March's Hot Picks ... WINE

CRISPY & FRUITY:
Crisp wine is fresh, brisk and balanced with acidity and flavors of citrus, tart apple & pear. Fruity wine has an apple, berry or herbaceous character. Seems sweet but is, in fact, dry.

Bogle Sauvignon Blanc
Fruit blossoms and lemongrass with fresh hints of citrus. Blend of grapefruit, orange and tangerine fruit complements the clean, crisp body. Enjoy sunset suppers of seafood and shellfish on Martha's Vineyard.
Fetzer Gewurztraminer
The taste of crisp green apple, honeyed apricot and peach flavors fill the mouth and meld with the traditional spicy flavors of Gewurztraminer. Asian cuisine, Thai spring rolls and grilled prawns adore its fruitiness.

SPICY & ROBUST:
Spicy wine has hints of pepper, sometimes with other spices like cinnamon, anise, cloves & mint. Robust wine is full-bodied, well-structured and intense. A wine that fills the mouth.

Wrongo Dongo
Loaded with jammy plum and cherry flavors, zesty spices and hints of bittersweet chocolate. The finish is long and peppery. A deeply fruity wine from Spain that marries nicely with seafood paella, brick oven pizzas, roast chicken and anything Asian.

IMPORT OF THE MONTH: AUSTRALIA & ITALY
March is all about crisp and fruity, spicy and robust. For those still-cool evenings and rich foods like stews and meat, two favorites from Australia. And for spring that’s on its way, a beautiful Pinot Grigio from Italy for your lemony asparagus risotto.

Kris Pinot Grigio
One of the finest values on the market today. Pale yellow in color with greenish reflections. Clean and refreshing on the palate offering a cocktail of lemon, lime and apple with hints of linden and honey. Swings into action with white meats that are grilled, seared flounder, scallops or vegetable risotto.

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet
A reflection of Penfolds' winemaking style with full-flavored spicy aromas of olive, fig and gamey overtones and oak in the background. The very dark color even looks ripe and juicy. The tannins are firm, smooth and fine. Lovely with Beef Wellington, lamb or duck.

d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz
Gentle, grainy black olive flavors balance the sweeter coffee, chocolate and occasional mint characters. A soft, rich middle palate, terrific texture and a long rolling finish. Pair with hearty stews, rich pasta dishes, roasted and grilled meats.

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