Selected Wines for Spring 2018. Our team of professionals have selected the most exciting wines based on quality, value and availability.
The sparkling wines from Camille Braun have an almost cult following in it's home region of Alsace. The certified organic vineyards and winemaking skill of Christophe Braun produce a generous wine with flavors of pear, and apple with a whiff of toasted bread and a hint of ginger. The cepage is 70% Pinot Blanc and 30% Auxerrois and produces an elegant wine with a fine, consistent mousse.
This wine makes for an elegant aperitif, but also works well throughout the meal with white meats and fish.
Christophe and Chantal Braun also make an excellent Cremant D'Alsace Rose if you can find it. (Pinot Noir is in demand these days in Alsace, but that's another story!)
Average Price: $20.99 - $25.99Online Stores:
Felsina owns some 220 vineyard acres near Castelnuovo Berardenga at Chianti Classico’s southern edge. This wine is selected from parcels of sangiovese at varying elevations, giving a balanced wine with loads of texture, spice and ripeness.
It opens on a cool menthol note, with black cherry, plum and earthy notes.
I detect a hint of fresh herbs and some spices that linger on the palate. After being open an hour or so, one gets some orange peel, dried fruit and pipe tobacco. The finish is long and lively.
Notes of orange peel, dried cherry and roasted mushroom emerge after a few hours, on the way to a long and lively finish.
This Riserva, pairs well with robust dishes such as braised beef or a Tuscan steak.
Average Price: $24.99 - $29.99Online Stores:
Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California. Rabble Wine Company produces wines that celebrate the flavors and complexity of the Santa Maria Valley and Paso Robles California.
The 2015 Chardonnay is voluptuous without heaviness, achieving elegance while generous and layered with white peach, apples, tangerine, pristine minerals and white flowers.
Where is that seafood tower or risotto when I’ve got the perfect wine for it?
Average Price: $18.99 - $21.99Online Stores:
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet is crafted with fruit from California's cool-climate Central Coast vineyards, where slow ripening encourages complexity and depth of flavor.
Blended with a touch of Syrah, Carignan, Malbec, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot, this wine shows decadent aromas of black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, toasty oak and coffee.
Average Price: $7.99 - $9.99Online Stores: