February is an interesting month. It can be cold, nasty, mild, tempermental, wet, sunny, windy but luckily it’s the shortest month of the year! For our southern friends, there’s a big party coming up next week and it is Mardi Gras! I promised myself that one day I will be down there celebrating but until then, my imagination keeps me entertained. Talking about imagination, there are a few wines I’ve selected that their titles alone can bring some inspiration…
The white wine I’ve chosen for you today is Janare Falanghina Del Sannio Vendemmia 2014 Campania – Italy. The Falanghina grape variety is quickly gaining in popularity and it’s not surprising why. This is a rich, vibrant wine with a fruity bouquet. There are notes of citrus, apples, pears and spice. With a long and fragrant finish, this wine pairs well with summer salads, chicken and fish. This wine can be found at your local liquor store for around $18.99.
From the Golden State, I’ve selected Carnivore Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Dark purple in color with a beautiful aroma of dark cherry, currant and toasted oak. On the palate, this California wine is quite earthy with notes of blueberry, coffee and mocha, with smooth tannins and a lingering silky finish. This is a wine you want to pair with grilled meats as the title suggests. You can find this wine at your local liquor store for around $14.49
The selected wines I’ve chosen for you are very interesting and I hope you give them a try soon as they are unique in their own way. One has a bubbly hint to it for celebration while the other really gives a different tone of boldness and earthiness. Either one will give you a reason to celebrate Mardi gras! Cheers!
Wine & Restaurant Aficionado