Shannon Ridge is a relative newcomer on the scene. We tasted the 2010 Ranch Collection Chardonnay from Lake County. I really enjoyed the nose on this one, with notes of tropical fruit, pear and vanilla. This was an amazingly food friendly wine playing nicely with pizza, ceviche and a cheese I had the pleasure of introducing the group to, Le Délice de Bourgogne. An incredible triple creme, you can find it at Trader Joe’s. The wine sells for about $19.
We returned to Shannon Ridge to taste their 2008 Ranch Collection Zinfandel. Scott provided grilled Portabella mushrooms to pair with this wine and again, it worked. I also enjoyed it with salami and cheddar, pizza and dark chocolate caramel. The wine smells like a Zin, jammy and fruit forward, but it’s not your typical “fruit bomb.” This wine was very approachable and is attractively priced at $19.
Finally we tasted the Quady 2010 Electra Red Muscat. Quady winery is in Madera, California with a focus on sweet wines. The Electra is quite sweet with a rose bouquet. The triple creme was a perfect pairing as were the graham crackers with cream cheese and raspberries. You’ll find this wine for around $21.
Next month the Men’s Wine Council will gather. Cheers!