Double Gold Notes from the 2015 Consumers’ Wine Judging
Barefoot Cellars NV Rich Red Blend, California
Full, inviting aroma of dark berries that follows through with a smooth, soft flavor of the fruit introducing a touch of vanilla and oak. A great daily use value at under $7.00. Enjoy a spicy food companion like BBQ ribs, pizza or spaghetti in a red sauce and it will even hold up to a slight chill on the bottle for summer enjoyment.
Lost Vineyards NV Tempranillo, Spain
Light, but pleasant aroma with the appealing color of Grenache. Delightful flavor profile of food friendly Tempranillo. A wonderful wine for someone looking for a quality entry level red wine at a value price to put on a dinner table featuring paella.
Barefoot NV Moscato, California
The label proclaims “deliciously sweet” and there’s no mistaking that statement. Pure Moscato nose and flavor components. Peach and apricot with touches of citrus. A nice companion for Asian dishes, fruit and mild cheese.
Don Valentin 2014 Roble Malbec, Argentina
An excellent sample of the great values coming from Argentina…especially the Malbec, its national treasure. This wine personifies all the enticing qualities of the grape variety. Mouth-watering aroma and lustrous, appealing flavors that would compliment anything off the grill, especially beef.
Lakewood 2014 Vignoles, Finger Lakes, New York
A massive array of fruit aromas and flavors fill the glass. Prominent pineapple and grapefruit along with pears, tangerine and honey. Pour this wine over a large punch bowl filled with fresh fruit of the season and serve chilled in a wine glass for an evening of joy.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry California Champagne
A “bubbly” that is sure to please, especially in this price range. Tart apple flavor and a refreshing sparkling mouthfeel that lingers on the back palate. The perfect match for mom’s blueberry cream pie or any fresh fruit tart. A great entertainer.
Wollersheim 2014 Prairie Fumé, Wisconsin
A Midwest favorite, this rendition of the Seyval grape variety highlights flavor sensations of citrus and tropical fruits. With a hint of sweetness, this wine could be the perfect fit for a picnic basket of cold chicken, sausages, fresh bread and mild cheese.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante, California
Moscato is a popular variety in America today and in this sparkling version, Barefoot Bubbly hits the high mark. Light and lively with citrus flavors that will match well with a full fruit platter on the buffet table.
$10.01 - $15.00
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2014 Grüner Veltliner, Finger Lakes, New York
An intriguing grape that does well in cool climate regions. Slightly perfumed nose with fresh and fruity flavor offering a lasting finish that would bode well with a variety of Asian dishes or a full plate of choucroute.
Kavic 2011 Chardonnay, Pennsylvania
An inviting classic Chardonnay bouquet that carries to a full-bodied, semi-dry melon flavor profile. Roasted chicken that was basted with lemon butter would be a tempting combination.
Lakewood 2014 Valvin Muscat, Finger Lakes, New York
According to the Lakewood family: “Juicy aromas of peach, pear and melon set the stage for a luscious fruity palate with a long, mouth-watering finish.” That fits this wine to a tee along with a generous fresh fruit and nut plate for your guests.
$15.01 - $20.00
Owl Ridge 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, California
A well-crafted winner from Dry Creek Valley. Crisp, dry and easy on the palate. A nice choice to serve with fresh caught and pan-fried trout or walleye.
Belhurst 2014 Dry Riesling, Seneca Lake, New York
First impression is a classic Riesling aroma followed by a fresh, crisp and satisfying flavor profile made to order for the lovers of Riesling. New York Riesling stands out again as some of the best in the world. Cold cuts, roasted chicken and cream pastas will be very satisfying.
Bordeleau Lot Number 6 Merlot, Maryland
An alluring nose of dark fruit…pure Merlot. This special Lot is elegant, full-bodied and with a slight smokiness of barrel aging. Nicely balanced wine with flavors that linger to the finish. Try with veal or pork scaloppini topped with a light brown sauce.
Taylors 2013 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia
An enthralling floral aroma from “down under.” Full, ripe fruit flavors balanced with exceptional smooth mouthfeel and captivating aftertaste. A pleasing and enticing Cabernet Sauvignon that would pair well with garlic crusted pork roast.
Vino ‘e Buono 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colorado
A Southern Italian inspired Cabernet from the mountains of Colorado. The oak barrel influence introduces a subtle coffee undertone to the classic grape variety. Smooth, but not weak, this “old world” style wine would pair well with Bistecca alla Siciliana.
$20.01 - $27.00
Don Ernesto’s 2014 Tempranillo (Clarinet), Lodi, California
Lovely wine with full aroma and a big flavor profile that is created with the balanced touch of a fine wine winemaker. Spain’s best grape variety shows very well in California. Makes me want to play a joyful “Clarinet!” Very versatile with any type of Mediterranean food from savory meat to sassy seasoned seafood dishes.
$27.01 - $35.00
Bell Springs 2013 Tannat, Texas
Deep garnet colors that imply royal tones – beautiful in the glass. Tannic, but not overly so and will soften with a little more aging. Robust red berry flavors. An intriguing grape variety to explore. The winemaker suggests matching this wine with marinated lamb skewers. You could not go wrong with that.
$40.01 - $50.00
Taylor’s St. Andrews 2013 Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia
An extraordinary Shiraz! Perfectly balanced and not overpowering. Exceptional in every respect. Beautiful blackberry nose and a full flavor profile that makes one place a prime piece of beef steak on the grill seasoned only with salt and pepper. This wine is made for the pure enjoyment of a top-end food and wine experience.
Belhurst Estate Ice Princess (Cabernet Franc Iced Wine), New York
A delicate and elegant “iced” dessert wine featuring the Cabernet Franc grape. The sugar and acid is well balanced and supports the full mouthfeel of this stylish wine. Pour a glass after dinner and just sip and enjoy in front of the fireplace.