Even in the dead of winter – which this officially is – often the food we love to eat like Chicken Pot Pie, or Swedish Meatballs in Cream Sauce really longs to be paired with a white wine. But not just any white! In the expansive world of whites, there are several varietals made for this time of year. Bigger in the mouth, richer in texture and taste, longer on the finish than the crisp, zesty wines of summer. Viognier is one such wine (Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Insolia, are too). Delas 2012 Viognier from the south of France shows classic aromatics which are a completely beguiling combo of peach and melon, followed by white blossoms. The palate offers a rich blend of preserved citrus and honeycomb within a smooth, almost creamy texture.
Most of you toasted the arrival of 2015 with a bottle of sparkling – or maybe even splurged for the real mccoy. And that is great – it really is…but our wish here at Surdyk’s is that you will incorporate bubbly into your wine drinking life on a regular basis. Now, we aren’t suggesting that you throw down a bottle of Cristal each weekend, but there is plenty of affordable, delicious sparkling available just waiting for you to pair with sushi, Vietnamese takeout or even a bag of potato chips. Our pick, the Domaine St. Vincent Brut, happens to be one of our everyday favorites. Not only is it affordable, it’s made with the classic French Champagne grapes – 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir and in the same “méthode Champenoise” of its French counterpart, however, this lovely bottle is made right here in the US of A. The Gruet family relocated to our southwest from Champagne, France where now 2nd generation Gruets are continuing that classic winemaking tradition in the unlikely, but very ideal locale of New Mexico.
While everyone knows our Winter White Sale includes all clear spirits – gin, vodka, silver tequila and clear rums and cordials, did you know it also includes some of our locally made whiskeys? As the Whiskey-train continues to gain momentum, distilleries in our own Minnesota are starting to spring up and produce some pretty fantastic bottlings. White Water Whiskey from Panther Distillery in Osakis, Minnesota certainly gets it right, sparing no expense. Three 500 gallon copper stills are at the heart of this process. Locally sourced ingredients, American oak and a passion for the process is what ends up in every bottle.