Wine Rack – Spring 2010
MICK FLEETWOOD’S 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon ($20), like his music, is tailor made (by his hand-chosen winemaker Mike Brown) to pair with classic comfort food such as filet mignon, pomme frittes and sautéed fresh vegetables. His 2005 Chardonnay ($17) and shrimp cocktail or ceviche make for a great duet. www.mickfleetwoodprivatecellar.com.
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO III, grandson of the leather goods legend, makes it affordable for all wine enthusiasts to walk the walk of stylish Italian entertaining through his Tuscany-based IL BORRO vineyards. The crisp portfolio includes IL BORRO Chardonnay Toscana Lamelle 2006 (sweet with seafood, $28), IL BORRO Toscana Pian di Nova 2006 (great with Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops, $33) and complex IL BORRO Toscana 2006 (perfect companion for meats).
Kimberly Pfendler traded her fast track career in Hollywood film and television production for the greener pastures of the Petaluma Gap when she married vintner Peter Pfendler, who was dedicated to preservation of the environment and the development of great California wine with equal measure. When Peter passed away in 2007, she decided to honor his legacy by launching Pfendler Vineyards. Pfendler’s 2007 Chardonnay ($38) boasts bright essences of green apple, Asian pear, lemon custard, quince and tangerine. The 2007 Pinot Noir ($45) entices with flavors of cherry pie, rhubarb, bramble, plum, chocolate, roasted earth and mocha.
In 2009, PELLEGRINI FAMILY VINEYARDS took home ten major wine industry awards, including a Double Gold Honors at the 2009 Sonoma County Fair Professional Wine Competition. However, you can take credit for having great taste when you serve its other award winners like the 2006 Cloverdale Ranch Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($28) or Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Chardonnay Reserve ($40). These wines are available in the tasting room at the Pellegrini’s Olivet Lane Estate winery, 4055 West Olivet Road, Santa Rosa, CA. If you can’t get to the wine country, feast your eyes at pellegrinisonoma.com.
Grammy®-nominated saxophonist DAVE KOZ has transformed his passion for wine and music into a harmonious partnership with Whole Foods Market and respected winemaker Chris Condos of Napa Valley- based Vinum Cellars to create a line of mid-priced wines bearing his name. The band consists of limited edition 2007 Red Blend ($16.99; 48%, Syrah, 21% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre, and 10% Petite Sirah), 2008 Sauvignon Blanc ($16.99; 50% fermented in French Oak Barrels and 50% in Stainless Steel tanks) and 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet ($29.99).