What's this? Daylight savings time? St. Patrick's Day? NCAA tournament pools? By golly, it's March! Springtime is around the corner, the days are getting longer, and it's almost time for outdoor season! To get you ready for this festive time of year, how 'bout 12 great bottles, all different, all chosen for their versatility? The March 2014 DD!
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2011 Pinot Gris, Kitson $14.98 net, $13.48 reorder
This exceptional Anderson Valley Pinot Gris is a sophisticated alternative to Chardonnay, with its rich, round mouth feel and penetrating fruit flavors. An intriguing note of cinnamon accents the exotic flavors. Curried vegetables over dal or Thai peanut-sauced noodles deserves a glass of this Northern California winning white. As they say in AV: Bahlest!
2012 Chardonnay, Cambridge & Sunset $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
This value-positioned winery is really turning heads! Their Chardonnay is sourced with fruit from many of California's best regions. Classically full and rich with flavors of green apples, ripe pear and a touch of vanilla on the finish. Braised chicken legs with mushrooms and leeks would do nicely here, as would two glasses and a good catch-up with a friend.
NV Cava, Gran Sarao $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
If you love to drink bubbles often and regularly, this dry Spanish sparkler is the one for you! Made with traditional Spanish grapes, aged in bottle for 15 months - a Riserva really - and finishing lively with lots of depth. We're betting this will become a TWH favorite for weddings, baby showers, large gatherings and just because you owe it to yourself!
2011 Chenin Blanc, Vinum Africa $17.49, $13.99 reorder
UK born Alex Dale teams up with Frenchman Edouard Labeye to demonstrate that Chenin Blanc suits South Africa just fine. Deftly used oak barrel lends texture and complexity to the zippy Granny Smith Apple sensation that one gets from this grape variety. The bright fruit and minerality suggest a great pairing with seared scallops and wild rice.
2012 Domaine de Pouy $9.99, $7.99 reorder
DD vets know Domaine de Pouy all too well. It featured in the very first incarnation of our ever-popular sampler way back in the day. What's not to like? Ugni Blanc and Colombard are the grapes, the wine is bright and crisp with a pinch of white fruit on the finish. Ever versatile, pop it with anything from simple salads to pizza with clams and garlic.
2012 Lugana, Ca'Lojera $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Technically, the grape is Trebbiano de Garda, known locally as Turbiana. Its profile is fresh and complex. Hints of melons coupled with lime hit you mid-palate and the finish resonates with a near saline-like minerality. A great wine to be enjoyed in the bright sunshine, this will do the shining when paired with eggplant parmesan.
2010 Rosso Galatina, Valle Dell'Asso $10.95 sale price, $10.40 reorder
Located in the heel of Italy's boot, this robust red is a blend of Primitivo and Negromaro. Perfumed with leather, earth and dark plum notes, this hearty red begs for simple fare like Pot Roast, Sausage and Peppers, or grilled anything.
2012 Carmenere, Arenal $11.98 net, $10.78 reorder
This lovely Chilean Carmenere is big-scaled and bold, yet doesn't assault you with overripe flavors. Instead intriguing herb notes and fresh green pepper waft out of the glass and are complemented by black currant and bright cherry flavors on the palate. Pop open mid-week with a steak & blue cheese sandwich, falafel, or fajitas.
2011 Marselan, Racines de la Terre $12.98 net, $11.68 reorder
This unique grape is a hybrid of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache and is commonly grown in France's Languedoc. This wine is charming, exhibiting the structure of Cabernet with the spicy, juiciness of Grenache. Racines de la Terre uses only estate-grown fruit and has been making wines for over 100 years! Serve with lamb pilaf, burgers or mushroom lasagna.
2011 Luberon, Tour de l'Isle $15.29, $12.23 reorder
Folks may know Luberon from Peter Mayle's novels, therefore it's quite well known that grapevines thrive there. This delectable juice is for lovers of fruit-driven reds. The lush, dense blueberry pie aromas are pure and captivating. It's a great cocktail wine, but you can also take it along on a picnic and drink it with treats from the grill!
2010 Les Cimels, Château d'Or et de Gueules, $15.79, $12.63 reorder
In the local Occitan language, Les Cimels means bouquet of fruit, and winemaker Diane Puymorin means business with this leader in the bang-for-your-buck department. She blends a little old-vine Mourvèdre and Carignan with her Syrah and Grenache and the complexity is breathtaking. Forest floor and black tea complexity abound.
2012 Pinotage, Winery of Good Hope $13.49, $10.79 reorder
Pinotage was created in South Africa in the early 20th century as a hybrid of Cinsault and Pinot Noir. The folks at Good Hope make theirs by totally destemming all of the fruit and only using the free-run juice, giving their version a polished, almost Burgundian feel. A little chill on this goes a long way, and it pairs very well with spicy, red pasta sauces.
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