YOU SAMPLED a Medium white from

L’India Garnaxta Blanca

Greenish-yellow with golden highlights in the glass when the light catches it the right way. Sweet fennel and other herbs can be detected on first sniff with pear and tropical fruits eventually raising from the glass. Broad and unctuous with a light glycerin mouthfeel, marked acidity and white pear, white peach and warm grass flavors. Also, is that a touch of sweet hay or lanolin?

PERFECT WITH

Salmon nigiri, charred octopus, braised rabbit, spicy cuisines.

YOU SAMPLED a Bold white from

d’Escausses Vigne Galante

A sweet white that’s not cloying or dessert level. The nose is fluffy and white with marzipan and lemon laced chiffon. Dense aromas of white flowers give way to exotic fruits on the palate with a distinct honeyed note. Crisp, smooth and quite airy for a “sweet” wine!

PERFECT WITH

Scallop carpaccio, chicken curry, spicy Thai salads with loads of basil.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

d’Escausses Vigne Blanche

A deep, deep garnet color boasting intense scents of red fruits and whiffs of vanilla tinged berries. There’s a touch of oak spice from barrel aging and a full and structured mouthfeel with melty tannins and plenty of sapid “rouge” flavors.

PERFECT WITH

Chorizo, potato gratin, runny cheeses, hanger steak

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Abrigo “Garabei” Dolcetto

Violet tinges surround a nose of cherry liqueur, wild sour cherries and purple flowers. Fresh acidity keeps the creamy berry flavors and light tannins balanced into a truly drinkable, dark, deep, rich wine that’s not bitter or harsh. Italy is definitely onto something here!

PERFECT WITH

Filled pastas, aged ham, grilled squash, salty cheese.

YOU SAMPLED a Medium red from

Château Fredignac “Le Gabier”

Gorgeous ruby red color in the glass with ripe red fruits and a big note of black currant jam. The palate has touches of vanilla from 18 months in oak and some spicy aromas, but the core of crunchy red fruit and silky oak tannins remains.

PERFECT WITH

Charcuterie, hard cheeses, charred burgers, lasagna.

YOU SAMPLED an Al Fresco white from

Château Suau Bordeaux Blanc

Brilliant and bright with notes of fresh apricots, rainier cherries, freshly chopped Serrano chiles and a hint of lychee. Refreshing and brisk, this blend of Semillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle from Bordeaux’s Cadillac zone is lively and oh-so-easy to enjoy.

PERFECT WITH

Baguette and goat cheese, oysters, mussels in garlic, tinned seafood

YOU SAMPLED an Al fresco white from

L’Espinose Muscadet

Classic Muscadet with a bright, pale yellow color with scents of pear, peach and grapefruit. The palate opens with citrus and lively minerality and the mouthfeel is velvet smooth thanks to aging on lees.

PERFECT WITH

Moules Frites, tempeh, oysters, grilled cheese lunch

YOU SAMPLED an Al Fresco white from

Château Gillet Bordeaux Blanc

A semillon heavy blend makes for a rich and tropical fruit filled bouquet of lychee and honeysuckle. The Sauvignon blanc dominates the palate with tart, zesty lime and under ripe kiwi, like you forgot to cut off all of the skin. The semillon lends itself to mouthfeel here with a nice weight and texture and also to complementary floral undertones.

PERFECT WITH

The French Trinity (parsley, butter, garlic,) seafood, french fries, McD’s Filet ‘o’ Fish.

YOU SAMPLED an Al Fresco rosé from

Castillo de Benizar Rosado

The full bodied Cabernet fruit shines in this rosé with red currant and raspberry aromas surrounding a strawberry led palate with a hint of sweetness.

PERFECT WITH

Paella, Jambalaya, Mongolian beef, onigiri