Qué Pasa Amanda? Get Your Fill, One Genuine Sip at a Time on #WineWednesday

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Amanda in her element!

In a food(porn)-obsessed social media matrix, pizza, pasta and donuts are guaranteed wins when it comes to curating a popular Instagram feed.  So when I check in every Wednesday evening to see Amanda Fraga aka @quepasamanda‘s newest “Wine Wednesday” post raking in the likes, it whets my whistle. This gal takes a mean pasta photo, but damn, she knows how to get people excited about wine!

Today is one of those Wine Wednesdays, when our sommelier highlights a bottle from our #mgfdwine liston the Michael’s Genuine Instagram feed and why you should be drinking it, just as we start to get thirsty.   We love this for three reasons — first, we are exposed to wines we might not have otherwise known about.  Second, it’s just the right pour of wine knowledge – more than a sound bite and less than a novel.  Third, and most important, a narrative develops.  Here what appears on the surface to be a product in a labeled bottle is transformed into a character in a narrative that has made a journey to complete the arc of its story on your table.  If you can’t be on the vineyard, a good bard is a proxy certainly worth toasting.  For us, that’s Fraga.  Enjoy our always up-to-the-minute wine list available through michaelsgenuine.com here.  We recap some of our favorite storyteller’s latest chapters below, with her new installment going live later via @michaelsgenuine.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 10.56.55 AMIt’s bubble season! With holiday celebrations and the excitement of having the family together we gravitate to sparkling wines for the beginning and even duration of our meals. When I look for a sparkling wine the first thing I look for is that it be made in the “champagne method,” secondly that it is estate bottled and lastly, that I can buy more than one bottle.  Iron Horse is all of the above and more. With aromas of peach, brioche and raspberry and a gentle mouth feel, the Wedding Cuveé pairs stunningly with chicken, pork, complex sauces, friends and family. (By the bottle $65)

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Many people (including myself when I started drinking wine) only know about Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine that is released quickly after harvest on the third Thursday of every November. The best Beaujolais, in my opinion, is released the following year, or two, from harvest and are from one of the region’s 10 named crus. Both cru and Nouveau are made from the same grape, Gamay. The biggest difference is that Nouveau is made from flat land vineyards using carbonic maceration, which brings out its fruit flavors without tannin, and crus are made in a traditional age-worthy method from prime vineyards.  Clos de la Roillette, in the village of Fleurie, has been producing wines since the 1960s by the Coudert family. Fleurie, one of the 10 crus, is known for its distinct floral notes (as you can tell in its name, fleur=flower). The 2014 vintage is drinking incredible now with black cherry, earth and violet aromas. Plum, spice, soft tannins and bright acidity on the palate. (By the glass $14/By the bottle $56)

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 10.59.20 AM“I had the staff involved for #WineWednesday this week by giving them a “blind.” A blind is when someone is given a wine without seeing the label, or knowing what it is and where it is from. It allows people to judge the wine on its characteristics and quality versus producer, grape and region. Staff loved the complexity of the wine starting from its nose; they got notes of green melon and spice, and minerality on the palate. David and Diana Lett of Eyrie (EYE-ree) Vineyards were the first proplr to plant Pinot Gris in America, in 1965. Since then, the Eyrie philosophy has stayed the same, “to interfere as little as possible with the processes of nature.” In addition, all wines are estate-grown and produced. (By the bottle $45)

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