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Wine Tips & Etiquette

 

Welcome to ProWineGuide.com!

Take a tip from a pro: “Location, Location, Location” is the secret to finding the best bottle of wine for your budget. Throughout my 30+ years in the wine distribution industry, I have found labels that tie wines as closely as possible to their grape source to be the best indicator of quality vs. price. This closely parallels the concepts of farm-to-table sourcing of foods as a measure of quality. Working within your budget, check off at least 2 of these 3 items from the bottle label:
1) Region/Appellation (Ex: Napa Valley AVA, Sonoma County AVA, Bordeaux or Rhone Valley),
2) Sub-appellation (Ex: Rutherford, Alexander Valley, Haut-Medoc or Chateauneuf-du-Pape),
3) Estate or Chateau bottled and/or named vineyard.
You will often see unfamiliar wineries on wine lists. Fear not! These small production boutique wineries represent some of the best examples of their varietals. Having tasted wine from countries, regions, appellations, sub-appellations, estates and vineyards across the globe, I follow these very same guidelines myself when selecting a bottle.
And while you’re searching for that Goldilocks bottle to match your entree selection, think about beginning your dining event with a bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne. Bubbles pair with everything!
I believe that there’s a taste of time, place and passion in every bottle. Welcome to this timeless journey!
Dale Blankenship
Founder, ProWineGuide.com and Umami.Life

Restaurant Wine Rituals

The ritual of tasting wine from a bottle that you’ve ordered in a restaurant can be intimidating, so here’s a quick guide. Not just for show, it also helps you determine if a bottle is acceptable or tainted. Wines with traditional cork closures may occasionally exhibit the chemical compound TCA. These days, cork-tainted wines account for 4% or less of the wines to hit the market. A winemaker may opt to use a Stelvin closure (screw cap) instead of cork. The type of closure does not reflect upon the quality of the wine, only the preference of the winemaker.

Step by step, here’s the cheat sheet on the ritual:


1. Presentation of the Bottle

The wine specialist or server presents the bottle for inspection to the person who ordered the wine. Read over the label to ensure that it’s the wine you ordered. Feel free to touch the bottle to determine whether its’ temperature seems to be correct. Whites should be chilled, but not icy cold. Reds should have a slight coolness to them. If you’re satisfied with the bottle, nod your approval to the server.


2. Removal and Inspection of the Cork

The server removes the cork and places it in front of you. Inspect the cork and sniff it to make sure it’s in good condition. In rare instances, a wine may be so tainted the the cork itself will have an unpleasant odor. Even less often, the cork might be wet and shriveled or dry and crumbly. A cork that’s less than perfect suggests that air has infiltrated the wine and spoiled it. Don’t be too quick to reject a bottle if the cork raises your suspicions. Wait to smell or taste the wine itself. Corked wines can range from muted aromas/fruit to full-on wet, moldy cardboard aromas and zero fruit. TCA is an equal opportunity spoiler impacting wine in every price range. In other cases, the wine may need time to open up. If the bottle has a Stelvin closure, this step will be skipped.


3. Pour, Swirl, Sniff and Sip

The server pours a small amount of wine into your glass and waits. You swirl the wine in the glass, take a sniff, a little sip and then indicate whether you find the wine acceptable. If the wine is fine, you can nod your approval or say, “It’s fine.” If something is wrong with the wine, now is the time to return it. If you decide that the bottle is unacceptable, describe to the server what you find wrong with the wine. If the wine specialist or server agrees that it’s a bad bottle, he may bring you another bottle of the same, or he may ask if you would like to select another wine. Either way, the ritual repeats itself.


4. Serving the Table

If you accept the wine, the server pours the wine into your guests’ glasses and ends with yours.
Cheers!


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  • Sparkling & Champagne

    Maschio Prosecco Brut (187ml)

    Italy, Veneto Sparkling & Champagne / Vintage

    Light straw color with lively bubbles. A bouquet of white peach and orange blossoms.

    $7.75

    Glass

    Sofia Blanc de Blanc by Coppola (187ml)

    CA, Monterey Co. Sparkling & Champagne / Vintage

    Fruity and refreshing, mellow flavors of apples and pears are topped by a hint of citrus and honeysuckle. A blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling.

    $8.50

    Glass

    Chandon Rosé Brut Classic (187ml)

    California Sparkling & Champagne / NV

    Rosé of intense ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon, and fresh red cherry fruit aromas and flavors. Creamy and seductive on the palate.

    $13

    Glass

  • Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé

    Becker Vyds Provencal Dry Rosé

    TX, Hill Country Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    A true dry rosé wine in the off-dry style of a French provencal rosé. Fresh strawberry and tropical fruit nuances. Blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, and Syrah.

    $7.75

    Glass

    $28

    Bottle

    Bottega Vinaia Pinot Grigio

    Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Cool nights promote fragrant, intense aromas uncommon in Pinot Grigio. Exudes an alluring floral perfume with a palate of fresh peach, Granny Smith apple and nectarine alongside crisp acidity.

    $10.50

    Glass

    $40

    Bottle

    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

    Italy, Valdadige Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    An intense nose that marries the classic pear and apple-like fragrances with elegant hints of florality and citrus.

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    $15

    Glass

    $58

    Bottle

    Simi Sauvignon Blanc

    CA, Sonoma Co. Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Lively and forward on the palate, with zesty notes of lime and grapefruit. Refreshing, full, and vibrant with a long finish. Small amounts of Viognier and Semillon blended in for additional richness to the palate.

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    $8.75

    Glass

    $35

    Bottle

    Tom Gore Sauvignon Blanc

    CA, Sonoma Co. Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    This Sauvignon Blanc opens with bright citrus, lime and tangerine aromas that carry through the palate. The wine finishes with crisp acidity and a touch of minerality.

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    $9.25

    Glass

    $35

    Bottle

    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    New Zealand, Marlborough Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Notes of citrus and tropical fruits backed by a touch of herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is known. Balanced flavor profile with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness. Finish is fresh, zesty and lingering.

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    $11.50

    Glass

    $44

    Bottle

  • Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White

    The Grill House Chardonnay

    California Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    A fruity chardonnay with crisp acidity. Medium body, some oak, some butter.

    $6.75

    Glass

    A to Z Pinot Gris

    Oregon Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Aromas of peach, honeysuckle, lime blossom and kiwi, with spicy note of orange zest. Ripe palate of lush fruit flavors with mineral notes and juicy acidity.

    $8.75

    Glass

    $35

    Bottle

    Glen Carlou Chardonnay

    South Africa Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Well-integrated fruit with rounded oak maturation and creamy texture. Fresh and vibrant with lemon curd and pineapple characters highlighted on the palate. 100% barrel fermented.

    $9.25

    Glass

    $34

    Bottle

    Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s RSV Chardonnay

    California Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Tropical flavors of pineapple, mango and papaya with citrus notes mingle with aromas of vanilla and honey. Hints of toasted oak and butter from fermentation in French and American oak barrels and sur lie aging for velvety texture and creamy flavor.

    $9.25

    Glass

    $34

    Bottle

    Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay

    CA, Sonoma, Chalk Hill Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Flavors of golden delicious apple, Meyer lemon, baking spices with a hint of minerality on the long finish. Toasty vanilla and spice complexities with an elegant fullness and creamy texture from fermentation in French oak barrels for 12 months on the lees.

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    $10

    Glass

    $38

    Bottle

    Alpha Omega II Chardonnay

    CA, Napa Valley Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Finesse-driven Chardonnay resulting from natural fermentation. Aging 18-months in French oak with constant stirring and bottled unfined and unfiltered. On the nose, hints of marzipan, persimmon, quince and apricot evolving on nutmeg. Fresh citrus and yellow cherries linger on the palate with pineapple, mango and canned peaches.

    $10

    Glass

    $40

    Bottle

    Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay

    CA, Napa Valley, Carneros Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Elegant and vibrant mix of stone fruits, bright citrus and attractive floral notes. Fermented and aged in a mix of new and neutral French oak barrels gives hints of vanilla and spice. 100% estate grown.

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    $13

    Glass

    $48

    Bottle

    Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay RR Ranches

    CA, Sonoma, Russian River Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    Bright acidity balanced by a long finish and a light mid-palate creaminess. Crisp and zesty flavors of lemon drop, green apple, white peach and lychee are accented with barrel spice and persistent lime.

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    $14

    Glass

    $54

    Bottle

    Château de Meursault Meursault du Chateau

    France, Burgundy, Meursault Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    A typical Chardonnay expression of Meursault terroir. Floral aromas with a hint of yellow fruit notes. The palate is balanced, complex and round. The minerality brings great length.

    $135

    Bottle

  • Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet

    The Grill House White Zinfandel

    California Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet / Vintage

    Citrusy and light flavors – orange, vanilla, strawberry, raspberry, cherry.

    $6.75

    Glass

    $--

    Bottle

    Schmitt Söhne Piesporter Riesling

    Germany, Piesporter Michelsberg Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet / Vintage

    Made from Riesling and Müller-Thurgau grapes, hints of peaches and green apples are balanced perfectly with crisp acidity to provide a clean and fresh finish.

    $7

    Glass

    $28

    Bottle

    Batasiolo Moscato D’ Asti

    Italy, Asti Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet / NV

    Intense and clean aromas of rose, peach, white fruit, apricot, figs and orange flowers. Spritz of frizzante.

    $10.50

    Glass

    $40

    Bottle

    Mönchhof Riesling

    Germany, Mosel Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet / Vintage

    Clean bright citrus character of lemon peel and zest, Braeburn apples, white stone fruit and hints of white flowers with warm minerality. The palate is soft and balanced with harmony between acidity and fruit through the bright rounded finish.

    $11

    Glass

    $42

    Bottle

  • Fruity, Light-Bodied Red

    Rex Goliath Pinot Noir

    California Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    A deep red color and pleasant aromas are offset by a dry, harmonic blend of black cherry with a touch of vanilla revealing a pleasant finish.

    $7

    Glass

    $28

    Bottle

    A to Z Pinot Noir

    Oregon Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Beautifully balanced between richness and brightness with hints of strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors.

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    $12

    Glass

    $46

    Bottle

    Elouan Pinot Noir

    Oregon Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Flavors of red plum, bright cherry, minerality, dusty earth and a hint of sweet tobacco, creating layers of flavor with soft refined tannins. The palate shows texture and weight with firm acidity.

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    $12

    Glass

    $46

    Bottle

    Laetitia VYD & Winery Pinot Noir

    CA, Arroyo Grande Valley Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Spiced Marionberry leads into notes of cedar plank and delicate rose petal, framed by fine, dusty tannins. Tangy notes of sarsaparilla, red currant and warm baking spice on the palate.

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    $13

    Glass

    $48

    Bottle

    Benton-Lane Pinot Noir

    OR, Willamette Valley Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Flavors bursting with black cherry, cola, cranberry and a subtle floral nature akin to rose petals.

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    $14

    Glass

    $54

    Bottle

    Lucienne Smith Vyd Pinot Noir

    CA, Santa Lucia Highlands, Smith Vyd Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Artfully combining fragrant strawberry and blackberry aromas with earthy, cocoa dust undertones. Flavors of harmonious red and black fruits including tart plums are underpinned by spice. A high note of acidity balances the wine’s silky mouthfeel and shapes its harmonious and persistent finish.

    $70

    Bottle

    Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

    OR, Dundee Hills, Est Vyds Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Aromas of black tea and ripe raspberries, followed by bright flavors of rainier cherries with a subtle white pepper on the finish. Expresses the delicate fruit characteristics associated with this varietal balanced with structure and age-ability.

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    $75

    Bottle

    Château de Marsannay Rouge

    France, Burgundy, Marsannay Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Pinot Noir from a blend of several plots located on the Marsannay appellation showing all the richness, complexity and freshness of those terroirs. A fine nose around fresh fruits, slightly roasted. The mouth is well-balanced and supple with good fruits aromas.

    $105

    Bottle

  • Supple, Medium-Bodied Red

    Estancia Merlot

    CA, Central Coast Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Tastes of blue and black fruit, cherry cola, and toasty vanilla.

    $8.75

    Glass

    $34

    Bottle

    Francis Coppola Diamond Blue Label Merlot

    California Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Intense aromatics of raspberry and blueberry lead to flavors of crushed berries, vanilla and leather, which are wrapped up in a soft, smooth tannin structure.

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    $10.50

    Glass

    $38

    Bottle

    Franciscan Est Merlot

    CA, Napa Valley Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry, and tobacco envelop the fruit. Smooth and full bodied with a core of dark cherry fruit and layers of anise, spice, and cocoa.

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    $12

    Glass

    $46

    Bottle

    Duckhorn Vyds Decoy Zinfandel

    CA, Sonoma Co. Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Luscious fruit aromas with layers of wild blueberry, blackberry and cassis on the palate underscored by an elegant structure that includes supple, refined tannins, balanced acidity and a hint of juicy sweetness and toasty oak.

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    $13

    Glass

    $50

    Bottle

    The Grill House Cabernet Sauvignon

    California Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Medium-bodied with flavors of blackberry, plum and cherry fruit; a hint of spice. Soft and supple tannins make for an easy drinking, everyday wine.

    $6.75

    Glass

    $--

    Bottle

    TPW Saldo Zinfandel

    CA, Napa Valley, Oakville Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Dark ruby color with bold aromas of blackberry, plum and clove. The entry is rich and full, with juicy acidity encircled in flavors of Mexican chocolate, cherry and vanilla extract. There is a voluptuous and persistent finish with smooth tannins.

    $58

    Bottle

  • Bold, Full-Bodied Red

    Pascual Toso Malbec

    Argentina, Mendoza Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Plum and quince aromas with a touch of oak. Blackberry and licorice on the palate. Rich and long finish with smoky accents and oak.

    $8.25

    Glass

    $30

    Bottle

    Becker Vyds Malbec

    TX, High Plains Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Essences of coffee, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and ripe plums permeate this rich and complex wine. Lingering finish of earthy tones and smoky toasted oak.

    $9.25

    Glass

    $34

    Bottle

    Terrazas de los Andes RSVA Malbec

    Argentina, Mendoza Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Wines are fruity and aromatic, revealing a floral and red fruit profile of violet, raspberry and cherry, with marked aromas of toasted coffee and chocolate.

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    $12.50

    Glass

    $48

    Bottle

    Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Sonoma Co. Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Supple tannins make the young wine approachable with concentrated flavors of wild berries, plum, licorice and mocha. The full-bodied and mouth-coating feel on the palate leads to a long finish.

    $9.50

    Glass

    $36

    Bottle

    Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon RSV

    CA, Sonoma, Alexander Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Aromas of wild cherry, espresso, mocha, and black licorice followed by flavors of cassis and black cherry. The wine has structured tannins, a full body and a long, silky finish.

    $12

    Glass

    $46

    Bottle

    Newton Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Sonoma Co. Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Expresses black pepper, cedar, boysenberry and bramble aromas. On the palate, it bursts with red and purple fruit flavors, including cherries, plum and cassis. Hints of vanilla and spice mark the lingering finish.

    $13.50

    Glass

    $50

    Bottle

    Simi Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

    CA, Sonoma, Alexander Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Compelling flavors of cherry and plum along with black pepper spice add life to this full-bodied-yet-silky wine that finishes with soft, velvety roasted coffee tannins and a bit of peppery cassis.

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    $13.50

    Glass

    $52

    Bottle

    Binyamina RSV Cabernet Sauvignon

    Israel, Galilee Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Restrained maturity and excellent balance between freshness and concentration of ripe fruit flavors. Rich dark color, concentrated aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, cherries, cassis, and roasted coffee. Complementary acidity with a full, balanced and generous body.

    $15

    Glass

    $58

    Bottle

    Franciscan Est Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Nose of plum and rich fruit with hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry, tobacco and leather. Ripe entry of cherries and cassis showcases a full, well-structured palate.

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    $16.50

    Glass

    $58

    Bottle

    Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert

    California Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Aromas of briar fruit, ripe blackberry and dark plum. Big mid-palate with complex flavors of ripe brambly fruit, a touch of earth and notes of espresso bean. Massive through to the finish with soft drying tannins. Blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah.

    $85

    Bottle

  • Dessert

    Jackson-Triggs Vidal Icewine (187ml)

    Canada, Niagara Peninsula Dessert / Vintage

    This richly textured wine displays fresh tropical aromas of papaya, mango and apricot. Bold fruit flavors are balanced with fine acidity creating a silky finish on the palate.

    $19

    Glass

    $42

    Bottle

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