Perfect Pairs to Parm

By: Todd Templin | VP of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: July 29, 2014

Terra d’Oro 2011 Amador County Zinfandel

Amador County, California is known for great Zinfandel with its shallow topsoils, granite hardpan, and long hot days with cool summer nights acting as a “fridge” for the fruit. Zippy blackberry fruit with a dose of spicy clove and super well integrated tannins. Perfect paired with barbecue! $15 save $8

Domaine de Pouy 2013 Côtes de Gascogne

Having been able to visit the Grassa family in southwest France this past winter with Robert Kacher, it was truly amazing to see the level of dedication to both quality and detail from this operation that makes wine under several labels as well as world-class Armagnac. This blend of Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano in Italy) and Colombard is vibrant, super aromatic, and perfect with salads, light fish, poultry, or your favorite cheese plate. $9

LaLande 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

The Grassa brothers make this stunning wine from their property located about 2½ hours southeast of Bordeaux. It’s such a value considering they drop a ton of fruit to have super small yields. Hand harvest and whole-cluster pressed before going into their state-of-the art winery. The result is a mouth-watering white wine that is extremely food friendly, crisp, vibrant, and what we would call “electric.” $11

Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc

This Stellenbosch, South Africa made wine is one of those amazing values that leaves you scratching your head wondering how something so good could come from so far and be such a value! More akin to a steely, minerally, crisp Loire Valley wine for a fraction of the price. Try with a bowl of mussels for a treat. $10

Kosta Browne 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Sold out in most circles and much more expensive, this cult favorite Pinot has created comments like, “Vivid red. Sexy, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of candied red berries, vanilla, and rose pastille. Juicy and expansive, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of star anise. Very fresh, with excellent finishing clarity and sneaky tannins. There’s a lot of Gap’s Crown fruit in here, according to Browne.” –International Wine Cellar. Quite a wine indeed! $93

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Importer Kermit Lynch has long had a relationship with this fabulous Rhône producer, and this blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre is exuding aromas of garrigue, Herbs de Provence, olive, and tones of red fruits. $90