Dining » Vol. 1

Wines of the Month

By Dennis Vasconcelos

Looking for a really nice bottle of wine to bring when you get together with friends for the upcoming holidays? Here are two that your hosts and fellow guests will definitely appreciate.

Wine: Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Avg. Retail: $11 – $13

This wine practically explodes with refreshing citrus and melon fruit flavors (in fact, the Villa Maria vineyard consistently pumps out a variety of fantastic vintages ~ I’ve yet to taste a bad one) while finishing dry and crisp with grassy undertones. It pairs perfectly with any shellfish or seafood dish as well as with chicken and white sauce pasta dishes. Most wines from this area have been switched over to screw caps, but don’t let that fact deter you ~ corks’ll just have to learn to share the spotlight. This Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine for any season or any occasion. Enjoy.

Wine: Concha Y Toro, Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Maipo Valley, Chile
Avg. Retail: $10 – $12

Loosely translated, the wine’s name means “Cellar of the Devil,” a moniker used in the 19th century to discourage the theft of wine by vineyard workers. This classic, well-structured Cab is full of black currant, ripe cherry, and dark plum…united by a touch of toasted oak. It’s a medium bodied wine with smooth tannins, complex flavors and a long finish. Serve it with hearty cuisines like roasts, stews, game and spicy pasta dishes.

Until next time, Salud!

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