enjoy with a variety of dishes from roast chicken to pizza, or grilled salmon or barbeque ribs? Then reach for this palate-refreshing red. Chianti Classico is a zone in the Chianti region of Tuscany and rarely can you find such an affordable version that still showcases the classic characteristics of Sangiovese. This red grape is married with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce a medium-bodied wine with vibrant acidity, juicy fruit notes and a swash of tannins, which offsets the richness of many foods.
2013 Groth Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California ($20)
A world-class Sauvignon Blanc that balances the citrusy crispness of the variety with the lush fruit notes that come from basking in the Napa sunshine. Groth — founded by Dennis and Judy Groth in 1982 — is one of Napa’s famed producers. Known for structured, age-worthy Cabernet, their Sauvignon Blanc is a wine to discover…and then drink regularly. This is one of my favorite California whites.