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The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has released the winning wines for 2018, and we’re proud to announce that Domenico Winery has made the cut with four amazing wines! We’re taking this star-studded lineup and pairing it with another — the Best Picture favorites for the 2018 Academy Awards. (Don’t worry, no spoilers!) And the nominees are…
The coming-of-age story of a high school senior longing for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, Lady Bird is a film that has it all. Whether you’re searching for drama, romance, or humor, it’s all here. We’re pairing this movie with our 2016 Rosato — a silver medal SF Chronicle award-winner. With many of the same elements listed above, our Rosato, a blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, and Dolcetto, is light in color, yet has many complex layers. Lively and refreshing, the rise of Rosé is somewhat of a coming-of-age story itself.
Bonus: Lady Bird’s pink hair is a perfect match.
Smart, comedic, terrifying, dark, and satirical are just a few words that describe this year’s breakout film by Jordan Peele. In Get Out, modern interracial relationships and racial paranoia are thrust into the spotlight in a brand new way. This is a movie that stays with you long after it is over, much like our 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel. Another silver medal winner, this Amador County-grown varietal packs a punch. Grown on vines over 100 years old, you’ll find aromas of currant, blackberry pie, cigar box, and spicy black pepper. This wine is rich in texture with a smoky oak finish.
The Shape of Water
Part fairytale, part sci-fi film, The Shape of Water is elegant, mesmerizing, and refreshing. Set in the Cold War Era, this seemingly simple story directed by Guillermo del Toro quickly turns into a complex and unique love story. An equally intriguing work of art is the Domenico Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc. Taking home a bronze medal from the SF Chronicle, this Cab Franc has layers of black currant, cherry, and plum, integrated with baking spices, dried herbs, and subtle floral notes. Elegant and smooth on the palate, much like the shape of water…
Meryl Streep. Tom Hanks. The Washington Post. Does it get any more iconic? A throwback film that dives into the hot topics such as freedom of the press and women in power, this film is dramatic, engaging, and oddly timely. Such is the nature of our 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. An iconic varietal from an iconic appellation, this wine is timeless and is taking home the bronze medal. Dramatic flavors of tobacco, mocha, and spice linger on the palate for a long, beautiful finish.
If you want to try our award-winning varietals, join us on Saturday, February 10, 11 am - 4 pm for a special flight of these four wines. And don’t forget to tell us who you think is taking home the Oscar!
Let’s be honest, after the holidays, winter is just cold days followed by even colder nights (looking at you, bomb cyclone). Since this weather has us yearning for the comfort foods of Christmas past, we’re sharing our favorite cold weather wine pairings to help you make it through to spring. So bundle up, and prepare to make your next trip to the store.
Let’s start with some wine pairing basics. Sure, you can drink any varietal at any time of year, but that doesn’t mean some aren’t better suited for these frigid months (sorry, Rosé). Try matching the complexity of your wine with the complexity of the dish. Full-bodied reds pair perfectly with traditional winter meals like stews, chilis, and heavier sauces. Next, think tannins.Tannins aren’t so much a flavor as a mouthfeel, and they are responsible for that dry, gripping feeling you get when you taste a wine. Tannic wines are food-friendly, while lighter, more floral wines shine better on their own.
Gnocchi & Primitivo
When it comes to pasta, red, tomato-based sauce remains queen. Acidic and bright, we love tossing some freshly made potato gnocchi into an even fresher pan of tomato sauce. Because of this acidity, opt for a medium-bodied red, like Primitivo. Similar to Zinfandel in structure, Primitivo lends savory aromas and is softer on the palate, a lovely complement to this pillowy dish.
Chili & Petite Sirah
It’s time to turn up the heat! Adding a little spice to your life, and your chili, is an excellent way to get some extra warmth. Did you know beans, an added source of protein, also help keep you warm? An assertive dish like this needs an assertive wine on its arm. Enter Petite Sirah: a wine that is anything but petite, but rather big, bold, and full of tannin. Texture, meet texture. The rest is history.
Pizza & Nebbiolo
Of course, pizza is not strictly a winter food but the key here is comfort, and what’s more comforting than a good pizza? Making your own pizza at home allows you to add whatever you want—so toss on those winter vegetables! Pizza, especially when topped with sausage or meats of the like, makes a great companion for the Nebbiolo grape. Nebbiolo’s bigger, bolder and even more tannic flavor profile feels like a cozy winter coat.
Beef stew & Super Tuscan Style
A little bit of fat and a lot of flavor, beef stew is that hearty meal you crave when you want to warm up from the inside out. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean fresh vegetables have gone by the wayside. The earthy flavors of root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, parsnips, and onions are just what an Italian Super Tuscan Style wine needs. With Sangiovese, Primitivo, and Syrah, there’s nothing better.
Visit us in the tasting room to try our selection of wines, including our specialty of Cal-Italian varietals!
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