Weekend Wine Picks

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A dinner party surrounded by friends, old and new, is a cause for celebration. It’s an excuse to share some wine (ok – lots of wine) with lively conversation, and since everyone brings a bottle (or two) it is the chance to try some wines you never tried before.

 

 

Here are a few suggestions for your weekend of wine.

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San Leonino Governo All’Uso 2013  A Medium-bodied wine that is  easy to drink and at the right price.  Itt packs a punch at 14.5% alcohol.   Spaghetti and meatballs or veal parmigiana would be a good match for  this wine. $19.95

IMG_0804Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2011   From the heart of the Chianti region, this is is a classic Chianti that showcases the Sangiovese grape, the star of any Tuscan vineyard. This offering from Il Molino di Grace or Thw Windmills of Grace is earthy and delicious grabbing 90 points from Wine Spectator for good reason.$18.95

 

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Convento San Francisco 2005  One of the signs Bacchus, the God of Wine is looking out for you is when you come across a solitary bottle in the Vintages section. It’s no guarantee, but it often means word got out and this is a wine to try? And that’s exactly the case, This full-bodied wine from Ribera del Duero is 90% Tempranillo grape and 10 % Merlot. The result, rich, smooth with elegance. Loved it! $24.95

 

The Splurge of the Week:

IMG_0807Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace 2012

This cool climate Chardonnay was the hit of the evening. Full-bodied wiith honey, citrus and green apple notes. Le Clos Jordanne Clayton Terrace 2012 is  a stunning wine that made me want to hide it from the quaffing guests (I didn’t – but, I admit, I THOUGHT about it). I didn’t just LOVE it, it made me want to visit the winery. Such amazing and award-winning wines produced right in our backyard!

Enjoy your weekend of wine!