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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 tips with each episode.
2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle “Eroica” Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington $22
A joint project with the famous German producer, Dr. Loosen, this refreshing white combines floral aromas with ripe fruit flavors and a whisper of sweetness. An ideal pairing with spicy fare, sushi, salads, and cheeses, this stylish sipper ranks among America’s top Rieslings.
2008 Villa Maria “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand $35
Celebrating its 50th year, Villa Maria is one of New Zealand’s wine pioneers. Crisp Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is the country’s star wine but this lush yet approachable blend of Cab and Merlot -- hailing from the historic Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand’s north island -- shows how reds can take center stage.