Cabernet Sauvignon

Blackberry, Chocolate, Full-bodied

Cabernet Sauvignon hails from Bordeaux, France and can produce some of the world’s most age able wines.

Grape Character: Blackberry, black currant (cassis), black cherry, mint, tobacco

Oak Character: Chocolate, cedar, coffee

Body: Medium to full bodied with firm tannins

Food Pairing: Pairs well with heavier cuisine – grilled red meats, stews, sausages, venison, tuna, swordfish, bean dishes, mushrooms and strong cheese.

Chardonnay

Tropical, Tasty, Rich

The Chardonnay grape comes from Burgundy, France. It is vivified in many styles from crisp and fruity to rich and toasty.

Grape Character: Apple, pear, mango, pineapple, lemon, peach

Oak Character: Vanilla, toast, hazelnut

Body: Medium-bodied with a rich, slightly buttery character

Food Pairing: Delicious with a wide range of cuisine – Grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, crab, lobster, light pasta, tropical salads, lightly spiced food.

Merlot

Black Cherry, Vanilla, Full bodied

Merlot is from Bordeaux, France. While frequently blended with Cabernet, Merlot on its own is a delicious approachable wine.

Grape Character: Black and red cherry, plum, red currant, boysenberry, tobacco

Oak Character: Vanilla, smoke, cedar

Body: Medium to heavy bodied with softer tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon

Food Pairing: Merlot is delicious with medium to heavier cuisine – grilled red meats, hamburgers, tuna and swordfish, pizza stews.

Pinot Gris / Grigio

Very Light, Bright, Citrus

Grown throughout Europe and the west coast of the US. Its style can range from light and neutral to ripe and full.

Grape Character: Soft, gently perfumed, lemon, lime, green apple, mineral

Oak Character: Little to no oak

Body: Very Light

Food Pairing: As a cocktail wine or light cuisine, but its acidity will pair well with cream sauces.

Pinot Noir

Red Cherry, Smoky, Silky

With origins in Burgundy, France the delicate Pinot Noir grape inspires some of the world’s most collectible wines.

Grape Character: Red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, leaves, violets, earth, smoke

Oak Character: Smoked toast, spice, vanilla

Body: Medium bodied with a silky texture

Food Pairing: Pinot Noir complements medium weight cuisine – salmon, roast chicken, duck, pork, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms.

Riesling

Crisp, Floral, Refreshing

Riesling, the classic grape of Germany is usually consumed young but has potential to age when affected by “botrytis”, the noble rot.

Grape Character: Floral, aromas of honeysuckle, nectarine, peach and tangerine Aging: Stainless steel aging to retain delicate floral aromas

Body: Light to medium bodied

Food Pairing: Riesling complements a wide range of cuisine – shellfish, Thai cuisine, curries, chicken, veal, pork, summer salads.

Sauvignon Blanc

Citrus, Pear, Crisp

Sauvignon Blanc is originally from Bordeaux, France. Fume Blanc denotes an oaky style of Sauvignon Blanc.

Grape Character: Lemon, pear, melon, green apple, fig, grapefruit, hay or grass, flint

Oak Character: Smoked toast, vanilla, spice

Body: Light to medium bodied with a crisp texture

Food Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc complements lighter cruising – shellfish, sole, halibut, chicken, salads, vegetable, citrus sauces.

Syrah / Shiraz

Wild Berry, Spice, Lush

Syrah, originally from the Rhone area of France is also known as Shiraz, which succeeds admirably in Australia.

Grape Character: Blackberry, cherry, sage, truffle, leather

Oak Character: Vanilla, smoke, cedar

Body: Medium to heavy bodied, rich medium tannins

Food Pairing: Syrah complements a wide range of cuisine – grilled red meats, wild game, stews.

Zinfandel

Raspberry, Spicy, Zesty

Zinfandel has been cultivated more in California than anywhere else, making it America’s signature wine grape.

Grape Character: Raspberry, red cherry, cranberry, boysenberry, black pepper

Oak Character: Vanilla, smoked toast, spice

Body: Medium to heavy bodied Zinfandel is made in a wide range of styles.

Food Pairing: Zinfandel complements a wide range of cuisine – grilled sausages, ribs, beef, tomato sauces, pizza, Cajun dishes, grilled vegetables.

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