CV, the Wine Guy, talks Turkey — Part Two

CV the Wine Guy_Turkey Whites 2 Cune — Monopole Rioja 2013
Region / Country: Rioja, Spain
Varietal: Viura
Price: $12.99
Rioja is both a region and style of wine. This is by Cune, which is one of the most famous wineries in all of Spain. It was established in 1879. This is 100% high-altitude Viura from the Rioja Alta subzone, in North-Central Spain.  It’s going to be dry, with marvelous notes of white peach, Meyer lemon, and mineral accents. The texture is quite rich, but crisp, citrusy acid keeps it lively. This bottle of wine is perfect for someone who knows wine, someone who wants to have something really fun on their Thanksgiving table.

Tomero — Torrontes 2012
Region / Country:
Varietal: Torrontes Riojano
Price: $11.99
Argentina is a very broad-based wine world now, Torrontes was there first. Torrontes have been cultivated in Argentina since the mid 19th century. Torrontes Riojano, one of three types of Torrontes grapes, is extensively grown and best expresses the elaboration of very fruity yet dry wine. It’s very aromatic — a lot of floral aromas will come off the nose. This is a supple, fruity white, with flavors of pineapple and pear. The flavors of Torrontes should be a perfect, unusual pick for Thanksgiving.

Montinore Estate — Borealis White Table Wine 2013
Region / State: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietals: 39% Gewurztraminer, 37% Muller-Thurgau, 19% Riesling, 5% Pinot Gris
Price: $13.99
BIODYNAMIC! This is a lovely blend of Gewurztraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. What a wonderful and unique blend: each of these individual wines would make for a great turkey wine. Together, it will be delightful. With notes of peach, yellow apple, pineapple and bright citrus, it has the acidity to balance out and contrast with the fruitiness. A wine can have a fair amount of sugar, but if it has the acidity to balance out the sweetness, you don’t really know that the residual sugar is there.

Albet i Noya — Xarel·lo 2013
Region / Country:
Varietal: Xarel·lo
Price: $13.99
ORGANIC! This is a fun, unusual wine, made from 100% Xarel·lo grapes, which are grown in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain. Although Xarel·lo is best known as a sparkling wine grape, it is also great in dry table wines. Xarel·lo produces highly textural wines, with a lemon-like acidity and stonefruit flavors. This is less fruit-forward than the other wines we’re featuring this week, but features a well-balanced, crisp minerality that will add some refreshment to your Thanksgiving table.



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What’s Dipping in the Well: Mayan Chocolate



Fresh from our Deli to your tastebuds: Organic Mayan Chocolate Ice Cream. Warm up and perk up with the latest seasonal flavor in our ice cream well: handmade Mayan Chocolate — a blend of dark chocolate, vanilla, chipotle chilies, and ground cinnamon.

Stop by for a scoop or pint of our popular twist on the Co-op’s smooth, melt-in-your mouth, original chocolate flavor. It’s gluten-free and handcrafted using quality chocolate and a special combination of spice. Our Mayan Chocolate is just the fix for a cool, drizzly day: it’s zippy, tickles the senses, and warms the blood.

The ancient Mayan people of the Mesoamericas were chocaholics and revered chocolate (or cacao) as “the food of the gods”. One can argue that not much has changed since. Humankind, across the globe, loves chocolate. According to CNN, in 2009, chocolate was a $83 billion a year business.

Rich in iron, antioxidants and fiber, chocolate is a delicious super and comfort food. One we enjoy incorporating into ice cream. Enjoy this fabulous marriage of chocolate and spice by making an unforgettable milkshake: blend it with organic fair trade bananas, coconut or berries.

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Skagit Brew Corner: Welcome, Winter Ales!

TenBelowIt’s time to embrace the winter ale season! Many breweries are beginning to release their seasonal winter brews; brace yourself for rich flavors and slightly higher alcohol content.

We now have a large display of seasonal ales at the foot of the stairs to the mezzanine. Several winter seasonal ales are available now, such as Ninkasi’s Sleighr and Big Sky’s Powder Hound, and there are more on the way. So stop by the Co-op and pick up some liquid winter warmth!

Here’s a quick guide to some festive favorites:

10° Below, Scuttlebutt Brewery, Everett, WA.  7.4% ABV / 22 IBU.  An Imperial dunkelweiss-style brew, this local gem is loaded with crisp citrus flavor and a smooth, rich finish.  Locally grown Cluster and Cascade hops are combined with deep roasted malt, evoking the flavors of milk chocolate, pretzels, and orange peel.  Medium-bodied and very food friendly — don’t miss this limited release. Pair it with roasted lemon herb chicken or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

HalesWeeHeavyWee Heavy, Hale’s Ales, Seattle, WA.  7.2% ABV / 24 IBU. In December 1985, Hale’s Wee Heavy became the Northwest’s first designated “seasonal” ale.  This award-winning, chestnut-colored Scotch-style ale is well SSWW14matched for the cold weather months. Savor its warming, malty richness alongside hearty foods and good friends. Pair it with chocolate desserts or blue cheese with honey and pears.

Samuel Smith 25th Anniversary Winter Welcome, Yorkshire, UK. 6% ABV, 30 IBU.  America’s first imported winter seasonal beer is still a benchmark: deep honey gold, with a full body and wonderful malty richness. Inviting and elegant, it’s fermented in open-topped stone vessels called “Yorkshire Squares”, which are made of slate.  This icon of British ales delivers well-balanced flavor and restrained bitterness from dried whole cone Fuggle and Golding hops. Pair it with roasted meats, shrimp ‘n’ grits, or cheese plates.

Festeroo Ale from Hop Valley Brewing Company, Springfield, OR. 7.8% ABV / 60 IBU. Hop Valley Brewing is a relative newcomer to the microbrew scene, but are gaining notariety with their Alpha Centauri Imperial IPA. Their holiday seasonal, an English-style Old ale, does not disappoint. Loaded with flavors of burnt caramel and hazelnut, with sprucy hop spice, Festeroo is an easy going winter warmer. Enjoy it in moderation and good cheer.  Pair it with raspberry cheesecake and chocolate truffles.

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CV, the Wine Guy, talks Turkey

Skagit Valley Food Coop_CV_White Wines for TurkeyIf there’s one day of the year where it’s fun to have whites in mind, it’s Thanksgiving. To celebrate this very important annual event, CV will highlight some of the more unusual, delicious, and extraordinary white wines that will go perfectly with your turkey for the next three weeks.

For certain people, a sweet wine, like Gewurztraminer, is the perfect match for turkey. And, technically, it is. But, we can also shake things up. Our theme for the next three weeks is to explore some more adventurous wines for your holiday table.

Wine offerings are listed in the order of more traditional (for turkey) to more unique and capable of stealing the Turkey show. All are delicious and would be darn good with your turkey (or leading up to Thankgiving, for the essential trial runs and taste testing).



Turkey White #1: Foris Vineyards — 2012 Moscato
(pictured above, left)
Rogue Valley, Oregon
Price $11.99
For those who are wanting to stay true to the sweet wine match, this Moscato has been a Co-op favorite for a long time. In a frizzante (instead of fully sparkling) style, this wine is lightly effervescent, with tiny bubbles that balance out the juicy sweetness of the grape. Peachy-floral aromas with a light and lively palette.

Skagit Valley Food Coop_CV_Rose for TurkeyTurkey White #2: Château Grande Cassagne — 2011 Costières de Nimes Rosé
Rhone, France
Price: $9.99
45% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Saignée

Rosés go well with turkey and festivity — this is the one Rosé I’m bringing in for Thanksgiving. This is a lovely Rosé — flavors of raspberry, watermelon, rose petals, which are classic flavors and aromas of a well-made Rose. The electric pink color of this wine is really quite fantastic. You can easily imagine how great this bottle of wine will look on your holiday table. It would sparkle next to the turkey.

Skagit Valley Food Coop_CV_Gilbert CellarsTurkey White #3: Gilbert Cellars — 2013 The Grower
Columbia Valley, Washington
Price: $14.99
61% Chardonnay & 39% Riesling
We are also featuring a lovely, very unique blend of Chardonnay and Riesling for Thanksgiving. It’s unusual to pair Chardonnay with Riesling — but it works very well. This bottle of wine was built to go with turkey. It has that bit of sweetness that goes well with turkey, but in a classier style. It’s a style of wine that will suit a number of palettes. People who drink (good) wine will recognize the weight of the Chardonnay and the creaminess that comes with it, and the beautiful lift that comes off of a Riesling.

Turkey White #4: Bouza — Albariño 2012 (pictured at top, center)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Price: $17.99
There is BIG money making wine in Uruguay right now, but, so far, it’s not very well known as an impressive wine region. Uruguay produces two main varietals, Albariño and Tannat. This is a very sophisticated, special bottle of wine. This is a really fun wine. It is full of minerals, full of expression. It is made by a terrific winery that is getting much-deserved accolades and attention.

Turkey White #5: Klostor Pinot Grigio 2013 (pictured at top, right)
Rheinhessen, Germany
Price: $8.99
An affordable Pinot Grigio from Germany. Most people don’t think of Germany for Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio, but this can stand on its own. With strong flavors of citrus and minerals, this tangy wine will go perfectly with turkey for people who want a traditional food wine. This wine comes in once a year, and then it’s gone. Try it while we have it!

+Red Blends for Thanksgiving
And, to wrap things up, two turkey-worthy reds for you:

Gilbert Cellars’ Uncle Cragg’s — 2012 The Pilgrim, $14.99
Red blend from Columbia Valley, Washington.

Skagit Valley Food Coop__CV_LaPetiteFontaineMaison Richard Côtes du Rhône — 2010 La Petite Fontaine, $9.99
Red blend from Rhone, France. (A perfect turkey red.)
Part of the Chateau la Nerthe family of wines, which has been producing wine throughout the southern Rhone Valle for 800 years. And is famous for it. This is the least expensive of the la Nerthe family of reds, but one that lives up to its family name. A friendly, everyday, earthy wine with notes of black cherry and raspberry. It finishes clean, with a highlight of cedar and spice. All-in-all, perfect. And only $9.99.