Welkin Napa Cabernet is perfect for the grill

Welkin Selections traverses California’s terroir in search of premium, small lot wines that never fail to please.

Their Welkins Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception.

This classic Cabernet carries aromas of boysenberry, anise, and blackberry which intermingle with hints of pipe tobacco and exotic spices. Dark fruit flavors of ripe, rounded raspberry, black currant, dried black cherry, and blood plum are accented with oak-derived notes of caramel, toasted coconut, and briarwood. Its tight tannins create a texture with a delicate thread of acidity that helps maintains flavors well into the finish.

Its grape composition is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 7% Petite Verdot with an alcohol by volume of 13.5%, so it will stand up to big, juicy fare like a charcoal grilled steak or a slow smoked barbecue pork shoulder. Try adding a splash to the pan while sautéing some baby bella mushrooms.

You can get your hands on the Welkin Selections Napa Valley Cab at Wyatt’s Wet Goods in Longmont, your local adult beverage destination.

Greetings Wines are a welcome addition to your wine collection

The Greetings Wine Company of Oregon offers a variety of tasty, accessible wines that showcase some of the best that the Pacific Northwest wine cultivating region has to offer.

If you are looking to expand your spring wine experience, try one of these varietals:

Greetings Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Oregon is known for its Pinot Noir, and with this one from Greetings, you can see why. This handcrafted Willamette Pinot Noir is bursting with flavors of blackberry, spice, and dark cherries. Lush and rounded, it is accented by a bright acidity and a long finish. This versatile Pinot Noir teams well with sweet and tangy BBQ dishes, Asian cuisine and gourmet burgers. Try serving it slightly chilled on a warm evening.

Greetings Pinot Gris

This Willamette Valley is not a simple wine. It is vibrant, clean, and well-balanced with notes of soft peach, melon, and citrus on a sleek frame with a touch of minerality in its crisp finish. It is wonderful when paired with spicy pork, mushrooms, or a charcuterie plate.

Greetings Willamette Valley Rosé

Greetings Rosé is flawlessly layered with soft berries, a lush mid-palate texture, and a refreshing, pleasing acidity in its finish. It begins with an enchanting flamingo color, leading to sweet berry aromas and a mouth of plump black cherry and raspberry. A definite pink gem from the Pacific Northwest.

Greetings Merlot

This new addition to the Greetings line features wild blueberries, blackberries and plum to round out its bold and voluptuous profile.  All natural and a small lot production, it has just enough oak integration to please your palate.

Locally, you can say hello to Greetings Wines at larger, family-owned liquor stores, like Wyatt’s, which offer you a superior selection with knowledgeable staff who take the intimidation out of wine buying.

Natale Verga wines are like Christmas in a glass

Natale Verga was founded by Enrico Verga in 1895. For four generations it has been handed down from father to son, carrying the values of tradition and quality. Currently, it is run by its namesake, in partnership with his father Giancarlo and his sisters Cristina and Laura, as Enrico and Eduardo, the fifth generation of the Verga family, prepare to take part in the company.

Increasingly popular locally, Natale Verga is always an excellent and reliable choice for meal pairing at a great price. See for yourself by picking up a bottle or two of these popular varietals:

Natale Verga Governo

This blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon dates back to the most ancient traditions of Tuscan farmers. It sports a Bing cherry nose and a light crispness due to the Governo process. Intense red color, fruity notes, and round aromas create a fresh, harmonic, savory experience on the palate.

Natale Verga Pinot Grigio 

Flavors of green apple, pear, and orange blossoms makes this light and dry wine versatile enough to be served by itself or with a broad array of foods such as Fettucine Alfredo, white fish and seafood dishes, lemon chicken, veal piccata, or roasted vegetables.

Natale Verga Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

This ruby red Italian features cherry flavors and spice with a mid-palate of fresh strawberries and mixed berries and a finish that is smooth and satisfying. A nice match for pasta dishes, burgers, and semi-hard cheeses.

Natale Verga Prosecco

Natale Verga’s sparkling offering is dry, lemony, and bubbly with overtones of almond and honey. It works wonderfully as an aperitif, or as a mixer for Mimosas or sparkling cocktails. NV Prosecco also teams well with appetizers, calamari, crabmeat dishes, and spring mix salads.

You can find the wines of Natale Verga at larger, family-owned liquor stores that offer you a superior, broader selection with knowledgeable staff who take the intimidation out of wine buying, like Wyatt’s.

Cerulean Pinot Noir will cure your pandemic blues

Looking for a big Pinot Noir worth breaking quarantine? Try Cerulean Pinot Noir!

The 2015 Cerulean Pinot Noir from the Columbia Gorge appellation of Washington State is a vivid, medium-bodied wine with notes of dark cherry, clove, and vanilla. Composed exclusively from grapes grown on their Acadia Vineyards estate in Underwood, and barrel aged for eighteen months, it displays a confident structure and concentration with hints of earth in its long finish.

Bold and meaty, is shows musky flavors of fig and plum with a background of underbrush and ample tannins that make it ideal for pairing with grilled meat or game.

Cerulean is a tough brand to find in Colorado, but worth the hunt. They also produce an engaging Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

April is Pinot Noir Month in Colorado. Celebrate this universally loved, food friendly style by stopping by or engaging delivery from better stocked, local, family-owned wine emporiums in your community, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods.