Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

by J.T.

It's never too early to plan for Valentine's Day, y'all.
 

I'm not trying to rush you—I know you just put away your Christmas decorations. But whether you've got one special someone or a bunch of people you want to show your love to, the best way to do it is through food. Because, honestly, who doesn't like food?

Yeah. That's what I thought.

The Italians know a thing or two about love and food, which is probably why their food is synonymous with a meal shared with loved ones. Whether it's a family-style meal or a candlelight dinner, there's probably going to be something sauced in red with lots and lots of garlic. Mmm...

So what should you pair with this dinner?
 

With hints of black cherry, licorice, nutmeg, black pepper, Seghesio's Old Vine Zinfandel is a spicy-sweet combo that would pair excellently with any Italian meal you've got in mind (come on, what's more romantic than a Lady & the Tramp moment?). There's a nice hit of acid in this, a perfect complement to tomato-based dishes.

Why "Old Vine," you ask? Seghesio's not playing around: their old vine wines are at least 50 years old, which gives you some rich, complex flavors, and tannins that lead to a nice, long finish.  It's a lovely, lovely wine.

You can pick up a bottle here for $34.99. 


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Emile Beyer Riesling

by Amy

When one goes to Las Vegas, one expects to find a city rife with slot machines, stale cigarette smoke, panhandlers and, well, general debauchery. 

One does not expect to find a bustling food scene. 

Especially a delicious urban coffee bar that may have the best pour over I've ever had, or one of the best breakfasts I've enjoyed in a long time (I'll miss you, Latin hash). 

I've just returned from a week-long trip to Vegas (no gambling for me: boyfriend and I went to see Queen Reba perform at her Caesars residency), and I must say, I'm glad to be out of the sensory-overload experience and back in my own kitchen. Though I admit, I did have a heck of a time eating my way through the city, and I'll be chronicling some of my Vegas wine adventures in the next few weeks.

One night, we were hankering for some French bistro fare and moseyed our way to Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas before we saw Jersey Boys (Um, have you seen this? It's disarmingly good!). This Emile Beyer Riesling caught my eye (and not for the usual reasons, mind you; I wanted a Riesling, and this was the only option I saw, so there). 

This dry, fruity white is deliciously smooth and boasts lemon notes and a crisp finish.

It would complement seafood or chicken dishes nicely, but I really enjoyed it alongside goat cheese baked with a light tomato sauce and sopped up with a toasted garlic baguette. 

Get your own bottle for $23.99.


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Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz

By J.T.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? 

(cue the manic laughter)

We're in that time of year: the strange, ethereal state between holidays, alternately running headlong toward them with preparations, trepidation, and anticipation. Between prepping your work for your holiday absence to planning menus and trying to keep your routine manageable, there's just a lot to do

Things that shouldn't stress you out: your wine choice. Whether you're looking for a full-bodied red or a crowd-pleasing white, we've got you covered.

But for the holidays, sometimes we need a little something extra that gives a bit of zing! Allow me to introduce you to the Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz.

This red is elegant, beautiful, and full-bodied. It's creamy with massive powerful dark chocolate flavors; plum jam, mocha, licorice all sorts, plus raspberry, blackberry, coffee, spice, anise, and cigar shop. 

This will give your holiday table a lot to talk about.

Pick up a bottle for $27.99. You've earned it.

Pro tip: real friends tell other friends about good wine.

Maso Canali Pinot Grigio

By Amy

When I (Amy) had this wine alongside some amazing tasting plates at Little Octopus in Nashville, the first word that came to mind was crisp. The flavors in this wine sing, especially when paired with soft, salty burrata and pickled nectarines. With citrus and floral notes, the latter of which isn't overpowering at all, this is a fine wine to pair with a light summer dinner.

A lovely buy at $24.99.

 

 

 

La Crema Pinot Noir

By J.T.

Cherry pie aromas mingle with alluring cocoa, allspice and black tea notes in this pinot noir, complementing the flavors of pomegranate, red plum, and orange zest. Yum.

This would make a lovely addition to any dinner party, and it's not even a splurge at $23.99.