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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 | Featured in Vol 7 Issue 2 of Alcoholmanac Magazine. Photo by Brian West.
By Jessica Barger of Mason Street Grill

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Cloudy Bay Vineyards

Marlborough, New Zealand

13.5% ABV

"I remembered this wine from many years ago as always one of my favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blancsnot too big on the grapefruit, but has a lot of grassy qualities, which I really enjoy. Plus, mangoes are one of my favorite fruits, so I'm happy to drink any wine that tastes like that! What I love most is that it was really bold, making it pretty unforgettable."


This Sauvignon Blanc is loaded with smells of mandarin oranges, mango—serious tropical fruit bomb! The palate reflects this citrus and tropical fruit cornucopia, but there is also a lot of vegetal freshness of green pepper and grass. At first it's in-your-face fruit, with a long and powerful flavor. It really grows on you, and those green notes create an awesome balance. Another good one that’s great with battered fish, the light finish is a little bit crispy, just like the fish fry at The Swinging Door. They make their own chips, which are highly-addictive.

 
Eroica Riesling 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Eroica Riesling 2012 | Featured in Vol 7 Issue 2 of Alcoholmanac Magazine. Photo by Brian West.
By Jessica Barger of Mason Street Grill

Eroica Riesling 2012
Michelle Loosen LLC
Woodinville, Washington
12% ABV

"A dynamite Riesling that's, in my mind, one of the best American Rieslings. I first had this when I worked at a downtown wine bar and it's stuck with me ever since. It's drier but still has great sweetness that is everlasting. Definitely lives up to the name "heroic," and is almost as sublime as Beethoven's 3rd Symphony also entitled "Eroica." The last time I had this was at the original Pizza Man and it was great with a Hawaiian pizza!"

 

How sweet it is! The aromas of my favorite Washington Riesling are of clover honey, honeysuckle and ripe honeydew melon. However, the honey-like sweetness is matched by a citric acid mineraly-tingle on the palate with a "Cuties" quality of sweet and tart flavors, with lots of Granny Smith apples, too. The finish is chalky mineral at end—almost metallic or salty, like a pinch of sel gris is melting on your tongue. This Riesling has a great evolution and the flavor and crispness will cut through several bites of greasy deep-fried or battered fish. We think a ginger or curry coleslaw would be tasty with this—like the one at The Irish Pub.

 
Fred Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Fred Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner 2012 | Featured in Vol 7 Issue 2 of Alcoholmanac Magazine. Photo by Brian West.
Fred Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner 2012
Weingut Loimer
Langenlois, Austria
12.5% ABV

Recommended by Tom Greguska, Discount Liquor

"It's somewhat light in body with fresh apples and a slight pepper note which is common with many Grüners. Lois (rhymes with choice) contains 1% residual sugar, which is barely detectable to most drinkers but it does soften the acidity of the wine just a bit. Loimer has been one of the best producers in Austria for the past 15 years and Lois is their most affordable Grüner in the lineup."

 

Tasting Notes by Jessica Barger of Mason Street Grill

Grüner Veltliner—one of my favorite grape varietals! There's a whirlwind of scents—from musk and white truffles, to tangerine and lime peel. The mouth and nose match. Ground white pepper spiciness, tingly acidity from flavors of lemon and lime ... lots of lime ... ends flinty. Our first impression is funky—the yeasty nose can be offputting, but we think that it would work well with a more "gastro pub" style fish fry. It should be noted that the strong scent dies after breathing for a bit. We like that this is a weird wine ... it's definitely more geared toward savoring. This would work with walleye and trout, maybe even a white-fish sashimi or crudo type dish. Perfect with rye bread—go old school with this Grüner—a British fish and chips at Three Lions would be perfect! Don't forget the malt vinegar!

 
Walnut Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Walnut Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013 | Featured in Vol 7 Issue 2 of Alcoholmanac Magazine. Photo by Brian West.
Walnut Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Walnut Block Wines
Marlborough, New Zealand
13% ABV

Recommended by Jon Robash, AVA Wines & Spirits

"What's most striking to me about this wine is its balance, which is really uncommon in a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-teens price range. I'd attribute this to the organic farming practiced in the vineyard, it isn't capitalized (which is legal in New Zealand) and they only produce 5,000 cases, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the mass marketed "brands" coming out of the same area."

 

Tasting Notes by Jessica Barger of Mason Street Grill

Not all New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are the same! Highly aromatic with tons of pink grapefruit, passion fruit and fresh-cut green bell pepper vegetal notes. There is a party on your palate—grapefruit, lemon and sour apple. This white is really sweet and yet really sour, making it very well balanced. It’s super yummy, almost like a dry cider, followed by a grapefruit and lemon explosion. This wine is crisp and refreshing—fruity, but not sweet—because of the high acid. Incredibly dynamic. Victor's baked tilapia would be a terrific choice for this one.

 
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