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Wines by Jennifer®

Week of January 8th, 2019

White Wines

  • This clean, crisp, slightly tart Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley shows delightful aromas of citrus, melon and mango. Flavors of lime, pink grapefruit and melon are prominent on the palate. Perfect with seafood, baked fish and fowl, and also just all by itself!
  • The Chardonnay grapes come from the first Certified Organic vineyard in Washington state. The majority of the blend was fermented in stainless steel, providing a firm structural element that accompanies the racy fruit flavors. The remaining 12% was oak-fermented to provide body and texture. Elegant aromas of crisp apples, acacia honey and marzipan, with flavors of fresh cobbler and ripe pear woven with lemon zest and spice. Try it with the "Pineapple Cheese Toast" recipe from our Wines by Jennifer® Cookbook!

Red Wines

  • The blend for this Columbia Valley red is 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec, 6% Sangiovese. Inky, dark purple hue, with vibrant aromas of plum, cherry and cassis. The palate is filled with plums and grilled meats, with hints of smoke and black mission fig. The sturdy tannins along with classic Washington state acidity stretch into the long and elegant finish. Drink now through 2022.
  • This producer pioneered Washington's Red Mountain AVA in 1975 and has been crafting tasty wines there ever since. With unusually clear skies and a northerly latitude, the area averages more than 17 hours of sunlight a day in the summer - two more than Napa Valley. This Cab/Merlot blend shows pleasing and inviting aromas of black fruit, with an elegant, balanced style loaded with fruit flavors and soft tannins.
  • Handpicked fruit and 20 months aging in predominately French oak make this Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon a wine you won't soon forget. This rich, satisfying Cabernet gives dark cherry, currant and baking spice aromas. Similar flavors coat the mid-palate, gaining intensity across a generous, balanced, and lengthy finish.

Dessert Wine

  • Bouquets of honeysuckle and jasmine leap out of the glass and greet you with an abundance of ripe summer peaches. This Columbia Valley Muscat Canelli is a fascinating wine that oozes minerality, freshness, and the clean bright flavors of nectarine laced with a hint of petrol. Perfect sweetness balanced with bracing acidity make the wine thought-provoking as well as absolutely delicious. Perfect as the prelude or aperitif, or as the finale with dessert.

Appetizer of the Week

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Dates

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Dates - $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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