New White Wine Selections (Summer 2017)
Last month, we told you about our new red wine selections. Now that we’re into summer and temperatures are warming up, we want to tell you about our new white wine selections. Like the reds, they are sourced from high quality wineries, many with strong family traditions. Also like the reds, these white wines pair beautifully with Urban Plates made-from-scratch meals, sandwiches, and salads. We know you will enjoy them on summer days, relaxing with family, friends, and co-workers in our comfortable Urban Plates settings.
Acrobat Pinot Gris, Oregon 2014
Pinot Gris is a varietal grape that grows well in cooler regions around the world, most notably Oregon, Alsace, and in the Northeastern regions of Italy, where it is known as Pinot Grigio. The name refers to the grape skin which is pinkish grey to a purple hue in color. First introduced to Oregon over forty years ago, it is still being discovered by many people.
The Acrobat Pinot Gris is grown along the rolling hills of western Oregon where the many acres of vines are nestled near orchards of apple, pear, raspberry, and fields of lavender. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged on the “lees” or sediment of the wine for a few months. The lees will impart a subtle toasty characteristic balanced with the bright citrus of fresh lime, lemon zest, and minerality. Our recommendation: Enjoy it with Urban Plates Grilled Wild-Caught Albacore or seasonal Ahi with Miso-Ginger Sauce.
Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2016
The Babich family has been making wine in Marlborough, New Zealand for three generations since 1916. The wines from the New World, like California and New Zealand, tend to be much riper and more intense stylistically compared to those found in France within the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. Like most Sauvignon Blanc, the New Zealand wine reveals itself with a grassy and herbaceous quality intertwined with the fruit.
The majority of the Black Label Sauvignon Blanc was fermented in stainless steel with a very small percentage being fermented in old oak barrels. This method imparts structure and complexity to the wine to round out the beautifully intense notes of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, and lemongrass. Our recommendation: A glass of this would be wonderful with most of our Hand Tossed Salads but especially with our seasonal Local Mixed Beet Salad topped with Goat Cheese and Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette.
Ferari Carano Fume Blanc Sonoma, California 2015
The next selection is from Ferrari Carano, a classic from Don and Rhonda Carano who found their way to Sonoma County in the late 1970s on a wine-buying trip for their El Dorado Hotel and Casino in Reno. It reminded them of Italy, and they purchased their first sixty-acre parcel in Alexander Valley which has grown to twenty-five hundred acres. Today the Fume Blanc is the flagship of their wine portfolio..
The Fume Blanc is made with the grape varietal Sauvignon Blanc. There is a story that the name was inspired by the mist that looked like smoke rising from the vineyards in the morning sun. The grapes are sourced from seven vineyards, which are California Certified Sustainable and fermented in stainless steel and older French barrels. It offers flavors of kiwi, lychee, and pineapple. As their winemaker, Sarah Quider, says “The wine is known for its balance of delicacy and richness.” We couldn’t agree more. Our recommendation: Enjoy it with a bowl of flavorful Moroccan Chicken Braise or with our seasonal Herbed Salmon Salad tossed in our Green Goddess Dressing.
Seaglass Chardonnay Santa Barbara, California 2015
Chardonnay is the most noble of white grapes which grows well around the world but is also so influenced by the terroir and the hands of the winemaker. This wine from the cool, coastal climate of Santa Barbara will be a leaner style of Chardonnay than you may be used to. It is fermented strictly in stainless steel with no oak fermentation. It is pure and simply layered with notes of fresh white peach, green apple, and wet stone.
This is ideal for enjoying on our covered patios as the sun lingers in the late afternoon. Our recommendation: You can pair this Chardonnay with a plate of Urban Plates Sustainable Oven Baked Salmon, along with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Seasonal Summer Squash with Tomato Pesto.
Hess Collection Chardonnay Napa, California 2014
The Su’skol vineyard, where these Chardonnay grapes are grown, was planted in 1995 on the southern tip of Napa near San Pablo Bay. Many years ago, this area was an ancient seabed, so the land has sandy soils and lies in one of the coolest growing regions within the valley. It is ideal for Chardonnay. The story of the winery began in 1982 when David Hess first purchased 900 acres on Mt. Veeder setting aside 600 of those to remain undeveloped to support wildlife and biodiversity. The philosophy behind the vineyards remains the same: “Nurture the land and return what you take.”
David Guffy, the Director of Winemaking, feels that the nine clones of Chardonnay they use result in a wine that shows “aromas and flavors of fresh yellow apple, brown pear, and a slight touch of tropical fruits with a rich mouth feel.”
Nicholas George is the Director of Hospitality at Urban Plates. He is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers and a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. His interest in wine began at The Culinary Institute of America and has been a focus of his career. Before joining Urban Plates, Nicholas was Maître d & Sommelier at Per Se in New York City, and Dining Room Captain and Sommelier at Addison in San Diego. Nicholas is serious about wine, but he says, “The best part of enjoying wine is the great food you can pair it with at Urban Plates. And our relaxed, non-fussy atmosphere makes it a great place to enjoy wine and food with family, friends, and co-workers.”