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Buyer of: Portuguese Wine, California Merlot & American Whites

Sadie has liked wine as far back as she can remember, but it was spending a few summers in France as a kid that she grew accustomed to wine as an essential part of the table. When Sadie delved into this idea as a young adult, she found it embodied in principles of Slow Food. She's passionate about art and the culinary arts, and especially wine — for its infinite styles, experiential aspects, entertainment, sense of unity, and continuity of tradition.

Sadie holds a certificate from the Sommelier Society of America and continues to educate herself amongst the very knowledgeable staff at 67, as well as through individual study and visiting vineyards throughout the world.

 

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This versatile and refreshing Portuguese white makes a great aperitif, but it’s so delightful, you’ll probably end up drinking it through the whole meal.

Esporão Verdelho 2013

 



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Verdelho is a grape varietal that probably comes from Madeira. Aside from that tiny island famous for its fortified wine, Verdelho is planted to a small degree in Alentejo in Portugal; Savennieres in the Loire Valley (Savennieres, really? Yes); and Australia. In the hot, dry climate of Alentejo, it is able to maintain its freshness when ripe.

I might usually select a wine that is more esoteric, however, I cannot ignore the pleasures of the wines of Esporão, which are always correct and present a modern sensibility. This vibrant white wine is pale in color with flecks of green. It has amazing persistence of flavor that you taste across the palate and continue sensing in the throat:  lime zest, green pear, white pepper, and acacia blossom. Herbal tones, like crushed anise, contribute to the wine’s structure and impressive finish. Overall, it is agreeably balanced and refined.


I was recently reminded of this wine at a Portuguese wine luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton in New York. It was served as the reception wine, yet I found myself holding on to it and revisiting it throughout four courses. This versatile white works with everything from fish to barbecued chicken, but it was a particular pairing with the bacalao (salt cod) at the Ritz that struck my fancy. To begin, this was no ordinary bacalao: It was the most outstanding version of the dish I’ve ever had. The cod was tender and not too salty, resting on a bed of farro, which is slightly chewy by nature. A drizzle of butter sauce was just enough to taste indulgent and pull the dish together. Esporão Verdelho, with its persistence and bright hints of acidity was just the thing to sip in between bites to offset the dish’s savory creaminess.

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I might usually select a wine for this feature that is more esoteric, however, I cannot ignore the pleasures of the wines of Esporão, which are always correct and present a modern sensibility. This vibrant white wine is pale in color with flecks of ... more
Sku: P58770


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A fresh wine with floral and tropical aromatics. It's so zesty and refreshing on the palate that you can drink it alone, as an aperitif, or with a summer dish of white fish or seafood. Mineral notes blended with tropical fruits. Very fresh finish.... more
Sku: 055532


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This pale, pure and focused 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc has a cool profile of lime, pear and white blossom. Its soft texture comes from careful handling, and its harmony of flavor and texture is complemented by the fresh acidity of just-ripe grapes,  more
Sku: 055166


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I first tasted the Nossa Branco in Portugal at the home of Filipa and her husband, William Wouters. He prepared a casual dinner of vegetable salads that we all shared, and the wine was extraordinarily fresh and delicious, just like the meal. It’s an  more
Sku: 057469


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