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Synopsis, Our Opinion: An OUTSTANDING Chardonnay that’s an absolute BARGAIN.

Producer/Winery: Jim Clendenen; Au Bon Climat; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Santa Maria Valley; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $28.00 (with a club discount) [click to continue…]

Claus Preisinger Puszta Libre 2019


Synopsis, Our Opinion: We found it disappointing because it was simply to acid for out palates.

Producer/Winery: Weingut Claus Preisinger; Gols, Austria.

Grape Variety: Blend of: 80% Zweigelt and 20% Sankt Laurent.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Neusiedlersee; Burgenland, Austria.

Vintage: 2019

Price: $20.70 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A FANTASTIC value Spanish red.

Producer/Winery: Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and Jose Martínez; Envinate; Albacete, Spain.

Grape Variety: Blend – 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Moravia Agria.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Vino de Mesa, Spain.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $17.10 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]

Cotar Teran 2014


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Interesting, but not enjoyable red wine.

Producer/Winery: Branko and Vasja Čotar; Čotar Winery; Komen, Slovenia

Grape Variety: Teran (Refosco).

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Kras; Primorska, Slovenia.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $27.00 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A GREAT wine dinner format that gets everyone thinking about the wines and how they pair with the food.
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Tasting:

    Prolog: Not long ago we had an Undercurrent Restaurant Virtual Wine Dinner where the wines were selected and presented by guest sommeliers Jenny Ayers and Laurence Vuelta. The three course dinner for two and six half bottles of wine cost $150. The food came with heating and plating instructions and was simply OUTSTANDING. The sommeliers described the wines via a Zoom internet connection as each course was eaten and at the end of each course everyone voted on which of the two wines they thought best paired with the food.

    Following is a brief review of the wine served with each of the three courses:

    FIRST COURSE
    Roasted Bekah’s Bay Oysters, parsley shallot butter, almond-panko bread crumbs, honey crisp apple-lemon zest salad and fennel cream.
    The wines were Three Pears Pinot Grigio ($9.99) and Whitenhaven sauvignon Blanc ($9.99).

    The Pinot Grigio was crisp and fresh and the Sauvignon Blanc was a traditional New Zealand example that was full of goose berry and tart lemon. We found the Pinot Grigio had well-grounded flavors and texture making it a better pairing that really reenforced the oysters and made them more tasty.

    SECOND COURSE
    Country ham Wrapped brioche-winter squash, stuffed Joyce Farms chicken breast, Boxcarr Creamery “Campo”, house cured bacon, steeped apricot and parsnip puree.
    The wines were Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc($8.99) and Fleur de Mer Provence Rose ($11.99).

    The Sauvignon Blanc was smooth easy drinking and didn’t have the tart flavors that dominated the first course Sauvignon Blanc. The Rose was tart, almost bitter, but had both depth and breath and less acidity making it significantly better with the food.

    THIRD COURSE
    Cocoa-thyme rubbed beef ribeye, smoked mushroom ragout, black garlic-Cabernet reduction, grilled sourdough bread, Goat Lady Dairy “Providence” and peppercorn-fig preserves.
    The wines were Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.99) and Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon ($13.99).

    Both of these Cabernets were dominated with black cherry flavors, had ripe tasting tannins and were typical of California Cabernet at this price point. Having to make a choice we both thought the Louis Martini was slightly less sweet and fruit forward, but the food for this course was so superior to either of these wines we almost opened a Cabernet from our cellar!!!

Comments: Learn more about the Undercurrent Restaurant wine dinners.

See our reviews of other Undercurrent Virtual wine dinners.


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Expressive and refined Pinot Noir with elegantly complex flavors.

Producer/Winery: Jim Clendenen; Au Bon Climat; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Santa Maria Valley; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $60.00 (with a club discount) [click to continue…]


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A light Nebbiolo that was both fresh as a Spring shower and long on substance.

Producer/Winery: G.D. Vajra; Barolo, Italy.

Grape Variety: Nebbiolo.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Langhe; Piedmont, Italy.

Vintage: 2019

Price: $19.80 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]

Magnon Corbieres Campagnes 2016


Synopsis, Our Opinion: An OUTSTANDING Corbières blend.

Producer/Winery: Maxime Magnon; Domaine Maxime Magnon; Corbières, France.

Grape Variety: Field blend – 95% Carignan; also Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Gris, Macabou and Terret.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Corbières; Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $40.50 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]

Ridge Estate Merlot 2017


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Absolutely delicious Merlot.

Producer/Winery: Ridge Vineyards; Cupertino, California.

Grape Variety: Merlot.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Santa Cruz Mountains; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $50.00 (with a club discount) [click to continue…]


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A great red blend we would quickly recommend.

Producer/Winery: Delphine and Julien Zernott; Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette; Poujols, France.

Grape Variety: Blend – 50% Syrah, 20% Carignan and 30% Grenache.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Les Terrasses du Larzac; Languedoc, France.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $24.00 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]