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5 Wines We Tried (and Loved!) This Week

Sep 16 2011 - 12:45pm

In some ways, sipping the world's wines can be a hopeless endeavor; there's so much wine out there that we could sample wine all day long and still get nowhere near tasting everything. That doesn't mean we won't try! From Spanish Cavas to French Châteauneuf-du-Papes, here are five memorable wines we quaffed this week, and why we loved them.

Dibon Cava Brut Reserve

"This light and refreshing Cava hails from Spain's sparkling Catalonia region. Although the bottle is fermented for a shorter period than traditional, its flavor still stands with a lot of lemon and apple notes. I served this alongside a simple cheese plate with triple cream brie, manchego, and quince paste." —Lauren Hendrickson, contributing editor

2010 Wild Horse Viognier

"This week, I was on a kick for sweet, fruit-filled wines. This Wild Horse Viognier hit the spot. The Wild Horse blend from California's Central Coast definitely encompassed the fruit factor: I tasted apricot, tangerine, and peach. I think it would work with some Thai flavors!" – Lizzie Fuhr, editorial assistant

2010 McManis Family Vineyards Chardonnay

"Bursting with buttery and oaky flavors, 2010 McManis Family Vineyards Chardonnay from the northern interior of California also coats the tongue with vanilla, caramelized sugar, and pear. Sweet, full bodied, and rich, this tastebud-zinging Chardonnay pairs well with a refreshing and crisp salad and will even shine through heartier pasta dishes." – Anna Monette Roberts, editorial assistant

2007 Cuvee du Baron Châteauneuf du Pape

"My husband first sipped this Châteauneuf du Pape at a restaurant in Toronto called Nota Bene. From the Côtes du Rhône region, this aggressive yet fruity red offers hints of earthy spice and berries and would pair well with transitional, Fall dishes." — Nancy Einhart, executive editor

2007 Hitching Post Gen Red

"The Hitching Post shouldn't just be known for its role in the movie Sideways; it's also the namesake of some really solid Central Coast wines. I like the Generation Red, which is a nuanced blend of some grapes you definitely know, like Syrah and Merlot, and some you probably have never heard of, like the fruity and soft Valdiguie varietal." — Susannah Chen, associate editor


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