wineclubWe are so excited to present the Winter Pledge Drive edition of the KCRW Wine Club.  Sommelier Stacie Hunt (Du Vin and Splash Productions) has put together an incredible selection of wines for people who call 800-600-KCRW and join KCRW tomorrow during Good Food (Saturday, January 29 11a-1p).  Info on all the wines are after the jump…

2008 Solsticio Torrontes

Torrontes is considered THE white wine grape of Argentina.  The vineyards are high in the Uco Valley, a vibrant sub-region of Mendoza.  The wine is harvested by hand and the winemaker makes only 300 cases.  The wine is best paired with spicy Thai, Hunan, Korean and Mexican dishes.

2007 Chateau Saint Esteve d’ Uchaux Viognier

This white wine comes from a two century-old vineyard in the Rhone Valley of France.  The wine is aged 2-3 years in oak barrels before bottling.  It’s a very dry wine and works well with shellfish, roasted chicken, goat cheese and artichokes.

2008 Domaine de Fonte Sainte Corbieres

From Southwestern France, this red wine is primarily Carignan with a bit of Grenache Noir and Syrah to round things out.  The grapes are hand-harvested and immediately they go into a steel vat for carbonic maceration (for about 6 months).  It’s a soft wine and matches well with braised meats, blue-veined cheese and roasted fowl.

2007 Villa Tonino Nero d’Avola

This grape is the most important red grape of Sicily and it takes its name from the village of Avola.  It’s like a blend of Australian Shiraz and Zinfandel, without the high alcohol content.  The wine is aged in French and American oak for 3 months.  Enjoy this wine with spicy meats, sausage, grilled salmon, pizza and hamburgers.

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