Summer Sips

A few years ago I received word of mouth about a private dining experience in Toronto known as “Charlie’s Burgers.” Fast forward to present day, many trips north behind me and an ever changing palate that seeks new culinary delights, and I’m now relying on Charlie’s Burgers aka Franco Stalteri for wine recommendations.

Conveniently delivered into my inbox, here is a list of what the elusive host of guerrilla dinners is suggesting we pour this summer.

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Prosecco, Canti, DOC, 2012, Veneto, Italy- $14.95

One-hundred percent Glera grape. A fun and easy wine. Dry, with slight hints of fruit, light straw yellow with fine and persistent pearls. This is a vintage Prosecco, which is somewhat of a rarity. An absolute must for pool side lounging, lake side lunches, picnics and world cup shenanigans.

P. Diddy’s Hampton white wine party

Alhabra Bianco, Spadafora, 2013, Sicily, Italy- $18.95

Dry, tangy, mineral, fresh, with hints of fruit. Perfect with caprese salads, Saturday afternoon seafood towers, grilled fish and seafood. Made by one of Sicily’s oldest noble families. Certified organic.

Testarossa Passerina, Passerina Terre Aquilane, Pasetti, 2013, Abruzzo, Italy- $23.95

One-hundred percent Passerina Campolese grape. Straw yellow, with greenish highlights. Floral notes with hints of citrus fruit and spice.

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Rosso Salento, La Nova, IGT, Tenute Mater Domini, 2010, Puglia, Italy- $15.95

Blend of Negroamaro 60 pecent, Syrah 40 percent. Notes of blackberries, raspberries, dried roses. Great finish.

Aglianico, Eubea di Sasso Eugenia, 2012, Basilicata, Italy- $19.95

Notes of cherry, raspberry and violets. Cult wine from a passionate, tiny, organic producer.

Malbec Gritos, Otero Ramos, 2008 Mendoza, Argentina- $25.45

Great award winning wines from a family producer in the heart of the Mendoza region of Argentina. A lively and intense wine with aromas of cherry and strawberry, toasted coffee, spices, vanilla, cloves and notes of oak.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Gritos, Otero Ramos, 2011, Mendoza, Argentina- $25.45

Great award winning wines from a family producer in the heart of the Mendoza region of Argentina. Intense and brilliant ruby red colour. Aromas of plums, figs, chocolate and vanilla hints.

St John Rouge, Chateau de Lascaux, 2011, Languedoc, France- $28.00

This wine is from famed nose-to-tail Chef Fergus Henderson’s Michelin Star restaurant, St John, in London, England. The only place outside of St John restaurants in London where you can get this wine. This Cabernet, Syrah blend has the warm fruit you would expect from this southern region, dry soft tannins, with a hint of rusticity. Certified organic.

A wines to leave the Joneses in the dust on holiday weekends

Rocket Science, Caldwell, 2009, Napa Valley, USA- $68.99

Varietals: 45 percent Syrah, 26 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 percent Merlot, 8 percent Cabernet Franc, 2 percent Petit Verdot. The layered nose is highlighted by raspberry, plum, boysenberry, vanilla, cloves, mint and a hint of dill. A black cherry attack leads to a full mouth of juicy red raspberries, red plum, licorice, and chocolate. The wine finishes clean with a lingering ripe cherry. A wonderful wine form the man responsible for introducing the most prized Bordeaux rootstock and grapevine clones to California.

Happy summer!

LCW Monthly Book Club – 2014 Reading List

Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, Inc.

Did you know Long Cliff plays host to a monthly book club?  Join us for a Free evening of wine tasting & literary discussion each month!
Check out our upcoming reading list:

  • JULY Meeting, 7/1 @ 6:00pm – Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  • AUGUST Meeting, 8/9 @ 5:00pm – Summer in a Glass, Evan Dawson – (*) NOTE: our 2nd annual corn roast will follow immediately after the meeting!!  RSVP on Facebook for more details, tickets will be available for sale July 1!
  • SEPTEMBER Meeting, 9/2 @ 6:00pm – The Vineyard, Barbara Delinsky
  • OCTOBER Meeting, 10/1 @ 6:00pm – The Harvest Gypsies, John Steinbeck
  • NOVEMBER Meeting, 11/1 @ 6:00pm – The Dark Vineyard, a Mystery on the French Countryside, Martin Walker
  • DECEMBER Meeting, 12/6 @ 6:00pm @ Woodcock Brothers Brewery – Christmas Beer, Don Russell

Book Club is Free to all, must be 21+ to drink!!  We’d love to have you join us at an…

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