Wine of the Month

Wine of the Month for April - Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Sonoma County

For the entire month of April, we are proud to serve the 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir at the reduced price of $44 per 750 ml bottle and $11 per glass.

The Hartford Family makes wine under two marks, one of which is Hartford Court. Hartford Court bottlings are small lots of high-personality single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that express the distinctive qualities inherent in each vineyard’s terroir- the interplay of soil, slope, exposure, and climate. The fruit is sourced from the Russian River Valley, Green Valley, and Sonoma Coast appellations.

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1993 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford’s appreciation for the wines, the people and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast.

In this wine you will experience, the aromas of black cherry, allspice, black currant, and loam are followed by flavors of wild raspberries, dark berries, and a crushed rock minerality. The dense entry is followed by a sweet and juicy mouthfeel, supported by acidity, silky tannins, and a subtle earthy finish. Biba and I have had this wine with pasta dishes, as well as with beef, veal, lamb, pork and it always enhances the meal!

The winery located at:
8075 Martinelli Road,
Forestville, CA 95436

Wine of the Month for March - Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Sonoma County

For the entire month of March, we are proud to serve the 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir at the reduced price of $44 per 750 ml bottle and $11 per glass.

The Hartford Family makes wine under two marks, one of which is Hartford Court. Hartford Court bottlings are small lots of high-personality single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that express the distinctive qualities inherent in each vineyard’s terroir- the interplay of soil, slope, exposure and climate. The fruit is sourced from the Russian River Valley, Green Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations.

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1993 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford’s appreciation for the wines, the people and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast.

In this wine you will experience, the aromas of black cherry, allspice, black currant and loam are followed by flavors of wild raspberries, dark berries, and a crushed rock minerality. The dense entry is followed by a sweet and juicy mouth feel, supported by acidity, silky tannins and a subtle earthly finish. Biba and I have had this wine with pasta dishes, as well as with beef, veal, lamb, pork and it always enhances the meal!

The winery located at:
8075 Martinelli Road,
Forestville, CA 95436

Wine of the Month for February - Stags’ Leap Winery Merlot 2015 Napa Valley

One of California’s earliest wine estates (grapes first planted on the property in 1872), Stags’ Leap Winery has been, and continues to be, one of Napa Valley’s premier winery. Although Merlot is often thought of as a second wine (second to Cabernet Sauvignon) and erroneously dismissed by Cabernet aficionados, this Napa Valley wine is exceptional and extremely versatile wine for any and all occasions.

Fruit flavors of dark cherry and plum, combined with subtle notes of cinnamon and cocoa, with a firm structure and soft, silky tannins, make for a delicious Napa Valley Classic. This is Merlot at its best.

For the entire month of February 2019, we are offering the Stags’ Leap 2015 Merlot at the reduced price of $44 per 750 ml bottle or $11 per glass. I think you will agree this wine is a classic.

Wine of the Month for January - Stags’ Leap Winery Merlot 2015 Napa Valley

One of California’s earliest wine estates (grapes first planted on the property in 1872), Stags’ Leap Winery has been, and continues to be, one of Napa Valley’s premier winery. Although Merlot is often thought of as a second wine (second to Cabernet Sauvignon) and erroneously dismissed by Cabernet aficionados, this Napa Valley wine is exceptional and an extremely versatile wine for any and all occasions.

Fruit flavors of dark cherry and plum, combined with subtle notes of cinnamon and cocoa, with a firm structure and soft, silky tannins, make for a delicious Napa Valley Classic. This is Merlot at its best.

For the entire month of January 2019 we are offering the Stags’ Leap 2015 Merlot at the reduced price of $44 per 750 ml bottle or $11 per glass. I think you will agree this wine is a classic.

Wine of the Month for November 2018 - Nielson Pinot Noir 2015 Sta. Rita Hills

In 1964 Uriel Nielson planted the first commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County, a region, considered at the time, too cold to grow grapes. He proved them wrong. Today, winemakers Jonathan Nagy and Ryan Pace continue to craft Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that express the purity and diversity of cool climate coastal AVAs.

The 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a balanced and elegant wine, to be enjoyed with a variety of cuisines. Soft and smooth on the palate with a smokey cherry finish, Biba and I have had this wine with many pasta dishes, as well as with beef. veal, lamb, and pork, and it always enhances the meal. We love Pinot Noir and the Nielson 2015 is special.

For the entire month of November 2018, we are offering the Nielson Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015 at the reduced price of $40 per 750 ml bottle and $10 per glass. Biba and I love this wine....and I think you will agree.

Wine of the Month for October 2018 - Boeger Winery Zinfandel 2016 Walker Vineyard El Dorado

Wine of the Month for October 2018 - Boeger Winery Zinfandel 2016 Walker Vineyard El DoradoIt is always a pleasure to write about - as well as taste - Boeger wines. The winery was established in 1972 by Greg and Sue Boeger and remains 100% family owned to this day. Greg had just graduated from UC Davis with a viticulture and ag economics degree, and converted a pear farm into a thriving grape growing winery. Today Greg’s son Justin carries out the winemaking chores with the same meticulous attention to detail. Biba Restaurant has had a Boeger wine on the Wine List since our opening in 1986.

The 2016 Walker Zinfandel is not the usual heavy, over-the-top California Zinfandel. It is dark in color, smooth in texture with a slight peppery yet mild mouthfeel and finish. It is definitely a Zinfandel worth tasting and is one of my favorites. Zinfandel generally complements Italian cuisine very nicely, and the Walker Zin is top notch. Biba and I recently enjoyed a bottle, with family of course, over dinner of Cotolette alla Milanese. It was perfect....I thought I was in Milano.

For the entire month of October 2018 we are offering the Boeger Walker Zinfandel 2016 at the reduced price of $38 per 750 ml bottle or $9.50 per glass. I think you will like this wine.