The red and dessert wine categories are where I made the most changes to our list for fall/winter 2016, almost everything changed with the exception of one wine. That wine is the E-4 blend by Orin Swift which currently fills our Spanish slot in the BTG program.
- For our full bodied red I dropped Chappelet and brought on Trefethen, a 100% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. People really enjoyed the Chappelet but it was a blend and I wanted to offer a true Napa Cabernet. It is tricky because offering a true Napa Cab. BTG means you are incurring more cost but I figure people who appreciate wine will appreciate this on the list. $18 BTG.
- I also brought on Château St. Sulpice, a right-bank Bordeaux blend. I am a huge fan of this wine and it will be a cheaper option for our guests who do not want to spend $18 for the Trefethen. The blend consists of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Very smooth, well integrated tannins; $13 BTG.
- To replace the Alanera, our Italian wine BTG, I chose a single vineyard Barbera d’Alba by Giovanni Rosso. The wine is named ‘Donna Margherita’ which is the name of the great grandmother of the family who started the winery back in the day, how cool is that? $12 BTG.
- I love Oregon Pinot Noirs so I just upgraded from the Elouan that we were serving to Patton Valley Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, OR. This wine is absolutely incredible, so much complexity and depth to it! It is unfined and unfiltered (which helps add to the overall depth/complexity) it also means it’s a bit hazy in the glass. This wine is listed at $16 BTG.
- For Malbec I dropped the Aruma that we served for a while and opted for the Don David Malbec from Argentina. I liked the more smokey, savory notes compared to the more fruity notes I got from the Aruma. I listed this wine for $10 BTG.
The Ports & Stickies is where I got to really have some fun. Once again, I scrapped the entire list and upgraded everything.
- I added a Dow’s port flight (Port is a dessert wine from Portugal) but not your traditional flight (10yr./20yr./30yr.) instead it consists of Dow’s 10yr./Dow’s Late Bottle Vintage 2009/Dow’s Vintage 2000. The flight is listed for $20 or you can buy them individually for $12-$14 each depending on which one you choose.
- I also added a Sherry flight (Sherry is a dessert wine from Spain) that shows a range of expressions from Oloroso, Amantillado, and Pedro Ximenez (dry, off-dry, and sweet). Same deal with these wines as with the Ports, buy them individually at $14 or the flight for $20.
- For a lighter, cleaner dessert wine I added Kracher Beernauslese from Austria. It is light in color but has tons of flavor and bright acidity to balance the sweetness. $12 for a 3oz. pour.
- Because I LOVE Muscat, I added Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat, an oak-aged dessert wine from Australia. $14 BTG.
- Last but not least is my absolute favorite wine on the list is the Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance 2009 from South Africa! It is our most expensive dessert wine by the glass at $18 for a 3oz. pour. Now, some of you might gasp at that but let me tell you it is worth every penny and more. Just check out my post a couple of months ago for more information.
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