IntoWine asked our panel of experts to share their recommendations for the best wine to pair with a tomato & mozzarella (Caprese) salad: Laraneta Sangiovese ($25). Ripe with raspberry, pomegranate, oak and wood notes this is another success from this small family owned winery located near Paso Robles. Simply put, their wines are just great to drink and taste wonderful. A long finish and a mild spice, it holds up against the acidity of the tomato and compliments with soft timid cheese. This wine is compelling and I usually lean toward an Italian wine with Italian food. One of the great hallmarks of a great wine is how quickly you tend to consume it; this sangiovese is deceptively good and will disappear from your glass too quickly. - Michael Cervin , Wine Judge, Restaurant Critic, and IntoWine Featured Writer
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. He passed the rigorous Master Sommelier (MS) examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine (MW). He is one of only three people in the world to have achieved both these remarkable distinctions, and he’s sincerely a nice guy. Doug is also the author of three books on wine including “ Far From Ordinary: The Spanish Wine Guide.” He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion of Wine, and writes about wine and spirits for many publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Underground Wine Journal, Drinks International, Practical Winery & Vineyard, Wines & Vines, Wines & Spirits, Cheers Magazine, Santé Magazine, and Epicurious.com, and he is the beverage columnist for the James Beard award-winning food section of the Kansas City Star .
Andrea Robinson one of the country’s leading wine educators, and is one of only 16 women in the world who have been appointed Master Sommelier by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers. She was the first woman ever chosen Best Sommelier in the United States by the Sommelier Society of America. In 2007 she was appointed Master Sommelier for Delta Air Lines, for whom she selects all of their in-flight wines as well as develops flight attendant wine training. Her production company JGR Productions produces informative food, wine and travel video content for Delta Air Lines, Borders Books, and broadcast media and she has worked with the Food Channel and PBS. She is the author of eight wine and food books including Andrea Robinson’s Wine Buying Guide for Everyone , and her articles have appeared in publications such as Health , Eating Well , Esquire , Real Simple , Money , and Bon Appétit . She has received a James Beard Award for Broadcast Journalism. Formerly this busy mother of three was the Wine Director at Windows on the World, and was Corporate Director of Beverage Programs for Starwood Hotels.
In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad. Theme: Cult Wines of Crushpad Wine: 2007 Twin Oaks Pinot Noir , $42 Buy this wine Vineyard: Sleepy Howell Vineyard Region: Santa Lucia Highlands Alcohol %: 14.2% Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir Background: Mark Weiner - I have always been passionate about wine, and spent several years as a harvest volunteer at Testarossa Vineyards, where I learned to make wine for personal vintages. In 2005 I started Twin Oaks Cellars through Crushpad, and have produced small vintages of award-winning Pinot Noir (2008 Pinot Shootout Gold winner, double gold 2009 Calif State Fair). A high tech worker by day, I continue to have a "passion for Pinot"...
In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad. Theme: Cult Wines of Crushpad Wine: 2007 Tangent Cabernet Sauvignon , $79 Buy this wine Vineyard: Carrefour Vineyard Region: Napa Valley Varietals: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cab Franc Alcohol %: 15% Background: Tan-gent [tan-juhnt] adjective 1. The point where a life changing bottle of wine touches a great circle of friends. —noun 2. An abrupt change of course: Wine provides a tangent to our everyday lives. Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: An exuberant expression of Cabernet, it offers notes of blackberries, blueberries, espresso roast, and smoky oak, a super-rich mouthfeel, great freshness and purity, and enough acidity and tannin to provide structure as well as definition. It will be delicious young, but should become more civilized in 4-5 years, and keep for two decades.
In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad. Theme: Cult Wines of Crushpad Wine: 2007 Cult Vines Cabernet Sauvignon , $125 Buy this wine Vineyard: To Kalon Vineyard - This is the site that started the California cult cab mania. It has produced many legendary wines, including 99 point scores from the beloved Robert Parker. Located in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain range, To Kalon experiences warm daytime temperatures tempered by the morning and evening fog influence from the Pacific Ocean.This is our oldest vineyard and the fruit is sourced from a block planted with clone 4 in the mid 90's. Consisting mostly of clay loam, it drains well and doesn't retain nutrients well. The effect is natural devigoration that results in smaller, more concentrated clusters of fruit. Wines produced from this site have a phenomenal combination of power and silkiness. This is the Grand Cru vineyard of the new world!
QUESTION: What differentiates old world versus new world wines? This is a question that does not have a consensus in the wine business. It used to be that countries like France were old world and New Zealand were new world. In general, these arguments can still stand. New Zealand really is a new wine producing country. However, it gets into murky water. Some people would consider South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Australia, Spain, Lebanon and Portugal as new world producers.
In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad. Theme: Cult Wines of Crushpad Wine: 2008 Ellman Family Vineyards "Alexis Skye" Pinot Noir , $49 Buy this wine Vineyard: Gap’s Crown Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA Region: Sonoma Coast Alcohol %: 14.5% Varietals: Pinot Noir
In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad. Theme: Cult Wines of Crushpad Wine: 2005 Affaire de Coeur Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir , $45 Buy this wine Vineyard: Amber Ridge Vineyard Region: Russian River Valley Alcohol %: 14.2% Varietals: Pinot Noir
Patagonian toothfish? That’s the real fish behind the so-called Chilean sea bass, not even in the bass family. Marketing geniuses correctly believed their coined name might make the fish more desirable. Authentic sea bass has firmer, denser flesh than its mimic, and comes in several versions: black sea bass appears in Chinese cuisine, red and black groupers are used in Latin countries’ cooking, white sea bass tends to come from Mexico and Hapu’upu’u hails from Hawaii.