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 starts the long, intense finish of the wine. It's dry, but still so delightfully fruity and that toasted coconut notes follows through and adds complexity and nuance. Oh, and it's organic!

PERFECT WITH

Port Salut grilled cheese, tomato soup, Cioppino

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 Medium white from

Il Sognatore Cortese

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

Antipasto, salads, seafood dishes, gas station snacks

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 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 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 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 an Al Fresco red from

Domaine Lorieux Tuffeaux Cabernet Franc

Named after the soft yellow-colored stones that dominate the central Loire Valley and vineyards. The wine is firm and still young but softens in the glass into delicious flavors of ripe, perfumed black fruits and juicy acidity. Bright, grapey fruit aromas that mix with a touch of earth.

PERFECT WITH

Unagi nigiri, ham and pineapple, grilled teriyaki salmon.

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 prosciutto.