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Enjoy some Grillin’ & Chillin’ this Friday at Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas

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(Logo courtesy of Meritage Wine Market)

(Logo courtesy of Meritage Wine Market)

On Friday September 25th at Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas enjoy some Grillin’ and Chillin’ from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Price is $20 per person and some killer sliders will be fixed two ways on the barbie: caramelized onion barbecue and gorgonzola bacon!

Corks will be pulled on 6 great wines that simply can’t be touched for their price!  These knockout wines will be served with the grilled burgers that they were meant to be paired with:

2007 Brunell Becassone Blanc: Absolutely gorgeous value in white rhone.  This blend sees no oak in order to protect its fresh citrus and lends hints of apple and other fruits with slight hints of almond and minerals.  Incredibly juicy with a touch of chalkiness, this wine is vibrant and lively.

2006 Fevre Chablis: The Domaine Fevre 2006 Chablis (there is a separate cuvee from purchased fruit which I did not taste) displays an uncanny combination of creaminess of texture with firm underlying suggestions of chalk and stone. Mouthwatering honeydew melon and lime run with the mineral suggestions right through to a long luscious back end of exceptional quality. www.erobertparker.com.

2008 Punto Final Malbec: A forward, juicy style, with blackberry and licorice notes that stay lively on the medium-weight finish. www.winespectator.com.

2004 Bernadotte, Haut-Medoc: Bernadotte’s well-made 2004 exhibits a deep ruby/plum/purple color as well as elegant cranberry, black cherry, and currant notes, good acidity, and a spicy, fresh, invigorating finish. Not a big wine, it displays a style completely different from the 2003. Drink it during its first decade of life.

2006 Vice Versa Le Petite Vice: Richly textured, mouth-filling goodness.  Classic Napa chocolaty aromatics, stunning texture for the price, the wine broadens across the palate nicely carrying great deep dark fruited flavors with just a hint of coffee/mocha on the back. Finishes long and strong. – Mark

2005 Versant Cabernet: Hugely extracted and rich with pronounced blackberry, mocha and toasted vanilla notes, this is Pritchard Hill fruit all the way.  Broad and ripe with plenty of silky tannin, this wine is not shy and as good as it is now, it will get even better! – Dave

Meritage Wine Market/162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, A-10/Encinitas, CA 92024/(760) 479-2500.

* More detailed tasting notes on each of the wines being poured can be found at www.meritagewinemarket.com.

* Information in this post is courtesy of Meritage Wine Market.

Maria Desiderata Montana is an award-winning food and wine journalist, editor, and published author based in San Diego. She gained an appreciation of European cuisine from her parents, who were born and raised in Calabria, Italy. Visit her website at www.sandiegofoodfinds.com.

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