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A wonderful freshness on the nose with perfumes of red sweet cherry, plum, dark raspberry, roses, and a lacing of black fruit. It has great acidity on the palate and a wonderful peppery finish.
So what do you pair it with? Anything off the grill! Our current cravings come in the form of spicy lamb burgers with roasted red peppers. Don't forget to serve this red slightly chilled. 

2. Mount Nelson Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc | $13

Filled with fresh notes of bright citrus and green vegetal notes this white is a classic example of Sauv Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. The finish has zippy, zingy lemon-like flavors with some ripe notes of pineapple and green under ripe guava.
Sip on a chilled glass of this SB and indulge in a classic summer salad with roasted beets, fresh arugula and a sweet onion vinaigrette...crumble a bit of Laura Chenel Goat cheese...Oolala! This dish will marry the flavors of the green and citrus notes, while the beets and vinaigrette will compliment the tropical fruit notes in the wine. Fresh, cool, affordable...what more do you need to beat the heat?

3. NV Dama del Rovere Durello Spumante Brut "Breton" | $19 

TRUTH. Not all great sparkling wines have to be from Champagne. A wonderful mouthful, with aromatics and plushness on the mouth...this Italian sparkler could have had us fooled. Notes of Golden Delicious apples, apricots, and Bosc pear on the nose, finishing with great minerality and a roundness that would make you think it was sitting on its lees for 18+ months. In a true Brut fashion it finishes dry and leaves your palate thirsty for another sip.

While we love to drink this bottle on it's own, we've got three ways to pair it for the long summer days ahead...

1. Stone fruits and lighter cheeses! Better yet, throw in a few walnuts, crackers, maybe a few summer sausages (salchichon, longaniza, or chistorra) and you've got yourself one delicious charcuterie board with the bubbles to match.

2. Need some inspiration for those fresh framer's market tomatoes? Whip up a gazpacho, pair it with a loaf of freshly baked sourdough and your evening just went from Netflix on the couch, to dinner on the patio.

3. Something in between? Pick up some fresh fish from your favorite local shop or treat yourself to an assortment of nigiri and let the bubbles do all the talking.


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