#ZigSaw Summer Wine Picks 2015:
Summer Wine Picks were done together with my good friend and colleague Chris Sawyer! This year, we've included some pairings for you too.
Be sure to look out for our wine adventures and videos by way of our social media #ZigSaw tag. Cheers!
Korbel NV Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine, California ($11.99)
Lively, soft spicy notes, and a long, enchanting finish that makes you want more! Pairings: Great wine to serve at brunch with Lox & Bagels, tangy salad and fresh fruit; for lunch, think chilled soups, BLTs and turkey sandwiches; dinner, salads with goat cheese and berries, tuna tartare, salmon, sushi, and pork with fruit chutney.
2013 Thirty-Seven, Albarino, Paradise View Vineyard, Sonoma Coast ($22)
Crisp, dry and refreshing. Aromas include summer flowers, melon, citrus and mineral. Flavors of Meyer lemon, lime peel, cantaloupe, white pepper with a bright tangy acidity to finish. Pairings: fresh oysters, Ceviche, spring rolls, fish tacos, and grilled chicken with zesty lime aioli.
2013 Trattore Farms, Roussanne, Estate Grown, Dry Creek Valley ($28)
Medium to full bodied, lovely aromas and bright flavors of white peach, ripe melon, fresh squeezed grapefruit, vibrant acidity, lush creamy texture. Pairings: Medium cheeses, guacamole, Heirloom tomato salad, peaches and citrus, poached scallops, sea bass, pasta with tangy white sauce, and lemon chicken.
2012 Acorn, Dolcetto, Alegria Vineyards, Russian River Valley ($35)
Wild berries, citrus peel, cocoa and spice; flavors of fresh-picked blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, black pepper, espresso, and roasted walnut; tangy acidity; soft texture. Pairings: Tasty cheese like Redwood Hill Farm Smoked Goat Cheddar or Salty cheeses, especially parmesan, Piavé Vechio or Vella Dry Jack; pulled pork sandwiches; grilled veggies, Ahi tuna with Espresso Rub, pan-seared Liberty Duck breast; gourmet sausages and juicy burgers done on the grill.
2011 McEvoy, Red Piano, Estate, North Coast ($35)
Aromas of red fruits, red apple peel, blood orange and spice. Flavors are layered with notes of dark cherry, pomegranate, licorice, white pepper, and fresh herbs.Pairings: A dazzling picnic wine, easily pared with local cheeses, charcuterie, baguette, fresh berries, roasted nuts, cured olives, and McEvoy Olive Oil. Other tasty pairings include grilled fish with savory herbs, pasta with red sauce, pomegranate chicken, lamb sliders, sweet & sour pork, baby back ribs and grilled red meats.