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Week of January 15th, 2019

White Wines

  • Located in the northwest of Portugal, the Vinho Verde region is unique in both landscape and wine, with high levels of precipitation, humidity, lengthy periods of fog, and low temperatures.The region is so damp that most growers train their vines high off the ground with trellises to avoid the wet weather. The wine is 75% Trajadura and 25% Alvarinho. Bright aromas of tropical fruits, a citrine color and ripe peach character distinguish this delicious wine. A great balance between varietals, the medium body is kept fresh with floral notes from the Alvarinho. Enjoy it well chilled for best results.
  • This Pinot Grigio reflects the grapes from top vineyard sources in the "Tre Venezie" (Alto Adige, Trentino and Veneto) - acknowledged as one of Italy's prime regions for quality white wines. Sur lie-matured in stainless steel tanks, the wine reflects the origin of its prime growing area in style and character, and demonstrates all the varietal's best characteristics: good structure and intensity on the palate, all balanced with lively acidity. Serve with the "Bagna Cauda" from our Wines by Jennifer® Cookbook!
  • This Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc shows great aromatics, fine acidity and excellent length. Passionfruit, pear and citrus flavors mingle with subtle mineral aromas. Enjoyable while young, but some aging will enhance the weight and structure of the wine. An elegant and refreshing wine that works well as an aperitif or as a versatile accompaniment to shellfish dishes.

Red Wines

  • Founded in 1995, this Mendoza winery is situated in the township of Lujan de Cuyo, on a gentle slope at about 800 meters above sea level. This Malbec is bright ruby-red color, with currant, flowers and spices on the nose. A pure, spicy, midweight wine with good density but an enticing light touch.
  • This Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticingly tasty fruit profile of plump black cherries, kirsch, plums and dark chocolate. Ample acidity, smooth tannins, and full in the mouth, serve with grilled or roasted meat and game and full flavored cheeses such as blue.
  • The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. Rich, ruby red in color, this Paarl red blend has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors are of black cherries, with complex layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. Beautifully proportioned tannins, with mild toasted almond notes. This is a wine with great aging potential that will show smoother flavors and tannins with bottle age.

Appetizer of the Week

Charcuterie Plate

Charcuterie Plate - $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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