Fjord Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Fork Long Island 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NORTH FORK LONG ISLAND / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Fjord Vineyards is the creation of Matthew Spaccarelli, winemaker at Benmarl Winery across the river in Marlboro. These wines are crafted by Matt in the Benmarl cellars, using both estate-grown fruit and grapes sourced from renowned vineyards in the Finger Lakes and the North Fork of Long Island. A Double Gold winner at the 2015 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, Fjord sauvignon blanc is made from selected grapes from the North Fork of Long Island, notably from the sustainably grown Palmer Vineyards managed by esteemed North Fork grower Steve Mudd. Classic herbaceousness and citrus peel on the nose give way to a bright, clean palate, with zesty acidity, more grapefuit and citrus flavors, and a touch of green herbs on the finish. Perfect with salads and cheeses, try this with kale salad with breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and lemon vinaigrette.
Idlewild Wines Arneis Fox Hill Vineyard 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Sam Bilbro comes from a family tradition of winemaking, beginning with his great-grandfather, who made wine in Cloverdale during Prohibition and trucked it up to San Francisco. Sam's father started Marietta Cellars in 1978, where Sam literally grew up among the vines (his brothers Jake and Scot are also in the wine business). After a stint in the restaurant business, he started Idlewild in 2012, with the goal of making wines of energy and precision with the grape varietals of Northern Italy's Piedmont region. A rare find in California, Fox Hill Vineyard is located southeast of Ukiah on the Talmadge Bench in Mendocino, where the arneis grape thrives in gravel and sandstone soils. A beautiful floral and mineral nose displays notes of yellow and white peach, spiced pear, almonds, and a touch of fennel. Clean and lean in the mouth, it bursts with flavors of Rainier cherry, white flowers, and chalky wet stone, with a saline, savory texture. Beautifully balanced, this is unique, refreshing, and totally gulpable! Great with grilled chicken salad with garlic confit.
St. Reginald Parish Pinot Noir "The Marigny" Yamhill Carlton 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: YAMHILL CARLTON / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The son of a New Orleans Baptist preacher, fifth generation Louisianan Andrew Reginald Young has his roots in the city's vibrant music scene, where he started as a drummer before catching the wine bug in 2007, moving to Oregon and establishing St. Reginald Parish winery. He was drawn to the cooler, higher elevation vineyards of the Willamette Valley, and focuses on the lean, earthy style of winemaking the area affords. He sources his fruit from friends with old, established sites, which allows him to work with minimal intervention in the winery, using native yeasts and bottling unfiltered without the addition of sulfur. "The Marigny" is named for the neighborhood in New Orleans' French Quarter famous for its live music scene, and is a tribute to his roots. 100% pinot noir, the grapes for this cuvée were handpicked from the 14-acre Sisu Vineyard, and underwent 14 day whole bunch carbonic fermentation, a technique common to Beaujolais. But this wine is a wild child by comparison – think Beaujolais' hippie cousin! A virtual party in a bottle, this positively explodes with aromas of bright red cherry blossoms and fruit. Fun and funky, all red berries and earth, it's super soft in the mouth; a quaffable light, bright summer red! Serve lightly chilled with a salad of greens topped with proscuitto, blue cheese, and toasted hazelnuts, and enjoy Oregonian "joie de vivre" in a glass!