Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
Sebastiani Sonoma County Chardonnay 1999
This wine stands in complete contrast to the un-oaked Chardonnay by Cannowindra Grossi that we included in February's selections. It is concentrated and complex, with flavors of nectarine and fig followed by a finish of toasted oak that lingers on the palette. Oftentimes, over-oaked wines can be difficult to pair with meals. However, this wine is in balance with the oak fulfilling the same duty in the wine as salt does in the kitchen. Just a dash to bring out the other flavors yet not so much as to be the only flavor. A wine such as this would be a good dinner mate with grilled chicken in an Alfredo sauce.
Jacques Depagneux Domaine des Gatilles 2000, Chiroubles Beaujolais France
Beaujolais are typically light and fruity wines with a lot to offer in terms of simple pleasures but not much when it comes to depth or complexity. Beaujolais however, is divided up into 10 different sub regions called Crus. These "Cru Beaujolais" reflect specific terrior and are more complex in character. This wine comes from the Cru of Chiroubles, whose wines are known for their well-balanced synergy of cherry and strawberry fruit with crisp acids. This is a wine that matches beautifully with Asian cuisine.
Sierra Vista El Dorado Zinfandel 1999, Sierra Foothills Californiaz
The Sierra Vista winery is situated in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Madre. Founded by the MacReady family with the expressed desire to grow Rhone varieties like Syrah, Carignane and Grenache; they also take advantage of their high altitude growing regions to craft this elegant and full bodied Zinfandel. With exuberant fruit and a little bit of spice, this Zin is straightforward and a pleasure to drink. Try this one with Pan-Fried Pork Chops with a Pomegranate and Fennel Salsa (Gourmet Magazine January 2002) This particular recipe is really good.