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Sweet Wine Clubshelf-talker-mosketto-Rosso-bottleMosketto
Rosso

Brachetto
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

Mosketto Rosso is produced in the modified Martinotti method from Brachetto grapes. This delicate sweet red wine is medium-ruby color; its palate is persistent with a delicate mousse that invites the senses to discover a nose and palate bursting with ripe fruit and flowers. Its low alcohol content, natural sugar and naturally occurring bubbles make this wine both unsullied and delectable

Varietal: 100% Natural Brachetto Grapes
Analysis:
5.5% alcohol / volume
Acidity: 6 g/L
pH: 3.43
Residual Sugar: 113 g/L (natural sweetness from the fruit, no sugar added).
Appellation: Vino D’Italia
Carbonation: Natural carbonation
Winemaker: Daniele Astegiano
Food Pairings: Enjoyable anytime, but an especially classic accompaniment is with dry pastries, mixed berries and crème brûlée. It also lends itself to contrasting very spicy dishes.
Critical Acclaim:

  • San Diego Wine Competition 2018 – Gold 91

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: Don’t be afraid to branch out. This sweet wine from our ‘Nectar’ section will pair well with a blue cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Mosketto is the combination of two famous grapes, Moscato and Brachetto, both locally grown in Piedmont and the base for the brand’s delicious, mildly sweet, naturally bubbly, low-alcohol wines. Mosketto produces three different wines – white, rosé and red – the white wine is made from the Moscato grapes, red is made from Brachetto, and rosé is the blend of the two. The wines are made in the same was as the more classic Moscato D’Asti and Brachetto D’Acqui, but are stopped from fermenting at low alcohol, retaining the natural sugars from the grapes. Mosketto wines are imported by Mack & Schühle, The Wine and Spirits Family.  Learn more here. >

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Acquesi-Asti-bottleAcquesi
Asti DOCG
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This Asti has a delicate, pale-yellow color with an elegant and inviting perlage. The bouquet consists of honey, peach and a touch of citrus.

Varietal: 100% Moscato Bianco di Canelli
Analysis: 7% alcohol / volume
Acidity: 6 g/L
pH: 3.25
Residual Sugar: 95 g/L
Appellation: Monferrato
Soil: Sandy, clay and limestone
Winemaker: Daniele Astegiano
Food Pairings:
Enjoy on its own, with spicy Asian cuisine, or with more traditional pairings such as desserts and dry pastries. Serve at 39.2ºF-42.8ºF
Critical Acclaim:

  • 2020 “World Champion” – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • 2020 “Regional Champion” – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • 2020 Gold Medal – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • 2020 “Best in Class” – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • 2019 “World Champion” – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • Silver – Berlin Wine Trophy
  • Gold – World Wine Championships

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: This sweet wine from our ‘Nectar’ section will pair well with a soft cheese, such as a brie. The bubbles help to cleanse the palate and refresh it for another bite. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

WINEMAKING:
This wine is produced using the Martinotti Method, allowing the winemakers to preserve the pure varietal aromas of the grape. The wines are placed in a large pressurized vat, where the natural sugars and the yeast create a secondary fermentation, creating delicate, frothy bubbles.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Known for its Traditional Method wines, the Acquesi brand is a territory line paying tribute to its host city, Acqui Terme. In the early 20th century, the city was known for its Art Nouveau style, which is reflected in the art on the bottles of their wines. Its particular terroir, cultivates native grapes like Cortese and Moscato, resulting in fruity, aromatic and lively wines with a persistent perlage. Acquesi wines are imported by Mack & Schühle, The Wine and Spirits Family. Learn more about the winery here. >

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Heredad de Peñalosa Tinto Joven

Spicy_Pasta_Feb2023Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 12 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • ¾ cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream or canned coconut milk
  • 1 pound short cut pasta
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup fresh basil roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. When the oil shimmers, add the shallot, garlic, and oregano. Cook until the shallots begin to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the tomato paste and red pepper flakes, cook 4-5 minutes, until thickened. Stir in the vodka, cook another 2 minutes. Stir in the pesto and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Just before draining, remove 1 ½ cups of the pasta cooking water. Drain.
  3. To the vodka sauce, add the pasta, ½ cup pasta cooking water, and the butter, tossing until the butter has melted. Add the Parmesan and basil. If needed, thin the sauce with additional pasta cooking water.
  4. Divide the pasta among plates and top with basil and cheese. Enjoy!

© Recipe courtesy of Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.

FEBRUARY WINE CLUB:

Bold wine Style logoFicha_Heredad-Penalosa_tinto-joven-bottleBodegas Pascual
Heredad de Peñalosa
Tinto Joven
Ribera del Duero, Spain

BOLD WINE STYLE

This unoaked, Ribera del Duero, young red wine is clean, deep, intense cherry red in color. On the nose, there are very intense aromas of red fruit along with very well-integrated light lactic tones. Mulberries, raspberries and strawberries provide the nose with a complex fan of very clear scents. On the palate, the wine has a silky and clean entrance, full of sweetness with fresh hints that wash the palate. It is very powerful, long, fine and complex. 

Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Denominación de Origen (DO): Ribera Del Duero, Spain
Serving Recommendation: The ideal serving temperature is from 62.6ºF-68ºF

ABOUT THE WINERY:
The Pascual family’s philosophy and work with wines began in the fourteenth century in their historic winery situated in the Burgos town of Fuentelcésped. Over the years, the family’s ancestors dedicated their artisan talents and wisdom towards extracting the juice from their vineyards, turning it into what they called, “the drink of the gods”. Bodegas Pascual was officially founded in 1986, in Fuentelcésped – the province belonging to the DO Ribera del Duero. “Heredad de Peñalosa” became their first commercial brand – that paved the way for their other wine brands to later be produced. Learn more about the winery and its vineyards here.

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Winery Spotlight Series: February 22, 2023

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Cynthia Lohr, Co-Owner

Cynthia Lohr, Co-Owner

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
with Guest Speaker, Cynthia Lohr
Paso Robles, California

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event featuring J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines with guest speaker Cynthia Lohr, Co-Owner of J. Lohr Vineyards. She will be joining us LIVE on the big screen nationwide, sharing the six wines below.

Wines Tasted:

  1. J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
  2. J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling
  3. J. Lohr Wildflower Valdiguie
  4. J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
  5. J. Lohr Pure Paso® Proprietary Red Wine
  6. J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah

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About J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines:

Founded 50 years ago and still family-owned and operated today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has established itself as one of the industry’s most respected wine brands. Jerry Lohr’s remarkable career continues in close, hands-on partnership with his children and co-owners Steve, Cynthia, and Lawrence. J. Lohr farms over 2,700 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, now recognized as one of the world’s best spots for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. In 2022, J.Lohr Vineyards was named one of the Top 100 Wineries by Wine & Spirits magazine. Learn more about their story here.

About Cynthia Lohr, Chief Brand Officer / Co-Owner:
Cynthia Lohr Photo

© Cynthia Lohr

As the daughter of California wine pioneer, Jerry Lohr, Cynthia grew up in the vineyards and cellars absorbing all aspects of the wine industry. After graduating from UC Davis, Cynthia chose her own path in strategic marketing communications and brand/business development for leading Internet and Technology Companies. It wasn’t until 2002 that Cynthia decided to join the family business as their Director of Communications. In 2009, she was named Marketing Vice President leading the family business to their recognition as the 2010 “American Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. She is also responsible for the company’s J. Lohr Touching Lives program – a partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc® – funding more than 8,000 mammograms for women through sales of wines from the J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard. In 2019, Cynthia was named Chief Brand Officer – she shares the operational oversight of the company along with fellow Lohr family co-owners, father, Jerry, and brothers, Steve and Lawrence. Learn more about Cynthia and the J. Lohr family team here.

Photos, Video and Information © J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines – All Rights Reserved.


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January Sweet Club: Iowa

Sweet Wine Clubchambers-rutherglen-muscadelle-bottleChambers Rosewood Vineyards
Muscadelle
Rutherglen, Australia

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This wine is dark bronze-gold in color with hints of amber. It has intense, fresh and fruity aromatics with characters of honey, butterscotch, crème brûlée, creamy caramel, dried oranges, orange blossom, dried pears, tea-cake, malt and green tea. These characters are also evident on the palate which is luscious with a hint of jasmine and fresh layers of flavor which linger in the mouth. This wine has a luscious texture with the gentle warmth of clean spirit and well-balanced sweetness complementing the finish.

Analysis: 18.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim:

          • Halliday Wine Companion
            • 2023 Rating: 92
            • 2022 Rating: 92
            • 2021 Rating: 91
            • 2020 Rating: 94
            • 2019 Rating: 93
          • Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide – 92 pts.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Since establishment in 1858, in Victoria’s famed Rutherglen region in Australia, winemaking duties at Chambers Rosewood have been passed down from father to son through six generations. Today, Chambers Winery and Vineyards are operated by Stephen Chambers, supported by his father, the legendary Bill Chambers. This relaxed family-owned winery has been producing Muscats and Muscadelles that have been recognized all over the world for their complexity, intensity and balance for centuries. Learn more here. >

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Tickle-Me-Pink-bottleScott Harvey Wines
Jana Winery
Tickle Me Pink
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The four components of this wine make for a foxy, sassy, and yummy wine with aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry rosemary and thyme. There is a hint of fresh carbonation on the finish that makes it refreshing and surprising.

Varietal: 68% Lodi Chardonnay, 24% Lodi Riesling, 5% Mystery Wine, 3% Syrah
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.19
RS: Off Dry, 2.6%
Produced: 1,556 at 12/750 ml

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: These sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section will pair well with a soft cheese, such as a brie. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES:
“Making this wine gives me the chance to produce a true European type Rosé in a light, crisp and off dry style, similar to the wines we produced while working as an apprentice and going to winemaking school in Europe. I had a fun time putting this blend together. It is mainly Chardonnay and Riesling, with a little something mysterious thrown in to give it that mischievous character and flavor. The Syrah adds spice and color.” – Jana Winery

ABOUT THE WINERY:
In 1979 Scott Harvey developed an ambitious winery plan for the Santino family. As Winemaker and General Manager of Santino Winery, Scott is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. Over the years, Scott honed in on his skills within the wine industry, becoming Partner, Winemaker and President of other wineries before starting his own venture with his most ideal partner – his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran. Learn more here. >

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January Premium Wine Club

Bold wine Style logoAresca_Barolo_January_23_Premium_ClubFratelli Aresca
Barolo DOCG “Costareto”

Piedmont, Italy

BOLD WINE STYLE

The nose is very ample and complex with notes of violet and spices. The taste is rich of smooth tannins with notes of red mature fruity, tobacco and vanilla.

Analysis: 14-14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyards:
South-facing vineyards located around Barolo production area. Grape-yield of 8 tons/hectare. Manual harvest.
Winemaking: Alcoholic fermentation and maceration for 16-19 days. Then maturation in wooden cask for 2 years and for 6 months in bottle before sale.
Pairing: Ideal with roast, game and stew.

WINERY’S NOTES:
Barolo is the icon of Piedmont wines. This Barolo is produced according to tradition with long maceration and maturation in big wooden casks. This is a Barolo to age in cellar, but is also great to drink when released.


Bold wine Style logoAresca_Barbera_Nizza_January_Premium ClubFratelli Aresca
Nizza DOCG “San Luigi”

Piedmont, Italy

BOLD WINE STYLE

Red intense in color, the nose is ethereal and complex with notes of red and black fruit, chocolate and cocoa. The taste has a good structure and complexity with notes of black cherry and sweet tobacco.

Analysis: 14-14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Barbera
Vineyards:
Selected vineyards for soil quality and exposure (from south-east to south-west). Guyot training system, and manual harvest. Grape-yield of 7 tongs/hectare.
Winemaking:
Temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation and maceration for 20 days. Aging for 12 months in barrel and for 6 months in bottle before sale.
Pairing:
Ideal with red meat and game but you can enjoy Nizza “San Luigi” as a meditation wine.

WINERY’S NOTES:
The new designation Nizza DOCG is recognized as the summit of the appellations of Barbera grapes in Piedmont. Nizza’s production is restricted to selected vineyards around the Nizza Monferrato village. These vineyards benefit from great exposures (from southeast to southwest) and very low yield (7 tons/hectare). The result is a complex and intense wine with an extraordinary potential for aging. Nizza “San Luigi” is the icon wine of the Fratelli Aresca Estate and their best interpretation of Barbera. It’s named after their founder Luigi Aresca who always believed in the potential of this great grape variety. Nizza “San Luigi” ages for 12 months in barrel and for at least 6 months in bottle before sale. 

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located between Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, in a unique land recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the winery was a dream realized by Piero and Luigi Aresca back in 1952. These two winegrowers turned their passion into a family business that has never left the rows of Mombercelli. The vineyards are cultivated with respect to the traditions of these ancient lands and the uniqueness of the terroir. Learn more here. >

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Domaine De Lilotte Bordeaux

Bowl,With,Delicious,Meatballs,On,TableBest Ever (Easy) Baked Meatballs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 3 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley minced (or about 1/2 Tbsp. dried)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together onion, bread crumbs, garlic, egg, cheese, ketchup, salt, pepper and parsley in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add in ground beef and mix gently until combined. Do not overwork. Form into 1-inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are browned and cooked through.

© Recipe courtesy of Jenn of Yummy, Healthy, Easy.

JANUARY WINE CLUB:

Mellow style logoDomaine_Lilotte-bottleDomaine de Lilotte
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Bordeaux, France

MELLOW WINE STYLE

Aged in vats, this dry, red wine expresses balance and spicy aromas when very young. Its freshness charms lovers of young wine who above all seek conviviality among friends. Drink now or lay down for 2 or 3 more years.

Varietal: 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc
Analysis:
13.00% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.58
Appellation: Bordeaux
Winemaker: Hugues Mallet is in charge of the production in the vineyard and in the cellar
Pairing: Great with pork chops and a nice honey mustard sauce

WINERY NOTES:

In the Vineyard: The Domaine de Lilotte is located in the village of Tauriac, in Côtes de Bourg wine region, to the north of Bordeaux.  Produced by a 4th generation family, the estate was added to the Haut-Maco family business in the 1970s. Domaine de Lilotte is a clos of just 13 hectares on a clay, alluvium, and sand soil located near the river. The average age of the vines is 25 years old and grass is grown between the rows to create competition for the plants. Vines are de-leafed on the east side in July. Since 2018, the farm has been Certified HVE 3 (“Haute Valeur Environnementale Niveau” 3 or “High Environmental Value” Level 3) – the highest level possible in this French environmental certification.

About the Harvest: To limit the yield, the winery will green harvest when it is necessary. The grapes are picked by a mechanical harvester with a de-stemmer integrated on the machine. The berries are sorted manually on a sorting table.

In the Cellar: Traditional vinification is used. The alcoholic fermentation is done in stainless steel vats with control of temperature and the Malolactic Fermentation. Maceration is for about 10 to 15 days. Aging is completed in vats and bottled frequently to keep its freshness.

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Winery Spotlight Series: January 11, 2023

Brassfield Estate Winery

Brassfield Estate Winery

Brassfield Estate Winery
with Guest Speaker, Jonathan Walters
Clearlake Oaks, California

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event featuring Brassfield Estate wines with guest speaker Jonathan Walters, General Manager/Vineyard Manager of Brassfield Estate Winery. He will be joining us LIVE on the big screen sharing the seven wines below.

Wines Tasted:

  1. Serenity Rosé Pinot Noir
  2. Brassfield Pinot Gris
  3. Brassfield Sauvignon Blanc
  4. Serenity Proprietary White Blend
  5. Brassfield Pinot Noir
  6. Brassfield Cabernet Sauvignon
  7. Eruption Proprietary Red Blend

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About Brassfield Estate Winery:
© Winemaker, Carlos Valadez of Brassfield Estate Winery

Winemaker, Carlos Valadez

The wines of Brassfield Estate Winery reflect the distinctness of diversity and their sites – from the elevated valley floor of High Serenity Ranch to the unique intensity of Volcano Ridge Vineyard. Handcrafted by Brassfield’s winemaking team, with a focus on sustainable farming, classic techniques, and purity of flavor results in fruit-driven, balanced, and delicious wines. Their winemaker, Carlos Valadez, has generational roots at Brassfield and is focused on sustainable viticulture practices and classic winemaking techniques. Learn more about their story here.

About Jonathan Walters, Vineyard & General Manager:
© Jonathan Walters, General Manager of Brassfield Estate

Jonathan Walters, GM/Vineyard Manager

Jonathan spent many years honing in on his hospitality and management skills before joining the Brassfield Estate Management team in 2014. While studying Agronomy and Horticulture at Texas A&M, Jonathan had the privilege to work at many different fine dining establishments as well as the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library. After graduation, Jonathan arrived in Lake County in 2009 and quickly became involved in many aspects of the wine community. Before starting his career with Brassfield Estate, he worked for Robinson Lake Vineyards and sat on the Executive Board of both Lake County Wine Grape Commission and the Lake County Winery Association. Learn more about Jonathan and the Brassfield team here.

Photos and information © Brassfield Estate Winery – All Rights Reserved.


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Aresca Dolcetto di Ovada DOC

Ragu bolognese PastaPasta with Marcella’s Bolognese Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus 1 tablespoon for tossing the pasta
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • cup chopped celery
  • cup chopped carrots
  • ¾ pound ground beef chuck (or you can use 1 part pork to 2 parts beef)
  • salt
  • black pepper, ground fresh from the mill
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • whole nutmeg
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • cups canned imported Italian plum tomatoes, cut up, with their juice
  • 1 ¼ to 1 ½ pounds pasta
  • freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put the oil, butter and chopped onion in the pot and turn the heat on to medium. Cook and stir the onion until it has become translucent, then add the chopped celery and carrot. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring vegetables to coat them well.
  2. Add ground beef, a large pinch of salt and a few grindings of pepper. Crumble the meat with a fork, stir well and cook until the beef has lost its raw, red color.
  3. Add milk and let it simmer gently, stirring frequently, until it has bubbled away completely. Add a tiny grating — about ⅛ teaspoon — of nutmeg, and stir.
  4. Add the wine, let it simmer until it has evaporated, then add the tomatoes and stir thoroughly to coat all ingredients well. When the tomatoes begin to bubble, turn the heat down so that the sauce cooks at the laziest of simmers, with just an intermittent bubble breaking through to the surface. Cook, uncovered, for 3 hours or more, stirring from time to time. While the sauce is cooking, you are likely to find that it begins to dry out and the fat separates from the meat. To keep it from sticking, add ½ cup of water whenever necessary. At the end, however, no water at all must be left and the fat must separate from the sauce. Taste and correct for salt.
  5. Toss with cooked drained pasta, adding the tablespoon of butter, and serve with freshly grated Parmesan on the side.

© Recipe courtesy of Marcella Hazan on New York Time’s Cooking.

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Mellow style logoAresca Dolcetto di Ovada DOC wine bottleFratelli Aresca
Dolcetto di Ovada DOC
Piedmont, Italy

MELLOW WINE STYLE

Ruby red in color with a very fruity nose and taste with hints of plums and raspberry.

Varietal: 100% Dolcetto
Analysis:
12.5-13% alcohol / volume
Vineyard: Located in Monferrato area with a yield of 8 tons/hectare. Manual harvest.
Winemaking: Temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation with short maceration on skins. Then aging in steel tanks for at least 6 months.
Pairing: Ideal with delicate dishes such as pasta and soup.

WINERY’S NOTES:
Dolcetto di Ovada is a fruity red wine with a dry lingering aftertaste. It is smooth and balanced with a touch of spiciness. It is the perfect everyday red wine.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located between Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, in a unique land recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the vineyards are cultivated with respect to the traditions of these ancient lands and the uniqueness of the terrior. Learn more here. >

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December Sweet Club: Iowa

Sweet Wine ClubChocolate bar wine bottleSan Antonio Winery
Chocolate Bar Chocolate Port
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This full-flavored chocolate port was hand crafted for those who love two of the best delights in the world: chocolate and port. Designed for the aficionados of dessert wine and rich chocolate, this port-style wine is a very sophisticated infusion. Enjoy this wine after dinner with dried fruits, nuts, and all types of chocolate.

Analysis: 18% alcohol / volume
Residual Sugar: 70 g/L

Food Pairing Recommendations: Try it with dried apricots and cherries, chocolate-covered strawberries, pecan pie or anything chocolate. 

ABOUT SAN ANTONIO WINERY:
With over 100 years of winemaking, San Antonio Winery is the oldest and largest producing winery in Los Angeles – making it an essential component of the city’s cultural and historical landscape. The winery still sits on its original location on Lamar Street, and it is the last vestige of the rich winemaking tradition in greater Los Angeles. Learn more about the winery here.

Photos, Videos and Information © San Antonio Winery – All Rights Reserved.


Stella Rosa Cranberry wine bottleStella Rosa®️ Wines
Cranberry
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

A little tart and a little tangy, it can’t get better than that! This refreshing wine reveals a vibrant blush color and is combined with the natural cranberry flavor. It is lively with the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. Give yourself a little boost in your day with this semi-sparkling wine. Serve with fresh fruit, cheese, spicy cuisine, and desserts.

Region: Piedmont, Italy
Analysis: 5% alcohol / volume

Food Pairing Recommendations: This flavor pairs wonderfully with roasted herb butter potatoes, honey glazed BBQ chicken, Arugula salad with apples and walnuts, brie and green apple grilled cheese or cranberry pie.

ABOUT STELLA ROSA:
It all started in 1917, when the Riboli family founded Los Angeles’ historic San Antonio Winery. Back then, Los Angeles was the prime location for wine growing in all of California. For some time, the wine industry reigned as one of Southern California’s most economically significant and popular industries of that time. After surviving Prohibition and about a century later, the Riboli family has continued its artisan winemaking tradition through four generations. From within the tasting rooms of San Antonio Winery, customers repeatedly requested a sweeter, light, refreshing wine. The Riboli family took this unique opportunity to create a new semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine style, which today, they are a leader of. And so, Stella Rosa was born. Learn more here.

our-story-mapMADE AND IMPORTED FROM ITALY:
To create the Stella Rosa wines, their family chose the region of Asti, a province in Piedmont, Italy, as the source for its aromatic grapes. The area of Asti has particular significance to the Riboli family, as it is the birthplace of their family matriarch, Maddalena Riboli. Their first Stella Rosa wine was Moscato D’Asti, which has become a flagship of their line. Soon after, Stella Rosa Rosso was created – the brand’s first semi-sweet, semi-sparkling red wine blend, and first wine of its kind to be brought to America from Asti. The rapid phenomenal successes of these two wines began the lineage of Stella Rosa, which now boasts over 20 distinctive flavors.

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Sonder Field Blend

Creamy Leftover Turkey SoupCreamy Leftover Turkey Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 4 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups turkey broth OR chicken, OR vegetable
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • ½ pound baby potatoes halved or quartered
  • ½ cup wild rice blend
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 4 cups cooked Turkey meat shredded
  • ½ cup corn
  • salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook aromatics: Heat butter and oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook until softened, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Cook mushrooms: Stir in mushrooms and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms have softened. Stir through garlic and cook for one more minute.
  3. Season: Reduce heat to medium-low. Sprinkle Italian seasoning and flour evenly over mushroom mixture, stir well for 1 minute.
  4. Add broth: Gradually pour in broth, stirring constantly, to keep any lumps from forming.
  5. Simmer: Stir in carrots, potatoes and rice. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until rice is nearly done (about 20-25 minutes for parboiled rice, about 35 minutes for regular).
  6. Finish soup: Once rice is nearly ready, open lid and stir soup well. Add half and half, cooked turkey meat and corn. Stir well, then simmer over medium heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Serve: Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve immediately.

© Recipe courtesy of Nora from Savory Nothings.

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Mellow style logoSonder-Field-Blend-bottleSonder
Field Blend
Columbia Valley, Washington

MELLOW WINE STYLE

From the Andrews Family Vineyard and Coyote Canyon Vineyard, whole berries were used with 25% stems. Five-day cold soak under dry ice followed by fermentation by native yeasts. Aged for 5 months in a mix of neutral French puncheons and stainless steel.

Varietal: Counoise, Grenache, Cinsault, Viognier, Roussanne
Analysis:
13.1% alcohol / volume
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/L
pH: 3.74
AVA: Columbia Valley
Vineyard: Andrews Family Vineyard/Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Sonder wines are driven by simplicity and authenticity, creating wines that are minimally intervened to showcase each vineyard and the nuances that mother nature may bring to each vintage. They strive to create wines they love to drink: bright, playful, juicy and delicious. Learn more about the winery here.

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