Rouge Tomate Wine List Picks- 1 Michelin Star
NV Champagne Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru-122- A NV [non vintage] Blanc de Blanc [all Chardonnay grapes]
Rose Champagne Bollinger Brut Rosé-180- A pretty Rose Champagne with red fruit [strawberry-raspberry] flavors.
Italy 2016 Vietti, Roero Arneis, Piedmont-52-
Italy 2016 Ciro Picariello, Campania Falanghina ‘Bru Emm’-
Chardonnay Adelsheim Vineyard, Willamette Valley Chardonnay-60-
Greece 2015 Hatzidakis, Santorini Aidani-64- Grapes grown in the black volcanoic soil of the island of Santorini, have unique mineral flavors.
Sauvignon Blanc Domaine Fournier, Sancerre ‘Silex’-76-Sancerre [Sauvignon Blanc] could be one of the most versatile white wines on any restaurant list because pairs well with rich food.
Chenin Blanc Huet, Demi-Sec Vouvray “Le Mont”-90
Burgundy Nicolas Faure, Bourgogne Aligote, “La Corvée de Bully”- 80-Aligote is the “sister” grape to Chardonnay in Burgundy. There are a lot of serious winemakers producing Aligote wines which are very “dry” with floral aromas that pair very well with food.
2011 Benjamin Leroux, Auxey-Duresses-90-This Chardonnay from the great 2011 vintage
Riesling 2011 Sohm and Kracher, Gruner Vetliner, ‘Niederösterreich’-120-
France 2016 Domaine du Gros Noré, Bandol Rosé -68- This Bandol [Provence] Rose has great stone fruit [peach-apricot] and citrus [orange and lemon] flavors.
Beaujolais 2014 Stéphane Aviron, Fleurie Vieilles Vignes-54-Don’t confuse this Beaujolais for that “super fruity” wine. This is Crus Beaujolias from Fleurie which can be as complex and nuanced as Burgundy Pinot Noir.
Bordeaux 2012 Château Massereau, Bordeaux Supérieur-56-The 2012 vintage was meant for “near term drinking” [don’t cellar-drink now].
Italy 2014 Azienda Agricola COS, Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico-70-A red wine produced from grapes grown in the volcanic soil of Sicily, with a lot of black fruit [black cherry-black raspberry] flavors and earthy wet soil scents.
Pinot Noir 2015 Brick House Vineyards, Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir Select, Willamette Valley-80- Oregon Pinot Noir
Rioja 2014 Bodegas Avancia, Valdeorras Mencía-86- This Rioja has great dark fruit [black cherry-plums-black raspberry] flavors.
Chateauneuf du Pape 2014 Eric Texier,“Vieilles Vignes” Châteauneuf-du-Pape-120-I would pick this Chateauneuf du Pape over the other one on the list because Texier is a great winemaker.
Pinot Noir 2014 Domaine de Montille, Beaune 1er Cru Les Grevès-170- I love Beaune Premier Crus Pinot Noirs.
California 1986 Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Bella Oaks’, Napa Valley-290- How often do you get the chance to taste 30 year old Cabernet? I just tasted the 1979 Heitz and it blew my mind.