As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago when I interviewed Chris Broomell from Vesper Vineyards – who provided this month’s food pairing suggestions – he really saved the day when I was assembling this collection of domestic wines. There were a lot of options on the table (literally) and some tough calls to be made, as well as my son crawling around underfoot. It was an overwhelming tasting, and I’m not sure how I would have handled it without Chris. I’m thrilled to share with you his culinary advice for the wines that I selected. Thanks, Chris!
From Sea to Shining Sea features a truly unique set of wines, and I couldn’t be more proud of this one. It was even more fun thanks to Chris’s involvement. Check out what Dave McIntyre from the Washington Post had to say about this edition on his blog, DM WineLine!
Aaron Epstein, Curator
1. La Garagista, 2013 Coup de Foudre Pétillant Naturel, Vermont: Light up some charcoal in the BBQ and once ready throw some halved peaches on to enjoy with these bubbles. A great way to kick off any summer BBQ.
2. Ravines Wine Cellars, 2012 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York: Time to shuck some oysters to let the flavors play together on this one.
3. McPherson Cellars, 2013 Les Copains Rosé, Texas High Plains, Texas: Thinking about some prosciutto wrapped melon with this rosé is just making me thirsty.
4. Wollersheim Winery, 2013 Domaine du Sac, Lake Wisconsin Viticultural Area, Wisconsin: What comes to mind for a glass of this is sitting on my deck on a warm summer evening with BBQ Chipotle chicken and bell peppers.
5. Ankida Ridge, 2012 Pinot Noir, Virginia: Mmm… Lamb… Pan-seared lamb chops!
6. Creekside Cellars, 2011 Cabernet Franc “Franc:” Colorado Grand Valley, Colorado: Something about this wine just had me imagining a Santa Maria tri tip under some oaks withs a bunch of friends enjoying the day.
Chris Broomell, Winemaker, Vesper Vineyards