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 803:
2011 Bernardus Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County, California ($18) -- Crafted with grapes from two of Monterey’s famous vineyards -- Griva and Ventana -- this beautiful white is one of the best wines I’ve sampled this year. Citrus-scented and floral, the aromas jump from the glass because it’s made with the perfumed Musqué clone of Sauvignon. If you’re going to drink SB, stock up on this remarkably refreshing yet complex wine.
2009 Bernardus Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California ($35) -- Pinot Noir is my top-pick red due to its elegance and flexibility. A good bottle can pair as easily with fleshy fish as it can with beef stew...and this is a great bottle. Alluring tea leaf and thyme aromas underscore the waft of red berry aromas exploding from the glass. Followed by succulent fruit flavors, a slight tannic grip, and full-bodied flair, it’s a wine to showcase by itself or with anything at the dinner table.