Warmer spring weather signals the perfect time to transition from dark, heavier reds to lighter-bodied, bright wines. No matter the season, Regale Winery and Vineyards has some wonderful, seasonally-appropriate wine suggestions for you. Here’s a few bottles we are currently sipping and enjoying:
2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – 2015 marks the third vintage of our Russian River Valley Chardonnay. This pristine vineyard is located just outside of Healdsburg and produces exceptional fruit. Typical of the appellation, the wine has bright scents of lemon curd and crushed pineapple. The mid-palette has vibrant acidity with notes of apple, citrus and wet stone with a finish of stone fruits and a hint of caramel.
Suggested food pairing:Grilled shellfish like lobster and scallops, roasted chicken and mushroom dishes.
2017 Grenache Rosé, Paso Robles – This rosé is an elegant addition to a relaxing afternoon. With notes of soft strawberry and nectarine on the nose, you’ll also taste star fruit and dried apricot on the palate for a long, lush finish.
Suggested food pairing: Prosciutto-wrapped melon, smoked salmon or pork tenderloin.
2014 Pinot Noir, Carneros – On the palate this wine is extremely well integrated and balanced with layers of ripe plum, raspberry and baking spice. On the nose you will find aromas of lush dark cherry and plum with a hint of orange zest. With its balanced acidity and robust mid-palate, this is a great food wine.
Suggested food pairing:Seared tuna, rack of lamb or mushroom risotto.
While the Irish holiday doesn’t often celebrate the subtle nuances of wine, we’ve discovered some delightful wine pairings to accompany traditional Irish food. Wine drinkers rejoice!
Roasted Potatoes and Irish Soda Bread – Pair with our 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. These rich, starchy side dishes are complemented by a light and diverse Chardonnay.
Corned Beef and Cabbage – Pair with our 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir or 2017 Paso Robles Grenache Rosé. The balanced layers of the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir pair well with this hearty meat dish, while the Grenache Rosé offers a lighter, complementary option.
Shepherd’s Pie – Pair with our 2014 Carneros Pinot Noir. The dense, velvety aromas of the Carneros Pinot Noir stand up to the richness of this traditional Irish dish.
The holidays are an excellent opportunity to pair delicious foods with fine wine. While you may be juggling a variety of dishes and wine preferences, we’ve made a list of classic pairings that are sure to have everyone at the table satisfied.
Appetizers and Desserts
Finding a wine to serve at the beginning and the end of your holiday celebration can be a challenge. Why complicate things? Our Merlot is a chameleon of sorts. It will pair fantastically with savory appetizers, as well as sweet desserts.
Traditional Holiday Dishes
Classic dishes like Turkey or Prime Rib, pair well with a versatile wine that can complement even the heartiest of plates. Our 2016 Petite Sirah does just that. It’s elegant, lush and bold characteristics allow it to hold up to traditional holiday dishes.
The Guest who Prefers White Wine
Finding a white wine that complements every dish you’re serving, from appetizers to main dishes and desserts, is no easy task. Our Reserve Chardonnay is uniquely well rounded, making it the perfect white pairing for each food you serve.
New Year’s Celebrations
The drink of choice for New Year’s celebrations has long been coveted by champagne. This year, why not try something new? Our Methode Champenoise is a wonderful combination of fruit and toasty notes.
To purchase your holiday wines, visit us in the Tasting Room or give us a call at (408)353-2500.