Like Port? Try this:
2010 Vintage Port, Tomasello Winery. This is the best port I’ve ever had. In fact, I wasn’t a port fan until I tried this wine. Hint: have this with a chunk of Stilton cheese. Sublime.
If you like Cabs, you must try these:
2011 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California. This is a spectacular wine with soft tannins and dark, rich fruit. I could taste plums, cassis, and currants. This is a great wine for a special occasion. My husband and I shared a bottle for his birthday…I hope he remembers to get a bottle for my birthday, too!
2011 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma, California. This is a fantastic cab with notes of blackberry, currant, bell pepper, and ginger. Rich and wonderful.
Here are two new ones I tried last Thanksgiving:
Cranberry Wine, Tomasello Winery. This is sweet with just a hint of tang, perfect for Thanksgiving. I used a bit of the wine to make cranberry relish (the recipe comes on the neck of the bottle).
2010 Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec from Argentina. Fabulous bold wine with hints of wild berry. A great addition to Thanksgiving dinner.
Two recent wines that I loved:
2003 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard from Columbia Valley, Washington. Delicious fruity tastes of raspberry and cherry, with a bit of vanilla.
2011 Coelho Winery Pinot Noir Atracao from Willamette Valley, Oregon. Very light pinot, great for drinking anytime.
Here’s another pinot that’s good anytime–it’s also priced right:
2012 Crane Lake Pinot Noir from California. Nice raspberry notes and plum finish.
Like whites? This is one of the best sauvignon blancs I have ever had:
2012 St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California. This is a citrusy, bright wine that is crisp and fragrant. Fantastic!
This is probably my favorite wine:
Inman Family Endless Crush 2012 Rose of Pinot Noir. The color is the first thing you notice- light and pinkish and beautiful. It’s dry with a strawberry and rose aroma and a wonderful bright fruity flavor.
Here’s one I tried with grilled pork tenderloin with a ginger marinade:
Norton Reserva 2010 Malbec. It’s so red that it almost looks purple, with blackberry notes and a smooth finish. I recommend it!
This is a beautiful white:
Saint Roch 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes Grenache Blanc-Marsanne. The name is a mouthful, but luckily so is the wine! It has gorgeous notes of pineapple and citrus.
And another red:
2010 Domaine Albin Jacumin Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Begude Des Papes. Another name that you need an advanced degree in French to pronounce, but they make a great wine. I tasted plum, licorice, and pepper. And a beautiful color!
I tried this one recently and I immediately wished we had bought two bottles!:
St. Supery 2011 Napa Valley Moscato. Oh. My. Goodness. Peaches, apricots, sweetness, and light! You’ve got to try this!
I tried two very different wines this week and enjoyed both of them:
Penner-Ash 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. A light, jammy red with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and plum.
Cakebread Cellars 2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay. This is a great white for people who don’t love dry whites. It’s got crisp notes of apple and honeydew melon. I had some with a bit of cheddar cheese and it was great.