Friday, January 9, 2015

Wining into the New Year...

After a spectacular case of the flu, the Goddess of Wine and JD are creeping back to health. 2015 started so badly, I have every expectation that things will improve! In the meantime, life - and wine - goes on. This year the plan is to start/finish clearing out the house, sell it, move to the Central Coast, and fully enjoy the wine-y life.

Towards the end of 2014, I was hired by Fab's to assist with choosing wines for their somewhat depleted list. This has been a good learning experience about how to determine what wines will sell for 'happy hour' as well as what will pair best with the standard and special menu fare. It has also provided a great opportunity to taste some wines that don't usually cross my path.

Here are some of the additions to the wine list at Fab's, my home away from home:

2013 Baglio di Pianetto “BDP” Insolia Sicilia DOC – From the volcanic hills of Sicily, this 100% Insolia, a lovely white that has a lightly peachy nose, flecked with apricots and oranges. The palate shows great minerality with a hint of vanilla and a finish that’s both sweet and tart. A great wine for folks tired of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.

2011 I Giusti & Zanza Nemorino Rosso – A Tuscan IGT blend of Syrah, Sangiovese and Merlot, earthy and smoky with ripe red fruit on the palate. Pair with rich meat sauces and soft cheese.

NV Marco Bonfante Moscato d'Asti DOCG, Piedmont, Italy – A charming, slightly fizzy dessert wine redolent of Golden Delicious apples. Perfect with a cheese plate or a slice of cheesecake. And only 5% alcohol!

2001 Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina Doc Riserva – Gorgeous dessert wine with an intense nose of honey, nougat and dried fruits. Complex structure with a pleasantly sweet and delicate finish.

The Insolia has turned out to be a big hit with restaurant clientele, and I personally love the Nemorino Rosso, an easy-to-drink wine that pairs just as well with meat sauce as it does with cioppino - a spicy seafood stew. Both wines are available by the glass at prices that won't go over your budget. Delightful!

Hope to see you at the bar!

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