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Wine Tips & Etiquette

 

Welcome to Pro Wine Guide!

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 all the best bottles of wine reflect a taste of time, place and passion. 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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    Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé /

    $8

    Glass

    Palenque Grill House Rosé

    Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé /

    $8

    Glass

    Palenque Grill House Red

    Bold, Full-Bodied Red /

    $10

    Glass

  • Sparkling & Champagne

    GH Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Champagne

    France, Champagne Sparkling & Champagne / NV

    Aromas and notes on the palate of ripe fresh peaches and apricots with tropical notes of lychee and pineapple, developing into notes of vanilla, milky caramel, breadcrumbs and yeast, culminating in dried fruit and honey. An explosion of freshness in the mouth, followed by strong persistence.

    $100

    Bottle

    Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut

    France, Champagne Sparkling & Champagne / NV

    Distinguished by its’ bright fruitiness, seductive palate and elegant maturity. An elegant color of golden straw yellow with green highlights.

    $165

    Bottle

    Dom Pérignon Champagne

    France, Champagne, Epernay Sparkling & Champagne / Vintage

    Only produced in years with an exceptional vintage. With at least eight years of cellar aging, the wine embodies the perfect balance of strong character and powerful presence. It’s structured, focused, firm and dense with a spicy, flowery finish present in each sip.

    $605

    Bottle

  • Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé

    Terra d’Oro Rosé

    CA, Sierra Foothills, Amador County Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Vivid coral color with fresh fruit aromas and cherry and raspberry flavors are accented by hints of toasted spice that add a bite in the texture. Blend of Grenache and Nebbiolo.

    $22

    Bottle

    Adorada Rosé

    California Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Kiss-stained hue Rosé in a uniquely aromatic style and delicate sweetness with an unexpected nose of spice and botanicals. Base notes of wild rose, sweet pea and strawberry. Top notes of honeycomb, ginger and white pepper.

    $41

    Bottle

    Kris Pinot Grigio

    Italy, Delle Venezie IGT Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Enticing aromas of acacia flowers, lime, tangerine and hints of apricots and almonds developed in high vineyards of the Veneto region. Bold, yet clean and refreshing on the palate, offering a long finish tinged with orange blossom and honey.

    $22

    Bottle

    Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio

    Italy, Delle Venezie IGT Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Delicate nose with aromas of pineapple and green apples along with hints of orange zest. The palate is balanced, soft, and savory.

    $33

    Bottle

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    Texas Crisp, Light-Bodied White & Rosé / Vintage

    Aromas of guava and lemon peel. Beginning with tropical fruit on the nose, the mouthfeel is complimented with a firm acidity, a pleasing texture, and a lingering citrus zest finish.

    $28

    Bottle

  • Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White

    La Crema Monterey Chardonnay

    CA, Monterey Rich, Medium to Full-Bodied White / Vintage

    On the nose, lemon, grilled pineapple and oyster shell. On the palate, peach, papaya and crisp tangerine notes are complemented by a touch of spice and complex minerality. Balanced acidity lingers on a long ­finish.

    $49

    Bottle

  • Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet

    Beringer Main & Vine White Zinfandel

    American Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet /

    Dry to sweet, pink-colored rosé with notes of ripe berries.

    $22

    Bottle

    Casa Smith Vino Moscato

    Washington Aromatic, Semi-Sweet & Sweet / Vintage

    Elderberry blossom and wisteria perfume rises from the glass leading to a mouthful of apricot, orange blossom, honeysuckle, boysenberry and ripe peach. Fine bubble and lavish texture.

    $28

    Bottle

    The Seeker Riesling

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

    A distinctive, classic Riesling made from grapes grown in choice sites from vines on fine, mineral-rich slate soil. Off-dry with crisp acidity and vibrant fruit, featuring citrus, stone fruits and pineapple with a mineral-infused finish.

    $7

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    Bottle

  • Fruity, Light-Bodied Red

    Kenwood Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    CA, Sonoma, Russian River Valley Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Excellent aroma and delicious array of berry fruit flavors combine with a rich body and smooth tannins.

    $39

    Bottle

    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    CA, Sonoma Coast Fruity, Light-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Wild strawberry, red plum, rose petals and baking spice aromas. Bing cherry, cola, cranberry and black tea ­flavors. Lingering hints of mocha are cradled by supple tannins and balanced acidity.

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    $53

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  • Supple, Medium-Bodied Red

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    Spain, Rioja DOC Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Rich fruit aromas of cherries and black plum jam with spicy green peppercorn and smoky notes. Intense, warm, with firm tannins structured by oak aging and a backbone of subtle fruit acidity. Aged 12 months in French and American oak, partially in new barrels. Bottle-aged 12 months minimum.

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    Bottle

    Kenwood San Joaquin Zinfandel

    CA, Sonoma, San Joaquin Supple, Medium-Bodied Red / Vintage

    A robust Zinfandel from the region’s signature 50-100 year-old vines. Jammy with raspberry, milk chocolate and mocha flavors, soft tannins and a supple mouth feel.

    $39

    Bottle

  • Bold, Full-Bodied Red

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    $33

    Bottle

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    On the nose red and black fruit, spices, and toasted oak. Balanced round tannins and perfect acidity. Ends with a long and pleasurable finish. Blend of equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo.

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    $39

    Bottle

    Casa Madero Cabernet Sauvignon

    México, Coahuila, Valle de Parras Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Crimson red in color. Aromas and flavors of bright red and black fruit, plums, eucalyptus and menthol coupled with generosity and smoothness on the palate. Well-balanced with firm, mature tannins.

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    $39

    Bottle

    Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon

    Chile, Central Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Deep, intense ruby red color. Flavor notes of cassis, cherries and plums add richness and fruit to the palate. The barrel aging adds toast and coffee notes. Medium bodied with silky tannins and long, ripe fruit and berry finish.

    $44

    Bottle

    Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon

    WA, Columbia Valley Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Layered with tones of blueberry jam, pomegranate and chocolate. The texture is rustic, yet silky, with a unique savory and inviting finish.

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    Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

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

    This wine is abundant in textural tannins, yet soft as velvet. A wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla.

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    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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

    Artfully combines classic elegance of the Old World and ripe fruit of California. Bouquet of fruity aromas displaying blackberry liqueur and hoisin sauce with savory components of sage and molasses. Sandalwood and nutmeg characteristics indicate American oak aging. Compact and rich mid-palate buttressed by silky tannins and generous acidity.

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    Bottle

    Opus One

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

    Exudes subtle aromas of fragrant florals, fresh garden herbs and forest floor that give way to a concentrated blend of red cherry, blackberry and black currant. Fine-grained tannins offer a velvety texture and complex structure that builds to a long, vibrantly fresh finish with a touch of mocha.

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    $495

    Bottle

    Vega Sicilia Valbuena

    Spain, Ribera Del Duero DO, Valladolid Bold, Full-Bodied Red / Vintage

    Showing the splendor of each vintage based on the wisdom of the past and the wealth of the present. A mellow, passionate and living style that year after year, challenge after challenge, harvest after harvest reinterprets its style while keeping its essence intact.

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