What is the proper etiquette when you are having friends over for dinner and someone brings wine? Are you supposed to open it? Save it?
The proper official etiquette is to save the wine for later, actually. The wine is a gift, and as hostess you may indeed go ahead and serve the wine(s) you already selected and save your gift for later. Likewise, when you go to someone’s house and bring wine, you are giving a gift, and it’s not something you should expect to get a little taste of yourself or dictate how and when it gets used.
2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Trinchero “Mary’s Vineyard” Calistoga, Napa Valley
US | California | Napa | Calistoga | Mary’s Vineyard
100% Sauvignon Blanc
It is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc with subtle hints of candied Meyer lemon peel, wet stone and lemongrass, yet also boasts warm Napa Valley stonefruit and tropical aromas and flavors, including pineapple, passion fruit, mango and honeydew melon. A zesty bright citrus undercurrent carries through to the lip-smacking finish.
Drink now | 44F to 48F
Shellfish | light fish | white meat | goat cheese
Like its namesake, Mary’s Vineyard has a lot of personality. Located in the recently recognized Calistoga AVA, Mary’s was the very first vineyard purchased by the Trinchero family, and holds significant sentimental value. Named to honor Mario’s wife, Mary’s Vineyard has aged very gracefully, with balanced vines, moderately fertile soils and excellent sun exposure— ideal conditions to grow Sauvignon Blanc with a tropical character.significant sentimental value. Named to honor Mario’s wife, Mary’s Vineyard has aged very gracefully, with balanced vines, moderately fertile soils and excellent sun exposure— ideal conditions to grow Sauvignon Blanc with a tropical character.
2011 Carmenere, Envero, Gran Reserve, Apaltigua, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Chile | Colchagua
93% Carmenere | 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker “Red-violet in color, brilliant and vivid, our Apaltagua Gran Reserva Envero shows ripe blackberries, tobacco, and spices. It possesses a remarkable combination of ripe fruit notes and oak mixed with vanilla. Its flavor is juicy, full, and concentrated, highlighting the softness in the mouth and the raspberry and plum tannins with a touch of tobacco.
Drink now or hold until 2016 | 62F to 66F
lamb | grilled meat | venison | harder cheeses
Apaltagua is a winery that specializes in one distinguished, but lesser known, grape varietal - carmenère. Carmenère is the "lost Bordeaux" variety, as it was originally planted in Bordeaux, but was abandoned there because it was too late ripening for their climate, but was known for producing very high quality and elegant wines. Thankfully, the carmenère variety was imported to Chile where it not only survives, but makes exceptionally good wines in the hands of wineries like Apaltagua. 90points Robert Parker.