We’ve chosen a special set of wines to be your Polar Vortex survival kit
Waka Waka Sauvignon Blanc / Chenin Blanc Blend, South Africa (suggested retail $13.99) This easy-drinking wine has crisp, fresh aromas of gooseberry and rhubarb; a herbal tropical delight. Enjoy this wine with white meat, sea food or enjoy it on its own. Waka Waka wines were recently declared “Best of Nation South Africa” at the International Wine Competition in San Francisco.
Antonin Rodet “Bourgogne A. Rodet” Chardonnay, Burgundy France (suggested retail $17.99) Antonin Rodet creates wines for which the authenticity and quality are guaranteed by the passion and know-how of the winegrowers, winemakers and cellar masters who make them. Being engaged at the source with the winegrowers ensures consistency and quality. The fermentation of this chardonnay is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats (18-19°C), followed by complete malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in stainless steel vats, then bottled in a traditional Burgundy bottle. Shiny pale-gold color with silver-grey tints, the wine is fresh with floral aromas and citrus notes. This wine is a perfect pairing with shellfish.
Ronco del Falco Fruili D.O.C. Grave Merlot, Italy (suggested retail $10.99) This wine is a ripe, intensely fruity Italian Merlot with an enticing aroma and flavor of juicy cherries and plums with a soft but lingering finish. It is 100% Merlot, grown in Italy's relatively cool climate region of Fruili. The vineyards lie between an arch of mountains to the north and the Adriatic Sea to the south, which provides a perfect, protected site for ripening fruit. Try matching this with rich pasta dishes, roast red meats and poultry, or full-flavored hard cheeses.
Cristobal 1492 Bonarda, Argentina (suggested retail $9.99) This wine made from the most widely planted grape in Argentina is an intense deep dark red color, and very opaque. It has a full ripe spicy bouquet; a bit of raspberry liveliness with black cherry fruit concentration. Big intense full fruit flavor on early palate, followed by a richness and depth, and firm but well rounded tannin finish. Strong wine with great concentration and intense fruit flavors. Sufficiently soft and rounded to enjoy now but will repay keeping a number of years. A wine to be drunk with flavorful foods; wild game or well aged beef and will stand up to spicier foods.
Ramon Roqueta Garnacha Crianza, Spain (suggested retail $14.99) 100% Garnacha, aged 6 months in French oak barrels. Medium weighted, this Spanish red exhibits ripe fruit, not too dry on the palate, with a dash of earthiness. Garnacha is the wonder grape of eastern Spain and South France lending a distinctive rustic, red berry flavor to the wines in that regions. Bold and assertive on the palate, this is a wine that calls a perfectly grilled piece of meat.
Revelry Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington (suggested retail $17.99) Revelry sources its Cabernet fruit from vineyards around the Columbia Valley, targeting warm growing sites. This Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a much more restrained version of the variety when compared to the prototypical California Cabernet. This wine is phenomenal for casual settings and cocktail parties where food is optional. It pairs well with just about anything, and though it is plentiful in body and flavor, it will not overwhelm your palate.