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Upon doing my usual deep dive on the wines I came across this on the Viña Cobos website. I feel like you all the deal of the century on the wines. Talk about inflation.

For the Sapphire white wine this month I picked the 2022 Viña Cobos 'Vinculum' Chardonnay, The word vinculum has a couple meanings-one refers to the connecting band of tissue, such as attaching a flexor tendon to the bone. In this case it refers to the mathematical definition-" a horizontal line drawn over a group of terms in a mathematical expression to indicate thay they are to be operated on as a single entity by the preceding or following operator."



The grapes that make up this wine come from the famed Uco Valley, about and hour south of Mendoza, Argentina. Uco Valley produces terroir driven Malbecs and even thought it isn't widely planted, there have been some great results from Cabernet Franc. The cool climate allows Chardonnay and Torrentés-two other varietals produced in the region-to slowly ripen and produce more sophisticated juice. The Vinculum Chardonnay is a great example. The nose jumps out of the glass, floral notes, with hints of white peach. The palate is balanced with vivid mineral notes and a long lasting finish.

Both fish dishes The Bluebird offers (Halibut and Salmon) would pair beautifully with this wine.


Now off the the other side of the world. Specifically the Stellenbosch region of South Africa.

Stellenbosch Mountain

Vineyards cover the gently rolling hills around Stellenbosch, multiple mesoclimates allow for a lot of variation in wine style and multiple grape varieties can be found, although Cabernet Sauvigon is the most widely planted grape varietal. Which brings us to the Sapphire red selection.




Neil Ellis has been described as the doyen (most respected or prominent person in a particular field) of the South African wine industry. He started in the 1980's as a négociant seeking parcels to make exceptional wines under his own name, to a well-established family enterprise.


 

"The art of wine is blending and selection, but only science can give you quality...I am not trying to make a certain style to suit opinion formers. Let the sites drive the style. In terms of winemaking, it is about applying a management within that environment to protect and

enhance what the vineyard can give."

Neil Ellis-

 

The Sapphire selection this month is the 2018 Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. Right away the deep, dark red color is the first you'll notice. Brambly ripe blackberry notes justify the color. Slight hints of pepper in the mid-pallet is followed up by a toasty oak finish.


Lamb Shank Special

We ran this Lamb Shank special last week and this wine would have/will pair amazing with this dish. If you weren't able to make it in, keep an eye out on Facebook and Instgram for a menu update.


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Our first wine brings us to the Constantia valley in the Western Cape district. The Steenberg's wine farm, golf course and 5-star spa/hotel are located at the foot of a rocky range (Steenberg translates to 'Stone Mountain'). The original farm, established way back 1682, was named 'Swaaneweide' -The feeding place of the swans.

https://www.steenbergfarm.com/the-five-lives-of-catharina-ras/# 👈🏼The story of the remarkable woman who settled on the farm

The 2018 Steenberg Semillion is one of the many wines the winery produces. 70% is white wine with Sauvignon Blanc making up 64% of total plantings. Red varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbec. They also are one of a few wineries in the cape to have invested in the red Italian variety Nebbiolo.

This beautiful pale gold wine has aromas of honey and peaches. On the pallet I got notes of toasted almonds which opens to a rich texture and bright acidity. One dish on the Bluebird menu that would shine with this wine is the Veal ( Two 4oz. pan-seared veal cutlets, gnocchi, seasonal vegetables, roasted garlic/paprika cream sauce, apple fennel slaw, beet oil.)

"Argentina is not my second country. For me, somehow it's my home." --Paul Hobbs

We are revisiting another Paul Hobbs wine this month. (We featured a few in September). This month we are featuring a wine from his collaboration with Vina Cobos winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Paul visited Argentina in 1988 and fell in love with the landscape. Today Paul is the owner/oenologist of seven wineries on 4 continents.

At Vina Cobos they pride themselves on each stage of the winemaking process, every sector of the vineyard is studied to understand the potential of the grape and ultimately Vina Cobos are making wines that represent the purest concept of each place. The 2021 Felino Malbec is a great example of of this. Right off the bat the color in the bright violet purple invites you in. Ripe blueberries hit my pallet right away, then there is hints of roses. The tannins are slightly juicy and the finish is long lasting. Pair this wine with our Tomahawk steak or the roasted Duck breast.

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They say time flys when you're having fun. We've made it to November and looking back this year has been a blur. How is it November already? Let's keep having fun with November's wine selections. This month I am featuring selections from South Africa and South America.

Not only am I having fun but I'm still learning new stuff about wine...I love it.


NOVEMBER INDIGO WINE CLUB

Remember back in September when we had California month and featured some wines by Paul Hobbs. I tried the 2021 Felino Malbec way back in April and I finally get to put it on the roster. Viña Cobos, the winery, is located in Mendoza, Argentina and was established by Paul Hobbs in 1998.

The white wine selection this month is the 2018 Steenburg Semillion. We head back to South Africa to where the winery is located on the Western Cape first farm, established in 1682. Today the winery has a 5-star hotel, spa and restaurant.



NOVEMBER SAPPHIRE WINE SELECTION

The white wine is another South American Paul Hobbs wine from Viña Cobos - this month the Sapphire selection is the 2021 'Vinculum' Chardonnay.

Vinculum - from the Latin meaning "a bond or link." According to the website it "celebrates the connection between Viña Cobos and its producers, an essential link forged in the exchange of knowledge that leads to the creation of exceptional wines."


The red wine selection is from the Stellenbosch district of South Africa. The 2018 Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon is this months November selection for the Sapphire level.

Neil Ellis is a South African wine industry icon and one of the first people to bring quality levels up to world class standards.





NOVEMBER PEACOCK SELECTION

Another Viña Cobos selection - it makes it easy when the wines are amazing. The Peacock selection this month is the 2018 Viña Cobos 'Vinculum' Malbec. James Suckling rated this wine with 95 points and the Wine Spectator 92 points. Again a beautiful synergy between winery and vineyard.

NOVEMBER ROYAL SELECTION

Last but not least - the Bubbles. The 2011 Clos Bourmault Grand Cru is a sparkling masterpiece that captivates with refined flavors and luxurious bubbles. Independently owned this Champagne house has been in the family for 5 generations. This 100% Chardonnay Champange with elevate your Thanksgiving dinner, or maybe you are simply indulging in life's pleasures on a random weekday. Life is too short not to celebrate and savor Champagnes' sparkling magic.










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