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Guest Somm Series: Samantha Sommelier

This month, we partnered with super savvy sommelier Samantha Capaldi to curate your November wine club box! With turkey day on the horizon and endless leftovers looming, we gave Samantha the very important mission of presenting wines that pair best with Thanksgiving fare. Swoop by our accounts on Instagram to follow @samanthasommelier and her wine fueled adventures and tell us what you think of her picks at @vinleymarket!

 

See below for her wine club picks!

 

  

2017 BEAUMONT CHENIN BLANC SOUTH AFRICA

“This 2017 vintage of South African Chenin Blanc is the perfect example of what a cool climate Chenin Blanc should taste like. This wine produces naturally high acid levels making it a delicious crisp and versatile wine. On the nose, aromas of apricot, peach blossoms, and a hint of green apple fill the glass. On the palate, tart stone fruit, bright acidity, and a touch of sweet honey round out the palate!”

Why I chose this wine: Chenin Blanc truly makes the perfect palate cleansing aperitif before you begin your Thanksgiving meal. With this wine’s crisp natural acid levels, it is ultimate compliment to cut through any of your pungent cheeses on your holiday spread!”

 

2017 CASANOVA DELLA SPINETTA II ROSE

“When you think of rosé, typically your mind goes to France, however my Italian roots take me to this this perfectly made rosé from Tuscany. This Casanova Della Spinetta II Rosé is a beautiful clean and lean blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Prugno lo Gentile. On the nose is fresh rose petals and juicy pink grapefruit. The palate is extremely refreshing with tart cherries and juicy ripe peaches. It really doesn't get more pleasant than this wine!

“Why I chose this wine: As we’re in the heart of fall, I feel like it’s crucial to reintroduce rosé just when you think it’s time to put it away. Rosé, especially this delicious Tuscan blend, is a staple Thanksgiving wine on my table. I would proudly serve this wine with a variety of Italian meats and cheeses and even roast turkey!”

 

A LOS VIÑATEROS BRAVOS PAÍS GRANÍTICO 2016

“This is an amazing example of a Pais, which is a grape varietal that has been in Chile for centuries. It was nearly extinct until a few extraordinary producers brought it back to the Chilean wine scene and it's starting to get some buzz in somm circles. This wine is big, bold, and well-structured with elegant notes of black cherries and spices on the nose. On the palate, this wine is light and juicy with bright cherries, a touch of earthiness, and just enough grip from the tannins to round it all out. A great alternative to a Beaujolais or a Gamay, which are typical turkey pairings!

“Why I chose this wine: I love that this is a natural wine made on a single biodynamic vineyard with the infamous old rooted vines of Chile’s Itata Valley. This bold but balanced wine stands up against any of your Thanksgiving meats you will be serving, not to mention that it can make the perfect complement to any of your roasted veggies!”

 

 

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