Wino’s Picks of the Week for February 1-7, 2016

Wino’s Picks

Your Tasting List for Feb 1st – 7th

E.C. Wino

Mondays mean many a thing: a fresh work week, a Bangles’ song, serial complaints from Jim Davis’ obese, lasagna-loving owner — but here and meow, Monday’s mean a fresh set of libations.

As is standing tradition, here is what we have to look forward to in the week. Mind us, of course, that this is (as always) only a short list. Stop on by and check out our full menu all through the week, from 12 – 5p.m.


Red Wines

• Balletto Zinfandel (2012) — American oak faintly spice this estate grown and bottled ruby-colored wine. The berry fruit notes are deep and subtle, finishing up with a lingering, mellow acidity. Wino advises peppered rib eye and other rich fare. Sip slowly — this cool-climate Zinfandel benefits from a short rest inside the glass. From the Russian River Valley, with love.

• Cardella Boccale (2012) — “Boccale” means “pitcher of wine,” allegedly. Wino is not Italian — nor does Wino use Google Translate — so Wino cannot really say. Cardella’s proprietary blend defies the notion either way: toasty, sweet on the tongue and rich and off-dry at the finish, this Mendota, CA winery makes good on its reputation for fine wines. Great as a crowd-pleasing table wine or partnered with sharp cheeses and hors d’oeuvres.

• Alejandra’s Tres Amigas (2014) — A blend of Alicante, Carignan and Merlot compose this bold, off-dry red blend. Reminiscent of blueberries; earthy, hints of raw leather. Sip slightly chilled. Best accompanied by braised beef.

White Wines

• Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc (2013) — This Central Coast Sauv Blanc makes for a nice study in balance. A citrus-loaded nose gives way to a pleasantly acidic, earthy and grassy brisk wine. Bold enough to stand out but mellowed enough to accompany chicken or fish. Wino advises grilled striped bass.

• Saviez Syrah Rosé (2012) — This San Joaquin Valley estate rosé has a faint aroma of strawberries and subtle sweetness. A great stand-alone summer wine, but flexible enough to stand up to any thing: from BBQ to spicy eastern cuisines. Wino advises it be served chilled.

Sweet Wines

• True Temptations Pomegranate Sangria — Madera’s own San Joaquin Winery vinted and bottled what could only be described as “party in a bottle.” Rich, sweet, deceptively drinkable and full of pomegranate and dark cherry flavors — watch yourselves! Serve chilled or over ice and you might forget where you left that sneaky bottle.