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Lowcountry Wine

on Monday, 11 February 2013. Posted in Magazine, Eat This Spring 2013, From the Cellar

What’s in your glass? Local oenophiles share a taste of what they are sipping and selling.

Lowcountry Wine


Every once in a while a wine under $15 comes along and delivers big time! This recent discovery passes both quality and value tests and has quickly become a store favorite. Domaine Martin farms this limestone plain from the recently elevated AOC vineyard ‘Plan de Dieu’ with a winning combination of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre. Powerful and spicy with ripe black plum fruit and a touch of minerality and forest floor make this ever so old school. The real estate is neighboring of famed Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas and has the same powerful finish as those two for half the cost! Bottled unfiltered, this gem is worth a case buy and should be a great addition to any cellar for the next 5-6 years.

Melon Queue Rouge
Accent Wine & More

The wine I chose is a “Melon Queue Rouge” from Arbois in Jura, produced by Jacques Puffeney. The Melon Queue Rouge is, in fact, a white grape, most likely a relative of the Chardonnay but has been unadulterated for so long, that its now said to be its own varietal. It takes its name from the tint of red color at the stem end of the grape. The characteristics of the wine are quite wild from most whites we think of today. The nose has an intriguing cinnamon and clove spice, with hints of nutmeg and hazelnuts. The feeling of the wine, once it hits your tongue,  is big, round and very full. The flavors are bursting with stewed spiced apples and a complex depth of fresh cinnamon sticks. This would pair beautifully with a al dente style penne pasta, and a garlic butternut squash. $35

Row Eleven 
Vinas 3
charleston tobacco & wine

Three Vineyards. Three appellations. Three clones. Russian River, Santa Maria and Napa Valleys. Each having their own distinct characters that bring enhanced aromas and flavors to the blend. Deep opulent flavors of red cherries combined with lightly toasted French oak. This wine can hold its own with any food pairing and has generous extraction and plenty of soft tannins. 

Bodegas Valdesil Montenovo 2011
Crushed Fine Wines

An interesting wine not that well known from the Valdeorras Valley region of Spain just north of Portugal in Galicia. Godello is the grape. A light yet full bodied white with citrus and apricot overtones. Wine pairs nicely with roasted clams, salmon and chicken. Very versatile and a tremendous value at $15. All of our customers who have tried the wine come back and tell me how much they enjoyed it. $15

Domaine Chandon, Carneros, Pinot 
Meunier  |  2011
Laura Alberts

Bright cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors are balanced with subtle earthiness and well integrated oak. This wine is exceptionally versatile with food and can be enjoyed as much with falafel or grilled tofu with teriyaki sauce as with a rack of lamb or chicken braised in red wine. With roots in France and hearts in California, their wines reflect California character. Today, they sustainably farm Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier on 1000 acres in California’s finest appellations: Yountville, Carneros, and Mount Veeder.

SeraFina Barbera
In Good Taste

The past few weeks have been almost Spring-like but my wine clock still is craving reds. So I have been drinking  a good bit of Barbera, which is a smooth versatile red wine that originated in Italy,   One of the fun characteristics of Barbera is its high level of natural acidity, which helps keep it from being fat or flabby in your mouth. It has a wonderful deep ruby color with full body and relatively low tannin levels. Pour a glass of this with a rich pasta and tomato dish, or bring it to the table with roasted meats. Drink now through 2015.  Find this delight in small restaurants and of Course at In Good Taste. $15.99

Rias Baixas

With the promise of Spring already teasing us, it is time to remember the crisp, clean and lively flavors found in white wines. If you are searching for a new adventure to lure you away from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, hopefully you will find yourself in Rias Baixas, Spain – drinking a beautifully crafted Albariño. Light grapefruit, apricot and apple blossom perfume the nose and are laced with fresh sea breezes. That first burst of zesty citrus acidity on the tongue will soon fade to exotic fruit, offering that perfect balance we all seek on hot days.  Racy, vibrant and elegant, Albariño will surely leave you saying “Chardonnay who?

Rioja Gran Familia
How Art Thou Cafe

Known primarily for its reds Rioja is one of the five best-known and most prestigious wine-producing regions of the world. The Rioja’s principal soils are ideal for quality viticulture; they are well balanced in structure (sand, limestone and clays), slightly alkaline, low in organic matter and have a moderate supply of water in the summer. Fermentation in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 26°C. The wine was aged four months in American Oak and four months in French Oak prior to release. This is one of our top sellers for the delicious taste and excellent price.

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