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Wines by Jennifer®

Week of January 29th, 2019

White Wines

  • This California Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend presents a fragrant bouquet of fresh fruit notes of Asian pear touched with a delicate floral layer of jasmine blossom and lime leaf. On the palate, enjoy a slightly off-dry harmony of fruit flavors including honeydew melon, ruby red grapefruit, juicy white peach and crisp golden apple. Bright acidity and a clean, refreshing finish round out this wonderfully radiant and delightful wine.
  • Arroyo Seco in the Livermore Valley is widely regarded as one of the best places in California to grow Chardonnay. This medium-bodied Chardonnay has a rich, golden color and aromas of ripe apple and pear, balanced by subtle oak and vanilla from barrel aging. It has a luscious mouthfeel with flavors of guava, vanilla and butterscotch and a long, smooth finish. Try it with the "Mushroom Crustades" from our Wines by Jennifer® Cookbook!

Red Wines

  • The winery is located in the rolling hills of the beautiful Frene Valley, in the heart of Missouri wine country just two miles south of Hermann. Established along a small creek in 1855, it remains the oldest family farm winery operating in Missouri. The tradition of fine wine making is being continued by the great-great grandson of the founder. Norton is a native American varietal that performs very well both in Missouri and Virginia. Bold and full bodied, it's wonderful with braised meats and stews.
  • This California wine embodies the adventurous spirit of the great outdoors. The winemakers have skillfully crafted a portfolio of spectacular, food-friendly, single-varietal wines of high quality. This medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich, dark fruit character supported by spice, mocha and vanilla oak. Round in the mouth, with a medium mid-palate weight supported by firm tannins that will reward careful cellaring.
  • Mount Veeder is distinguished among Napa's mountain districts for having the highest elevation, coolest growing season and most geologically-diverse soils. The wines are an expression of their unique mountain environment, and are distinguished for their complexity, structure and elegance. Aromas of plum and black currant are present in this cuvee, woven together with caramel and molasses. The silky entry melts into an ultra-rich core of dark fruit. A supple finish is testament to this wine's immediate approachability.

Dessert Wine

  • This non-vintage California Moscato is delightfully sweet! From the first whiff of its lush, fruity aroma, to the flavors of juicy peach and ripe apricots, this wine has it all. Citrusy hints of lemon and orange wrap things up on the bright, crisp finish. It’s an easy-to-drink wine that is perfect with mild cheeses, fresh fruit, spicy Asian dishes, or just pour on its own as dessert!

Appetizer of the Week

Brie & Pears Served with Toasted Baguettes

Brie & Pears Served with Toasted Baguettes - $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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