Author: Grant Henry

2011 Ravines Dry Riesling Finger Lakes

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Ravines Dry Riesling is light gold in color, this super-crisp New York wine fills your nose with a complex array of citrus and herbal fragrances.  Flavors of kaffir lime and green apple hit you immediately-which match the kaffir lime component in Greg’s salmon dish-followed by peach and melon to round the wine out.  Yet at…

V. Sattui Vintage Port

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Big and rich, with intense fruit flavors like blackberry, black cherry, candied orange and chocolate, with a touch of spice and herbs.  The combination of fruit and spice complements the flavors in Greg’s Persimmon Pudding Cake nicely.  I like how the cake’s sweetness offsets the port’s own sweetness, which ensures liveliness and balance in the…

Alente Trincadiera Argonez

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Alente Trincadiera Argonez. This Portuguese wine’s bright red berry aromas are followed by flavors of raspberry and black currants and a touch of oak and smokiness. Fresh and fruity at first glance, this wine gains strength with a nice tannic grip. Ample acidity makes it a great pairing for the tomato sauce in Greg’s Bucatini,…

Standing Sun LE Blanc

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  This pale yellow wine is handcrafted from some of Santa Ynez Valley’s premiere vineyards. It’s has a very floral, yet spicy nose. Think linden blossoms with a waft of smoke somewhere in the background. On the palate it’s very much fruit first. Tropical notes open quickly to grapefruit, apricot and a hint of pineapple.…

Dunham Three Legged Red Columbia Valley

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This is an interesting red blend from Washington state, with aromas of cherry and strawberries with cocoa and sweet spice. Cherry and chocolate stand out on the palate, but darker fruit flavors, such as blackberry are evident as well. I like that this wine is not too heavy, which is nice with leaner cuts of…

Bodegas As Laxas Albarino

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This pale-yellow, crisp white wine from Galicia in Northwest Spain has aromas of lime, peach and tropical fruits. The palate features plenty of lime, with peach, pear, melon and fresh herbs. The bright citrus flavors work well with the delicate flavors of the catfish in Greg’s fish tacos, while the more tropical notes complement the…

Four Vines “The Sophisticate” Zinfandel

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This deep ruby colored Zinfandel from Sonoma County has bright red-fruit fragrances of pomegranate, red currant, and cherry, followed by vanilla and a touch of anise. The palate is a bit richer than indicated by the nose, with blackberry jam, cherries, cigar box and vanilla. Yet this is an elegant wine for a Zinfandel, with…

Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano

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This Tuscan Sangiovese-based wine is deep purple in color, and opens with sweet red fruits, leather, oak and spice on the nose. Typically Tuscan on the palate, with flavors of sour cherry, darker fruits, licorice and a hint of prune.  Yet this wine is bigger than a lot of Tuscan reds, however, and is quite…

Trimbach Gewurztraminer Alsace 2009

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This pale gold-tinted wine is highly fragrant, with exotic fruit and spice aromas.  Lychee, orange peel, grapefruit and floral aromas and flavors are prominent, but the spice elements such as candied ginger, coriander and a touch of nutmeg interest me more.   The wine’s spiciness marries perfectly with the coriander and other spices in Greg’s…