Time to Wine: Top Wine Picks To Get You Through The Winter Months
We have reached February and the cold has definitely set in... Brrr! While I totally enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning, or a big mug of tea in the afternoon to warm me up, comes 5 o' clock, I still enjoy my glass of wine. I can be shameless about this because I know I have a whole posse just like me to back me up! Comes the evening.... it is time to wine!
I've tasted some really good wine lately and thought I would compile a quick list of some delicious new favorites I've tried over the past few months. I have a little red and a little white in here, so something for everyone!
Let's pour a glass and get started...
My Aunt and Uncle gifted me some delicious wine over the holidays and this bottle was one of them. So I thought I would pass along the deliciousness to you.
For those of you looking for a robust red to go with a nice filet mignon this Valentine's Day (or any day really)... you have to try Napa Valley's Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon.
Besides the fact the both the label and the cork's design are super cool, the taste is simply delicious. If you are into black currant, dark fruit and oaky flavors, then this is the wine you need to try. If you know someone that is into these flavors, this is a perfect liftable wine too! It is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also has a bit of Cab Franc and Merlot in it which gives it a smooth unique flavor and finish. Enjoy it with any of your favorite cuts of steak, a tender brisket, a meatloaf, or even a meat lasagna. I promise you won't be disappointed.
If you are into a more smooth red instead of a bit of bite kind of red, then grab yourself a Coppola Diamond Merlot. Another Napa Valley favorite of mine, bursting with plum and blackberry flavors. I love merlots because they really can pair with a steak as well as a delicious chicken dish. Try this bottle out and make Chicken Sorrentina to go with it. This is one of my most looked at, cooked and commented on recipes. Give both a try!
On to the whites!!! There is a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that are both priced so well and are both so delicious. They make a great gift too!
Let's start with the Chardonnay.... Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay!
A Monterey County, California gem... it is bright, fresh and full of minerality from the coast. This wine never sees a wood barrel so there is no oaky flavors to be found in this bottle. If you are an oak fan, you might want to skip this one.
If you are unlike your Cabernet counterpart, (or you just like a little bit of everything, like me) you will surely enjoy this bottle, over and over again. I always have one of these in my wine fridge!
Last, but certainly not least, Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc. A Lake County, California wine. I love tasting from different regions. It is fascinating to me how a region can shape the taste of a wine.
I have to admit, that when I started getting into white wines, I was always reluctant about trying out a Sauv Blanc because then tend to have a bite of grapefruit in many of them, which is one of the few fruits I am not a fan of. But, when I found some Sauvignon Blancs, like this one (and a few others) they have a bright flavor that isn't pungent like a grapefruit.
This particular wine is citrus flavored, but not over powering. You get both hints of lemon and other citrus along with a bit of grapefruit. It also has a delicious floral note to it as well. All and all an extremely well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc for a very well-balanced price.
So excited for you to pop some corks this weekend and throughout the winter months! I'll continue to share any new ones I happen to love on my IG story. Keep an eye out!
Happy (and safe) drinking..