Apr 16

The Experts Easter Pairings and Wine Selections

Our expert Wine Buyers in Seattle discuss the best local and world wine pairings for Easter Sunday.

Randy’s Picks
Amalie Robert Syrah
Willakenzie Pinot Gris
Argyle Pinot Noir

*Correction – In the video Randy mentioned that the Amalie Robert Syrah was from vineyards East of Salem. He meant to say South West of Salem.

Geoff’s Picks
Scharffenberger Brut NV Brut $18.99
Beautiful and affordable California sparkling wine. Full bodied and rounded with notes of red plum, tropical fruit and zesty citrus with with a fresh crisp mineral tinged finish.
pairs well with brunch foods, appetizers and first courses.
J Vineyards Pinot Gris 2012 $15.99
A great example of California Pinot Gris with notes of pear, Meyer lemon and orange blossom. Racy, crisp and lively with a lengthy finish. This will pair exceptionally well with Easter Ham and Turkey.
Meiomi Pinot Noir $22.99
Rich, lush and generous, brimming with blackcherry and plummy fruit, accented by nice Earthy spice. This is a great red for Easter ham or salmon!
Donati Claret $14.99
If lamb is on your dinner table this Easter, Donati Vineyards Claret a perfect accompaniment! This is a Bordeaux style blend from California’s Central Coast, utilizing all 5 Bordeaux varietals offering flavors and aromas of red and black berries mocha earthiness and hints of cola nut.

Arnie’s Picks
Ehrhart Gewurtz Herren - One of my favorite sparkling wines, this is made from 100% Pinot Noir, in the Champagne method, but aged for 24 months; 9 months longer than non-vintage Champage.It boasts great fresh-picked strawberry and raspberry fruit with lots of bubbles. It’s always in my fridge.

Lapierre Raisins Gaulois  One of my favorite reds, this Gamay from Beaujolais’ illustrious Lapierre estate is really declassified Morgon fruit. Is has a lush medium-bodied texture and tasty strawberry and cherry fruit with a perfect finish. I enjoy it at home as a daily drinker.

Notre Dame Gigondas - Great with lamb, this blend of Grenache, Syrah and a bit of Mourvdre has delicious spice and savory notes combined with full-bodied concentrated dark fruit.

Lucien Albrecht Brut Rose - One of my favorite sparkling wines, this is made from 100% Pinot Noir, in the Champagne method, but aged for 24 months; 9 months longer than non-vintage Champage.
It boasts great fresh-picked strawberry and raspberry fruit with lots of bubbles. It’s always in my fridge.

Apr 16

Tastiest Easter Egg Should Be in Your Glass

Advocaat Wine World & Spirits SeattleAdvocaat is a liqueur made from egg yolks (sometimes whole eggs), sugar and brandy. It is most popular in the Netherlands where it’s a home staple for many Dutch residents. Advocaat is a thick liqueur with a rich and creamy texture and an alcohol content typically in the range of %14 – %20. It ends up being most similar to ready-made eggnog, and indeed is most widely consumed during the Christmas season. The most popular and widely available brand is made by Bols out of Amsterdam.

Interestingly enough, there are actually two kinds of advocaat, typically referred to as “thick advocaat” and “export advocaat.” Thick advocaat is only found in the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of Germany and Austria. It is so-called because thick advocaat isn’t really a liquid at all. It is so thick, that it is typically served in a wide glass or dish with whipped cream and cocoa powder on top and eaten with a spoon! Export advocaat is what you’ll find around the rest of the world, and has a consistency that is slightly heavier than an Irish cream liqueur like Baileys.

Advocaat Wine World & Spirits SeattleThe flavor of advocaat is sweet and most similar to a custard desert with hints of vanilla. It can easily be consumed straight by itself, or used as a modifier in cocktails. Take any cocktail calling for an Irish cream liqueur and swap in an advocaat to make the drink more of a desert style cocktail. The most famous cocktail that specifically uses advocaat is the Snowball cocktail. A Snowball is pretty much just one part advocaat and 4 parts lemonade. Put the advocaat in your glass first, and then top with lemonade.  Sometimes the advocaat is shaken with a squeeze of lime first to really froth it up before adding the lemonade. More modern interpretations have used lemon-lime soda instead of lemonade.

Advocaat Wine World & Spirits SeattleAnother popular drink in Italian ski resorts is called a Bombardino. A Bombardino is half and half advocaat and brandy whipped together. It comes served hot with a dollop of whipped cream on top. A nice little winter warmer that is now also bottled straight by itself. Simply called Bombardino, it is made by Distilleria Bertagnolli in Italy. They recommend serving it warm with coffee and cream as a desert drink and it is quite nice at the end of a long day.

However you care to try it out, I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised at how delicious an egg liqueur can be. So get your egg shell coloring kits out, put on a pastel shirt, and try something new in your glass this holiday weekend.

Apr 14

The Expert’s Guide to Syncline Wines

Syncline Wines

In case you missed it… The Syncline Winery shared their outstanding wines here at Wine World at a tasting last Friday.  Poppie Mantone presented the wines that are crafted at their family winery by James Mantone, her husband.  They met in 1997 while harvesting wine in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and shortly fell in love and married, then relocated to the Columbia Gorge and had a winery (and two adorable children).  There they explored their passion for Rhone wines, resulting in some of the finest that Washington has to offer.

Tasting through the line-up: Pinot Noir, Subduction Red, Rosé, Carignan-Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah.  Here’s what some of the lucky Wine World staff has to say about these fabulous wines:

2012 Pinot Noir Celilo Vyd $29.99/bottle – “This is a wine that’s showing really well.”  Arnie noted, “For people looking for Washington Pinot Noir – this is it…medium bodied, spicy, with beautiful raspberry fruit.” This may be the only Washington State Pinot, thanks to James’ and Poppie’s vines on the framed Celilo Vineyard.

2013 Rosé $19.99/bottle – I’m staking my claim on this one.  I plan on keeping a constant supply of this Rosé in my refrigerator from now until the winery runs out of stock.  Sammy said it’s “bright and crisp like a Provencal Rosé – flavors of strawberry and watermelon, with a long finish.”

2012 Subduction Red $19.99/bottle – “A terrific, lively red blend you can enjoy anytime. There is an elegance and freshness to the Subduction which makes me want to re-name it Seduction Red.”  So says Arnie, and we all agreed.  A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive.  Bold and bright, with a supple finish.

2011 Carignan-Grenache $24.99/bottle – Spicy, dark fruit, very peppery.  Arnie’s take; “Washington’s answer to the great southern Rhone wines.  A delicious, complex and versatile wine – great with grilled meats and stews.”   The man is not lying, as evidenced by the bottle in my cart, just waiting to meet my steak dinner.

2011 Mourvèdre $29.99/bottle – Grapes from Red Mountain.  Richly layered fruit.  Approachable now, but will age for many years.  Sammy – “So well balanced, that decanted, you wouldn’t guess at the 14.8% alcohol,” and John – “Rich enough in body that even a spirits aficionado can appreciate it!”

2011 Syrah Boushey Vyd $39.99/bottle – If you’re looking for lush elegance, this is your wine.  Rich, mouthwatering blackberry, cherry, clove and allspice unfold in your glass, along with the classic Syrah nuances of smoke. You can see why Boushey fruit is so highly prized. This wine will age graciously for many years.  (All that fancy talk aside, this wine rocks!)

You’ll find all these wines here as you enter the store – waiting to jump into your shopping cart!  And remember, Rewards club members get 10% off with purchases of 6 bottles or more.

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