Wino’s Picks of the Week for February 8-15

Wino’s Picks of the Week

Your tasting list for Feb 8th-15th

E.C. Wino

They call it stormy Monday, but its sunny with a 100 percent chance of wine here at ApCal. As per our top of the week tradition, here is a fresh set of Wino’s Picks.

Red Wines

• Engelmann Cellars (Gravel Pit) Syrah (2012) - Boasting a name that implies grating teeth and truck tire slips over a country road, this Fresno-vinted, full-bodied Syrah boasts a surprisingly smooth and complex palate. A soft and sweet berry finish close off what begins as bright and smoky, with a subtle hint of cocoa. For the geography buffs, “The Gravel Pit” sits on the banks of the San Joaquin River, and are home to the Syrah grapes that make this wine.

• Big Guy Blended Red Wine (2013) - Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot make up the bulk of this blended red wine. Rich with dark fruit characteristics and a subtle, oaky sweetness - complex enough for even the most discerning palate, but gentle enough for weekend wino’s. Pair with a Santa Maria seasoned tri-tip or George Thoroughgood the situation and drink it alone.

•Solitary Cellars Syrah (2013) - Born in the Santa Lucia Highlands, this garnet-hued wine boasts a delicate berry nose and a velveteen finish. Pleasantly dry with a lingering minerality - pairs best with Korean BBQ.

White Wine

• William Hill Chardonnay (2014) - This Central Coast Chardonnay boasts a hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of toasted oak and vanilla add depth and body, leading this crowd-favorite to a balanced, creamy finish.

Sweet Wine

• Allure Bubbly Moscato - Ceres, California born. This lively, floral and fruit-forward carbonated Muscato is a clinical study in “crowd pleasing.” Hints of apricots and pears dominate the front - the sparkling texture and subtle sweetness close out the back. Food-friendly, party-approved.

Terra Bella Pinot Grigio

Terra Bella Pinot Grigio available at ApCal

Notes

Winemaker Claudio Basei creates a truly Italian Pinot Grigio with this crisp apple and pear-filled offering from Cacciatore wines’ Terra Bella label. More fragrant then most, this wine is perfect with salad courses, appetizers (prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe), and lighter fish dishes.

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Blue Hawaii Riesling

Blue Hawaiian Riesling Rockin Wine

Notes

Elvis Presley loved Hawaii, vacationed there frequently and made “Blue Hawaii” in 1961. Blue Hawaii Riesling evokes the alluring romance, dancing, and music of that movie. This wine is tropical in its aromas and taste. Enjoy with spicy foods or fresh fruit.

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Twisted White Zinfandel

Twisted White Zinfandel

Notes

Grape skins are left in contact with juice for three hours resulting in alight blush color. Then a slow, cool fermentation is uset to preserve the grape’s natural fruit aromas and flavors. Abundant fresh strawberry and melon flavors are highlighted by a vibrant, sweet citrus finish.

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Sweet Chardonnay

Sweet Chardonnay from Sweet Winery

Notes

A crisp and fruity Chardonnay with aromas of lemon, lime, and floral notes are complemented by flavors of pear and green apple. Any way you view it, this lusciously fruity wine has just the right amount of sweetness to accompany a wide variety of foods such as grilled oysters, Gruyére cheese and Caribbean cuisine.

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Pomegranate White Wine Blend

Twin Pomegranates White Wine Blend

Notes

This is a 50% pomegranate and 50% Chardonnay blend. It has the intense flavors of pomegranates with a hint of lemon and green apple. This is a fun, new way to look at wine. Wine isn’t just for grapes and other sweet fruits anymore!

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