5 American Red Wines for July 4

If you’re in the DC area, the cold, rainy weather probably has you in the mood for red wine, but otherwise, it’s sometimes hard to find a red wine that goes well with the warm summer weather. However, red wine is made for BBQ. Here are a few great red wine ideas that are under $25 and worth about opening today for your cookout. Happy Fourth of July!

One Hope Pinot Noir – At $19 a bottle, this red wine from California not only tastes great, but also helps fund rescue animal adoptions, as half the proceeds go to charity. The wine is juicy with a touch of sweetness and begs to be paired with grilled Portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, and girlfriends. Rating: 3.5 out of 5. | AGlassAfterWork.com

2013 One Hope Pinot Noir

The 2013 One Hope Pinot Noir (website, amazon) is a California wine made by Rob Mondavi, Jr. and half the proceeds of the wine are donated to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help fund pet adoptions. This wine tastes of sweet, juicy strawberries and Bing cherries mixed with hints of cinnamon. It would be a great wine to pair with grilled stuffed Portobello mushrooms, especially if you’re stuffing them with goat cheese. I gave this wine 3.5 corks and purchased it for $19.

Mark West Black Pinot Noir – At $14, this surprisingly full-bodied red wine from California is not what a typical Pinot Noir. It’s a bit darker and more brooding, without being as in-your-face as a Cabernet. Definitely a wine to think about when looking for an in-between. Rating 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2014 Mark West Black Pinot Noir

The 2014 Mark West Black Pinot Noir (winery) is a red wine from California. It’s a surprisingly full-bodied Pinot, with black cherry, tobacco, and mocha characteristics. It’s a nice cookout option because it’s smooth and easy to drink while you’re standing around the grill, but it will also pair particularly well with pulled pork, grilled chops, or burgers. I gave this wine 3.5 corks and received it as a sample, but the suggested retail price is $15.

Barefoot Merlot – At $8 a bottle, this red wine from California has a fantastic quality price ratio. If you are looking for a red wine and know you’ll be drinking more than one glass, this approachable red is a perfect everyday option. Rating: 3.5 out of 5. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Barefoot Merlot

The Barefoot Merlot (website) is a California red wine that is perfect for a party. While not very complicated, this Barefoot wine was surprisingly easy to drink and enjoyable. The wine is medium-bodied and has dark fruit flavors—black plums, blueberries, and blackberries—with just a hint of baking spice. I preferred the wine with just a touch of chill (not actually cold), which also makes it the perfect way to keep cooler while still drinking a red wine during the summer. I gave this wine 4 stars and received it as a sample, but the suggested retail price is $8.

Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon – At $13 a bottle, this red wine from Lodi California is full-bodied with firm tannins and just plain beautiful. It’s a plush wine that is perfect to enjoy with BBQ ribs or on its own while sitting on the patio with friends. Rating: 4 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2012 Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon (winery) is a red wine from Lodi, California. It’s a full bodied wine with firm tannins, and lots of black cherry and blackberry flavors that are mixed with hints of cedar and black pepper.  This plush red wine is perfect to enjoy with BBQ ribs or on its own while sitting on the patio with friends. I gave this wine 4 corks and received it as a sample, but the suggested retail price is $13.

2013 Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon – At $24, this red wine from California lingers in the mouth and leaves you wanting more. It has nice fruit flavors mixed with some savory notes that are perfect for enjoying on its own or pairing with beef, lamb, or pasta. Cheers! Ratings 4.5 out 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2013 Francis Ford Coppola Winery Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon

The Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon (winerysnooth) is from California and, as long as you give it a little time to breath before drinking it, the wine is fruity upfront, has some savory notes in the middle, and a finish that lingers, begging for another sip to follow. If you’re breaking out the smoker, this is a wine you should open with it. The full-to-medium body will be able to stand up to the flavor of the food, while also enhancing it. I gave this wine 4.5 corks and received it as a sample, but the suggested retail price is $25.

Question of the Day: At a BBQ or cookout, are you more likely to drink beer, wine, or liquor?

 

5 American White Wines for July 4

5 American White Wines for July 4 – July 4 cookouts are mean lots of good food, friends, and alcohol...and many people enjoy a nice glass of white wine. However, finding one that fits a BBQ atmosphere can be difficult. These wines are good options for all levels of wine drinkers. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

5 American White Wines for July 4 – July 4 cookouts are mean lots of good food, friends, and alcohol…and many people enjoy a nice glass of white wine. However, finding one that fits a BBQ atmosphere can be difficult. These wines are good options for all levels of wine drinkers. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Earlier this week, I posted some suggestions for American sparkling and rosé wines to open over this upcoming holiday weekend. Today is all about the white wine options, as white wine and warm summer weather were practically made for each other. I will apologize upfront to the Chardonnay lovers for not having one on the list. I normally would have at least one, but these other wines were really the ones that were striking my fancy for the Fourth of July. And with that, 5 white wine suggestions of your cookout:

2014 Lilly's Viognier from The Winery at Bull Run– This $29 bottle of white wine from Virginia is a little pricey, but it’s beautiful. It’s the type of wine that’s meant to be sipped slowly with friends on a hot summer day. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2014 Lilly’s Viognier from The Winery at Bull Run

The 2014 Lilly’s Viognier (winery) is a beautiful white wine from Virginia. It’s a light lemon color with a bright floral nose. In the mouth, thee are apricots and white pepper mixed with hints of grapefruit and honeysuckle. Considering my iffy feelings about Viognier, I was surprised how much I loved this wine. At first I thought it might have been because I tasted it during a visit to the winery, but I bought a bottle that I opened at home and enjoyed it as much, if not more, than I did during my winery visit. I gave this wine 3.5 corks and purchased it for $29.

Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc - This $8 white wine from California is not a complex wine, but it’s easy to drink and has a great quality-price ratio. If you’re having a lot of people over, this is a wine people will be happy to drink…especially outside on a hot summer day. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc

The Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc (website) is a white wine from California. This wine is like drinking summer in a glass. It’s light and full of honeydew melons, nectarines, and limes. It’s not a complex wine, but it’s easy to drink and has a great quality-price ratio. If you’re having a lot of people over, this is a white that people will be happy to drink…especially outside on a hot summer day. I gave this wine 3.5 corks and received it as a sample, but the SRP is $8.

2014 Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling – At $20, this white wine from Washington state would be the perfect wine for a summer salad, cold chicken, or just to sip on with good friends and conversation. Rating: 4 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2014 Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling

The 2014 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling (winery)is a white wine from Washington state that has a touch of sweetness, nice acidity, and is incredibly drinkable. The wine has aromas and flavors of ripe peaches and apricots mixed with honey and a hint of ginger. It’s refreshing and will pair nicely with the summer salads and cold fried chicken, or can be enjoyed all on it’s own. I gave this wine 4 Corks and purchased it for $20.

This $13 bottle of white wine from Idaho is full of tropical and stone fruits mixed with Lemonheads candy, honey, and flowers. The touch of sweetness mixed with the acidity should make it a nice pairing with the ham, lamb, or turkey. Rating 4 out of 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Sawtooth Riesling

The Sawtooth Reisling (winery, amazon) is one of my summer house white wines. It’s full of tropical and stone fruits mixed with Lemonheads candy, honey, and flowers. There’s also a hint of ginger. The touch of sweetness mixed with the acidity should make it a nice pairing with hot dogs and steamed crabs. A sign that I’m live fairly close to the Chesapeake is I find there are few things as enjoyable as pairing this wine with something that has been seasoned with Old Bay. I gave it 4 corks and usually purchase it for about $13.

Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris - This $30 white wine from Napa California is a little pricey for an everyday wine or a large gathering, but is a perfect palate-pleaser for a more intimate gathering. It’s an enjoyable sipper that is worth the extra cost. Rating: 4 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2012 Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris

The Bouchaine Vineyards Pinot Gris (winery) is a light-to-medium bodied white wine from Napa, California. The wine has a nice lime, grapefruit, and tart Granny Smith apple characteristics that mix with hints of nectarines and thyme. It’s a little pricey for a large gathering, but if you’re doing something a little more intimate, this Pinot Gris is sure to be a guest-pleaser. I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased it for $30.

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite white wine for a cookout or picnic?

5 American Sparkling & Rosé Wines for July 4

5 American Sparkling and Rosé Wines for July 4 – July 4 cookouts are mean lots of good food, friends, and alcohol, but finding a sparkling or rose wine that fits a BBQ atmosphere can be difficult. These 5 wines are perfect options, and they’re all under $25. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

5 American Sparkling and Rosé Wines for July 4 – July 4 cookouts are mean lots of good food, friends, and alcohol, but finding a sparkling or rose wine that fits a BBQ atmosphere can be difficult. These 5 wines are perfect options, and they’re all under $25. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

I can’t believe there is only a week to go until July 4th, but that means it’s time to make final wine preparations.  As long time readers know, I will often open sparkling wine for myself on Independence Day because bubbly and fireworks just go together.  And, as I’ve definitely become more of a rosé drinker over the last few years, I can’t deny that I’ve started to associate summer with drinking pink wine.  So, to kick off my week of Fourth of July wine recommendations, here are some sparkling and rosé wines from the United States that you should consider.  All of them are under $25 and delicious!

Gruet Blanc de Noirs – This $13 bottle of sparkling wine from New Mexico is dry with beautiful, persistent bubbles. The bubbly tastes of berries, baked pears with hints of toast, cream, and vanilla. It’s delicious on its own or mixed with your favorite fruit juice for a champagne cocktail. Rating 4 out 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Gruet Blanc de Noirs

The Gruet Blanc de Noirs is full of berry and baked pear flavors mixed with a hint of toast, cream, and vanilla.  The sparkler has nice acidity, which would make it a good pairing with both potato salad and hot dogs.  Plus, the price is perfect for buying multiple bottles without breaking the bank. I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased it for $13.

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé - At $24, this rose sparkling wine is light bodied, full of flavor, and easy to drink. It also comes in large formats, so it’s a perfect option for a summer cookout, New Year’s Eve party, or big family brunch. Rating: 4.5 Corks out 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé

The Mumm Napa Brut Rosé tastes of cherries, strawberries, plums, and hints of whipped cream and yeast.  It has a light body and is very easy to drink (maybe a little too easy).  This bubbly also comes in large formats, so if you know that 750ml isn’t going to be enough, you can purchase a 3 liter or 6 liter bottle.  I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased the 750ml bottle for $19.20 (as a wine club member.  Regular price is $24).

Barefoot Perfectly Pink Spritzer- At $7, this sweet, rosé wine spritzer is easy to drink and very refreshing. One serving is also only 180 calories, but still is full of flavor. It would be great to enjoy at a cookout or during an summer evening with girlfriends. Rating: 3.5 Corks out 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Barefoot Perfectly Pink Spritzer

The Barefoot Perfectly Pink Spritzer surprised me…I admit it.  It’s all about ripe strawberries and raspberries mixed with juicy pineapple and hints of pink grapefruit.  It’s light-bodied, sweet, easy to drink, and very refreshing.  The acidity and spritz keeps the sweetness in check.  The key to this wine, though, is keeping it cold, so don’t be afraid to add an ice cube or two.  I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as it warmed up.  I gave this wine 3.5 corks, and while I received it as a sample, the SRP is $7.

Storybook Mountain Zin Gris- At $25, this dry rosé wine from California is everything a pink wine should be. It’s a nice mixture of cranberries, limes, and thyme; it’s food-friendly; and it’s easy to drink. It would be the perfect wine for any picnic or cookout. Rating: 4.5 Corks out 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Storybook Mountain Zin Gris

The Storybook Mountain Zin Gris is my “house rosé.”  I haven’t done a separate review of it in a while, so I clearly need to, particularly as I drink it at home regularly.  It’s a nice mixture of cranberries, limes, and thyme, which creates something a little different in a rosé.  This wine is dry and is as enjoyable with food as without it.  I gave this wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $22.50 (as a wine club member.  Regular price is $25).

2015 Mark Ryan Winery "The Vincent" Rosé - At $15, this dry rosé wine from Washington State is affordable, food-friendly, and very drinkable. Whether it’s a small gathering, a big cookout, or a romantic dinner, this wine would fit the mood without costing a fortune. Rating: 4.5 Corks out 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2015 Mark Ryan Winery “The Vincent” Rosé

The Mark Ryan Winery “The Vincent” Rosé is a perfect picnic or cookout wine.  There were fresh strawberries mixed with rose petals and lemon zest.  It’s a lighter bodied wine that still packs a powerful flavor punch without being overwhelming.  I only discovered this wine in May, but I suspect it will join the Storybook Mountain Zin Gris as a A Glass After Work house wine.  I gave this wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $15.

Question of the Day:  Do you have your plans all set for the upcoming Canada Day or July 4th holiday weekend?  

5 Wines for Easter Brunch

Top 5 Wines for Easter Dinner -- Easter brunch can be as difficult, if not more so, than Easter dinner when trying to pair wine, but here is some sparkling, white and red wine suggestions that should be a nice addition to your omelet, eggs benedict, or ham brunch selections. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Top 5 Wines for Easter Dinner — Easter brunch can be as difficult, if not more so, than Easter dinner when trying to pair wine, but here is some sparkling, white and red wine suggestions that should be a nice addition to your omelet, eggs benedict, or ham brunch selections. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

This year, Hubby and I are headed out to Easter brunch with his family. While this means I don’t have to worry about what wine to bring to his mother’s house for the holiday, it does mean that I’ve already started scoping out the restaurant’s wine list. Figuring out what can pair with a raw oyster bar, pastries, omelets, a carving station full of ham and lamb, and a hot dishes like gravy and biscuits can be as much of a challenge as figuring out wine for Easter dinner. Whether you’re headed out or having people over, here are 5 wines that should help make Easter brunch a success.

Gruet Blanc de Noirs – This $13 bottle of sparkling wine from New Mexico is dry with beautiful, persistent bubbles. The bubbly tastes of berries, baked pears with hints of toast, cream, and vanilla. It’s delicious on its own or mixed with your favorite fruit juice for a champagne cocktail. Rating 4 out 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Gruet Blanc de Noirs

The Gruet Blanc de Noirs tastes of berries, baked pears and hints of toast, cream, and vanilla. It’s the perfect brunch bubbly, as the bright acidity will help keep the meal fresh tasting, and it will pair nicely with almost everything on the table. Not to mention that all of the Gruet sparkling wines are very affordable, so you if you rather mix this sparkler with some juice to make a mimosa or bellini, you can do so without any guilt. I gave this wine 4 corks and purchased it for $13.

Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace – This $19 bottle of sparkling wine from France is pink, dry, and perfect. It tastes of cranberries, strawberries, and pomegranates mixed with hints of oranges and a soft, creaminess. It’s a delicious choice for brunch, appetizers, or just sitting in the backyard on a beautiful day. Rating 4 out 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace

The Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace is pink bubbly that is packed with flavor–cranberries, strawberries, and pomegranates mixed with hints of oranges and a soft, creaminess. It’s not sparkler I would mix with juice, but rather enjoy it’s bright acidity, light body, and fun bubbles on its own. While it also would go well with almost everything on the table, I think would be particularly fantastic with eggs benedict or with some ham. I gave this wine 4 corks, and while I received it as a sample, it has an SRP of $19.

Fattoria Moretto Lambrusco – This $25 bottle of fizzy red wine from Italy is easily drinkable and delicious.  It has beautiful berry flavors mixed with hints of flowers, and it was a wine that was clearly made to be paired with food.  This Lambrusco is a definite crowd pleaser that can be enjoyed during brunch, dinner, or night sitting around talking with friends.  Rating 4.5 out 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Fattoria Moretto Lambrusco

The Fattoria Moretto Lambrusco is a bright, dark red color with fizzy bubbles and just a touch of fruity sweetness. The wine is full of cranberry, strawberry, and blackberry flavors mixed with some rose petals and thyme. I did a Lambrusco tasting at the end of January for my coworkers (which I will write about in the next couple of weeks), and out of the 6 wines we tasted, the Fattoia Moretto tied with the Riunite Lambrusco as the favorite. I gave this wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $25.

Bodegas Ruberte Tresor Garnacha – This $10 bottle of red wine from Spain is a perfect example of wine with an excellent quality/price ratio.  It’s easy to drink, has nice red berry flavors, and is a great choice for a lighter spring or summer red wine. Rating 3.5 out 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Bodegas Ruberte Tresor Garnacha

The Bodegas Ruberte Tresor Garnacha screams spring with its red berry flavors, a touch of white pepper, and its medium body. It’s a wine that would pair nicely with a chorizo and cheese omelet or some sliced ham. Just be warned that even though this wine doesn’t taste like it has a lot of alcohol, it can definitely pack a punch. I gave this wine 3.5 corks and received it as a sample, but it has an SRP of $10, which is an amazing quality/price ratio.

2013 Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon – At $24, this red wine from California lingers in the mouth and leaves you wanting more. It has nice fruit flavors mixed with some savory notes that are perfect for enjoying on its own or pairing with beef, lamb, or pasta. Cheers! Ratings 4.5 out 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon

The Coppola Winery Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon is a bigger, bolder wine that is full of cherries and blackberries mixed with vanilla, licorice, hints of something floral. It’s not so much a fun, flirty sipper like the other wines on this list, but rather a wine that is more substantial as you drink, eat, and talk away the morning. When I reviewed the wine, I actually paired it with very cheesy eggs, which were made with an applewood smoked cheddar, and bacon, so I say with confidence that if you’re going planning on eating the heftier, smokier brunch items, this wine will be the perfect choice. I gave the Coppola Director’s Cut Cab 4.5 corks and received it as a sample, but it has an SRP of $24.

Question of the Day: Have you picked out the wines for your Easter meal yet?  What are you planning on opening?

5 Wines for Easter Dinner

Top 5 Wines for Easter Dinner -- Easter dinner can sometimes present a challenge when trying to pair wine, but here is a sparkling wine, a white wine, and three red wine suggestions that should be a nice addition to your ham, lamb, or turkey dinner. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Top 5 Wines for Easter Dinner — Easter dinner can sometimes present a challenge when trying to pair wine, but here is a sparkling wine, a white wine, and three red wine suggestions that should be a nice addition to your ham, lamb, or turkey dinner. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Easter is one of those holidays where Hubby and I don’t have a set tradition. Sometimes we go to brunch by ourselves or with friends, sometimes with his family. Sometimes we head to his mother’s house for Easter brunch or dinner. Sometimes Easter coincides with Passover, so I avoid anything leavened (like his mother’s amazing homemade macaroni and cheese) and anything with pork (like the ham), although this year, the two holidays are at different times. The only thing that is consistent about my Easter celebration is that there is always wine.

Easter dinner can sometimes present a challenge when trying to pair wine because the main dishes can include everything from a honey-glazed ham to herb-roasted lamb to roasted turkey. That doesn’t even take into account the assorted side dishes like deviled eggs, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and asparagus. Don’t let the mix of food scare you away from picking a wine, though.  Here are 5 suggestions that should help make Easter dinner a success.

Albinea Canali Lambrusco “FB” Metodo Ancestrale -- This $20 bottle of sparkling wine from Italy is a dry wine, although the strawberry flavors are juicy and sweet. It would make a perfect pairing with Easter ham, although it should go nicely with lamb or turkey, as well as an Easter brunch if you’re doing that instead. Rating 4 out of 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

Albinea Canali Lambrusco “FB” Metodo Ancestrale

The Albinea Canali Lambrusco “FB” Metodo Ancestrale is a semi-sparkling, dry Lambrusco with a medium pink color rather than the sweeter, inky purple wine people often associate with Lambrusco. The “FB” has juicy strawberry flavors mixed with hints of bread crust and touch of tartness. It would be a perfect pairing with ham, although it should go nicely with lamb or turkey, as well. And, while this isn’t the Fattoria Moretto Lambrusco I have on my 5 wines for Easter brunch list, it’s one that is worth considering. I gave it 4 corks, and while I received it as a sample, the suggested retail price is $20.

Sawtooth Riesling -- This $10-13 bottle of white wine from Idaho is full of tropical and stone fruits mixed with Lemonheads candy, honey, and flowers. The touch of sweetness mixed with the acidity should make it a nice pairing with the ham, lamb, or turkey. Rating 4 out of 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

2011 Sawtooth Riesling

The Sawtooth Reisling is a wine I drink regularly, although I clearly I need to post an updated review on the blog. It’s full of tropical and stone fruits mixed with Lemonheads candy, honey, and flowers. There’s also a hint of ginger. The touch of sweetness mixed with the acidity should make it a nice pairing with the ham, lamb, or turkey. Plus, it makes for a fun conversation piece because how often do you get to say you’re drinking a delicious wine from Idaho? I gave it 4 corks and usually purchase it for $10-$13.

 Valletta Barbera d'Alba -- This $25 bottle of red wine from Italy is delicate and intense, making it perfect for Easter dinner, particularly if you’re serving lamb or turkey. Rating 4.5 out of 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

2012 Valletta Barbera d’Alba

The Valletta Barbera d’Alba is a delicate, yet intense wine that has rapidly become a favorite. Whenever I see it on a wine list, I order it, and I reliably bring it with me as a hostess gift. I think the fruit and earthiness in this wine, combined with it’s velvety tannins and balanced acidity will make it perfect for Easter dinner, particularly if you’re serving lamb or turkey. I gave it 4.5 corks and purchased it for $25.

Angove Family Winemakers Warboys Grenache -- This $66 bottle of red wine from Australia is deli well-balanced and complex without being jammy and over-bearing. It could go with Easter ham, lamb, or turkey, although it would be particularly nice with the lamb. Rating 4.5 out of 5. Cheers! | AGlassAfterWork.com

2010 Angove Family Winemakers Warboys Vineyard Grenache

The Angove Family Winemakers Warboys Grenache will need to breathe a little when you open it, but it’s well-balanced and complex without being jammy and over-bearing. The wine has a nice mix of flowers and cherries, with hints of white pepper and a smokey cedar box. While it could go with ham, lamb, or turkey, I think it would be particularly nice with the lamb. I gave it 4.5 corks and received it as a sample, but found it online for $66.

2013 Mumm Napa Pinot Noir Devaux Ranch – At $35, this California red wine is a little pricey, but is perfect for company, for Thanksgiving dinner or the rotisserie chicken you bought on the way home, or while sitting on the porch chatting with your spouse during a nice spring evening. Rating 4.5 out 5|AGlassAfterWork.com

2013 Mumm Napa Pinot Noir Devaux Ranch

The Mumm Napa Pinot Noir Devaux Ranch is one of Mumm Napa’s still wines, although it’s made with the delicious grapes they use to make their famous sparkling wines. This medium-bodied wine would pair nicely with ham, lamb, or turkey as it has a nice mix of berry and spice flavors, but a lower acidity that won’t get in the way of the food…particularly the ham. I gave this wine 4.5 corks and purchased it for $28 as a Club Vivant member. However, if you’re not a member of Mumm’s wine club, you can purchase it online for $35.

Question of the Day: If you celebrate Easter, what are your traditions? Will you be enjoying a brunch or a dinner?