2009 Leitz "Leitz Out"

Provenance: Rheingau, Germany

Available at: Provisions Gourmet Market, 11615 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, provisionsmarket.com; $11.99

It's not sweet, it's not dry. With aromas of ripe citrus and lively acidity, this versatile wine is doing what German Riesling does best. It is a sipping wine that also pairs well with food and will still carry into the holidays. Enjoy this wine outdoors on an Indian summer night or paired with any number of spicy Asian dishes.

Food Pairings: Effortless - Prosciutto-wrapped melon / Dine Out & Delivery - Curry / Special Occasion - Ginger-lime shrimp

2009 Zestos Blanco

Provenance: Spain

Available at: Wines of Wildwood, 2418 Taylor Road, Wildwood, winesofwildwood.com; $11.99

Despite its name, this wine is not a blend, it's 100 percent Malvar. Never heard of it? That's OK, most of us haven't. No bother; concentrate on its full-bodied tropical fruit flavors. This wine sees no oak so it maintains a vibrant acidity and a clean finish. Fans of unoaked Chardonnay will truly enjoy this fresh alternative.

Food Pairings: Effortless - Fruit-based salsas / Dine Out & Delivery - Crab cakes / Special Occasion - Teriyaki chicken with pineapple

2008 Maysara 3 Degrees Pinot Noir

Provenance: McMinnville, Oregon

Available at: Starr's Market, 1135 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, starrs1.com; $16.99

From the youngest female winemaking team in the U.S. comes this certified biodynamically grown Pinot Noir. Flavors of cherry, pomegranate and fresh nutmeg are rounded out with elegant tannins and fine structure. This young wine - it could benefit from decanting - is drinkable now, but will continue to evolve over the next few years.

Food Pairings: Effortless - Brie / Dine Out & Delivery - Bacon cheeseburger / Special Occasion - Duck and wild mushroom risotto

STLwinegirl Angela Ortmann gained a passion for all things epicurean by working in the luxury restaurants and hotels of St. Louis and San Francisco. Through her event and consultation business, she is dedicated to enhancing your food and wine experience.


Join Angela Ortmann and FEAST publisher Catherine Neville for a happy hour wine tasting on Thu., Sept. 23, at 6pm at Araka Restaurant. RSVP by emailing rsvp@stlwinegirl.com.




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