The Paring

Beaulieu Vineyard

Private Reserve Georges de Latour Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Nose has ripe black cherry, menthol, few day old chocolate cake, blueberry jam and old cigar box. Initially alcohol makes itself known, but diminishing with air.

Palate has dried blackberries, dehydrated sweet cherry, over-ripe black cherry, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, faint cedar with medium tannins, long finish. A great wine but more air desired as improvements are noted.

Decanted 2H, then double-decant for service; notes at 4H open.

Second bottle of almost a case of old BV GdL from a very trusted local source, no disappointing. Many more bottles to go on this stellar vintage. 😉

A great paring to Ribeye from Allen Bros. topped with truffle butter.
— a month ago

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Savatiano 2018 the Greeks are currently nailing it. A terrific paring with chicken gyro and homemade Tzatziki. Excellent $13 QPR. — a year ago

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Château L'Escadre

Grande Réserve Blaye Merlot Blend 2016

Smooth and delicious. Tried paring with aged gouda although a creamier cheese would be a better fit.

2016 vintage

Certainly worth a repeat. Costco for $9.49
— 2 years ago

The Paring

Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2019

Delectable Wine

The Paring’s 2019 Red is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend from the team at Jonata and The Hilt. It soars from the glass with wild flowers, herbs, blood orange and red-fleshed fruit. Elegant and nuanced, the Red is also a tremendous value. $20.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2022) — 3 months ago

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Wilhelm Walch

Prendo Vigneti delle Dolomiti Pinot Grigio 2020

Full-bodied Alto Adige Pinot Grigio served at holiday dinner paring Wellesley — 10 months ago

Pazo de Bruxas (Familia Torres)

Rías Baixas Albariño 2018

Ought in St.Augustine and served with Shrimp Scampi pasta...excellent paring. Full bodied but had a citrusy tartness similar to a Sauvignon Blanc. — 2 years ago

Domaine de Saint Pierre

Château Renard Arbois Chardonnay Savagnin 2016

Brought home from Paris back in December. Quite stinky and reductive upon opening - let this bottle breath for a while. I decanted and threw it in the fridge for an hour or so and it came out singing. Chenin-like in its ripping acidity and wooly apple/pear thing, the palate is more elegant than the nose. It was a great paring for a heavily seasoned lean wild salmon fillet. — 3 years ago

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The Paring

Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend 2016

Last night we opened the 2016 Jonata The Paring Red Blend. From Buellton, California a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, roses, chocolate, spice, graphite and dark earth.

On the palate is black cherry, blackberry, plum, green bell pepper, black currant, herbaceous, spice, licorice and earth.

This is a great QPR full bodied wine with a smooth velvety mouthfeel medium + acidity and medium to medium+ fine supple tanninsthat moves into a medium + to long dark fruit herbaceous finish. It looks as though spring is on our doorstep, we had 70 degree weather today and for the Chicago area that is a thing. What a beautiful day and I hope everyone is experiencing the same. Please stay healthy and safe and look forward to a wonderful weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 7 months ago

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Tenuta Sassoregale

Maremma Toscana Sangiovese 2018

Med body, short finish. Cherry notes with some spice. Finished in oak. Very very smooth. No bite. Drank it with pizza. Lovely paring. — a year ago


Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2014

Excellent Italian/Brunello wine. Highly recommended. Had it with pork, perfect paring . — 2 years ago

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