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Wines Of March
Wines Of March
The best wines we drank this past month.
Spring has sprung and the chill of winter is quickly coming to an end. Team Daily Sip couldn't be more thrilled that winter is waning and warmer weather is on the horizon.
In anctipation of better weather, we busted out some seriously good wines this month--and found them to be especially Spring-worthy. Be sure to grab one of our lighter picks in anticipation of outdoor brunch and beach afternoons. Or snag one of our red picks to toast the last of the chilly winter evenings. Either way, your palate is sure to be pleased by the best wines we tasted in March.
Johann Donabaum Gruner Veltliner 2006 ($35). This is a very pure and fresh-tasting white, with elegant yet powerful flavors of Fuji apple, peach and grapefruit. White pepper notes and good minerality linger on the palate. Find the wine here.
Harushika Tokimeki “Expectation” Nigori by Nara ($18). I can see the milky unfiltered coloring typical of Nigori sake, but also the unexpected bubbles rising up the side of my glass. This sake has refreshing notes reminiscent of coconut water but also the sweetness of a ripe, caramelized pear. Although it's not overly sweet it could stand on its own as a light dessert, paired with some fresh fruit. If you can't find this particular sparkling sake, give one a try next time you see it in a restaurant or wine shop. Find the wine here.
Savee Sea Pinot Noir Waipara, New Zealand, 2009 ($14)
You've heard the hype about Oregon's 2008 Pinots, but here's more proof that New Zealand's 2009 Pinots are every bit as good--maybe better. This wine starts out smelling a little earthy, but that quickly blows off to reveal a powerhouse of red fruit aromas and flavors, as well as a beautifully integrated savory herbal character. The finish is long, robust and pure. I've paid three or four times as much for other Pinots and been wholly underwhelmed. But this is stellar wine, period. Find this wine here.
François Pinon Vouvray Brut Non Dosé, 2008 ($20).
I tried this tasty, dry sparkler at a San Francisco wine bar called Heart. They described it as "Smoke, minerals and fizz," which is pretty accurate. This wine is tart, citrusy and delicious. Find the wine here.
Bodegas El Nido Clio, Jumilla, Spain, 2007 ($50). I have loved this wine for five years, but haven't had it recently because it's hard to find. Clio is a Cabernet-Mourvedre blend with tons of character, nice tannin structure, and a smooth, long finish. On the nose you get floral notes and concentrated blueberry and blackberry. The palate wows you with a full, but not overpowering taste of berries, dark mocha, black currant, and slight vanilla oak notes. Great with steak or any hearty meal. Just a fabulous wine. Find it here.
Can Blau, Monsant, Spain 2007 ($14). This red is a blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache. It's what I like to call my "go-to wine." I use it for thank-you gifts, friend recommendations and dinner parties. I love this bottle because it's versatile, delicious and affordable. Plus, the label is straight-up pretty. Who doesn't love iridescence? Deep and dark, this red is layered with ripe, black fruit and spice. It is absolutely outstanding with tacos. Find the wine here.
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