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Wine flight From California to New York

I’m a big fan of restaurants that offer wine flights. Even with a tiny wine list, wine flights provide the opportunity for tasting numerous combinations of wines. From all reds or whites, just one varietal, one country, light to full bodied, the varied options are all tantalizing. Additionally, if you think you will have 2 glasses of wine for the evening, flights can be a good value. A couple of evenings back my husband and I found ourselves at The Hollow in downtown Albany, where they have both wine and beer flights. I picked out a red and white each from New York and California to accompany seared polenta with grilled shitakes and a braised tempeh reuban on grilled naan.

From left to right:

Fetzer Crimson Winemaker’s Favorite Pinot Noir 2011 Estate: The Fetzer winery in California is 100% green, all of the energy used is from renewable energy sources. Grapes are grown without chemical or synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and the level of sulfites added to the wines is kept to a very low level. Their wines are made with the belief that “the more we refine our winemaking practices to be in harmony with the environment, the more we improve the quality of our wines – and everyday life”.

Tasting Notes: Fresh and fruity, with juicy cherry and hints of earth in the delicate finish.
100% Pinot Noir
$10 [average price]

St. Francis Chardonnay 2011

Estate: Founded in 1971, today the family owned estate consists of more than 400 acres of Certified Sustainable estate vineyards in both Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley. They have received numerous accolades for their green practices; some of there are the usage of solar energy that in addition to the winery also powers 450 homes, water conservation, recycling initiative, and planting trees. Sustainably farmed

Tasting Notes: Like a lemon bar in a glass, buttery lemon and golden apple flavours merged into a creamy finish of toasted nuts and baked lemon.
97% Chardonnay, 3% Marsanne
Sonoma County
$11 [average price]

Duck Walk Vineyards Southampton White

Winery: Duck Walk Vineyards focuses on preserving the environment, believing that their environmentally conscience viticulture practices are “rewarded with exceptional grapes that we transform into our delicious wine”. They use geothermal, zero-emissions energy for heating and cooling, pumping well water from deep beneath the vineyards that then returns to the earth.

Tasting Notes: Citrus notes mixed with green, herbaceous elements, finishing clean and crisp with a bright acidity. Blend of Chardonnay and Cayuga
North Fork
New York
$10 [average price]

Pindar Vineyards Pythagoras Red NV

An award-winning blend that has been named “Best US Red Blend” by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago and “Best Red Vinifera” in Vineyard & Winery Management’s “Best of the East” competition. Sustainably farmed

Tasting Notes: Black current and blackberry elements wrapped around a delightful smoky core, whilst crushed black peppercorn and smooth black tea tannins comprised the velvety finish.
Winemaker’s Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec
North Fork
New York
$11 [average price]

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