Start 2017 with a bang with these great wine offerings from Cavalier Distributing
Giri Dodballapur, CSW
Wine and Spirits Ambassador
Giri Dodballapur has worked in the wine and beer industry for nearly 15 years, working in retail, and distributing. Giri earned his CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) with the Society of Wine Educators in 2011. Giri has had the opportunity to travel to multiple wineries in California, Oregon, and Washington State, including attending the 2011 Oregon Pinot Camp. Giri enjoys both old and new world wines and always looks forward to tasting and experiencing all grape varietals. The two wines listed below are Giri’s picks to start 2017 off on the right foot! Cheers!
2015 Pic & Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone $13.99 Retail
This beautiful Cotes du Rhone is a lovely blend of Grenache and Syrah from Southern France. This wine starts out with upfront cherry fruit and black pepper spice on the nose. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with a spicy finish. With firm tannins and a semi-dry finish.
Recommended airings: Chicken or Duck liver pate and semi-soft mild cheeses like blue cheeses, colby, fontina styles, Harvati, and Monterey Jack.
2015 Alto Los Romeros Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva $12.99 Retail
This Cabernet from Colchagna Valley Chile starts off with a delicate balance of vegetable bell pepper and fresh raspberry on the nose. Its well-built tannic structure offers a mix of berry fruit and slight dustiness on the palate. With a long dry finish, this Cabernet proves to show its versatility and longevity.
Recommended Pairings: Gamey meats such as Lamb and Rabbit. Sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon and charred greens.