Total Wine Professional Staff Picks - Rebecca Davidson, Mark Massimi

Wine Recommendations: The Wines We Love!

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David Eddlemon David Eddlemon Arlington, TX

Coelho Renovacao Pinot Gris 2013

91 Wine Enthusiast

“… loaded with flavors of Honeycrisp apple, Bosc pear and white flowers.”

This Pinot Gris from a small, family-run winery in the Willamette Valley is loaded with flavors of Honeycrisp apple, Bosc pear and white flowers. Its surprisingly rich body and silky finish will please even the most selective palates. Pair this little beauty with just about any bird you can cook or fresh chef's salad or serve it as an aperitif.

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Kira Sol Kira Sol Charlotte, NC

Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

   

“… this food-friendly wine will keep everyone happy...”

It's always exciting to find a great Willamette Pinot Noir with all estate vineyard fruit for under $20! Named after the French town where the winemaker Laurent Montalieu was born, Domaine Loubejac's deliciously silky Pinot Noir is perfect to pair with an herb-crusted leg of lamb or a baked ham. Even if you've been invited to dinner and have no idea what your hosts are serving, this food-friendly wine will keep everyone happy no matter what's on the table.

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Mike Rudd Mike Rudd Cherry Hill, NJ

Courtney Benham Gewurztraminer

   

“Perfect with holiday ham or fish. A real crowd-pleaser.”

Gewurztraminer is a great choice for a special dinner. This off-dry style 'Gewurz' features a hint of sweetness along with the varietal spice and crisp finish. Perfect with holiday ham or fish. A real crowd-pleaser.

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Susan Anderson Susan Anderson Atlanta, GA

Anne de K Pinot Gris

   

“This wine reminds me of spring.”

I love the fresh, delicate floral notes and flavors of white stone fruit, especially apricot, in this wine. You'll find similar notes in the aroma and bouquet. This wine reminds me of spring. It will pair especially well with white meats and salmon served with spring veggies.

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Edward Fabian Edward Fabian Sacramento, CA

Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Viguiers

   

“In the coming weeks, Rhone wines will be perfect for the spring and summer grilling season.”

This Rhone wine is the perfect pairing now for lamb with rosemary seasoning. The Grenache base also makes it very food-friendly to all the sides, even a hot, spicy horseradish sauce. In the coming weeks, Rhone wines will be perfect for the spring and summer grilling season.

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Rebecca Davidson Rebecca Davidson Reno, NV

Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon Pauillac 2010

93 Wine Enthusiast

“If you love Bordeaux, this wine's for you!”

If you love Bordeaux, this wine's for you! From the Pauillac property of Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon, a distinguished 18th-century estate known for such famous patrons as Queen Victoria, comes a 2010 offering that is an instant classic. Deeply layered notes of black currant, mocha and cigar box express themselves well within a structured, tannic framework that is so typical of this fabulous Bordeaux vintage. A Cru Bourgeois that acts like a much more expensive classified growth -- it's the perfect partner for your holiday lamb dish now, but this ageworthy red will also reward you later!

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Edwin Riley Edwin Riley Greensboro (North), NC

Chateau Ferran Pessac 2010

92 James Suckling

“… medium body and smoky, earthy notes…”

Chateau Ferran is a smooth, soft Bordeaux blend (primarily Merlot) from Pessac-Léognan. Its medium body and smoky, earthy notes make it an ideal wine to pair with traditional pork, ham and lamb entrees. It received 92 points from James Suckling, and displays great balance and structure for under $30.

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Mark Massimi Mark Massimi Phoenix (Camelback), AZ

Mascota Vineyards Unanime 2009

92 Wine Enthusiast

“… all the bells and whistles of a super-premium Cabernet blend, at half the price.”

I can't think of a better wine for a holiday dinner. This wine has all the bells and whistles of a super-premium Cabernet blend, at half the price. The Cabernet is ripe and round, the Cab Franc gives beautiful aromatics and the Malbec lends earthiness and power. If you are even considering lamb, let this be the perfect accompaniment.

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Gabriel Schnirman Gabriel Schnirman Boca Raton, FL

Los Boldos Cabernet Momentos Reserva

   

“… great balance of fruit with silky tannins...”

Everybody loves Cabernet, but a full-bodied red can be difficult to pair with food. The Los Boldos Momentos Reserva Cabernet matches great balance of fruit with silky tannins, making this wine a perfect pairing with your family's favorite red-sauce dishes.

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Martin Kelly Martin Kelly Naples, FL

Grey Rock Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2013

90 Beverage Dynamics

“One of the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs I've ever had.”

One of the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs I've ever had. The wine shows the citrusy crispness of New Zealand, but has the elegance of California. It starts off with citrus and gooseberry and leads to a finish of tropical elegance. Served with food or just sipped on the patio with friends, Grey Rock Reserve is top-notch.

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