BRUNELLO’S NOSE KNOWS….
Wines for home or self-imposed quarantine
In these recent crazy, uncertain times, whether you are enjoying some time at home not running everywhere because most everything has been canceled, or you are nervously quarantined from work, why not look in that wine refrigerator and see what’s going on? Once you take a look and see you need to stock up! Come see me, Brunello, here at Ed’s! I’ll take a cookie, a pat on the head, and my Dad, Ed, or Perry and Danny will happily help you re stock and prepare for however much time you will have at home.
A couple of whites to begin with for every day enjoying would be from Italy to start. Honoring the country that has completely shut down and is enduring isolation (but hey, they have great wines to enjoy) let’s begin with Ca Bolani Pinot Grigio. This wonderful white from the Friuli region (northwest corner of the “boot” is close to the border of Austria, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea. Friuli Aquileia is the city and DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) or appellation- place where the wine comes from. The Tenuta Ca Bolani estate makes this refreshing Pinot Grigio with a rich hue of gold, tangerine on the nose, and a soft acidic finish. Enjoy it as an aperitif or with light seafood, chicken and pasta. I give it three bones!
Another Italian white we find terrific and refreshing is Masseria Altemura Fiano from the Puglia region - the “heel of the boot”. An IGT, meaning Indicazione Geographica Tipica, this designation was created after DOC and DOCG designations in order to accommodate growers who could not meet all the DOC regulations, but were still producing great wines. From the town of Salento the wine is made of 100% Fiano grapes, intense and fruity with hints of almond blossom, peach and honey. I give it two bones!
Moving into reds, whether you’re day drinking or planning a nice red sauce or light Italian meal, the Rocca di Montemassi Le Focai is made of 100% Sangiovese – the grapes used to make Chianti. Le Focai means flint in Italian, and the name gives homage to the rich mineral deposits found in the hills of Maremma in Tuscany where the vineyards are located. Intense aromas of cherries violets and wild berries, this wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. It does not disappoint. I give it three bones!
Moving to California, the options are endless here at Ed’s. We have good inventory on a wonderful new Chardonnay (about a year or so on our shelves) called Harken. This wine is 100% Chardonnay and fully barrel fermented, “harkening” back to the days of rich, buttery, oaky Chardonnay from California, and it won’t break the budget. The luscious palate suggests crème brulee and buttered toast with balanced acidity. I give it two bones!
A lighter style red is always in order for around the house- and we love the Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara’s Central Coast of California. Although I said light in style, this wine is rich in layers of red cherry fruit, cinnamon, clove and allspice. It is an exemplary Pinot with hints of herbs, strawberry notes and cedar on the finish. I give it three bones!
Bringing it up a notch in style and boldness, one of our favorites that we always have on display here at Ed’s is Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles California. Perfect for a burger or pizza, or just sipping and reading a book or watching a movie, it offers a beautiful expression of the Central Coast of California. Fourteen months in a mix of French and American oak barrels, this wine shows aromas of ripe blackberry and cherry, framed by a touch of oak. It’s supple, juicy and has a lingering fruit finish. I give it three bones!
If you want to splurge a little because you think you will be hanging out at home for a couple of weeks- step into our temperature-controlled wine room! We also have lovely Champagnes, perhaps a bottle of Charles Heidsieck to celebrate once we get past the crisis? Always good to plan ahead. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve boasts a golden hue, with delicate yet brilliant bubbles, hints of apple and baked brioche, mango and apricot. This is a famed Champagne house in Reims, France named for the traveler, adventurer and entrepreneur, Charles Camille Heidsieck. Hopefully soon, we will all be able to get back to adventure, but in the mean-time, take a break, and let us help you get through any quarantine with our fine wine selections. Stay safe, be careful and wash those paws!
By Brunello Giancola as told to CRBrown