January = Low Alcohol
Happy New Year!
It is time to reset. The parties are over and we may need to take a little break. Low alcohol wines are fitting. Let’s start the year fresh with vibrant, cool climate wines.
Pfefferer Moscato Giallo 2019
The first bottles of Colterenzio Pfefferer were produced in 1978. The grape is a special clone of Gold Muscat, aka Moscato Giallo. Pfeffer translates to peppery in German. In Alto Adige, this grape has been called Pfefferer, likely because of its spicy-aromatic bouquet. On the dryer side of the Moscato scale, Giallo is considered an “apertivo” wine; ight and fruity, but rich and full of spice. Pair Pfefferer with lighter Venetian fare like pasta with peas or go rich and savory with cinnamon and butter gnocchi. Pop a bottle of Pfefferer and dig into this month’s gouda and rosemary infused crackers!
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny 2020
Domaine du Salvard has been operating since 1898. Salvard specializes in clean and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Salvard’s Cheverny Blanc has a dash of Chardonnay. Think zippy, citrus, melon, crisp green apple, and an essence of the stoney Loire River. That’s right, Cheverny is a neighboring region of the famed Sancerre. Should Sancerre be out of your budget, after a spendy holiday, Cheverny is a great alternative for half the price. Pair Cheverny with shellfish and zesty dishes finished with citrus and even cilantro.
Corte Gardoni Le Fontane Bardolino 2020
The Piccoli family is said to have owned vineyards in Veneto since the 1600’s. When Gianni Piccoli found vineyards available in 1971, he surrendered to the wine bug and continued the Piccoli tradition. The late Gianni’s sons now run the show and their focus remains on Bardolino. You may or may not know Bardolino, but you might be more familiar with Amarone of Veneto. Valpolicella Ripasso is considered a baby Amarone. Perhaps it can be said that Bardolino, then, is a cousin of sorts. Bardolino, like the wines of the Valpolicella region, is a blend of Rondanella and Corvina. Considering the surrounding orchards, olive trees, and the resulting first balsamic-style vinegar to be made from apples, Bardolino pairs well with oil rich and roasted pasta or balsamic heavy pasta fagioli. Casella’a Proscuitto Speciale would marry well with Le Fontane.
Te Mata Gamay 2018
Gamay from New Zealand, you ask? Why not?
Inspired by France, Hawke’s Bay was discovered as a unique microclimate, capable of producing classic, French-style wine. Sure enough, Te Mata is internationally known for their modern interpretation of the classic style wine making in a modern setting. Te Mata’s Gamay is Beaujolais in style; fresh and vibrant red berries. You can’t go wrong with Te Mata. Gamay pairs well with just about all dishes. This month’s rosemary crackers, gouda, and prosciutto together with Te Mata might just be a midweek meal.
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