Wine Makes the World Go Round – Our Favorite Imports

It’s no secret that Sonoma County is home to some outstanding wines. However, let’s not forget that other parts of the world produce some top quality wines as well. Two really cool things about imported wines are that they are usually lower in alcohol compared to their domestic counterparts, and they tend to pair wonderfully with food.

We asked each of our Wine Department managers to select their favorite imported white and red wine. Stop by one of our stores and check out their selections. You never know, you just might end up finding your new favorite bottle of wine!

Justin Bowman, Cotati Wine Department Manager

Inama Soave Classico, 2014, Italy

“Year in and year out, this is one of my favorite white wines on the shelf. It is an extremely versatile wine, pairing well with anything from roasted pork, to chicken, to seafood salads. It has delicious fruit characteristics, great mouth feel and a dry, crisp finish.”

Zenato Alanera Rosso Veronese, 2012, Italy

“I’ve always been a fan of this wine because of the unique way that it is made. Made partially in the Appassimento Method, as is Amarone, the grapes are dried before being pressed giving the wine more character, complexity and richness. I call it a baby Amarone that won’t break the bank.”

Josh Kirchhoff, Montecito Wine Department Manager

Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis, 2014, France

“A wonderfully understated expression of the Chardonnay grape. Mineral driven, with aromas of lemon, citrus and baked bread. A bright palate with lively acidity that would be a great complement to many shellfish dishes!”

Le Grand Bouqueteau, Chinon, 2014 France

“An excellent Cab Franc hailing from the world famous AOC in Loire Valley, Chinon. Slight notes of bell pepper on the nose, with mild tobacco and red fruits. Makes for a great pairing with your favorite lightly roasted meats!”

Brandon Gaut, Stony Point Wine Department Manager

Chevalier De Novato, Picpoul De Pinet, 2015, France

“With its bright acidity and minerality, this wine to me embodies the sea. This is a dry white wine with flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. It is the perfect accompaniment to crab, oysters, clams, and white fish.”

Casadei Sogno Mediterraneo, 2013, Italy

“A big, Super Tuscan GSM, aromas of cassis and coffee on the nose are complimented by its rich flavors of cacao and Bing cherries. Its full body and substantial acidity give it a long finish. Drink this alongside Bucatini all’Amatriciana or braised short ribs.”

Kerri Cook, Windsor Wine Department Manager

Shaya Verdejo, 2014, Spain

“This wine is dry yet fruity with character of nectarine, white peach and spring flowers. The hint of baking spice makes it medium bodied but still refreshing. Pair this wine with a fresh goat cheese.”

Il Poggione, Rosso di Montalcino, 2013, Italy

“This red blend shows hints of dried cherry and berry with cedar undertones. This wine explodes out of the glass with vibrancy. It is classy with velvety tannins. Pair this with a braised pork ragu.”

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