I haven’t met him yet, but I hear that Jason’s warm personality and quick wit make his second home of The Tasting Room Wine Café at Kings Harbor in Kingwood, TX an even more relaxing place to be. (I love the other two Tasting Room locations in Houston– one in Uptown Park and one in CityCentre… I guess I need to make the trek to Kingwood and visit this one, too!) Just reading his wine choices and their descriptions makes me think he’d know just what to pour for me anytime. Read on and let us know what you think in the comments.
Jason’s Top 5 Wines to Enjoy
One white wine under $20 and widely available in the U.S.:
- St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc ‘10, Napa Valley – $18.99
An excellent example of the varietal from this region, the St. Supery delivers the crisp, citrus satisfaction one expects out of Sauvignon Blanc. Great on its own or with lighter fare, pairs well with patios.
One red wine under $20 and widely available in the U.S.:
- ‘A’ by Acacia ’09, California – $14.99
A delightfully easy drinking southern-Rhône style blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier, this wine is not as full-bodied as one might expect from such a blend. Rather, ‘A’ by Acacia is made in a lighter style, making it perfectly suitable for the hotter months.
One splurge (whatever splurge might mean to you):
- NV Pierre Péters Cuvée de Réserve, Champagne, France – $79.99
Made from 100% ancient-vine Chardonnay of a Grand Cru vineyard, Pierre Péters Non-Vintage Champagne is elegance in a glass. Slightly toasted caramel notes greet the nose and fine bubbles dance on the palate, with citrus fruit and fine minerality following. This is one fine champagne to enjoy – anytime.
Two others of your own choosing:
- Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé Vieilles Vignes, Loire, France – $34.99
A superb example of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, the Minet Pouilly Fumé is crisp, dry, and excellent with shellfish. What more do you want out of this grape??
- Domaine Les Pensées de Pallus Chinon, Loire, France – $31.99
Chinon is arguably the finest region in the world for producing Cabernet Franc, and this wine makes that case rather easily. A perfect balance of fruit, earth, and acid, this bottle is great with cheeses and charcuterie, light game, and excellent on its own.
Which one (or ones) sounds like something you might enjoy?