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Wines by Jennifer®

Week of January 2nd, 2019

White Wines

  • Lake County in California experiences 50-degree swings between its daytime and nighttime temperatures. The area is well-known for producing world-class Sauvignon Blanc with lively, crisp and bright fruit flavors that are more melony than grassy and herbal. Brilliantly clear, with slight hints of green. Cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks has preserved the fresh citrus and mineral flavors, vivid aromatics and brisk acidity. Perfect with shellfish, poultry, line fish and mild pasta dishes.
  • This fine French Chadonnay offers delicacy, strength and structure, being both fermented and aged in fine-grained French oak barrels. Subtle floral notes, fresh butter and hints of vanilla lead to a palate that is fresh and intense at entry, with pleasant toasty notes. Shades of vanilla oak underline the well-rounded palate, making for a delicious pairing with the “Banana Bread” from our Wines by Jennifer® Cookbook!

Red Wines

  • This Côtes du Rhône blend comes from hand-picked fruit chosen from different parcels of old vines averaging 35 years of age. A blend of 55% Grenache/30% Syrah/15% Mourvèdre, it offers a smooth, full and jammy texture. Round and spicy, with lots of character, it's ideal for a picnic with friends!
  • This southern France winery's excellent location and cailloux-based soils (similar to those in Châteauneuf-du-Pape) create a spectacular environment for Cabernet Sauvignon. Elegant and well-balanced, smooth, generous and subtle, the wine is characterized by aromas of red fruit and stone fruits such as plums, mirabelles, and cherries.
  • This French red blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah. Barrique-aging contributes to the cassis character, along with hints of mint, incense, and cedar that could easily be mistaken for a Medoc cru bourgeois. A wine of depth and class, very rich in color with excellent texture. Jammy fruit flavors of ripe plum and cassis mingle with classic Rhône spices to complete a tasty drop!
  • This tasty Dry Creek Zin is blended with a dollap of Petite Sirah (7%) and some old vine Carignane (13%). Complex aromas of ripe cherries, rose petal, tobacco and cinnamon. Petite Sirah adds depth and tannin, with the Carignane melding the flavors together with an herbal, spicy component. Lingering aftertaste of red currant jam balanced with enough tannin for 5 - 10 years of aging, but rich enough to enjoy immediately. Pairs well with anything off the grill!

Appetizer of the Week

Artichoke-Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Artichoke-Stuffed Mushroom Caps - $10

For more specific information on these great wines, or to taste for yourself, stop by the Tasting Room at Wines by Jennifer this week. We look forward to seeing you!

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And Now Introducing:

Wines by Jennifer® Wine Flights!

($10 Club Members/$12 Guests)

The Wines by Jennifer® Wine Flights program was developed to allow introduction, exploration and comparison into specific wine styles, regions, varietals, wineries and winemakers. The Port Flight will consist of three 1-ounce pours, served in unison.

Featured Flight: Port Wines Paired with Askinosie Dark Chocolate

White Port, Douro, Portugal
White grapes are just as common as red in the Douro, with Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato, Viosinho and Moscatel being some of the most popular. White Port production is much like that of red Port, with a key distinction being a shorter (or non-existent) maceration period for white Port. In both cases, the alcoholic fermentation is arrested by the introduction of a neutral grape spirit of about 77% alcohol-by-volume (ABV). The high alcohol kills off the yeast before it has had time to complete alcoholic fermentation, meaning before all the grapes’ sugars are fully converted into alcohol. This process is known as fortification, and results in a fortified wine that is high in both sugar and alcohol. White Port typically has somewhere between 16.5% and 20% alcohol by ABV.

Ruby Port, Cima Corgo Region, Douro, Portugal
The Douro region of northern Portugal is the home of Port. It is named for the Douro River, which flows east to west from the Spanish border to Oporto, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Douro is divided into three sub-regions: from west to east, they are Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. Although there are dozens of red grapes authorized in Port production, it really boils down to what are known as the “Fantastic Five”: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, and Tinto Cão. Ruby Port is the most extensively produced type of Port. After fermentation, it is stored in tanks of concrete or stainless steel to prevent oxidative aging and preserve its bright red color and full-bodied fruitiness. The wine is usually blended to match the style of the Port house to which it is to be sold.

10 Year Old Tawny Port, Douro, Portugal
Tawny Ports are wines aged in wooden barrels, exposing them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. Because of this oxidation, they gradually mellow to a golden-brown color. The exposure to oxygen imparts nutty flavors to the wine, which is blended to match the house style. There are two major types of Tawny: basic Tawny Port, which is a blend of several recent vintages with no specific age statement, and older-aged Tawnies marked as 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years old. Aged tawny Ports are sweet or medium-dry and typically consumed with desserts such as the “Microwave Apple Bread Pudding” from our Wines by Jennifer® Cookbook!



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