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Wine Pairing

by Maureen Rooneyblind tasting

Winter gives us the perfect excuse to open up those big, bold reds we’ve been storing in our wine racks all year. There is nothing better than your favorite comfort foods served up with great comfort wines. As with any comfort food, we expect the same pleasure from our wine: passionate bold flavors, deep warmth and smooth texture.

There are wines in every price range that will keep you warm this winter. Chile offers many options in the under $20 price range and they produce a much better quality wine than the price reflects. Our favorite is Estampa Malbec-Petite Syrah. The richness of flavors in this wine is reminiscent of a more expensive Argentine Malbec, but has a unique smooth finish attributed by the Petite Syrah. This blend is a nice medium weight wine and is perfect for those who like to enjoy more than one glass.

A heartier wine offering a more sophisticated palate is Abstract by Orin Swift, Napa. Although I refrain from writing about pretentious wines from Napa, there are some that stand out as exceptional wines and should be mentioned. Abstract is a blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah from Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino.

The color is dark inky purple with scents of blackberry and sage. The palate boasts flavors of roasted plums, mulberry, black tea and even dark chocolate. The tannins are surprisingly smooth and is not over-powered by oak. Swift allowed 10 months aging in French oak which allows for the fruit flavors to shine. Depending on whether you find this wine in your favorite wine shop or in a restaurant, pricing should be under $50. Yes, $50. I did mention it was from Napa!

Another Napa wine that is perfect for winter is Trinitas 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon . This release of this wine was held until this past year so that it is perfect to drink right now. Trinitas was aged for 18 months in mostly French oak allowing intense flavors of cherry, espresso and chocolate to develop. The finish is smooth and lengthy. This is the wine to pair with your filet mignon or prime rib and grilled vegetables.

Join us at Siesta Key Wines and sample a few of our wines for yourself.   You are always welcome to attend one of our monthly wine events or daily tastings. Cheers!

Siesta Key Wines, 5138C Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key Village, 941-552-9105