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Barrymore Pinot Grigio: A Wine with Star Power

Barrymore Pinot Grigio: A Wine with Star Power


Authenticity in people, and in wine, is a rare quality. Drew Barrymore is authentic and her new wine, Barrymore Pinot Grigio, which she created in partnership with Carmel Road, reflects her free spirit and vivacious personality — it’s elegant, kissed with fruit, and enjoyable to drink.

The Barrymore Brand

A brand is more than just a logo or label; it’s a trust mark that tells people who you are and what you stand for. Barrymore Pinot Grigio is different because it’s not a celebrity vanity label; it’s a wine that stays true to Drew’s values and lifestyle, and it does so with charm and a sense of fun.

For Drew, “Wine is a luxury never to be taken for granted… but it should still be easy drinking and approachable.” When she first formed a relationship with Jackson Family Wines, she wanted to create the kind of wine she likes to drink; or, as she says, a wine that “is perfect for sharing and making memories around the table.”

Tight bonds with friends and family are the center of Drew’s life, and she brings this familial devotion to her wine bottle’s design, too. The stylish label pays homage to her grandfather’s family crest by incorporating the same font into the “B” of Barrymore. The result is a label that’s a little bit retro and yet still fresh and modern.

Stylishly Affordable

For years, Drew’s white wine of choice, especially when she’s relaxing at home or with her close-knit group of girlfriends, has been pinot grigio. She gravitates to crisp, fruity pinot grigio from the Tre Venezie area of Italy, and as a food lover (she’s a huge fan of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and sushi and suggests paring them with her pinot grigio), insists that her wine be food-friendly and affordable; she “doesn’t want to price people out of the market.”

Uncompromising Quality

As an international movie star, Drew Barrymore’s name has reach, and she could have easily licensed her name and left the winemaking process entirely up to someone else — but that’s just not her style. This was a labor of love for Drew, and sheer profit was never her primary motive.

She had to be proud to lend her name to the wine, which is why she chose to partner with Jackson Family Wines and Kris Kato, the longtime winemaker at Carmel Road. Their single-minded dedication to quality wine that’s terroir-driven and sustainably produced matched Drew’s personal and professional ethos.

The Collaboration

Before she reached out to Jackson Family Wines and Kris Kato, Drew made forays into winemaking in Italy. Her past experiences with wine taught her that marketability, availability, and a strong organization are just as important for the brand’s success as the quality of the wine.

Call it kismet, compatible work ethics, or similar palates, but there was an instant rapport between Drew and Kris, and their shared vision made the process entertaining and rewarding. Drew was a fully participating member of the winemaking team and worked closely with Kris to identify and develop their target style, choose the grapes, and select the right vineyard for her signature wine. Over about six months, they held multiple tasting and blending sessions. No matter where she was or what she was doing, Drew would find a way to attend the sessions with Kris, which were sometimes hastily put together in Hollywood hotel rooms or surreptitiously conducted on private planes while Drew traveled to and from movie locations.

It didn’t take long before the two of them realized they had a delicious wine that suited Drew’s palate, met their style targets, and complemented the Carmel Road family of wines. You can almost taste their enthusiasm, positive energy, and creativity in the wine.Call it kismet, compatible work ethics, or similar palates, but there was an instant rapport between Drew and Kris, and their shared vision made the process entertaining and rewarding.

The Region

There are those who believe that the cool climate and unique geology and terroir in Monterey, especially in the Arroyo Seco, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Salinas Valley sub regions, promises to produce wines that will surpass Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley as California’s premier wine regions. It was this promise of greatness that compelled Jess Jackson and other Monterey pioneers to plant grapes back in the 1980s and 1990s.

Monterey’s mosaic of maritime influences from the Pacific Ocean, its daily fog, windy hillside vineyards, well-drained soils, and cooler temperatures all contribute to the wine’s complexity and its ability to speak of place.

The Wine

Carmel Road specializes in producing cool climate chardonnay, riesling, and pinot noir, so producing a cool climate pinot grigio was in line with their family of wines. As in Alto Adige, in Italy, pinot grigio’s minerality, extracted fruit, and aromatics are best expressed in colder climes where there are long days of sunshine, and even longer growing seasons, making Monterey a natural choice.

Rather than rely solely on pinot grigio for the new white wine, Kris Kato created a blend of 90 percent pinot grigio, 8% chardonnay, and a small amount of riesling to create a balanced wine that’s perfect for casual entertaining.

Fermented in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the fruit, this is pinot grigio with an Italian accent by way of Monterey. The pale golden hue has an almost silver lining that offers aromas of Asian pear, fig, and hints of Meyer lemon. Crisp honeydew fruit is balanced by minerality and an undulating spine of acidity. It will keep you coming back sip after sip.

The pinot grigio is a joy to drink, and here is why it’s at the top of my list of favorite new wines: the fruit to acidity ratio and the alcohol levels are on target, it’s terrific with all kinds of food, and it’s affordable.

Coming in the near future is a Barrymore Pinot Noir called Drew’s Blend, so stay tuned. Hmmm. Wonder if a rosé might be in the works? We’ll keep you updated.


12 Celebrity Wines We Love

Love them or not, these celebs are making awesome wines.

Actors, musicians, and athletes are breaking into the world of wine, and some of the results are totally worthy of all your happy hours.

Super celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt joined the wine world by pairing up with Perrin, one of the leading French wine families. The power couple began producing wine after purchasing Château Miraval, an estate in Provence, where the couple frequently vacationed. The Jolie-Pitt & Perrin Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval has even scored high on Wine Spectator's respected Top 100 Wine list.

Rock legends AC/DC are gaining a different fan-base: wine lovers. The band created a line of wine with Warburn Estate in 2011 that was offered in Australia. It was supposed to be a one-time release, but the wines were so popular that they released a second vintage that's now available in the U.S. AC/DC wines have names you'd expect from the band, like Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, The Ultimate Rocker, Back in Black Shiraz, Thunderstruck Chardonnay, and Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc.

Drew Barrymore acts, models, directs, produces, and now makes wine. She started Barrymore Wines in 2011 and has received rave reviews for her Northeast Italian Pinot Grigio, which has hints of apricot and citrus. Barrymore created the wine to honor her family and her travels through Italy, and portions of its sales go to charity.

Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky has scored big with his Canadian-based vineyard, Wayne Gretzky Estates, based in Niagra (Ontario), British Columbia, and Sonoma Valley. The Estate was created to raise funds for the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, which supports numerous charities, including minor hockey programs for less-fortunate kids. Gretzky Estates produces a wide variety of wines, including a No.99 Collection to commemorate Gretzky's jersey number.

Dave Matthews does more than sing and play guitar. The musician joined forces with veteran winemaker Steve Reeder to get in the winemaking game. Dreaming Tree Wines are produced along the north and central California coast and strive to be environmentally-friendly &mdash all bottles have recyclable corks,


100-percent recycled paper labels, and are printed with no bleaching black ink. Matthews' and Reeder's affordable everyday wines sell for just $15 per bottle, and the pricier Cabernet is still only $35.

Hunky Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is making women swoon even more now that he has his own wine to offer. Banderas joined up with Anta Bodegas winery in Spain's Ribera del Duero region to form Anta Banderas in 2009. The wines are primarily red blends of Tempranillo, Cabernet, and Merlot. In true Banderas style, they are packaged in sleek black bottles.

The legacy of late actor Paul Newman lives on in his line of food products, which are sold under the label Newman's Own. The company that is well known for its salad dressing joined forces with Rebel Wine Company to craft easy drinking California wines for the label, including varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. A portion of the proceeds from Newman's Own Wines goes to the Newman's Own Foundation, which has donated more than $350 million to charities.

After winning his first NASCAR championship in 1995, Jeff Gordon discovered his love for wine. He was dining out at an upscale restaurant to celebrate his win and, for the first time, took part in a complete wine experience, from selecting to decanting to pairing. That's when Gordon decided to get into the winemaking business. He partnered with a Napa Valley winemaker to create his first vintage in 2004. His 2008 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay both scored high points with Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Rocker Sting and his producer-philanthropist wife Trudie Styler own a stunning vineyard high up in the Tuscan hills called Villa Il Palagio. The couple purchased the property in 1997 and converted it into a vineyard that also produces honey, olive oil, and organic vegetables. The Estate offers three wines, including an everyday Chianti, named after the Sting song "When We Dance", and a red blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon called "Sister Moon." The entire property relies on biodynamic agriculture, which contributes to the very pure, exuberant flavors of their wines.

Actor Dan Aykroyd paired up with Diamond Estates Wine to develop his line of wines. Aykroyd tries to make his wines accessible to all, claiming "we are anti-wine snobs here. We are not too sure what we smell, but we know what we like to drink." The wines range from sweet Vidal Icewine to a rich, deep Merlot.

He might be one of Hollywood's most-famed directors, but he also makes pretty fantastic wine. Coppola has produced over 40 wines from his resort in Sonoma County, California, which boasts a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, and more. We reccommend the Sofia rosé, named for his director daughter Sofia Coppola.


John Legend: LVE Wines (St. Helena, California)

As if making Grammy Award–winning music weren’t keeping the “All of Me” crooner busy enough, earlier this month John Legend launched his very own wine label, LVE wines, in collaboration with Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena, California. Legend worked closely with iconic Burgundian vintner Jean-Charles Boisset—founder of the Boisset wine empire—and Napa-based winemaker Stephanie Putnam to create two wines inspired by his soulful music: an earthy, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and a creamy, fruit-forward Chardonnay. The trio have already announced plans to expand the collection, but in the meantime, LVE’s flagship wines are available for tasting in the Raymond Vineyards’ tasting room ($25 for a regular tasting $50 for a private winery tour and tasting).

Our pick: The silky 2013 LVE Cabernet Sauvignon, rich with flavors of chocolate, blackberry, and licorice—will pair perfectly with steak and truffles.


Drew Barrymore on Momhood

Giuliana and Bill Rancic interviewed Drew for Parenting.com and talked to her about motherhood, her new cosmetics line and what other celebrity parents inspire her.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic chat with mompreneur Drew Barrymore about her new baby, Olive, guilt, and growing up in the Hollywood spotlight.

G&B: New baby and new makeup line—how are you managing it all? Olive must be a good sleeper!

DB: She is a good sleeper, but it is because I am very strict with her schedule.

G&B: What was the inspiration for Flower Beauty?

DB: I’ve been in the makeup chair my whole life. I’ve also worked with the best makeup artists in the world and I was co-creative director at CoverGirl. I have learned so much and wanted to give women quality cosmetics they can afford. We have the same ingredients as luxury makeup.

G&B: Are you the kind of girl who wears makeup most of the time, or only when you really have to?

DB: I like to wear a lot of makeup, I like to wear no makeup, but most of the time I want easy makeup. I want to have tools that let me do my makeup really quickly.

G&B: Which are your go-to items from the collection?

DB: Lip Tints in Dewy Rose (a red), Airy Orchid (a violet), and Sheer Blossom (a mauve). They are the perfect amount of color for your day.

G&B: What is your favorite part about being a mom?

DB: Being constantly fascinated by Olive. And caring more about her than I’ve ever cared about anything.

G&B: What’s been hardest?

DB: The guilt—lots of moms tell me that is a natural feeling, but it is very powerful.

G&B: What did you have to change, lifestyle-wise, after Olive was born?

DB: So much. The truth is, you can’t have it all. But you can appreciate what you do have much more. Everything gets more narrow, more focused.

G&B: What will you do differently with Olive from the way you grew up?

DB: Schedules, chore charts, family meals, consistency, boundaries, routine, trust, and endless joy.

G&B: You were a child star—would you want the same for your daughter?

DB: No. I want her to be a kid as long as possible.

G&B: What about when she’s older? How would you feel about Olive joining the Barrymore family business someday?

DB: If it made her happy, I think that would be great.

G&B: Will you be a softie or a disciplinarian?

DB: Disciplinarian, because I think it shows that you care. But that doesn’t have to negate being the silliest mom that ever lived.

G&B: At what age will you let Olive start experimenting with makeup?

DB: Kids should not wear makeup! However, teenagers should absolutely play with makeup. I think that’s where you start to learn who you are.

G&B: How involved has your husband, Will Kopelman, been with Olive?

DB: He is a great dad. I waited to do this until I knew I would have a great partner. And he wants to take her to football games, which I’m excited about.

G&B: Which of your movies do you most want Olive to see when she’s bigger?

DB: E.T. and Ever After.

G&B: What other famous parents do you admire?

DB: Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw. They have a big, beautiful family and they are happy, giving, and wise.


Runner-Up, Best California: 2017 Benovia La Pommeraie Chardonnay

Mike Sullivan, winemaker and co-owner of Benovia, has lived a life devoted to working hard and making quality wines since he was a teenager. This 2017 La Pommeraie Chardonnay is what happens when professional expertise meets high quality—a proud representation of Sonoma County at its best.

Find heady aromas of lemon, lime, and pineapple in the forefront, with pear, oak, and lemon curd to follow, and flavors of orange peel enrobed with caramel. This wine is bold with a sturdy structure and mild acidity, and it settles over the tongue like a sweet, heavy blanket.


27 Celebrity Wines Ranked Worst to Best: Drew Barrymore's Pinot to Fergie's Syrah (Photos)

The latest status symbol for many stars is launching (or buying) their own winery. But how do the wines actually stack up? We looked at the latest reviews of celeb-owned vintages by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Ciccone 2005 Madonna Chardonnay (Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points

"This wine is as intense as its namesake, the singer Madonna," Wine Enthusiast wrote in 2009. "Not coincidentally, it is made by her father."

Dave Matthews' Dreaming Tree 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast, California)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 82 points

"This is a dry red wine exuding bell pepper and oak that was made in large quantities in partnership with musician Dave Matthews," the site's critic wrote.

Dan Aykroyd Wines 2007 Discovery Series Chardonnay (Sonoma County)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 83 points

"Tart and jammy, with acidic, one-dimensional flavors of pineapples, vanilla and butterscotch," the site writes.

Jeff Gordon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 83 points

"This is a thin, unfussy wine that imparts bell pepper and asparagus in a sea of green flavor," the site's critic writes.

Mike Ditka 2011 The Icon Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 85 points

"Not overly structured, it'll please tough guys who like their wine to be easily quaffable," the Wine Enthusiast critic writes.

Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl 2011 White (California)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 86 points

The self-help guru and former "Real Housewives" star won praise from Wine Enthusiast in 2014 for her white blend's "versatility and sheer likeability."

Train's Save Me San Francisco 2012 Calling All Angels Chardonnay (California)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 86 points

The San Francisco-based roots rockers have a whole line of wines based on their songs (there's also a petit sirah called Drops of Jupiter). "This wine is dry, with a hint of oaky vanilla and buttered toast," Wine Enthusiast's critic wrote of the chardonnay in 2014.

Fergie's Ferguson Crest 2013 Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 87 points

"From pop music star Fergie, this wine shows dainty aromas of lemon-lime soda, red apple and honey," the site's critic writes.

Château de Tigné 2014 Gerard Depardieu Pinot Noir (Vin de France)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 87 points

"With its attractive red-fruit flavors, this is a light, perfumed wine," the site's reviewer wrote of the French actor's vintage.

Mario Andretti's Andretti 2012 Montona Super Tuscan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese (Napa Valley)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 87 points

The celebrated race-car driver has been a longtime winemaker. "Dusty, chalky tannin and earth provide character to this blend," Wine Enthusiast wrote.

Andrea Bocelli's 2005 Terre di Sandro Sangiovese (Toscana)

The opera singer's red Tuscan has "a gritty, earthy bouquet with background notes of black fruit, tobacco, spice and old leather."

Sting's Il Palagio 2012 Sister Moon Red (Toscana, Italy)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 88 points

"The polished palate shows mature red plum, tobacco and vanilla," Wine Enthusiast wrote in 2017 of the latest Tuscan blend from the veteran British rock star.

Lorraine Bracco's Bracco 2013 La Mont-Brach White (Collio)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 89 points

"The tense, tangy palate offers white peach, citrus zest, fennel and mineral," the site writes of the former "Sopranos" star's white blend.

Drew Barrymore's Barrymore 2015 Pinot Grigio (California)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 89 points

"Apple peels, squeezed lime, rain on cement, jicama and Asian-pear aromas show on the crisp yet rounded nose of this bottling by actress Drew Barrymore," the site writes.

Francis Coppola 2014 Black Label Claret Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (California)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 90 points

"This is a big, beefy wine that smells smoky and black-cherry-like and tastes full, bold and firmly tannic," the site writes.

Fergie's Ferguson Crest 2014 Private Reserve Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley)

"Candied blackberry and black currant meet with lilacs on the concentrated gooey nose of this bottling by the pop star Fergie and her father," Wine Enthusiast writes.

TwentyFour by Charles Woodson 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Calistoga)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 90 points

"As intense and strapping as a Hall of Fame cornerback, this Cabernet is ripe in dark cherry, vanilla and milk chocolate, the tannins mouthfillingly sweet," Wine Enthusiast wrote in 2014 of the former NFL star's cab.

John Lasseter's Lasseter 2013 Chemin de Fer Red (Sonoma Valley)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 91 points

The magazine's critic writes of "The Toy Story" director's wine: "Smoky, charred oak and spicy acidity wrap around lush blackberry, cherry and tar, with plenty of grip to show on the finish."

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval 2015 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 91 points

The former Hollywood It couple bought the French estate in 2011 in partnership with the Perrin family of Château Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape -- and the estate denied reports of a sale in 2017 despite their divorce. Wine Enthusiast writes, "Happily, it is also a very fine wine, perfectly balanced between crisp fruit and acidity."

Nigel Lythgoe's Villa San Juliette 2014 Reserve Grenache (Paso Robles)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 91 points

Wine Enthusiast critic waxes on about the "So You Think You Can Dance" judge's new vintage: "It's floral, full-bodied and multi-layered on the palate."

Jim Nantz's The Calling 2014 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, California)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 91 points

The veteran CBS sportscaster has been making wine with partner Peter Deutch for years, and Wine Enthusiast called this bottle "ripe and full bodied."

Drew Bledsoe's Doubleback 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92 points

Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe planted his first vineyard in his native Washington in 2007 and he won high praise for his 2013 cab: "Alluring aromas of cassis, earth, spice, vanilla and flowers are followed by a structured palate."

Emilio Estevez's Casa Dumetz 2014 Thompson Grenache (Santa Barbara County)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92 points

"This bottling shows very fresh cherry juice and dried roses as well as inviting splashes of Dr. Pepper, kola nut and sarsaparilla on the nose," the site wrote in 2016. (The former Brat Packer sold the vineyard in 2016, according to the L.A. Times.)

Wayne Gretzky Estates 2012 No. 99 Icewine Cabernet Franc (Niagara Peninsula)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92 points

"Medium cherry in color with notes of raspberry jam, wet stone, mint and cherry," the site writes.

Sam Neill's Two Paddocks 2015 The Fusilier Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Noir (Central Otago, New Zealand)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92 points

"The 2015s from proprietor Sam Neill (yes, the actor) are a big step up from the 2014s," the site's reviewer writes.

Kyle MacLachlan's Pursued by Bear 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, Washington)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 93 points

"It provides plenty of immediate appeal but will only benefit from some time in the cellar," Wine Enthusiast critic writes of the "Twin Peaks" star's latest.

Boz Scaggs' Scaggs Vineyard 2008 Montage G-S-M (Mount Veeder, Napa Valley)

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 95 points

Here's a surprise from the R&B singer-songwriter: A rave from Wine Enthusiast in 2011 for his "extraordinarily decadent Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah blend, currently among the best in California."

How does Wine Enthusiast rate vintages from stars like Sting, Fergie and Francis Ford Coppola?

The latest status symbol for many stars is launching (or buying) their own winery. But how do the wines actually stack up? We looked at the latest reviews of celeb-owned vintages by Wine Enthusiast magazine.


Diaz and entrepreneur Katherine Power launched a wine brand that offers white, red and rosé, made with organic grapes, free of unnecessary additives. The wines are sourced from generations old and family run businesses in Provence, Spain and Italy.

The Pretty Little Liars actress owns a line of canned sparkling tequila. The beverage named Onda comes in two flavours: lime and grapefruit and is mixed with tequila, sparkling water and real fruit juice. The drinks claim to contain only 100 calories and are gluten-free with no carbs or sugar.


Barrymore Pinot Grigio: A Wine with Star Power - Recipes

And who doesn't want to be a winemaker these days? Welcome, then, Drew Barrymore to the sister- and brotherhood of vitners!

Well, more accurately, we should welcome the 37-year-old star of "E.T." and "Charlie's Angels" and the owner of a "Rebellious era" sub-entry in Wikipedia to the brother- and sisterhood of wine importers. Which is not a bad thing. I love wine importers. But don't expect to see Drew in a row of Merlot vines with a pair of pruning shears or down in a musty wine cellar rolling barrels around any time soon. (For the record, Drew is teaming up with Wilson Daniels, an established importer, to make this all happen.)

Her first wine under the rather appealingly conservative Shepard Fairey-designed "Barrymore" label is a 2011 Pinot Grigio from Italy. It isn't cheap, at $20. I haven't tried it yet. But at $20, it's by definition ludicrously overpriced. Pinot Grigio is a lunchtime wine that's built for washing down. well, lunch. And it has a name that's fun and easy to say (It rhymes!), which led it to be foisted on the American public as a Chardonnay alternative in bars a few years back. You can get a perfectly tasty one for less than $10.

But let's not complain too excessively. Drew says she wanted a wine that was "fresh, dynamic, and fun." Her Pinot Grigio is probably just that.

The trend here to note isn't so much celebrity winemaking as celebrity wine-branding. I'm even willing to cut Drew some slack on the price tag. She's staged a nice comeback. There's no reason she should ever sell herself short again.


21 Wines That Are Cheap in Price, Not in Taste

Because delicious and inexpensive bottles of red, white, brut, and rosé do exist.

A good bottle of wine doesn't always come with a big price tag. In fact, our editors and the experts in the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen have a long list of great wine brands that are cheap in price, but never in taste. And trust us when we say we've got an inexpensive bottle for every wine lover out there. We're talking delicious red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines that cost no more than $20. But if we're being really honest, most of the brands we selected are under $15. We've even thrown in some top picks under $10 because we truly believe good wine can fit any budget.

So the next time you're looking for a great bottle at a great price point, don't forget this list of the best cheap wine brands on the market.

We love this bold red wine that combines malbec, zinfandel, and petite sirah grapes. Beef, lamb, veal, and chicken are ideal food pairings, but this also makes a perfect sipping wine on its own.

This dry unoaked Oregon chardonnay offers full bodied notes of apple, apricot, melon, peach, and pear. It pairs delightfully with pasta, salads, chicken, or fish.

Full bodied and spicy, this wine comes from Spain and offers a great taste at a great price. It's light and smooth with the perfect acidity. It's best with beef, chicken, lamb, or pasta.

Although they come from the same grape, a pinot gris is different than a pinot grigio wine. With this pinot gris, you'll get citrus and white floral notes. It's crisp and refreshing, and pairs best with chicken or fish.

A newly released wine that's perfect for sipping on a spring or summer night. It has all the bubbles you want from a prosecco and all the berry and peach flavor you love of rosé.

An organic wine under $15? Yep! The Argentinean wine is fruity, medium bodied, and well balanced. Serve it with pork to enhance the flavor.

From the Cava, Spain region, this brut is traditional in its fruity and citrus flavor. The notes of lime and pineapple are delightful, making this cava particularly good to sip.

Our Chief Food Director absolutely loves this rosé. Straight from Vin de Pays, France, it has everything you want: a crisp flavor, dry finish, and a touch of sweetness.

The Californian pinot noir is the perfect everyday wine. It's light with hints of plum and berry flavors, and is offered at an incredible price.

Prosecco is sparkling white wine from Italy, and few brands make it as well as Lamarca. While sipping, you'll notice the fresh flavor of green apple, lemon, and a hint of honey.

Red fruit and cherries are revealed in this rosé from France. It's ideal for drinking or serving with a cold meal.

You'll taste cherry, vanilla, and a hint of coffee. It's smooth and balanced, and perfect to drink when you're serving lamb or beef.

Josh Cellars was started in 2007, and has quickly become a favorite among wine lovers. The sauvignon blanc in particular is light, dry, and has notes of tropical fruit and peach.

Another favorite of ours is Mionetto, which was founded in 1887. The brut is well-balanced, rich in fruity flavors, and perfectly dry.

Brought to you by Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, Avaline rose is made from a blend of organic cinsault, grenache, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and caladoc grapes. Its notes include melon and citrus zest.

Wake up your tastes buds with this one-of-a-kind rosé, which is filled with flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, and a hint of kiwi.

Made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah grapes, its intense flavor includes blackberry and plum. It's best served with lamb and duck.

As a top-rated pick that has a true earthy flavor, reviewers say you'll be hard pressed to find another wine that is bold and flavorful under $10.

This light bodied riesling starts off spicy with the first sip and then leads to citrus and peach flavors.

What makes this sauvignon blanc stand out is the taste of crushed herbs that complement the grapefruit and lemon notes. It's the perfect combo of acidic and sweet.

One of the more tannic wines on our list, you'll taste blueberries, brown sugar, and cocoa. Ideal for pairing with short ribs or lamb shoulder.


The Importance of High Quality, Sustainable Shrimp

The key to a great Shrimp Scampi is using the right, high-quality ingredients. Fresh herbs and garlic make all the difference when crafting your butter sauce, and of course, the shrimp is PARAMOUNT.

I refuse to cook with anything but Naked Shrimp. This is, in my experience, the best shrimp product on the market. It is totally chemical-free with no preservatives, no additives, no antibiotics, no phosphates, and no added water. Just pure, natural shrimp.

Naked Shrimp are 4-Star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certified Sustainable, which means each step of the process is carefully monitored to ensure responsible practices.

WHY does this matter? Well – chemically-treated shrimp have water added to them. So, when you sauté shrimp in the pan, all the water will cook out of them, they will not sear properly, and you will be left with a rubbery, chemical-tasting shrimp.

With Naked Shrimp – you are able to get beautiful caramelization from the natural sugar present in the shrimp, along with a crisp, clean texture.

According to an article from WebMD about shrimp’s health benefits, “unless you live near the coast, shrimp at your local grocery likely aren’t fresh. They’ll be frozen or previously frozen and thawed.” Naked Shrimp are “flash frozen” using state-of-the-art technology in order to lock in the maximum flavor, texture and freshness, until the moment you’re ready to thaw and cook it.

This adds another layer of convenience because you can thaw the night before, or even on a moment’s notice. You can also feel confident that your shrimp has been “frozen in time” from the time it is harvested until the time you are cooking it.


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