<![CDATA[The WineKnitter - The Journal]]>Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:04:11 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Day 622 Bonjour Argentina!]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:03:04 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-622-bonjour-argentinaIt never ceases to amaze and impress me the amount of quality-focused wines that are being produced in South America.  I have written many stories about wines from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.  And as I have mentioned before, the wines are unique, filled with distinctive characteristics and many are “pocketbook” friendly!
Although today’s story takes place in Argentina, it actually begins in France.  Jean Bousquet and his family expand four generations of winemaking and are originally from the city of Carcassonne, in Southwest France.  Their family winery and vineyards were located close by in the commune of Pennautier.
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In 1990, Jean Bousquet and his family made a trip to Mendoza, Argentina, specifically to the Gualtallary Valley to learn about the region.  The Gualtallary Valley is situated high up in the Tupungato district of the Uco Valley with altitudes that reach up to 5,249 ft.  Bousquet was impressed with the region’s unique characteristics and qualities even though the land was barren of vines.  Back then the area was considered too cold for growing grapes and the very idea of planting vines was shrugged off by the locals.  However, Bousquet had a vision to turn the cool climate land into a winery and vineyards to make organically grown wines.

The photos below show the land prior to 1990 and the winery today.


Having divested almost everything he owned, including the family winery and vineyards in France, Bousquet purchased 998 acres in 1997 in the Gualtallary Valley in Tupungato.  Sitting at an altitude of 4,000 feet, it is considered one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza and the world! 
 
And so the Bousquet family began their new life in Argentina at Domaine Bousquet.
 
“The objective of the Bousquet family was to unite our tradition of European wine making with the ideal agricultural conditions in Mendoza.” 

Bousquet realized from the get go that with the low amount of rainfall in this region, he would need a water source.  So, in 1998 they began digging a 495 ft. well, which took two years to complete.  Between the drip irrigation system and desert like conditions, they control the amount of water needed to produce grapes with lower pH, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.  His first vintage was released in 2005.
 
Bousquet’s daughter Anne and her husband Labid al Ameri, who were living in Boston, became involved with the company after visiting Argentina in 2002.  After numerous trips back and forth and Labid joining his father-in-law full time in 2005, they finally moved to Tupungato in 2009. Anne and Labid became full owners in 2011, bringing with them their shared philosophy on organic and economic sustainability. With Anne’s background as an economist, she assists in financial planning, day-to-day operation management and business development.  Labid has a degree in Finance and in 2005 he created the commercial structure for Domaine Bousquet, which now has a brand presence in over 50 countries.
 
With the benefits of cool climate, sandy soil, controlled water irrigation and healthy organic grapes, it certainly sets the stage for quality wines.


I recently had the opportunity to try two wines from Domaine Bousquet, Gaia Red Blend and Gaia White Blend.

In Greek mythology, Gaia is the Mother Earth goddess, the ancestral mother of all life.  And considering that Gaia wine is all organic, it is a fitting name.
 
The grapes are harvested manually, barrel fermented and aged in French oak.

Gaia White Blend 2016 is made with 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Gris and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. The color is a crisp yellow with aromatic notes of soft citrus, floral and pear.  It is fresh and lively on the palate with subtle notes of pear, citrus and green apples.  The finish is dry with hints of tropical fruit lingering on the palate. This is a perfect wine to serve with oysters, seafood, cheese and fruit.
 
Alcohol:  12.5%
SRP:  $18

Gaia Red Blend 2015 is made with 50% Malbec, 45% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The color is dark purple with heady aromas of anise, violet and dark berries.  The palate offers silky tannins with dark fruit, dark cherry, hints of spice and white pepper on a long finish.  This is a wine that will complement just about any dish from appetizers to dessert!
 
Alcohol:  14.5%
SRP:  $20

I look forward to trying the other range of wines that Domaine Basquet has to offer, such as their Premium, Reserve and Grand Reserve lines and single bottling Ameri Icon and Dulce.
 
France + Argentina = delicious wines!  Simple math!
 
Cheers!
Penina

 
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<![CDATA[Day 621]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:57:26 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-621Picture
Whenever I see a wine store, I like to go in and peruse the shelves. It is a fun way for me to discover and learn about lesser-known wines.   On this particular day, I was looking to see what the store had to offer for under $15. 

When I reached the Italian section, I saw a bottle of Ninety+ Cellars Chianti Riserva selling for $11.99.  I must admit that I was not familiar with the label, but I was intrigued by the accolades that the wine store owner was giving it.  So, I decided to purchase a bottle and see for myself.
First of all, Ninety+ Cellars is a wine brand based in Boston, MA.  Founded by Kevin Mehra in 2009 and with Wine Director Brett Vankoski at the helm, their concept is to buy a percentage of a winery’s production for a reduced price, bottle it in Ninety+ Cellars bottles and sell the wine for less. The website states,  “We are a modern day wine négociant–working with highly rated wineries and vineyards to curate a portfolio of fine wines from all over the globe”.  Every wine bottle is given a lot number and has the 90+ stamp of approval.  Their wine portfolio includes Napa Valley, New Zealand, Italy, and France.   Wines range in price from $10 to $40.
90+ Cellars Classic Series Chianti Riserva 2013 Lot 144  
Sangiovese grapes are sourced from the Chianti region of Tuscany.  The wine spends three years of maturation before release and therefore is given the Chianti DOCG Riserva label.  The color is ruby with aromas of cherry, spice and floral notes.  The palate offers red fruit, spice, with hints of white pepper and oregano on the finish.  Mild tannins, beautifully balanced and impressive for the price.
 
Alcohol:  13%
SRP:  $11.99
It’s hard for me to pass up a wine store, bookstore or knitting shop!
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Cheers!
Penina
 

 
 
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<![CDATA[Day 620 Let It Snow!]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 15:26:56 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-620-let-it-snow“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!”
 
From “Let It Snow”
Songwriters: Jule Styne / Sammy Cahn

With unbearable temperatures outside this weekend, it was a good time to focus on a few indoor projects that I’ve been putting off for way too long.   As much as I wanted to go snowshoeing, the high winds and below 0-degree temps held me back.  I braved the elements only once so that I could buy a few ingredients for Tomato Lentil soup that I was making for guests who were far braver than I am and didn’t mind venturing out in the cold and windy evening.
Although I had planned to open a Carmenere from Chile to serve with the soup, one of my guests brought a few bottles of Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon for us to drink.  So I decided to open the Cabernet first.
Cabernet Sauvignon is grown worldwide and the characteristics of the wine vary depending on the climate and soil of the region, among other factors.  California has many wine regions ranging from Northern California to Napa Valley that are well suited for Cabernet Sauvignon production.  In fact, according to California Agricultural Statistics Service for 2016, Napa had the most Cabernet Sauvignon acreage planted of all the counties, 20,759 acres. 
 
Joseph Carr formed his own wine company in Napa Valley after spending a decade as a world-class sommelier and another decade as a wine industry executive.  His dream was to have his own family-owned winery and so in 2005 he began making wines under the label ‘Joseph Carr’.  In 2007 Carr launched Josh Cellars as a tribute to his dad, Josh, who inspired and influenced the man Carr is today.   “Every bottle of Josh Cellars wine produced honors and acknowledges his father”. 

Grapes for the Josh Cellar wines are sourced from top California winegrowing regions to create wines with character and complexity.
The 2015 Josh Cellars North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot dominant blend.  This is a full-bodied wine with aromas of dark fruit, oak, spice and currant.  The palate offers a silky mouthfeel with dark cherry, blackberry, plum, spice, vanilla and pepper.  It was a long finish of pepper with hints of oak.  Outstanding price for the product!
 
Alcohol:  13.5%
SRP:  $15
The Tomato Lentil soup is hearty, packed with protein and quite filling! It’s perfect for a cold night.  In addition to onions, carrots and celery, I added a blend of herbs, a little dry white wine and lots of love!  The soup takes about three hours to cook, but is well worth it. 
The wine paired well with the soup and didn’t compete with all the subtle flavors the soup had to offer.  We eventually moved on to taste the Carmenere, but that will be the topic of another post.
 
When I left my house this morning, it was a chilling -6 degrees!  I think that a glass of wine and a bowl of soup are on the menu for later today!

Cheers!
Penina

 
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<![CDATA[Day 619 My Date with Don Melchor]]>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:15:51 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-619-my-date-with-don-melchorPicture

It was a cold and blustery night, the car temperature read 6 degrees outside, but Don Melchor and I were determined to reach the restaurant no matter what. 




As I was driving I kept looking anxiously at the passenger seat to make sure Don was safely strapped into the seatbelt.  Having traveled thousands of miles from Chile to partake in the evening’s festivities, it was important for my journeyer to have a smooth ride.

Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon and I go back a few years.  I’ve had the pleasure of drinking several vintages, all of them outstanding.  My last story and review was on the 2013 vintage.  Please take a moment and read it to learn the history of Don Melchor, the region, climate and soil so that you can appreciate the beauty of this wine.
http://thewineknitter.com/1/post/2016/11/day-532-don-melchor.html

PictureEnrique Tirado
Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon is Chile’s first and most renowned icon wine.  With winemaker Enrique Tirado at the helm, each vintage of Don Melchor is expressive and elegant.  Every year Tirado chooses grapes from 50 to 60 parcels, out of the 142 located in Puente Alto on the north bank of the Maipo River. Tirado says, “each parcel not only offers a unique expression, but that expression varies from year to year”.

The 2014 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc.  Prior to tasting, we decanted the wine to allow the aromas and flavors to open.  The color is ruby red with seductive aromas of dark cherry, plum and dark currant.  The palate offers dark and lush berries, plum, cocoa, and spice. The wine is full-bodied with velvety tannins and a long black cherry finish.  We paired the wine with a variety of dishes such as baked Brie with truffles, oysters, halibut and scallops with leek fondue.  And yes, I saved a sip to pair with the apple and blueberry strudel. 
 
Alcohol: 14.5%
SRP:  $125
This is a wine to savor and share!  Drinks beautifully!
 
I look forward to our date same time next year, Don Melchor!
 
Cheers!
Penina
 

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<![CDATA[Day 618 Tasmania's Sparkling Wines]]>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:06:45 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-618-tasmanias-sparkling-winesSparkling wines are produced worldwide.  And I have been fortunate to sample some excellent wines from unusual places.  For instance, last year I received a few bottles of sparkling wine from England.  I must admit that I was quite dubious about the source prior to tasting them.  However, the wines were amazing!  You can read my story at http://thewineknitter.com/1/post/2016/12/day-539-england.html
When a few bottles of sparkling wine were delivered to me a few weeks ago from Tasmania, I knew that I was in for a treat.  Tasmania is known for its fertile land and cool climate, which is conducive for growing grapes.  And it has become a popular wine-growing region, spreading its good cheer globally.
Tasmania is an island located 150 miles to the south of Australia’s mainland.  Although it is separated by the Bass Strait, Tasmania is a part of Australia.  The wine regions enjoy a maritime climate and are sheltered from rainfall and high winds by dolerite-capped mountains that dominate the Tasmanian landscape. With the absence of extreme temperatures, grapes are allowed to ripen slowly on the vine while maintaining natural acidity which in turn helps to give the wine freshness and balance.  The soil on the lower slopes of the vineyards is a combination of ancient sandstone, mudstone, river sediment and igneous rocks of volcanic origin that contribute to very aromatic and heightened flavors in the wines. 
The most common grapes grown in Tasmania are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling. There are 1800 hectares under vine, 160 licensed wine producers and 230 individual vineyards.  Australia’s finest sparkling wines come from Tasmania.  And with ideal growing conditions for producing sparkling wine, it dares to challenge Champagne.
House of Arras is led by Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker, Ed Carr.  Out of 34 years in the wine industry, Carr has devoted 27 years to sparkling wine production.  He believed that Tasmania had the potential for producing Australia’s best sparkling wine due to its fruit resources.  And so, in 1995 the company made the decision to produce Tasmanian prestige cuvée.  In 2002, the first vintage of the 1998 Arras was released, made from 100% Tasmanian fruit.  Arras sources Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from top vineyards in southern Tasmania and the southeast coast.
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The 2003 House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged Sparkling is a beautiful blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It spent 12 years on lees and 28 months under cork.  It was disgorged in June 2015 and is bottle 0384 of 2200.  The color is vivid yellow with fine bubbles. The nose offers soft citrus, honey, bread dough and a hint of almond that opens up to a wine that is delicately elegant and full of richness on the palate.  The texture is creamy with hints of brioche, citrus and honey.  This is an exquisite and refined sparkling wine!  Visit their website to find out how to order these delicious wines.  http://houseofarras.com.au/
SRP $140
Alcohol: 12.5%

PictureImage is courtesy of Stefano Lubiana Winery
Stefano Lubiana Wines is led by Stefano (Steve) Lubiana, a fifth- generation winemaker.  The family biodynamic vineyards, which were established in 1990, are located at the foothills of the Derwent River estuary and consist mainly of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. The first sparkling wines were produced in 1993.
 
Stefano Lubiana NV Brut Reserve is a multi-vintage blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir made in the traditional method using a combination of oak and stainless steel during fermentation. The wine spends 22 months of aging on lees in the bottle that contribute to the depth and character of the wine.  The color is straw yellow with fine bubbles and a smooth texture.  Aromas of fresh citrus, floral and nuts segue onto the palate with toast, spice and a hint of lemon zest on the finish.  This is a crisp and beautifully balanced wine.  Use this link to order direct from the winery. https;//slw.com.au/
 
SRP:  $38
Alcohol: 12.5%

 

The sparkling wines of Tasmania are expressive and impressive!  And since I don’t see a trip planned to Tasmania in my foreseeable future, I look forward to the day when Tasmania’s sparkling wines are available within driving distance of my house!  Hurry up Tasmania…we’re waiting!
Cheers!
Penina


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<![CDATA[Day 617]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:35:11 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-617With all the holiday festivities, my son’s wedding and a few birthdays thrown into the mix as well, I have been remiss and rather sporadic with writing stories this past week or so.
However, on the bright side, there have been a lot of corks popping around here!  So, I will have many wine stories to share with you!
In the next week or two we will be traveling the world as I take you to Tasmania to taste sparkling wines and to Alentejo to sample some delicious wines!  Along the way we'll stop in Chile, France and Italy!

In the meantime, I hope your holidays are filled with laughter, love and good spirits!
 
Cheers!
Penina

 
 
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<![CDATA[Day 616]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:52:13 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-616Every now and then I rummage through my “spirits” cabinet for ideas when experimenting with a food recipe or cocktail.  Yesterday, I discovered a beautiful Delft style bottle of Vandermint Liqueur that had been shoved all the way to the back of the cabinet. 
It is a beautiful bottle made of milk glass with classic Delft images of sailboats and windmills.  The lid is in the shape of a tulip.  
 
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Tulip shaped lid
The seal is still intact and has probably been sitting on the shelf for at least two decades.  Vandermint Liqueur was imported from Holland and made by Andros Distillery in Tilburg.  However, try as I might, I found nothing on the Internet about the distillery or places that one could purchase the liqueur.  In fact, I called two well-known wine and spirit stores in NYC.  No one had ever heard of Vandermint!  There were numerous sites on the Internet that were selling the bottle as a collector’s item.
 
Vandermint Liqueur was very popular in the 1970s and 1980s.  Unfortunately, we’ll never know all of the ingredients that went into making the liqueur except for two; rich Dutch cocoa and fresh mint.  I remember drizzling Vandermint over vanilla ice cream, adding it to coffee and dessert cocktails.  It is 52 proof.
 
So the question of the day is, do I open the bottle and enjoy its contents or do I sell it to a collector?  Hmmm….
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Cheers!
Penina
 

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<![CDATA[Day 615 A Taste of Pantelleria]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:05:27 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-615-a-taste-of-pantelleriaThe moment had arrived. I closed my eyes and inhaled the perfume emanating from my glass and I was instantly carried off to the magical island of Pantelleria. 
Last spring I had the opportunity to visit with Donnafugata in Sicily.  During my stay with them, we flew to Pantelleria Island for an amazing day of touring the Donnafugata vineyards where Zibibbo grapes are grown.
Although the Zibibbo vines barely had buds yet, it was an impressive tour that stretched throughout the whole island and covered many districts.  You can read all about it at:  Day 575 Donnafugata  A 360 Degree Tour http://thewineknitter.com/1/post/2017/05/day-575-donnafugata-a-360-degree-tour.html
The “pour” in my glass that had me swooning was a Ben Ryé 2015 Passito de Pantelleria DOC, a naturally sweet wine made with 100% Zibibbo grapes.
Since it was our first snowfall, I thought it would be fun to open this delicious dessert wine, inviting in a touch of the Mediterranean. 
 
The color is an intense amber with stimulating aromas of apricots, figs, raisins, floral and honey.  All the aromas segue onto the palate offering a beautifully balanced wine with mineral notes and a hint of herbs.  The combination of gentle sweetness and savory is perfection!  This wine drinks beautifully as an aperitif or pair with cheese and dessert!
Alcohol: 14.5%
SRP:  $40 for a 375ml bottle
 
If you’re running out of gift ideas, think no further!  This is a fabulous wine to add to your holiday list!
 
Cheers!
Penina

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<![CDATA[Day 614 A Taste of Rhône]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:51:16 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-614-a-taste-of-rhonePicture
On the eve of the summer solstice in June, I wrote about Ferraton Père & Fils flavorful Samorëns Rosé 2016 and Samorëns Blanc 2016.  And now that we are just fifteen days away from the winter solstice, I decided it was time to open a few reds from Ferraton Père & Fils.

Ferraton Père & Fils estate is located in Tain l’Hermitage in Southern France and was founded in 1946 by Jean Orëns Ferraton.  His son Michel, inheriting the same passion as his father, introduced the first Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph wines to the world.  Michel Chapoutier, a highly regarded winemaker and close friend of the Ferratons’ introduced organic viticulture to the vineyards in 1998 and he eventually formed a partnership with the Ferratons. By the year 2000, all of the vineyards were converted to biodynamic farming and are now certified organic.  What began in 1946 as a .3 hectare estate (some of these vines still produce fruit), Ferraton now has an annual production of about 350,000 bottles and is headed by oenologist Damien Brisset.
La Matinière Crozes-Hermitage 2015 is 100% Syrah. Crozes-Hermitage is the largest appellation in the Northern Rhône and is known for its exceptional Syrahs.  The grapes for the La Matinière are sourced and blended from a mix of estate and neighboring vineyards in the Mercurol and Beaumont-Monteux districts of central and southern Crozes-Hermitage. The wine is the color of dark plum bordering on purple.  It is very aromatic, filling the nose with cherry, dark berries, spice and earth.  The palate offers a beautiful dance of dark cherry, red berries, pomegranate, pepper and cocoa.  Smooth tannins with a long finish of cherry, plum and pepper add a nice kick to the finale.  This is a versatile wine when it comes to pairing with food!
Alcohol: 13%
SRP:  $23

Côtes-du-Rhône is in the Southern Rhône. The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate conducive to grape growing which also reflects in the characteristics of the wine.
Samorëns Côtes-du-Rhône Red 2015 is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.  The grapes are sourced from estate and smaller growers mostly located in the Northern Rhône.  The color of the wine is dark ruby with aromas of lush red fruit, cherry, raspberry, floral and spice.  The palate offers tart cherry, raspberry, fennel and pepper.  It has a lovely mouthfeel with spice and pepper on a long finish.  At $14 a bottle, this is a steal!  Will pair well with pasta, meats and hearty fish.  I popped a chocolate kiss in my mouth and took a sip of the wine.  Wow!
Alcohol: 14%
SRP:  $14

All of these wines, including Samorëns Rosé and Samorëns Blanc, will drink beautifully at any time of the year. Don’t limit your selection of wine based on what season it is.  Be adventurous and have some fun with mixing it up a little.  I have white and rosé wine chilling in the refrigerator all year long!
 
Cheers!
Penina

 
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<![CDATA[Day 613 Red Sauce and Wine]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:01:59 GMThttp://thewineknitter.com/the-journal/day-613-red-sauce-and-wineWhen it comes to making and/or eating red sauce, the pasta itself tends to be an excuse for me to devour the sauce!  In fact, whenever I eat pizza, I love a side of sauce so that I can spoon extra on my slice.  I love tomato sauce in all its forms.  Whether it’s arrabiata, basil, mushroom or plain tomato, I love it all! 
On a recent excursion to The Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham, AL, I happened across a booth selling marinara sauce.  Of course, I had to stop and investigate! 
Maw Maw’s Marinara is a beautiful blend of flavors sourced from the freshest and all natural ingredients available.
The company’s slogan which is written on the jar says it all. Big Italian taste from a small town in Alabam’.
Jamie Tolbert grew up eating a variety of meals made with his mom’s (aka “Maw Maw”) home canned tomatoes.  She never actually made a marinara sauce with the tomatoes, but her creativity and passion for cooking inspired Jamie to take all he learned from his mom and developed his own recipes over the years.  One of the recipes that Jamie created is an amazing marinara sauce that he has named Maw Maw’s as a tribute to his mom for inspiring him.  Jamie and his wife Nancy sell the sauce to retail stores throughout Alabama.  However, I’m sure that they would be more than happy to take your order and ship some to you!
https://www.mawmawsmarinara.com
 
When my package of Maw Maw’s Marinara arrived, I immediately opened a jar and ate a few spoonfuls.  The sauce is light, with just the right amount of spice added.  I love the fact that it’s “chunky” as opposed to so many pureed sauces that one finds on the supermarket shelves.  Although I could have easily eaten the entire contents of the jar spoonful by spoonful, I made spinach and cheese ravioli to go with the sauce.  It was a perfect marriage!

And, what would a meal be without a nice bottle of wine?  So, I opened Concha y Toro’s Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere 2015 to pair with the dinner. 
Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere 2015 is produced at the Cachapoal winery in the Rapel Valley of Chile by head winemaker, Marcio Ramírez.  The grapes are harvested from the Peumo Vineyard, which runs along the Cachapoal River and the Coastal Mountains. 
The wine is a brilliant color of purple with heady aromas of berries, cherries, plum, spice and cocoa.  The palate offers a silky mouthfeel filled with dark berries, pepper and a long finish of fruit and spice.  The wine is medium-bodied that has structure and depth.  It was a good choice to pair with the marinara!
Alcohol: 14.5%
SRP:  $17

Although the ravioli was delicious, the marinara sauce and the wine were the stars of the evening!
Cheers!
Penina

 
 
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