Old World Wines For Cool Nights And Dinner Parties
We've turned the corner on fall in Alaska: the nights are longer and the holidays are just around the corner. This month we have some Old World wines, vastly different in style but all deserving a spot at the table.
Our "First Dibs" bottle this month is from Xavier Weisskopf (pictured) of Les Rocher des Violettes in Montlouis, France. This richly textured and full-bodied Chenin Blanc has the weight of a Chardonnay, with flavor and aroma that will benefit from a quick decanting. This plush white is available for $37.
Bonina Vinho Verde Rosé 2018
Rosé In November? The Devil You Say!
Vinho Verde is a summer smash hit for its light bubbles, quenching flavor and great price point. But hear us out: we need something like this in our lives all year long. Bonina's Rosé Vinho Verde is made with the Portuguese grapes Vinhão, Borraçal, and Espadeiro. It combines notes of tart cherry, candied watermelon and subtle spice all in a pink and spritzy package.
This should be the first bottle you open for holiday parties and big dinners. Its semi-sweet palate and natural effervescence is an appetite-kickstarter, and it will pair wonderfully with soft cheeses, salmon dip, salad, or any number of seafood hors d'oeuvres.
Nada Giuseppe Dolcetto D'Alba 2018
The "Little Sweet One": Not So Little, Not So Sweet
Northwest Italy's Piedmont region is famous for a trifecta of red grapes, and one of those is Dolcetto: this one comes from Alba, where the diurnal range provided by the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea provide optimal balance between acid and fruit.
Despite its literal translation, Dolcetto tends to be both dry and fairly tannic, which makes it a great food wine. Because it is fairly low in acid, it should be consumed soon. Notes of juicy cherry and plum shine in this steel-raised red, with a subtle undercurrent of spice and licorice. This is a home run with vegetable or meat pasta, pizza or even lighter dishes like duck and chicken.