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    Wines Of The Month | March 2023

    Wine selections available at local wine stores and wineries in the Fox Valley area

    Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige, Pinot Grigio Ramato, 2021
    (10% off for Fox Valley Magazine Wine of the Month!) Iconic Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, actress, producer and philanthropist, Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era.

    Bouquet is intense and complex, with hints of fruits (peach, melon and blackberries). On the palate it is full-bodied and velvety, with a pleasant acidity, soft tannins and a finish rich in mineral sensations. With origins in Italy’s northeastern province of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Ramato (Italian for “auburn” or “copper”) wines are produced by macerating Pinot Grigio grape must with its skins. The skins’ pink hue gives the wines color from a semi- pale pink to dark orange, depending on maceration time. $19.99

    Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room
    227 S 3rd St.
    Geneva, IL 60134

    2020 Tempranillo
    Our 2020 Tempranillo is a shining example of Spain’s main grape varietal. Not usually known for its aroma, ours bucks the trend with juicy plum on the nose with the oak barrel it was aged in making its presence known! Notes of tobacco and vanilla are in perfect balance with the nose and the cherry and cedar finish. Pair with your favorite basked pasta or tomato based dish!

    Geneva Winery
    2N100 Brundige Rd., Elburn, IL 60119
    426 S. 3rd Street, Geneva, IL 60134
    5 N. River St., Batavia, IL 60510

    Tarot – Le Pape 2018
    The 2018 Secret Indulgence Tarot Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley will appease your desire for a rich velvety cabernet, while telling a story to match your secret indulgence. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with a hint of Petite Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is ready to drink now or cellar this for up to 10 years.

    Tarot cards date prior to 15th century Europe where occultists divine your future based on the card and order you draw. Buy a case to read your future by randomly choosing your bottle; since each bottle garners a different label; or grab your favorite label from Le Pape (The Pope) to Le Diable (The Devil) to ascertain your immediate future. This wine isn’t just a story, on the pallet it starts with powerful black cherry flavor and fades into a velvety boysenberry that pairs extremely well with most main courses, but our preference is rare elk, duck confit with port wine reduction or even a charred cheeseburger, but you let us know what you think it pairs best.

    The PRIDE Beer & Wine plus Spirits
    1825 Lincoln Hwy
    St. Charles, IL 60174

    Kiona Vineyards 2021 Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA
    This Columbia Valley wine is clean and refreshing. With a stunning array of honey and apricot aromas that lead to sweet honeysuckle and floral notes. A bright acidity balanced with minerality to create a crisp finish. Take home price: $16.98

    SixtyFour – Wine Bar & Kitchen
    123 Water St #105a
    Naperville, IL 60540

    Bel Lago Auxerrois Sparkling Brut Leelanau Peninsula
    100% Auxerrois. This sparkling wine is a savory combination of bright acidity & creamy texture. Akin to Chardonnay, Auxerrois (pronounced Awk-Sair-Wah) produces an aromatic sparkling wine with scents of bananas, dried figs, cloves & Golden Delicious apples on the nose. Notes of star fruit, redcurrant, gooseberry & jasmine meld with the velvety lees features of sourdough & anise. With plenty of fruit, acidity & structure, this dry sparkling wine is elegant & regal. $24

    • 90 points – Wine Enthusiast
    • 93 points – Double Gold, Best of Sparkling Wine, American Wine Society

    Up North Wine Tasting Room
    9 N. Second Street
    Geneva IL 60134

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