Sips of the Week
1. Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Carmenere 2008, Colchagua Valley, Chile, Retails for $18.99 Winemaker’s Notes: A complex bouquet that combines fresh black fruits and spicy notes with elegantly defined oak to heighten the wine’s chocolate and vanilla characteristics. A big and flavorful wine that is concentrated and persistent with elegant tannins. Delicious with steak, barbecue, venison, game birds, and ripe blue cheeses. 2. Odjfell “Armador” Carmenere 2009, Retails for $10.99 Winemaker’s Notes: Alluring red purple color with intensive aromas of black fruits and licorice together with spicy notes such as black pepper and cloves, finishing with vanilla and hints of bitter chocolate. The palate is long and refreshing with soft, ripe fruit and a touch of spices. (Wines are available in Baltimore at Wells Discount Liquors)
Michael Preis of Palm Bay International talked to us about Santa Rita’s cell phones for soldiers campaign. Want to learn more? Visit www.santaritacares.com The more you taste the more you help…LOVE that!
Wine Sandwich of the Week (aka Food Pairing)
To pair with our Carmenere we had a Roasted Potato Gnocchi with Pork Ragu, Buratta By Chef Mike Isabella of www.GraffiatoDC.com
Tune in next week: Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards talks Sustainibility. Pete Truby helps us taste why salted chocolates are best and more!