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Best Wines We Tasted This Month

Aug 31, 2011
Best Wines We Tasted This Month
Sip what we did last month--you'll be glad you did.

corks_and_bottlesSummer is drawing to a close and though we hate to bid sunshine drenched days adieu, we know that this delightful time of year will always be accessible…in a bottle.

Our team’s favorite wines from this past month personified the waning season and are the perfect bottles to enjoy as the dog days come to a close. We were a little lighter on our sipping this month, but there's still plenty of variety to explore. Expand your palate with red bubbly, try a unique Italian white or pop a pinot to celebrate the end of what we hope was your best summer yet.

ajr-new-headshot_100x100Saxon Brown Parmelee Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 ($42). Tasting this pinot from Parmelee Hill Vineyard made me want to try a lot more wines from this special parcel of land. As winemaker Jeff Gaffner described it to me, the afternoon winds roll in like clockwork helping to provide that perfect "cool" environment in which pinot thrives. These unique climactic conditions combined with delicate handling of the grapes made for smooth, elegant pinot, with some classic California black cherry notes, underscored by a hint of Burgundian leaness and minerality. This tasty pinot stood out to me in the sea of wine at Family Winemakers in San Francisco this month. Find the wine here.

aa-headshot_100x100Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco Ca' del Merlo, 2008 ($40).  Quintarelli is mostly known for his killer Amarones, but this lesser known white bottling paired well with our pasta tasting menu at flour + water in San Francisco. The bottle shape hints at the style of wine--crisp and full of minerality, somewhere in the neighborhood of an Austrian gruner or riesling. Find it here.

jonny_100x100_re_fixMumm Napa Brut Prestige, NV ($22). I cracked this sparkler to celebrate moving into a new apartment. This wine is medium body with nice crisp finish. It would go great with some grilled fish. You can buy the wine here.


leta-photo_100x100Lini 910 "Labrusca" Lambrusco Rosé, NV ($16). If you’ve never given RED bubbly a shot, I highly recommend starting here. This Lambrusco from Emilia Romagna, Italy is made from two grapes you’ve likely never heard of and neither had I until I looked them up: Salumino and Sorbara. Fizzy, frothy deliciousness personified, my girl Katie turned me on to this producer and bottle. With its playful cherry and rose notes, it’s a slam dunk. I highly recommend popping this sparkling red with 12 of your closest friends on a rooftop in NYC at sunset. Find the wine here.

What was your favorite wine this month? Tell us what about it below.

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Aug 31, 2011
Best Wine this Month: Bedrock "Ode to Lulu" Rosé of Mourvedre, Sonoma Valley. It's paler than rosés from Lulu's Domaine Tempier, but full-bodied, refreshing and deliicious. We wanted more!

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Sep 1, 2011
Sounds tasty. Love Domaine Tempier too!

After Champagne, which French wine region produces the most sparkling wine?