YOU SAMPLED an Al fresco white from

Domaine d’Escausses Mauzac

Quite light and pale but packing a ton of flavor. Golden raisin, custard pie, almond paste and quince. The fruit gets kicked up a notch after time with chopped-almonds, bruised apple and a touch of sappy greenness. The finish is lively with green-leafed wizened apples and a touch of chalk dust.

 

PERFECT WITH

Chicken liver pâte, Caesar salad, turkey pot pie, nutty cheese

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Domaine d'Escausses Braucol

Deep and moderately opaque with dense, smoke-rimmed aromas of cassis, brambley balckberry and a touch of dark cherry. Chewy on the palate with smooth, firm and pretty tannins that lift the dark, sour plum flavors and herbal notes up amongst the juicy, dry dark cherry flavors.

 

PERFECT WITH

Hard salty cheese, Hoison sauce, barbacoa, KBBQ

YOU SAMPLED a Bold red from

Château du Donjon L’Autre

Garnet color with violet hues. Blackberry, liquorice, and vanilla on the nose. Full bodied, great expression and a long, aromatic finish of dark fruit.

 

PERFECT WITH

Lamb with fig, local produce in butter, grilled meats

YOU SAMPLED a Bold red from

Ontinar Merlot

Brick red with tons of density and a big, creamed berry bouquet with peony and baby's breath scents mingling in there. Toasted coconut, a little leather grip and vanilla start the wine's long, intense finish. It's dry, but still so delightfully fruity with added complexity and nuance from the toasted coconut notes. Oh, and it's organic!

 

PERFECT WITH

Port Salut grilled cheese, tomato soup, Cioppino

YOU SAMPLED a Medium white from

Ca de Lion Il Sognatore

Exotic and aromatic of jasmine, white peach, stone fruits, and a touch of mint. In the mouth, the wine is bright with lemon-lime acidity and a palate refreshing finish.

 

PERFECT WITH

Antipasti, seafood, cobb salad, convenience store snacks

YOU SAMPLED a Medium white from

Est! Est!! Est!! Di Montefiascone

Intense and persistent with dried fruits, almonds, hazelnuts, acacia and lilies of the valley. More dried apricot and almond on the palate with a weight that's balanced by just enough fresh acidity.

 

PERFECT WITH

Almond croissant, Pho ga, green bean salad, hummus and carrots

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Mazziotti Merlot

Young vines that yield an intense ruby red colored wine. Soft and supple, elegant and balanced with pronounced scents of raspberry jam, vanilla and violets. On the palate the wine is soft with just a little tannic grip and loads of pleasant berry fruit, most noticeably strawberry and raspberry.

 

PERFECT WITH

Instant Pot curry, spaghetti and red sauce, McDoubles + fries

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Bologna Rosso

Only the top bunches of Cabernet grown in this Lambrusco-centered area make their way into this ruby red, easy drinking wine. Touches of herbal underbrush you’d expect from Italy are there, but the palate is dominated by big fruity flavors of currant and plum.

 

PERFECT WITH

daytime charcuterie, McRib Sandwich, picnic cheeses, spinach dip

YOU SAMPLED an Al fresco rosé from

Domaine de l’Epinay Abouriou Rosé

Light bodied with crunchy green strawberry and white flower notes. Tart and precocious with a refreshing green streak surrounding the currant and berry flavors.

 

PERFECT WITH

Couscous, cold cut sandwiches, salty potato chips, fish sauce dishes