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Wines to Pair with Lighter Fare

Last week it was cold and wintry, but with this week’s dose of sunshine, there’s tangible uptick of enthusiasm in the air. The transition to spring here, means fall is on its way in the Southern Hemisphere, and grape harvest is underway. Both of today’s wine hale from wineries south of the equator, with great hopes for this year’s harvest: a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a Pinot Noir from Argentina. Both pair well lighter fare, like poultry and pastas.

Coopers Creek 2015 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Producer: Coopers Creek Vineyard
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Price: $12.99

In the wine department it’s our policy, and privilege, to pass on savings we get from our wine distributors. This Coopers Creek 2015 Marlborough  was $14.99, now $12.99. A favorite of C.V.’s, this wine is exactly what you’d expect from the region and really well balanced. Coopers Creek has been crafting award winning fine wines for over 30 years, with an outstanding representative here in the United States, Marsha Damian. Discerning in her taste, Coopers Creek is one of just six wineries Damian has chosen to represent. She gives them a lot of love because she knows them and believes in them—the same reason we carry them in The Skagit Valley Food Co-op.

The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing, reverberating with aromas and flavors of citrus, gooseberry, nectarine and passion fruit. A wonderful texture and richness make it ideal with seafood, salad and pasta, or on its own. Best enjoyed young and fresh.

Zorzal 2013 Pinot Noir
Producer: Zorzal
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Gualtallary, Argentina
Price: $12.99

‘Terroir unico’, or unique land, is what sets this wine apart. The chalky, complex soil of the Gualtallary District is ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The Zorzal Pinot Noir is unoaked, showing a pure expression of the Pinot Noir fruit. This Pinot Noir is a delicate violet-red. The nose recalls mineral aromas, with notes of graphite, dried fruits and certain herbs. The mouthfeel is light, mellow, and fluid, with rounded tannins and good acidity. Its the perfect accompaniment to white meats and pastas with lighter sauces.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.