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    Sbrocco Sips 3.10.22

    By Leslie Sbrocco–

    2021 Borreo Sangiovese Rosa, Napa Valley, California $28

    Rosé is a year-round sipper in my house and this unique California version is one to seek out. Made by the team at Napa’s famed Silverado Vineyards, the Borreo line is a tribute to Felix Borreo, an Italian immigrant who in 1888 planted grapes and olives at his property in Napa. The Miller family of Silverado purchased the site in 1992. The stylish label was designed by Walt Disney’s great-granddaughter, Annabelle Rey Miller—a fourth-generation winery owner.

    This wine is made from the Italian grape variety Sangiovese, lending a rich spiciness to the already juicy yet dry, fruit-forward pink. Pour it alongside brunch dishes from egg casserole to smoked salmon or piquant fare from fiery burritos to Thai curry.

    2019 J. Bucher ‘Three Sixty’ Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California $65

    Pinot Noir is a grape variety that takes center stage in California’s coastal regions and this wine from Bucher is a star of Sonoma. This Bucher story began in 1958 when the family emigrated from Switzerland and began an organic dairy farming operation in Russian River Valley. John Bucher took over after he graduated from the University of California at Davis planting organically grown Pinot Noir vines on the 38-acre farm. Today, John and his wife Diane run the dairy and vineyards of Bucher Farms.

    This limited-production, splurge-worthy Pinot Noir is laden with dark cherry and rich fruit aromas with undertones of earth and spice. The texture is lush and silky with a ping of freshness. It’s a beauty to age, but drinks well now with pork loin in a mushroom sauce or roast chicken with sweet potatoes.

    Author, speaker, wine consultant, and television host Leslie Sbrocco is known for her entertaining approach to wine and food. She has won multiple Emmy Awards for her work on PBS, which includes hosting the series “Check, Please! Bay Area” and “100 Days, Drinks, Dishes & Destinations.”

    Published on March 10, 2022