Wine Down Wednesday courtesy of EJ Gallo Wines
By Marika Flatt
OK, it could really be any day of the week, right! If my waistline would cooperate, I’d pair wine with my dinner every night of the week (sigh, alas- wine has calories!). So, I try to limit wine evenings to weekends and an occasional fabulous dinner during the week, say, on Wednesday!
I’ve had the pleasure of sampling these fab-u-lous vinos that I wanted to share with you. These are great wines to pack in your bag for a weekend getaway at that special place with your sweetie or just to escape somewhere far, far away by yourself.
MacMurray Ranch—These wines are a really nice segway from summer into fall; super to sip on your back patio. The MacMurray Ranch 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris ($20) is the perfect wine to sip while cooking up your new recipe. It’s light & crisp; a refreshing white wine. The MacMurray Ranch 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($28) is an ideal wine to pair with a grilled meat, such as lamb. And, the MacMurray Ranch 2011 Central Coast Pinot Noir ($23) is one to pair with seafood; with highlights of cherry, cola & pomegranate of all things!
Alamos—These Argentinian wines are a real treat! The Alamos 2012 Torrontes ($13) is a great representation of this region’s showboat white wine, with floral aromas of orange & jasmine blossom. Doesn’t that just give you a refreshing outlook in and of itself? The Alamos 2012 Cab ($13) is a much richer, expressive red. And, the Alamos 2011 Mendoza Seleccion Malbec ($20) touts ripe black fruit characteristics of plum & blackberry, sprinkled with violet & brown spice. This is definitely a wine to snuggle up with by the fire.
William Hill—I had the pleasure of visiting this vineyard a few years ago. The vineyard is off the beaten path and has had grapes in the ground since 1980 and they are truly hitting their stride. Up off the valley floor, this vineyard boasts a high flavor concentrated fruit for their winemaking. Among their rolling hillsides, winemaker Ralf Holden Reed plants different grapes in various blocks of land for the best tasting fruit. Try their 2010 Merlot ($30) or Cab ($40).
So, as you can see, you don’t have to spend a ton of dinero on wine to get a fantastic bottle. I encourage you to take these notes to your nearest Spec’s or liquor store and uncover some super sips!
Marika Flatt is a freelance writer, www.marikaflatt.com, and enjoys pairing great wines with delicious food!