TV Writing Team Nora & Lilla Zuckerman and Hot Tub Wines
Wines of the Night
2016 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling ($10)
Pure, focused and mouthwatering. Citrus blossom, lime leaf, white peach intermingle with mineral that fills the palate. Carries on to a long refreshing finish. Pair with Thai or Chinese food, five spice pork or duck, fresh seafood.
2016 Domaine Lafage "Novellum" Chardonnay Pays d'Oc ($11)
A sensational wine that will compete with wines five times the price, the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay is the real deal and actually reminded me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in California's Sonoma County. White peach, crushed rocks, spice and brioche notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has depth, layered texture and length. Buy it.
2011 Navazos-Niepoort Palomino Vino Blanco ($12)
Navazos-Niepoort is a project created by the Equipo-Navazos winery, which is renowned for fashioning some of the most sought-after sherries in the world. The 2011 Navazos-Niepoort Palomino Vin Blanco Spain is a great example of a Vin Jaune-styled wine. It has inviting aromas of walnut, smoke and poached apricot. The palate is lively and dry with slight oxidative notes that give the wine a light and airy feel. Pair this wine with Marcona almonds, cheeses or shellfish.