YOU SAMPLED a Bold red from

Giovanni Abrigo Barolo Ravera 2013

Dominated by brambly underbrush, wet leather, tart cherry and a touch of rose hip tea. 2013 was cool with a late harvest date, resulting in silky wines with striking aromatics.

 

PERFECT WITH

Umami-laden pot roast, mushroom risotto, sliced proscuitto.

YOU SAMPLED a Bold red from

Giovanni Abrigo Barolo Ravera 2014

Concentrated dark fruits and clove with touches of blood orange and cranberry with perfumey tannins. 2014 was a colder vintage that lacks longevity but makes up for it in expressiveness.

 

PERFECT WITH

Coq au Vin, grilled radicchio salad, 5-spice chicken, truffles.

YOU SAMPLED a Bold red from

Giovanni Abrigo Barolo Ravera 2015

A warm year that produced an ephemeral nose of strawberry, cherry and sweet liquorice scents. In time, flavors of raspberry compote, clove, tobacco and notes of deeply scented flowers come through.

 

PERFECT WITH

Parmigiano reggiano, Szechuan beef, ribeye steak, truffled cheeses.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Château Hourbanon Bordeaux 2010

Dense, opulent and ripe with stain-your-fingers juicy blackberry notes and firm, smoky tannins. This historic vintage is rich with fruitiness and just now evolving into more mature flavors.

 

PERFECT WITH

Bacon cheeseburgers, braised lamb, fried onions (+ Funyuns).

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Château Hourbanon Bordeaux 2013

A lean, fruit forward, almost chuggable version of Bordeaux rarely found today with light red cherry and red currant flavors. This was a difficult vintage due to rains and colder temperatures so not many 2013 wines from Bordeaux are still around!

 

PERFECT WITH

Poutine, Béarnaise sauce, lamb gyros, nachos con carne.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Château Hourbanon Bordeaux 2015

Dark and brooding with black plum, black cherry and tight tannins, the wine is still young and will soften in time. The best vintage since 2010 - perhaps even better.

 

PERFECT WITH

BBQ ribs (or BBQ anything), filet mignon, bacon & eggs.

YOU SAMPLED an Al fresco white from

De Andre Sisters ‘Alegra’

A crispy, herbaceous and mineral rich wine. Lively with crisp white peach and zesty lime notes all surrounding a clean core.

 

PERFECT WITH

Pasta salads, paella, caprese skewers, early evening walks.

YOU SAMPLED an Al fresco white from

El Modernista Blanc

Bright white in the glass with crystalline reflections of green and lemon yellow. Meyer lemon, white cherry, green plum and fresh cut herbs blend together with balanced acidity and texture.

 

PERFECT WITH

Fried rice, boiled shrimp, grilled herb meats, Marcona almonds.

YOU SAMPLED an Al fresco white from

Lagar de Costa Albariño

Translucent green in color with notes of kiwi, kumquats and ripe sweet Greengage plum. Tart, bracing acidity adds a sour-then-sweet guava candy flavor before soursop and lemon round out the unctuous finish.

 

PERFECT WITH

Ceviche, fish tacos, fried tofu with peanut sauce, shrimp diavolo