A couple weeks back, I attended BevMo! Riverside’s store opening. We had the exciting opportunity of meeting and learning more about wines from BevMo’s Cellar Master, Wilfred Wong (@willieboysf), who’s been in the industry for over 40+ years (that’s a lot of wine!) Can you believe, he tastes 6K-8K wines, spirits & beers every year?! If his name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s on pretty much every single wine price & rating tag in BevMo stores. We all also got to enjoy tasting 7 different wines and as it turns out, I have a pretty decent wine palate! 🙂 I was the first to spot one of the wines being corky! It was so much fun exploring different flavor profiles, pairing them with various small bites and falling in love with new wines we never tried before.
Thanks so much for having me, BevMo! Riverside & thank you for sharing a bit of your wealth of wine knowledge with us, Wilfred! I used to always prefer white wines (I’m a Sauv Blanc girl!) but now I find myself stocking up on Pinot Noir’s, who knew!?
Photos by Chris Dyer.
By the way, BevMo’s 5¢ Wine Sale is going on right now! It’s a great time to stock up on our favorites, or try something new! Here’s a list of Wilfred’s Top 10 from this sale:
1. Main & Geary Pinot Grigio ’12 (92 points)
Suggested Pairing: linguine, clams in a light cream sauce
2. Ray’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc (89 points)
Suggested Pairing: raw oysters on the half shell
3. Dolce Vita Prosecco (89 points)
Suggested Pairing: tuna sashimi, with sorrel and lemon
4. Beringer Carneros Chardonnay ’12 (92 points)
Suggested Pairing: sauteed, pounded chicken breast in a light crème sauce
5. Ray’s Creek Chardonnay (91 points)
Suggested Pairing: lightly grilled shrimp, with a white wine reduction sauce
6. Kenwood Jack London Merlot ’10 (92 points)
Suggested Pairing: baked pork tenderloin, with savory spices
7. Zolo Gaucho Select Malbec ’11 (91 points)
Suggested Pairing: grilled beef or goat, light red wine reduction sauce
8. Donovan-Parke Pinot Noir ’12 (91 PTS)
Suggested Pairing: grilled salmon, fresh, savory herbs
9. Unruly Red Table Wine ’11 (92 points)
Suggested Pairing: grilled beef or lamb, with a light touch of savory herbs
10. Crooked Path Zinfandel ’11 (93 points)
Suggested Pairing: Greek style lamb kebobs, with rosemary and lemon zest
Are you a wine drinker? What’s your favorite?
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