Author: Grant Henry

Buehler Zinfandel Napa Valley

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Dark crimson in color, without being fully opaque, this Napa wine, with aromas of lush red fruits, vanilla and pepper, is what I expect from a well-made California Zin.  But that’s a good thing, especially when one is looking for a wine with certain qualities to pair with Greg’s Flank Steak sandwich.  Specifically: ripe fruit…

Boutari Santorini

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  Boutari Santorini is light yellow in color, this Greek white wine from the small Island of Santorini, has aromas of red apple, peach, citrus and spice. The mouthfilling fruit flavors of apple and pear are followed by touches of cream on the finish. This is a pretty intense wine, which stands up very well…

d’Arenberg “The Hermit Crab” Viognier Marsanne

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Light straw-yellow in color, with intense aromas of stone fruits, guava, lime and Granny Smith apple with mineral undertones.  Rich and round in the mouth, with ripe apricot, peach and tropical fruit flavors, this Australian take on Rhone varietals matches the sweetness of Greg’s caramelized scallops very well.  The wine’s creamy texture and slight nuttiness…

Herdade do Esporão Alentejo Monte Velho Branco

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Very light yellow in color, with intense fruit aromas of ripe pear and apple with gravel undertones.  Lush tropical flavors of pineapple and mango, which pair nicely with the sweet crab and scallop filling in Greg’s ravioli, are balanced by crisp green apple and pleasant acidity. The wine also has a nice touch of spice…

Willamette Valley Riesling Willamette Valley

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    Bright straw-colored with pleasant tropical aromas, as well as peach, white flowers, and just a touch of petrol. On the palate, the peach, pear and anise flavors are mostly soft, with a hint of sweetness.  I like the creamy mouthfeel as a foil to the cold crispness of the cucumber in Greg’s soup,…

Wente Vineyards “Nth Degree” Livermore Valley Cabernet

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Deep ruby red in color, featuring aromas of dark fruits, toasty oak and a touch of bright cranberry, this “small-production” offering from Wente Vineyards drinks like a big Napa Cab. Dark plum and black cherry dominate the palate, and nice undertones of earth and chocolate sneak up on you. This Wente Vineyard wine is a “steakhouse”…

Cantina di Monteforte “Re Teodorico” Soave

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Cantina di Monteforte is a bright straw-colored with pleasant but subtle aromas of violets, citrus, almonds with a hint of minerals. On the palate, this 100% Garganega wine’s flavors include mild pear, lemon and slate, then finishes with almonds. This nuttiness pairs well with the pea sauce, and the wine’s light-to-medium body and backbone of…

WillaKenzie Pinot Gris 2009

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Light straw in color, this Willamette Valley, OR wine has a great nose featuring ripe tropical fruits, pear and citrus. The flavors of pear, apple, lemons and a touch of honey and spice are made more intense by a creamy texture up front, yet the finish is bright and crisp. This wine’s balance of sweetness…

Palmina Barbera Santa Barbara

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Bright garnet in color, this California take on a classic Italian varietal seems just right for Greg’s American version of classic spaghetti and meatballs. With aromas of dark cherry, earth, and sweet flowers, this wine’s nose is indicative of a bigger wine than it is. The palate, however, is more finessed – with bright red…