Wine of the Month: Piedemont King Barolo

Water 2 Wine’s award-winning* Select Series Piedmont King Italian Barolo is a great wine for blustery winter nights. Best served slightly warmed, 65-85 degrees, this wine from the Nebbiolo grape is one of the darkest, driest, biggest, and toughest of all red wines. Dry, rich in flavor and deep in color, with a rounded oak aroma that lingers on the finish. Piedmont King pairs with flavorful foods like corned beef, smoked brisket, or robust pasta sauces.

Stop in for your complimentary glass any time in April. Also try Piedmont King in this awesome recipe for risotto.

Wine of the Month: Argentine Torrontes

Water 2 Wine is proud to introduce our limited-edition Argentine Torrontes. Available only for a short time, this delicate and lush wine is sure to become a favorite. Enticing aromas of peach, orange, and fresh flowers pull you in to vibrant acidity and plenty of body. Though fruity and floral, this wine is surprisingly dry, making it a perfect aperitif or after dinner drink. Torrontes pairs well with strong-flavored foods like Thai, Mexican, or other spicy cuisines, or richly flavored foods like roasted nuts and intense cheeses. The versatility of this wine makes it fabulous for a picnic or a spread of appetizers.

Stop in for a complimentary glass of our featured wine any time during December.

3 Creative Uses for Leftover Wine

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Leftover wine is not usually something I am faced with, but when it does happen, say, after a party or when I really don’t like the wine I’ve chosen, my frugal nature insists that I find a use for the wine, rather than dump it down the drain. Usually, I find a way to cook with the wine; red meat loves a red wine marinade, and chicken and pasta are amazing with white wine sauce. Rarely, though, I just can’t finish a bottle before it’s too skunky to drink, so I’ve found a few fun uses for the leftovers.

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Wine of the Month: Chianti

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When you think of Italian wine, you probably think of the classic Chianti, complete with its straw-wrapped basket. Chianti refers to any wine produced from the Chianti region of Italy in central Tuscany. Classic Chianti wines are a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Malvasia Bianca grapes, though today Chianti must contain at least 80% Sangiovese grapes, and can contain up to 100% of that varietal.

Our Select Series Chianti is sturdy and robust, with tangy undertones and a slight spicy bite. It is light-bodied and dry, with medium oak flavors and fruity notes of cherries and blackberries. It pairs well with many Italian foods, especially cuisine native to Tuscany. Try it with a hearty risotto made with salty Pecorino Romano, osso bucco, or a thick-cut steak. It’s also great with an antipasto plate or a cheese burger.

Other wines similar in style to Chianti include Rosso Fortissimo (Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot), Super Tuscan (Cabernet, Merlot, and Sangiovese), and Tempranillo (a varietal popular in Spain). Chianti is a good introductory red for lovers of white or rose wines.

Recipe: Larry’s New Year’s Eve Scallops

You know Larry loves wine, but did you also know he’s a whiz in the kitchen? Check out thislarry ringing out customer lovely recipe for scallops he created this year for a special New Year’s Eve celebration.  He served this with Fettuccine and homemade Alfredo and a Ceasar salad. Don’t forget to serve the rest of the Pinot Gris with your meal. This is an excellent pairing! Continue reading

Wine of the Month: Australian Cabernet-Shiraz

Water 2 Wine’s January wine of the month is our Select Series Australian Cabernet-Shiraz blend. This  medium-to-full bodied, heavily-oaked red is the blend that Australia made famous! It is rich and intense with berry and fruit aromas, an abundance of oak, and firm tannins. Cabernet grapes lend the mouth-puckering tannins and higher level of alcohol, while Shiraz grapes lend fruity balance and flavors of chocolate and tar.

Australian Cab-Shiraz is a great wine with strongly-flavored, smoky, grilled, and rich foods. The heavy tannins cut through the richness of creamy pasta sauces or well-marbled lamb or beef steak, while the fruity flavor balances the smokiness of grilled meats and strong cheeses. Try it with Sartori Aged White Cheddar or Parmesan, both available in-store, or bring in your favorite bleu or gorgonzola, crackers, and sausage for a delicious treat.

This wine is a limited-edition, so stop in this month for your complimentary glass and pick up a bottle while supplies last. If you like this wine, you might also like our award-winning* Rattlesnake Cab-Shiraz, Luna Rossa, and award-winning** Estate Australian Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot.

*Double Gold, Houston International Wine Competition, 2009; Silver, Lone Star International Wine Competition, 2010

**Silver, San Antonio Wine Festival Competition, 2008

Recipe: White Meritage Sauce with Artichokes

ingredients for white wine sauce with artichokes at water 2 wine milwaukee brookfieldArtichokes and white wine come together in a savory, buttery sauce that shines on chicken, shrimp, pasta, or rice. The classic Italian trio of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and basil lend a deep, pungent flavor that is perfectly complimented by the bright, fruity notes of the wine. White Meritage was used in the Water 2 Wine test kitchen version of this recipe, but any dry white wine would work.  Continue reading