My 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 903:
2011 Fillaboa Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain ($19) -- As a lover of crisp whites, one of my go-to favorites is from northeastern Spain. Located just above Portugal, the area is called Rias Baixas (Ree-as By-shus) and it’s not typical for many who think of Spain as simply hot and dry. This lush, cool coastal area – often called Green Spain – is home to the famous city of Santiago de Compostela as well as fantastic seafood and wines. My top picks are made from the grape variety named Albarino, which produces aromatic wines with tropical fruit aromas and luscious flavors. Fillaboa is one of the best. This medium-bodied white is made from their estate vineyards and showcases how fascinatingly layered 100 percent Albarino can become when grown in the ideal spot and made with care. Pair it with seafood, fresh vegetables and cheeses, or just with a sunny afternoon.
2009 Marchesi de Frescobaldi “Nipozzano” Riserva, Chianti Rufina, Italy ($21) -- What a deal that will make any wine lover salivate in anticipation of uncorking the bottle. The Frescobaldi family has been in the wine business since the middle ages and are known for wines of character and quality. With a rich history dating to the 11th century the beautiful castle, or Castello, of Nipozzano is located in the sub-zone, Chianti Rufina, of the larger Chianti region in Tuscany. The Sangiovese-based red has been aged to gain the Riserva designation and sports dark berry aromas, an earthy tinge, and well-structured tannins. Like a fine Italian stiletto heel that makes you smile with pleasure, this wine is style in a glass. You will smile as you sip.