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New wine picks for a new year!

Dan-Merrell

Dan’s New Year picks

Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigar:  Winemaker Randall Graham’s tribute to alien spacecraft and great Rose from the Rhone River of France.
Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc:  A Sauvignon Blanc with just a touch of oak giving it its name – White Smoke.
Crios Torrontes:  White wine with soup – I often ask myself why would anyone drink Pinot Grigio when they could drink Torrontes, specifically Crios from Susanna Balbo.
Tomassi Ripassa: I’m a complete sucker for lusty Italian red wine. The biggest, lustiest wine that Iv’e found  which is not stratospherically priced is Ripassa and my favorite, Tomassi.
Four Vines Biker Zinfandel: Two truths: Certain regions produce outstanding grapes, particularly certain varieties. There is a reason I was known as the “Zinmeister” early in my wine career. Paso Robles is a rapidly evolving growing area. As farmers have discovered, growing for quality not quantity is more profitable. Hot climates produce outstanding Zinfandel.
St. James Cynthiana:  Here’s the odd duck. Several years ago Mrs. Pat Hoffer, owner of St. James Winery, introduced us to St. James Cynthiana. In my opinion it is the absolute perfect wine to serve with southwestern barbeque. As I’ve said several thousands of times “It will make you put your Miller High Life down.”
Noval Black Porto: Who needs dessert? Me, pick me, I do! Rarely do I drink sweet. But for dessert, having sweet with contrasting bitter or umami flavors makes my mouth happy. A yummy ruby porto like Noval Black combined with 70 – 80% chocolate pushes perfection.

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Dennis' Summer Picks

Dennis’ New Year Picks

Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee: An easy drinking red blend loaded with lush black plum, blackberry and creamy cocoa and hints of smoke and black tea. A rich fruit forward wine that has a long lingering finish.
Three Saints Chardonnay: This Chardonnay is characterized by its lush, fleshy fig notes and a creamy citrus flavor. Delicate spring blossom aromas are balanced by weight on the mid palate from extended lees ageing. Flavors run the gamut from delicate Myer lemon through opulent toasted hazelnut impressions.
Saldo Zinfandel: This Zinfandel from Orin Swift has a deep dark ruby color. It has aromas of red raspberry, campfire, toast and sweet vanilla. On the palette there is wild strawberry, rhubarb, and sassafras. A great wine with a great steak.
Wild Horse Pinot Noir: Vibrant aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate, cola, and Asian spices, this Pinot Noir is consistently praised for its complexity and good balance. It is a very food-friendly red wine.
Marietta Angeli Cuvee: This lush wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane with a touch of Syrah. A dense purple color that has aromas of blueberry , stone fruits and licorice, a full velvety feel upon first taste followed by toasty oak flavors and followed by hints of pepper, black currant and cinnamon. Drink today or cellar for several years to enhance the flavor.
Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Cabernet SauvignonDark ruby red color with aromas of black cherry, black plum, tobacco, hints of oak, and mocha. Rich in texture, with a mouth full of black cherry fruit, rich plush tannins, and roasted oak that is well integrated and balanced.
St. James Moscato: This luscious wine exhibits a delicate nose, with aromas of dried apricot and pineapple. The flavors are a combination of crisp nectarine and apricot, with juicy notes of tropical fruit throughout, culminating in a neat, clean finish. Try it with bagel chips and blue cheese or after dinner as a dessert.

Kathy's Summer Picks

Kathy’s New Year Picks

Evohe Garnacha: A Garnacha that goes great with tapas & conversation. It has a body of red fruits with splashes of raspberry & thyme.
Buena Vista Legendary Badge Red Blend:  A vineyard established in 1857 and still producing amazing wine. Try Macadoodles’ entire selection of Buena Vista. The badge is rich & velvety beyond imagination with a finish reminiscent of good port.
Rotari Rose Sparkling Italian:  It is always okay to open a sparkling wine. It is perfect for that chat with friends or a sit down shellfish dinner – or even with the Sunday paper. Crisp Pinot Noir & Chardonnay dance in the bubbles across your tongue. 
Post Familie Moscato:  Crisp refreshing, fruity white wine, sweet like you are. Enjoy with a grilled cheese or grilled foods.
Concannon Crimson & Clover:  Lush and lovely – a true mouthful of jammy goodness. Great with a sunset or a meal of pork tenderloin or fajitas. Aromas of currant, clove, and vanilla lead into bright, fruit flavors of blackberry on the palate. The spicy finish is soft and long with hints of leather and tobacco.
Pieropan Soave: Famous white wine of Italy. Best consumed during it’s first or second year. Should be pale gold in color with a fresh, clean taste. Enjoy with pizza or pasta with a Bechemel sauce. It’s a good all-around wine.
Ca’Momi Rosso Di Napa: Rosso is Italian for “Red”. This is a wine that was always on the table during a meal. Ca’Momi has developed a true red drinking wine for any time, any meal, or any day. Soft tannins with light fruit – good with a meal that goes from burgers to Beef Bourgogne.