Wines of Washington State: Check, Please! Bay Area Wine Tips

Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine and spirits tips with each episode.

Check, Please! Bay Area guests drank the following wines on the set of episode 805:

2010 Flying Goat Cellars, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California ($39) — This is a Pinot with power. Full-bodied and a touch earthy with ripe flavors of dark cherry and cocoa, it’s a wine that takes a manly approach to a typically feminine variety. Pair alongside beef dishes or hearty cheeses.

2010 Flying Goat Cellars “Goat Bubbles – Blanc de Blancs,” Santa Maria Valley, California ($38) — The label depicts a frolicking goat as a testament to winemaker Norm Yost’s “mission of merriment” with wine. This Chardonnay-based sparkler is rich and creamy yet still maintains vibrancy. Toast to the goat!

2011 Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy ($11) — Not many Pinot Grigios with this price tag have this much complexity. Taut and vibrant with a zip of fresh lemon, it’s an ideal summer wine to stock up on for poolside — or tableside — sipping.

2011 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California ($35) — You may not have heard of this producer…yet…but you will. Situated in California’s Paso Robles region high atop a rugged hillside, the winery is run by the Daou brothers, Georges and Daniel. Committed to quality, this dark berry and peppery-scented red sports a lush texture and supple tannins. A show-stopping red to drink now with grilled lamb or age for up to a decade.

Wine that Leslie Sbrocco and guests drank on the set of Check, Please Bay Area episode 805.

Wine that Leslie Sbrocco and guests drank on the set of Check, Please Bay Area episode 805.

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