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Lindquist Wine Recomendations

Wine Recommendations

For the past several years I and my team hosted a wine tasting for the top 1/3 of our clients in New Jersey Mobile territory. We did a short presentation on 5 wines that I know well from my travels or tastings and present them based on a different theme each year. We also, of course, had three 30-40 minute lecture presentations from myself, usually my colleague Dr. Johanna Frank DVM DACVIM, as well as guest lecturers from around the globe.

We presented material that was always useful and at the cutting edge of veterinary medicine without influence from sponsorship. We have found this to be a great success with this odd combination of veterinary medicine, sonographic pathology, fine food, wine, camaraderie amongst colleagues, and of course, finishing the evening with one of my politically incorrect presentations. :)

In these articles you will find recommendations on different wine varietals that we presented over the last 4 years and have found universal appreciation by the attendees that have tasted them. Here is the venue where the event is held (The Conservatory) and I highly suggest staying here at The Madison Hotel if you visit the NJ and even Manhattan as there is a train stop for NY city right behind the hotel.

Past NJ Mobile Wine Tasting Varietals:

More Lindquist Wine Recomendations

Albaruta This sagrantino is made near Rome.

Amarone

Barbaresco Medium bodied red, good as an every day red or as a starter to a larger red like an amarone, brunello, or taurasi.

Brunello This brunello 2004 is a good staple full bodied red to make a good impression... and perfect with a nice lasagna or steak.

Chateau De Valflaunes

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Domain Charvin 2008 Ok so I know nothing French except for the simple fact that Paris truly rocks and it's a great place to loose yourself for a while. I love to stay in San Michelle near Pont Neuf as you can walk anywhere from there and it has a local feel. I suggest the well-priced and newly renovated boutique hotel Hotel de Buci (www.buci-hotel.com). You will lose your taste for duck though with the corner protesters and their justifiable "home movies." However, the Duck Confit penne pasta at Andre's restaurant in Newton, NJ (link to Andre) got me over that non-duck post Paris interlude after not eating duck for a year. Then send me an invitation to the party please and I promise to not discuss when to surgically remove a gall bladder mucocele:)

Cremant de Borgogne: French and pretty. A great starter in place of a prosecco and a great sparkling wine for an elegant occasion. Fresh to the taste, a little more bubbly than a prosecco, but less so than a champagne. More info.

Duplavilis The best prosecco I have ever had.

Franciacorta "Berlucchi 61" Near Brescia, Italy on the road to the dolomite mountains in the north between Milan and Parma in Lombardia, the regional Italians are very proud of their Franciacorta. If you like Prosecco and want a little more of a bolder sparkling dry white but don't want an overwhelming champagne, then Franciacorta may be your starter wine for the evening. This is an elegant wine and do yourself a favor: never ask for a Franciacorta in Veneto (Prosecco region, Cartizze hills in Valdobiaddene make the best Prosecco by the way) nor should you ask for a Prosecco in Brescia (Franciacorta region). Hatfields and Mccoy thing you know. The Franciacorta Berlucchi brand "61" is the best Franciacorta I have tasted but can be tough to find in the states. So maybe you should go there to taste it and bring some home:) More info

Frascati Epos: A more refined frascati wine. A slight bit more delicate than the usual frascati white. More Info

Gigi Santa Benedetta: A solid representation of Frascati white wine. More Info

Goldschmidt Vineyard: Simply the best 100% Cabernet you will ever have. The nose is insane on this cab after a couple of hours of breathing. It took me 15 minutes of smelling before I got to the point of tasting; which was equally amazing. This is a showcase bottle.

IF YOU SEE KAY: Ok so this Primitivo/Cabernet blend from Lazio Italy right near my home came to my attention here in Vancouver of all places. This is fine Italian grape with a North American northwest grunge rocker label. Don't know what to do with that combination but it drinks fab I say. Get the name of the wine : "If you see Kay". Sounds like the producer is a bit upset about a past girlfriend lol. Maybe it was an Italian winemaker that dated an American named Kay who left him for a Brunello producer lol.

Il Sasso: Fantastic.

Jarvis: I am only learning about Napa valley and California wines. Ironically I grew up in southern California and knew little of the quality that California provides to the world of Bacchus. But this Jarvis cabernet is sensational. We had the 2004 and it isn't cheap but if you want a smooth ride on your palate this one will be there for you for a while as it gives and gives.

Malvasia Nera Here's an awesome medium red sleeper wine from Puglia Malvasia nera. If u like a Pinot noir or Malbec add a little soul abs unger this little gem for about 15-18$ where u can find it Masseria Pietrosa Malvasia Nera.

Meerlust Another fine South African red. Can't go wrong with this one, just breathe it out in the glass for about 20 minutes.

Pirramimma You can't go wrong with this mid bodied red.

Profumi della Costiera Hands down the best limoncello liqueur I have ever had. From Ravello, north of Salerno, on top of the Amalfi coast where the lemons are the size of grapefruits but have full taste. There are a lot of limoncellos out there but this is my favorite. Serve from the freezer. Calms the stomach after a big meal.

Purple Angel by Montes This Chilean red surely deserves the rock star category of affordable wines for the semi-special occasion. 93% carmenere and 7% petit verdot to take the edge off the carmenere. If you don't know carmenere I suggest you go on a virtual South American tour of carmenere especially if you like a pinot noir or wish merlot had a bolder body to it, then carmenere may be your grape. I am not a merlot drinker but I do love a good carmenere because it's a bit more "manly" than a merlot. Carmenere can get a bit bold on the back end when aged but the petit verdot takes that edge off in this blend. Besides, the bottle design will impress the one you drink it with. And of course, use your glass from Dock's Oyster House in Atlantic City, NJ.

Ravello The best limoncello I have ever had. Limoncello from Ravello, south of Amalfi on top of the cliff on the Amalfi cost south of Naples. If you see the lemons there on the coast you will know why the limoncello is finest here.
 

Rasa di Marmorata A phenomenal red table wine from Rome

Rosso di Montalcino Rosso di Montalcino is a staple medium bodied red and brunello's little sister.

Taurasi Aglianco red Mastroberardino Solid southern Italian sleeper found in Charlotte, North Carolina at the fig house. A go-to moderately big red where u can taste the soul of Vesuvius in southern italy in view 45 minutes away to the west from this grape.

Tenuta di Castiglione Frescobaldi When choosing Tuscan wine just remember Frescobaldi. This maker will never do you wrong with a good table wine. This sangiovese blend is a great every day staple to ensure your health longevity.

Tokai Oremus One of the oldest grape varietals in Europe is back and growing rapidly in popularity. The Hungarians and Austrians are the traditional makers of this. My friend Dr. Hollo knows much more than I do (link to the spagetti al la carbonara and Hollo's farm) as they make this white wine in his part of Hungary near Budapest. This is a great starter to an evening maybe after a prosecco or, dare I say, instead of a prosecco, to clear the palate. This is a dry white. If you like pinot grigio and wish it gave you a little more but don’t want it to be as bold as a chardonnay, then this may be your grape. Keep your eye out for this one as it is an "emerging" varietal and may become quite popular soon like pinot grigio did about 15 years ago.

Speaking of Hungarian you have to go to Budapest and stay near the chain bridge and you must go to the Copper Rooster (Dr. Hollo's favorite restaurant) called Rez Kakas. They don't have a website because this is traditional authentic Hungarian with a local flavor and traditional music. I suggest staying at the Intercontinental and mention Dr. Hollo from New Jersey recommended their hotel right in front of the chain bridge . They will welcome you heartily. I got the full personalized tour of Budapest when speaking about the UGELAB at ECVIM in 2008 and fell in love with this city.

 

Click on this link for a cool article on wines to drink before you die. :)