To reflect on the 2017 year in wine is to contemplate fires and fizz, roses and red blends, cans and consolidation. As we dive into 2018, here’s my take on some of the most significant wine world happenings of 2017.
https://d262r1oo86g3du.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/14114356/607734B6-9935-44CF-9AF4-CC423FE73437.jpeg30244032Andreahttps://d262r1oo86g3du.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/16072109/andrea-logo-white_49ce12bbb3d568e20cba5ff446232ba5.pngAndrea2018-01-14 13:07:152018-01-14 13:07:152017 Review - The Year in Wine
Among the pulled corks of special bottles lining the path to our traditional Christmas dinner pairing of red Burgundy and duck breast, is always a decadent barrel-fermented Chardonnay to accompany one of my favorite date-night dishes: John’s Lobster Pasta with Vanilla Bean Beurre Blanc. Tonight’s the night! Once you’ve tried it, you’ll be dreaming of this white Christmas pairing any time you have access to lobster.
https://d262r1oo86g3du.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/19173011/5B10A123-96E3-433D-AD70-ABF2A58DBA5D.jpeg30244032Andreahttps://d262r1oo86g3du.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/16072109/andrea-logo-white_49ce12bbb3d568e20cba5ff446232ba5.pngAndrea2017-12-19 18:48:432017-12-19 18:48:43White Christmas: Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay with Lobster-Vanilla Pasta
The knock-your-socks-off end-of-summer pairing is a no-heat, no meat even, match with Napa Cabernet or really any favorite red wine with some grip and spunk. Tomatoes+basil+Cabernet=music for your mouth.
In this heat, we need summer bubbles and roses to cool things down and perk up our palates for all that delicious summer salad and grill fare. I have recently discovered some great bottlings that are made even greater by their bargain price tag …
First, ditch your snobbery about Riesling. A lot of people hear Riesling and they think “sweet” and “no thanks.” My theory is that as soon as people spot the traditional long, thin bottle, they have flashbacks to Liebfraumilch.