2009 Hermann J. Weimer Gewürztraminer
Provenance: Finger Lakes, N.Y.
Available at: St. Louis Wine Market & Tasting Room, 164 Chesterfield Commons E., Chesterfield, stlouiswinemarket.com, $20
Pairings: Taleggio • Sweet and sour pork • Tikka masala
From the highly regarded Hermann J. Weimer Vineyard comes this delightful, food-friendly Gewürztraminer. Riesling drinkers will enjoy the classic floral and bright peach aromas as well as the flavors of honeyed melon and warm spices.
2008 Lange Twins Petite Sirah Petit Verdot
Provenance: Lodi, Calif.
Available at: Provisions Gourmet Market, 11615 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, provisionsmarket.com, $17.99
Pairings: Charcuterie • Chicken enchiladas • Hearty stew
Known "blending grapes" Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot make up this unique concoction from the eco-conscious and sustainability-driven Lange Twins Winery and Vineyards. Ripe blueberry notes permeate your mouth, and layers of herbal tones and velvety tannins unfold with every taste.
2005 Gérard Bertrand Banyuls
Provenance: Banyuls, France
Available at: Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine, 1722 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, veritasgateway.com, $19
Pairings: Blue cheese • Dark chocolate • Espresso torte
Banyuls is a fortified wine from the south of France produced in the same manner as port. Lower in alcohol and not as sticky-sweet, this dessert wine is made from the versatile Grenache grape. Striking scents of wild berries, plum and cedar waft gently from the glass. Hints of vanilla and raisin linger in the finish. Exceptional as an aperitif or as an after-dinner indulgence.
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