Natalie MacLean's Wines of the Week - December 21, 2020
Published Monday, December 21, 2020 2:39PM EST
Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Chardonnay 2019, Badel Plavac Red 2018, Emiliana Coyam 2017, Andrew Peller Limited Trius Rosé Sparkling, Domain Mega Spileo Cuvée III White 2018
IGP Pays d’Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
It's little wonder that this wine won gold at the World Chardonnay Competition, yet it's so affordably priced. A terrific white wine from southern France that offers crisp minerality and refreshment, unusual for Chardonnay these days. Lots of lime-bright acidity for food, yet there's also an underlying richness and fullness to the wine that is mouth-filling and delicious! Very versatile with food, from fresh seafood to roast chicken or pork chops.
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Remarkable Roast Chicken Wine
Pelješac, South Dalmatia Coast, Croatia
A full-bodied, supple, smooth Croatian red wine from the middle and southern Dalmatian Coastal vineyards. Aromas of dark plums, berries and smoke. The Plavac Mali grape shares an inheritance with California's Zinfandel and pairs with many of the same hearty meat dishes and barbecue.
Smart Buy Wine
Rapel Valley, Chile
This gorgeous, full-bodied Chilean red wine blend is made from organically grown grapes. Aromas of dark spice and fleshy ripe black fruit. Pair with grilled meats.
Heavenly Hamburger Wine
Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
A bright, fresh, dry and medium-bodied rosé brut with ripe raspberry, strawberry, citrus zest, elegant and vibrant on the palate. Nicely done.
Plush Pork Wine
A lovely, zesty Greek white wine with aromas of lime zest and lemon sunshine. Pair with seafood, shellfish and vegetarian dishes.
Venerated Vegetarian Wine