Argyle 2007 Eola-Amity Hills Riesling – Surprisingly Dry and Refreshing @ArgyleWinery @PandaLicoriceUS

We visited Argyle on a trip to the wonderful Willamette valley a few years ago and really enjoyed their bubbly and late harvest Riesling.  Most recently, I picked up this 2007 Riesling at the PA State Store (otherwise known as Fine Wine & Good Spirits) for $11.99 – – one of the chairman’s selections.  This is indeed a more dry Riesling and one that has aged more than any other still white wine I’ve ever had.  It took a little time to open up, but definitely has some pear and honey notes.  It also goes great with Panda Black Licorice and I’m finding a great pair of most crisp whites and this black licorice as it creates a creaminess that’s really unique.  Cheers.

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Emmolo Sauvingon Blanc 2010 Napa – Great Summer White @Winelibrary @NapaVintners

This was another great pick from the Wine Library shipment we received last month.  This Emmolo Sau Blanc is a rare find in that it’s a sub $15 white from the Napa Valley.  It’s a great summer wine with flavors of lime, grass and a little peach too.  Cheers.

2010 La Val Albarino: Lemonade on the Beach

Ok, so maybe Lemonade is a bit of a stretch, but it is quite citrusy.  Moreover, you can really taste the ocean!  Not in a bad way like the saltwater ran up your nose after getting crushed by a wave, but in a refreshing salt-air sort of way.  Imagine sitting on the beach, breathing in the salt air mixed with a lemon and you have the La Val Albarino.  We picked this up at Chuck’s suggestion at Cork & Jug Liquors in Hampton Bays, NY.  This summery white is great for a warm day….or any summer day for that matter

Palmer Vineyards 2010 Gewurztraminer – Pear in a Bottle

A couple weeks ago, we were in the Hamptons and picked up a bottle of the Palmer Gewurztraminer at Cork & Jug Liquors in Hampton Bays.  This Gewurz (pronounced gev-ertz) is really more of a spiced pear like nutmeg spiced, not spicy like tabasco.  It’s a bit sweet too, so it’s good on its own and also stands up nicely to food as well.  Palmer is a vineyard in the North Fork of Long Island, so this is truly a local find.

Courtney Benham 2009 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc – Crisp, Versatile and Ready for Summer @LegendaryNapa

This Sauvignon Blanc fron Napa Valley is a crisp, grapefruit without the overt grassy-ness that can often come with Sau Blanc.  I thought there were some tropical, maybe papaya undertones as well.  This is a great summer wine (and a reasonable one too)!

Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2009 – A dry Riesling

My mom carried this wonderfully crisp Riesling back from her visit to Germany last month and it was a treat.  Many are used to finding Riesling here to be more akin to apple juice.  This Wine Spectator Top 100 pick for 2010 doesn’t disappoint.  It has a base minerality and crisp citrus notes finished with a bit of honey.  I really liked it; I guess I’ll have to go to Germany for my next bottle.

Frog’s Leap La Grenouille Rouganté ~ Napa Valley 2010 Pink @LegendaryNapa

While it doesn’t sound like it, this is a Napa Valley product from Frog’s Leap.  This interesting mix of 61% Zinfandel 39% Valdiguie provides a floral, berry and crisp profile which is perfect for May in Philadelphia.  This is available in the PA State Store.

Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2008 Prinz Von Hessen

Many believe that as spring arrives, it becomes white wine season.   I’m split on the matter as I enjoy a solid white year-round, but my wife leans more towards whites in warm weather and who am I to object?  I really like Riesling and this Prinz Von Hessen German Kabinett is a low alcohol (11.5%) rather dry (as Riesling goes) offering.  It has the traditional apple flavor, but not in an overt, sweet manner.   Rather, it’s restrained and balanced with a bit of citrus and minerality.  This works well with food and without.  Enjoy!

Highflyer Grenache Blanc 2008: It’s White Wine Season @SomerstonWineCo

This is a rare Grenache Blanc from one of my favorite wine regions: the Napa Valley.  It features a fresh peach complimented with a firm white pepper finish.  Enjoy this as we welcome the warm weather and spring.  Cheers.

2009 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc: Lemon-Lime and Crisp (and amazing with licorice) @HannaWinery

I first tasted Hanna’s wine at Press Club in San Francisco; it’s a great wine bar in the ‘basement’ of the Four Seasons.  So, from that experience, I knew about their quality.  This Sau Blanc is traditionally crisp with lemon and lime flavors that are perfect for spring.

What I didn’t expect, and found by complete coincidence was the pairing of this wine with black licorice.  I picked up some Panda natural licorice at whole foods and had some for dessert while I still had a bit of this wine left.  The creaminess of the licorice and the anise was a perfect compliment to the crispness of the wine.  If you like licorice and Sau Blanc, give it a shot and let me know what you think.