Great Wines of the North Bay

Rodney Strong: 2005 Symmetry

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Jeff Mall Executive Chef, owner of Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg.
"The 2005 Symmetry, with it's Bordeaux profile, is a great pairing with this marinated & grilled lamb. The rich and bold flavors of the grilled lamb, the spices in the marinade and smokiness of the bacon are fully complemented by this Cabernet blend. A rich and elegant wine that works great with this simple dish."


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Marcucci Farms: 2005 Zinfandel

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Josef Keller Executive Chef, Owner of Josef’s in Santa Rosa.
"This nicely balanced fruity Italian style Zinfandel lends itself to a hearty meat sauce dish, such as the Osso Buco. While fruity, the full bodied wine has a tartness that will not over power the sauce, and the full nose and elegant ruby color of the Zin only enhance the whole dining experience."

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Ferrari-Carano: 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Tom Schmidt, Executive Chef, of John Ash Restaurant in Santa Rosa.
"A style of wine that best accompanies food, the 2005 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon has delicious aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, black tea, earth, and licorice. Ripe black fruit, currants, toffee and caramel flavors round out this classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Pairs perfectly with roasted, broiled or barbecued heavy game and red meats such as lamb, beef, pork and veal. Medium and strong-flavored cheeses such as blue or sharp cheddar also pair nicely."

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Kunde Estate: Sonoma Valley Cabernet

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Richard Whipple, Executive Chef of Brasserie in Santa Rosa
"A beautiful Sonoma Valley Cabernet with great color and fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry. The wine has herbal accents of fennel and anise and soft tannins that pair well with lamb and beef."

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