February can be a dark, chilly month, so co-hosts Kyla Peal and Marie Cheslik of Chicago’s Slik Wines wanted to help us picture ourselves somewhere a little hotter — like, volcano hot. Their wine selection (in full below) is a can't-miss exploration of wines that come from volcanic regions across the world, including one from an Italian winery that’s located on the northern side of the always-active Mount Etna.
- Saint Verny Le Pinot Noir Puy-de-Dôme: “Surprisingly fruit-forward with notes of strawberry yogurt and blackberries, almost like a Beaujolais. This wine also has a serious earthy undertone of potting soil and wet leaves, almost like some great Burgundies. Pinot noir lovers can rejoice!” — Marie
- Garalis Terra Roza: “This wine specifically reminded me of Turkish dried apricots, orange peel, rose water, and butternut squash. It smells like your grandma baking something and in that sense, it’s quite comforting.” — Kyla
- Peter and Michael Ebert Das Trocken: “This bottle shows such a perfect amount of acidity with a bit of oomph, so it’s nicely balanced. Ripe Granny Smith apple skins, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and lemon custard fill the palate. It pairs well with any dish that includes Asian flavors or spice of any sort.” — Kyla
- Flavia Taillè Frappato Perricone: “This blend made equally of frappato and perricone is for lovers of light-bodied wines with fruit notes. (The two grapes complement each other and result in something akin to a pinot noir.) Notes of black cherry, dried strawberry, plum, and licorice.” — Kyla
- Frontón de Oro Tinto: “A medium bodied red that drinks like a $200 bottle of wine. Here you’ll get notes of raspberry, strawberry, black tea, and a touch of smoke and hellfire.” — Marie
- Garalis Limnio: “It’s a full-bodied wine with notes of dried cherries, plum sauce, strawberries, and herbs like rosemary and thyme.” — Kyla
- Saint Verny Le Chardonnay: “If you’re a fan of dry, unoaked, lemony chardonnays like the ones you’ll find in Chablis but want to try something a bit more interesting, this is an approachable way to go!” —Marie
- Flavia Tìade Sparkling Catarratto: “Pine needles, oyster shells, green apples, and orange blossoms with lemon/lime acidity. Don’t be scared of this wine because you’ve never heard of Catarratto. This spumante truly over-delivers.” — Marie
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