Continuing on with the summer celebration theme, we’ve included a number of high quality summer wines to enhance all your July activities including your backyard bbqs, neighborhood parties, camping excursions, boating and fishing expeditions and, of course, the ubiquitous outdoor summer concerts. One of our favorites is the fresh and fruity South African Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2011. It displays mouthwatering flavors of crisp green apple, quince and pear, with notes of honeysuckle and ripe melon. So versatile, it is perfect with all your light alfresco dining. Another summer wine, with a touch of crowd-pleasing sweetness is Brandborg Gewürztraminer 2011. Although hailing from Oregon, this perfect cheese-platter- partner drinks like a German, with its medium-body and nice acidity that finishes oh so clean and dry. What is summer in Carmel, Indiana without a walk on the Monon, right? Well, now for all you dog-walker-on-the-Monon people, we’ve got the perfect wine pairing after your evening trek. Frenchie Red Blend Napoleon 2009 coming from Napa Valley’s first dog winery. Frenchie Winery was built with the belief that ALL creatures deserve a beautiful tasting room where they can enjoy scenic Napa Valley; so, this winery invites you to bring your four-legged friend in to enjoy the lavish local lifestyle in the comfort of their own outdoor, shady dog suite, complete with their very own wine barrel bed. Over the top? No way, perfectly appropriate for any winery that produces wines that unleash bold fruit and oak flavors right into your glass and once you taste it, guaranteed to make you drool.
We start this month’s Pick 24 selection with a hardy and warm Hoosier welcome to our store to Jigar Winery. Jigar Patel is a Zionsville native that graduated from Purdue and partnered with fellow Purdue grad Erik Miller of Kokomo Winery to make wine for the last six years. Located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, California, this family-owned boutique winery emphasizes the terroir of the region. Their small production wine-making techniques combined with superior fruit from the Russian River and Dry Creek Valley allow them to produce authentic wines that truly reflect the best characteristics of both appellations. We congratulate the pair on their recent awards from the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Completion where they took a bronze, silver and gold! Jigar Syrah 2010 has bold flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry and baking spices combined with vanilla and white pepper. This would be the ideal wine for your 4th of July barbeque. Not only will it pair exceeding well with your steaks, ribs and burgers off the grill, it would be fitting to invite an old neighbor to the party. Welcome home, guys!
OK, so don’t tell our significant others, but one of our all-time loves is back… known to many as the “Queen of Torrontes” or the “Evita of Wine”, Susana Balbo and her wines epitomize elegance and finesse, and we’re obsessed. Her brilliant offering that we can’t get enough of this month is the thirst-quenching, fruity and floral, yet still quite dry Crios Torrontes 2011 that has to be tasted to be believed. With a nose like that of a Viognier, and a palate similar to a Sauvignon Blanc, its beguiling fruit flavors will keep you coming back for one more sip. Like love-stuck puppies, we prefer this one sans food, but if you must eat, it is well suited for sushi and smoked meats.
We’re excited to announce that for the first time a sake has made the Pick 24. And what a sake it is! Beyond amazing, this is Japan’s #1 Draft Sake. The founder Mr. Jihei Kanoh was a lumber dealer, who began production in 1743 and subsequently built the brand to be Japans #1, although it has only been in the USA since 2005. Hakutsuru Draft Junmai Sake is a Draft Sake, so it is not pasteurized, and has a fresher, lighter flavor. Draft Sake gains its fresh, refined taste from being brewed and aged for one month in a cool state before bottling. Characterized by its light, fresh and smooth taste, served chilled this is ideally matched with both Japanese and Western cuisine using a variety of sauces and mayonnaise: Yakitori, Croquette, Salads, Roast Beef, etc. Kampai!
Consider joining us for our Pick 24 Release Party the first Wednesday of the month, when we’ll crack open all 24 wines and give you the opportunity to ‘Try Before You Buy’ so you can discover which of these great wines are your new favorites.