Who am I kidding? Trumpeter is a fantastic white wine from Argentina to enjoy anytime and especially for the summer months of wining and dining!
2015 Rutini Trumpeter Torrontes
Producing Region: Tupungato, Mendoza
Varietal: 100% Torrontes
Suggested Retail Price: $10.99
Trumpeter Torrontes is consistently an extraordinarily elegant and crowd pleasing wine from Argentina. Torrontes is the signature white grape of Argentina and has quickly become one of the top wines for white wine lovers and the Rutini winemakers know how to do it right.
About Trumpeter Torrontes 2015
I have written before about Rutini Wines located on the outskirts of Mendoza, Argentina and I have always been impressed with the quality and freshness of their 100% hand-harvested grapes and hand-crafted wines. The winemaker has perfected the process by allowing the true expression of the grape varietal and, in turn, gives us the opportunity to enjoy a clean, crisp and fresh wine that pleases many palates and pairs with a variety of food, especially for the summer.
Aromas and Flavors
This intense white wine has body, big aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruits, and Meyer lemon-like acidity that has a long finish that lightly coats your mouth with juicy, fresh pineapple, peaches, lemons and lots of perfumed exotic floral aromas that can be detected as your raise the glass to your nose. Stainless steel fermentation with no oak preserves fresh fruit flavors and aromas making them front and center.
What a great wine for all types of seafood, grilled chicken or chops with spicy pineapple jalapeño glaze. And, don’t forget about the cheese and fruit platters that are so popular at picnics and summertime gatherings. For the best expression of flavors and aromas of the wine, serve chilled.
Silkbush Viognier is a luxuriously rich white wine which underscores an array of fruit & floral aromas with refreshing acidity.
I must admit that Viognier is one of my favorite dry white wines.
A Viognier is a distinctive wine with fascinating aromas and flavors of ripe peach, apricot, pear with floral aromas of honeysuckle that mesmerize you to the very end. It is a big and rich white wine with a relatively high alcohol content with a creamy mouthfeel. It’s voluptuous body and exotic personality make Viognier a perfect wine for pairing big and flavorful dishes with butter, nutty cheese or fruity and acidic olive oil or just to sip on its own.
Once thought only as a Northern Rhone varietal in France, Viognier is now successfully grown in North and South America, Australia and now South Africa. Each has their own character that reflects the terroir of where they are grown. Since 2004, South Africa has been producing award-winning Viognier from the cooler region in the mountains away from Cape Town in Breedekloof of the Western Cape.
I was blown away by this bottle of Viognier from South Africa !!! The first thing that I detected was a melody of ripe honeydew melon, a delicate touch of honey with peach and apricot aromas as the flavors swirled around my mouth and nose of this un-oaked dry white wine. Cool temperatures of the hillside slopes produce grapes which are fruity and with lots of natural acidity. Fermentation in stainless steel rather than oak barrels contributes to the clean, pure fruit flavors and and retention of the delightful natural acidity that is a great finish to this lovely wine. Six months of fermentation on the lees helps develop the luxuriously round and creamy mouthfeel on the palate that is so satisfying.
There is a lot of great things going on with this wine. Without oak barrel aging, the layers of all the flavors and aromas are front and center! My mouth is watering for more!
The unique terroir contributes to the characteristics of Silkbush Viognier 2012 from South Africa making it a versatile wine for pairing, especially with dishes of the same richness and complexity of flavors and aromas. It has good structure with a creamy full-bodied mouthfeel characteristic of the Viognier varietal and layers of exotic fruit flavors and floral aromas.
And, Silkbush believes that this Viognier’s beautiful natural acidity will allow it to age nicely for at least five years. Hopefully, it will be available soon in Tennessee so that I can have more now and save some for later!
How to experience this lovely wine of South Africa:
Silkbush Mountain Vineyard’s Voignier 2012 was provided by Alana Gentry of South Atlantic Wines, agent and importer of fine wines. Silkbush Viognier 2012 ships from California and is available in Arkansas and Florida. Several additional states are pending.
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This is one of my go-to recipes for the fall and winter. It is rich and full of flavor with crispy pancetta and sweet caramelized brussels sprouts and topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. SilkbushViognier pairs well this delicious comfort dish!
Spaghetti with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta and Hazelnuts
Spaghetti with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta and Hazelnuts
Author: by Tony Rosenfeld from Fine Cooking Issue 125
Recipe type: Entree
Each bite of this rustic pasta dish becomes more and more interesting as the heat from the crushed red pepper,the earthiness of the brussels sprouts and the sweetness from the hazelnuts comes through.
2 tsp. olive oil
5 oz. pancetta, cut into ¼-inch dice (1 cup)
3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
10 oz. Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced; some whole leaves are fine (about 3 cups)
1 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup using a rasp grater)
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice; more as needed
¾ lb. dried spaghetti
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup coarsely chopped, toasted hazelnuts, preferably peeled
Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil.
Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
Add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a paper-towel-lined plate.
Add the garlic to the skillet and cook, swirling the pan, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Remove and discard the garlic.
Add the red pepper flakes, Brussels sprouts, and ½ tsp. salt.
Cook, tossing with tongs, until the sprouts are crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in half of the Parmigiano and the lemon juice and remove from the heat.
Boil the pasta according to package directions until al dente.
Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water & drain the pasta.
Add it to the skillet along with ¼ cup of the reserved water.
Cook over medium-high heat, tossing and adding more water as needed, until the Brussels sprouts are tender, about 1 minute. Stir in the pancetta and season generously with black pepper. Taste and season with additional salt and lemon juice, if you like. Serve topped with the hazelnuts and the remaining Parmigiano.