14 Hands – Hot To Trot

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Varietal: Red Blend

Vintages: 2010

Country:  Columbia Valley, Washington State

Essence of: Easy drinking red wine with dark fruit flavors & rich aromas of berries, cherries and currants. The wine has light tannins and subtle notes of spice and cocoa which give it a smooth finish.

Best Served With: Enjoy with grilled meats, Pizza, Pasta

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle


Bodega Elena de Mendoza

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Varietal: Malbec

Vintages: 2009

Country:  Mendoza Argentina

Essence of: This Malbec is full of dark intense jammy fruit flavors and delightfully earthy undertones. The tannins are moderate on the pallet and the wine has a long finish with tangy berry and cherry flavors and just a touch of spice. Very nice!!

Best Served With: Enjoy with grilled meats

Price Range: Under $10 per bottle


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Castle Rock

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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Vintages: 2009

Country: United States, Monterey Country

Essence of: This Pinot Noir is elegant and medium-bodied, with aromas of cherry, tea and herbal spice. On the palate the wine offers flavors of black cherry, plum and spice. It is smooth with a silky texture with mild tannins.

Best Served With: Enjoy with lamb, chicken, veal, salmon and light pasta dishes

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

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Nothing To Wine About!

Wine rating systemWine comes in many white and red varieties including but not limited to – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling,  Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon and is used as both a food accompaniment (enhancer) or as a flavor agent in stocks or braising. Wine has been used throughout history in various religious celebrations as well as family gatherings to bring people closer together to enjoy life and culture. Being a Private Chef I’m a lover of all wine and how it enhances the taste and flavor of food. Below are some tips on how to explore both red and white wine in your cooking techniques.

Red Wine Cooking Tip: Using red wine is a fantastic way to add depth and richness to your sauces. Start by reducing the wine to cook out the alcohol flavor. Then add other ingredients such as garlic, onions and some type of stock. Let flavors infuse by allowing to simmer for about 30 mintues. Serve over any dish to add your unique flavor profile.

White Wine Cooking Tip: Use white wine to create a fantastic butter sauce. By using the same wine you are going to serve with dinner you can add a second note of flavor by adding a splash of that same wine to your sauce, risotto, or sautéed seafood.

Health Benefits: Red wine in particular is packed full of polyphernols which have antioxidant characteristics and if consumed in moderate amounts are directly associated with decrease in cardiovascular death (heart attack) by 30-50%. Red wine also contains resveratrol which is found in the grape skins and seeds and increases the HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and prevents the LDL (bad cholesterol) from forming – meaning it can help reduce blood clots or blood vessel damage caused from fat deposits . Wine has been said to reduce the risk or help with the following conditions: Cardiovascular Disease, Blood Clots, Plaque formation in the arteries, Lung Cancer (in men), and Alzhimer’s Diseases. So why not join the vine vine and enjoy a small glass of wine daily its nothing to WHINE about. Cheers to your health!


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Varietal: 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot

Vintages: 2009

Country: United States, California

Essence of: PETITE PETIT is a delicious and rich flavor and color. It is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate. The finish is smooth, dry and lingers on the tongue.

Best Served With: Everything – cheese, meats, chocolate, life in general goes will with this wine.

Price Range: Under $25 per bottle (most common pricing between $13-$22) 

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2009

Country: Colchagua Valley, Chile 

Essence of: A full body wine with a aroma of dried fruit and alcohol. The wine has flavors of raspberry, cherry, blackberry and notes of spice.  The tannins are pronounced and we recommend letting the wine breath before enjoying.

Best Served With: Lamb, Beef, Pork, Chocolate and Broiled Meats

Price Range: Under $10 per bottle

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Yellow Tail Shiraz

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Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

Vintages: 2008

Country: South Eastern Australia

Essence ofVanilla & Oak undertones are apparent on the noise and pallet once the wine opens up after a minute or two. The overall taste is earthy and pleasant for the price. It’s a tad sweet and has mild tannins. The color is dark and rich almost magenta and this is a good option for a heavy drinking nights with friends as the price is right!

Best Served With: Grilled Meats, Tomato Based Dishes, Spicy Food like Curry

Price Range: $4-$6

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Fivash Cellars – Woodshop Red

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Varietal: A Red Blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Vintages: 2007

Country: Walla Walla Valley Washington, USA

Essence ofBeautiful full dark fruit flavor with strong tannins and notes of earthy minerals. Nice clean finish on the pallet.

Best Served With: Grilled Meats like Chicken, Steak or Ribs, Also suggested for pairing with Tomato based dishes like pasta & pizza.

Price Range: $30-$35