Wine is a priority here at Webster’s Prime, and mostly because our staff loves drinking it so much. We take a lot of pride in our list, and have spent the last month giving the Webster’s wine list a make over. Our bar team spent 3 grueling weeks tasting, and tasting and tasting … OK, you’re right, not grueling at all! New prices, new wines and a whole new layout to better serve the most important person of all, which is you! Who better to talk about some of their new Webster’s favorites, than our very own Webster’s veteran, Anna.
To kick off the revamping of our bottle list, here are 2 of the many new and exciting wines you will see on our menu! These 2 wines in particular, are great to add to your summer wine collection, and great to order while beating the heat with us:
Votre Sante Chardonnay, Sonoma, CA
Meaning “to your health”, Votre Sante is a line of wines from Francis Ford Coppola. The line was created to commemorate Francis’s grandmother and the way she would toast at each meal.
The 2009 was a 90-Point Best Buy in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and with each sip we understand why.
Why the W(h)ine: In the last decade “un-oaked” Chardonnay has had quite the rise and fall in popularity. This has been attributed to many wine drinkers not enjoying the right balance or better productions of the grape. After all, if you had several bad glasses of Chardonnay (or any varietal), wouldn’t you think “they all must be like this”?
Un-oaked Chardonnays were the answer for a small percentage of these people, and that made it easier for the majority of us to jump on board.
Votre Sante is a great Chardonnay to bring you back from the un-oaked metallic boat. The blend of flavors excites an array of palates and is not fully dominated by the “o” word. If anything, the hint of butter and oak in this wine help bring out a more round fruit forwardness.
Vinotes: Light gold color. Bright and floral with hints of juicy pear, oak, citrus, light butter.
Food: Pair at Home: Great with marinated chicken on the summer grill, or any lighter spicy fare including Pad Thai and Fish Tacos.
Food: Pair with Us: Enjoy with our Ocean Tasting, Curry entrée, or red pepper cheese “Dip” in the Tasting Room!
Ponzi Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
Offered by the bottle on our new wine list, this 2011 vintage was given 92 points by Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar and The Tasting Panel.
Why the W(h)ine:
Heavily rated among the best Pinot Noir’s of Oregon, Ponzi uses a blend of certified sustainable fruit throughout Willamette Valley, including LIVE certified sustainable fruit from Aurora and Albetina Vineyards.
Vinotes: Light texture yet juicy acidity. Notes of spiced vanilla and dates are prominent. It makes for a velvety pinot with a complex depth of tannins on the tongue.
Food: Pair at Home: Roast pork or grill salmon while reducing a Michigan summer black cherry glaze to pour over either entrée. If you’re vegetarian, risotto with stewed tomatoes and taleggio cheese will hold up well to this intriguing pinot.
Food: Pair with Us: If you need a night away from your kitchen, try our Otto’s chicken with Parisienne gnocchi and maple crème or our Maple Leaf Farm’s duck served over a potato cake with citrus slaw. Both dishes pair perfectly with the Ponzi!
Follow our blog to keep up on Anna’s Picks, and don’t forget to share some favorites of your own! Join us EVERY Wednesday in the Tasting Room for Wine Down Wednesday. 1/2 off select pours and bottles, and live music with Steve Kamerling. Music kicks off at 7:30 and the wine is here all night! See you next #winedownwednesday