Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2014 Paltrinieri "Radice" Lambrusco di Sorbara

I hope everyone had a lovely MDW!  To kick off the summer, my man and I enjoyed dinner at the bar of Cafe Altro Paradiso, a spot that's been on my list for a while now, and I'm bummed we haven't made it sooner, it was delicious!  I just love summer weekends; when the city clears out and any restaurant or bar seat is your "oyster" with no wait and relaxed service!

We started the evening with glasses of this fizzy Lambrusco from Cantina Paltrinieri, a 3rd generation winery located just north of Modena, Italy.  I was shocked at the first pour as the wine was rose in color vs. more traditional, dark purple Lambrusco.

The nose had a hint of green strawberries, almost a pickled brightness vs. red and ripe.  The palate was high acid, fresh, light bubbles, crisp and dry.  More red fruits and grapefruit on the finish.  It was a lovely aperitif and even better with the most amazing beef carpaccio I've ever had!  

For our main, we enjoyed the roast chicken with chanterelles and pickled ramps.  Chicken is typically the last thing I would order in a restaurant but it was so good!

Cafe Altro Paradiso just launched an all day cafe menu as well as a burger that sounds out of this world, it's available during lunch service as well as in limited quantities at the bar during dinner.  This seems to be the thing to get as they were almost sold out by 7pm!  I will for sure be going back to check that out!

Wine:  2014 Paltrinieri "Radice" Lambrusco di Sorbara
Price:  $18 retail
Purchased:  Cafe Altro Paradiso, NYC

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2015 Clos Signadore "A Mandria di Signadore" Patrimonio

Last night I attended an island wine tasting at one of my favorite wine stores here in the city, Verve.  The lovely wine director of Blue Hill led us through 5 wines from the islands of Corsica, Spain, and Greece.    

I really loved all the wines, but my favorite of the night was the 2015 A Mandria di Signadore Patrimonio from Clos Signadore.  I must be on a roll with Corsican wines!  

Founded in Corsica in 2001, the winery is a champion of native Corsican grapes and organic farming.  This wine is made from a blend of 8-50 year old vines of Nielluccio (an indigenous grape closely related to Sangiovese).  The wine is aged in stainless steel which really allows the fruit+savory notes to shine through.  The nose had a very savory, olive tapenade /shoe leather aroma while the palate was full of bright red fruits, sour cherries and a slightly herbacious/savory finish.  An easy drinker that would take you right through spring!    

Wine:  2015 Clos Signadore "A Mandria di Signadore" Patrimonio
Purchased:  Verve
Price:  $38

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2016 Clos Canarelli Rose

Pizza and wine, is there anything better for a Sunday night at home?  Well, cheese and wine also rank pretty highly in my book, and pasta and wine, and, well, pretty much wine and carbs in general!

As we patiently wait for spring to arrive for good here in NYC, I'm pretending it's patio season and busting out the rose (even if it's inside with the heat on).  I was recently gifted this bottle of 2016 Clos Canarelli Rose and decided to pair it with pizza!  

Hailing from the region of Figari in the southern tip of Corsica, Clos Canarelli is run by second generation son Yves, who in 1993 took over the family vineyard and converted to organic, natural, biodynamic farming and wine making, highlighting native Corsican varietals.  The wine is a blend of Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu, and Grenache grapes.  Yves uses only native yeasts and whole cluster fermentation, really letting the wine do it's thing!  The result is a luscious, bright wine, with a strong mineral backbone, largely from the rich red alluvial and granite soil in which the grapes are grown.  A slight hint of melon and citrus with an air of salinity on the palate make this a pretty easy-drinker. 

Wine:  2016 Clos Canarelli Rose
Purchased:  Gifted
Price:  $36

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2008 Le Vallon de Barde-Haut

This 100% Merlot from St. Emilion in Bordeaux was the other star of our Easter dinner last month.  

A quick reminder on Bordeaux wines:  the region is comprised of the "right" and "left" banks of the Gironde River.  St. Emilion is part of the right bank.  The distinction generally regulates which type of grapes are grown and the terroir comprising that area.  The right bank vineyards are predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes while the left bank is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon.  Wines from the region can be blends of the 5 typical Bordeaux varietals (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec).

It was juicy and fruity, more red fruit driven, with a hint of vanilla and spice on the finish.  Fine tannins rounded out the palate making it a very enjoyable wine to drink now.  

Wine:  2008 Le Vallon de Barde-Haut Merlot
Purchased:  Gifted
Price:  $30


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