What Are We Drinking Now? Odfjell Armador Carménère

Marshall has a gorgeous, versatile Chilean Carménère that pairs with ALL the foods. Odfjell Armador Carménère - Chile I love Carménère, a little-known varietal found primarily in Chile these days. These wines are not overly heavy and have a characteristic spice that I adore. Odfjell Armador has all this and more. Odfjell is a soft and gentle red with velvety tannins and a nose that's alive with green pepper, some bright fruit tones, and a spice that only blossoms as the wine breathes. Lately, I've been recommending it for hearty dishes; I enjoyed it with a flank steak and sauteed [...]

By | 2022-01-17T00:26:07+00:00 January 7th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo

Fleur has THE wine for your holiday spaghetti dinners. (At least we HOPE there will be some holiday spaghetti dinners.) Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo Sometimes all everybody wants is Spaghetti!!! When you use Niman Ranch ground lamb to make the meatballs and pair those with Altius Farms arugula, homemade Arrabbiata sauce, perfectly cooked spaghetti, a baguette from Marczyk Fine Foods, and the ABSOLUTE LUSCIOUSNESS of Bellwether Farms Basket Ricotta...well, you've got yourself one HECKOFA Family Pasta Night! Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo's notes of cracked black pepper, cola, cured tobacco leaf, black geranium, and ripe bramble berries will send this family-style meal over [...]

By | 2021-12-23T22:54:01+00:00 December 22nd, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Matic Kerner

Birthday Breakfast Wine!?? Oh yeah, it's a thing! Matic Kerner 2020 What more could I ask for than the most stunning Slovenian Kerner for my birthday breakfast?...truly not much! This guy bestows aromas of old-fashioned Red Vines, Fairy Floss, and almond extract, giving way to the brightly sumptuous flavors of beeswax, kumquat, fleshy figs, and Queen Ann's Lace. Get really decadent with your food pairings, my lovelies: buttered morels, seared foie, fig jam & triple cream brie, roasted rabbit, spiced lamb, grilled pears, cayenne honey popcorn, and ALL the pâtés. Prepare to become OBSESSED! Matic Kerner 2020 Friends & Family: [...]

By | 2021-11-15T21:47:16+00:00 November 15th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Sineann 2019 Pinot Noir & Deutschherren-Hof Pinot Noir

Kerry has two Pinot Noirs with very different personalities. Embracing Noir-vember, I tested pairing ideas with two gorgeous Pinot Noirs for an upcoming Friendsgiving dinner. Spanning both old and new worlds, I tried our Oregon Pinot from Sineann and the German Pinot from Deutschherren-Hof. I loved them both, for different reasons, realizing we have a Pinot for every palate! Wines often create an impression of "personality" in my mind, sometimes becoming a recognizable character. Meet The Debutante and The Silver Fox! The Debutante: Sineann 2019 Pinot Noir Tart and bright, this wine boasts aromas and flavors of vibrant red [...]

By | 2021-11-15T20:29:46+00:00 November 11th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Chateau Carbonneau La Verrière

Seth has a wine to build your menu around. (Think burgers and steaks.) Chateau Carbonneau La Verrière - Bordeaux, France This 2018 Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon has delicious dark fruit flavors, with the perfect amount of oak, tobacco leaf, leather, and spice. Its firm tannins and mouth-watering acidity have it screamin' for a hearty beef or lamb stew, an aged cheddar, or a nice fatty steak or burger! It makes the perfect companion to take along for a dinner with family and friends, or it also makes a great gift for that ever-so-hard-to-please wino you know. Chateau Carbonneau La Verrière - [...]

By | 2021-11-15T20:10:29+00:00 November 8th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Ameztoi Stimatum Red Txakoli

Ever pair a wine with Halloween candy? Marshall has, and this Basque country red also goes with a whole lot more. Ameztoi Stimatum Red Txakoli - Basque Country, Spain Ghastliest of greetings, Ghosts and Ghouls, ‘tis the most spookiest time of the year and my heart is all aflutter. Halloween is a time of joy, a time of celebration, a time of hearty meals and candy. Naturally, one needs a wine to accompany such spentefulous things, and I’ve got just the one: Ameztoi Stimatum is a devilishly delicious red that pairs equally well with your favorite Halloween treat and [...]

By | 2021-11-02T21:02:10+00:00 October 28th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Gilles Gelin Beaujolais Villages

Kevin is pairing Beaujolais with Bach, among other things. Domaine Barou Avec Le Temps - Charnas, Rhône Valley, France When most people think of Beaujolais, they think of Nouveau. When most people think of Burgundy, they think of Pinot Noir. This isn't either of those, but it's fantastic! Try this 2018 Gamay from Gilles Gelin. It goes with all of the foods, but this is especially great with pork and dishes with lots of herbs. We are all pretty obsessed with this. Now you get to see why. Gilles Gelin Beaujolais Villages - Beaujolais, France Friends & Family: $19.99/btl (reg. [...]

By | 2021-10-25T21:10:15+00:00 October 22nd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Domaine Barou Avec Le Temps

Seth would like to encourage you not to go all-out red quite yet — this white will warm your bones. Domaine Barou Avec Le Temps - Charnas, Rhône Valley, France This Rhône blend is a mix of Roussanne, Vermentino, and Viognier. It's complex, rich, and classy without being pretentious. There are subtle floral and honey hints that are balanced by a complementary bitter lemon zest and a nice dry finish. A perfect wine for a charcuterie spread, some pâté, a juicy roasted chicken, or even your favorite spicy Thai or Chinese takeout. I know some of you are adamant about [...]

By | 2021-10-25T21:02:52+00:00 October 22nd, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Land of Saints Chardonnay

Kerry found a California Chardonnay that pairs wonderfully with butternut squash soup. Land of Saints Chardonnay - Santa Maria Valley, CA As days turn cooler, the time seems right to cozy up with a delicious soup that makes the most of what's in season. A recent dinner of "soup and sammies" featured a fall classic: butternut squash soup. I paired this rich silky soup with our Land of Saints Chardonnay. The mouthfeel of this wine is bold enough to stand up to the decadence of the butternut squash, along with a delightful acidity that cuts through the soup's creaminess. Aged [...]

By | 2021-10-20T18:45:20+00:00 October 18th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Ethereo Albariño

Ethereo Albariño - Rias Baixas, Spain Autumn is far and away my favorite time of year. I love the way the air feels, the smell of the trees transitioning for winter, the slight chill, the hearty foods making their way to tables. To complement these ethereal sensations, I paired the final week of September with a bottle of Ethereo Albariño. Ethereo is a gorgeous white wine from Rias Baixas, Spain, rich with notes of honey crisp apple, Meyer lemon, and a minerality as crisp as an autumn breeze. This wine beautifully complements hearty foods like stuffed pumpkin, or lighter fare [...]

By | 2021-09-30T20:57:29+00:00 September 30th, 2021|