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Shiffrin Selections Ltd.
Volume 1 Number 2

Restaurants to Adopt Shiffrin Selections Wines
  Roosevelt's Blue Star  Doylestown PA (215-348-9000)
   Ludwig's Inn & Oyster Bar Glenmoore PA (610 458-5336)
   POD Philadelphia  (215- 387-1803)
   Simon Pearce on the Brandywine West Chester PA (610-793-0948)
   Thirty-Three East  Williamsport PA  (717-326-4286)
   Wright’s Seafood Inn  Carnegie PA (412-279-7900)
   Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom Wilmington, Del. (302-475-3001)
The 2000 Harvest at Truchard Vineyards
Tony and JoAnn Truchard report a banner year in the Truchard Vineyards, located in the in the Carneros region.  Pictured here with the 2000 Zinfandel Harvest
 
We have just received the '99 Chardonnay which is typically Truchard -- outstanding and great value.  We are regrettably sold out of '98 Pinot Noir, but we are receiving the last of our '97 Cabernet allocation shortly.  The '97 Truchard Cabernet is just wonderful. Having been praised extensively by the wine press at $35, it is a superb value.  Order some now and enjoy it for the bright deep flavors, but be certain to cellar some for several years, as it takes on classic flavors that only bottle aging may impart.
The new Truchard plantings across Old Sonoma Road from the original estate vineyards and on adjacent vineyard tracts west of the winery mean that we will eventually have more Truchard Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Truchard wines are found in a veritable 'who's who' of Pennsylvania restaurants.  Treat yourself soon to an excellent meal complemented by a Truchard wine at any of these fine dining venues. 
Shiffrin Selections, Ltd. now has five of the Truchard vintages in inventory including the ‘98 Pinot Noir Carneros,‘97 Merlot Carneros, ‘97 Cabernet, ‘99 Chardonnay and the‘98 Syrah.
The '98 Biale Zinfandels are in inventory with the Spenker Vineyard a
featured wine @ $28.  From old vines in the Delta/Lodi region, the Spenker Vineyard  is prized among Zinfandel producers such as Ravenswood, Rosenbloom, Turley, and of course, Biale

The Biale Style emphasizes the berry fruit character of Zinfandel with balance a hallmark. Enjoy Biale Zinfandels with a variety of entrees, but particularly with Lamb, Veal and even Duck.  Certain wine writers have said that Biale Zinfandels have a Burgundian Style -- emphasizing sophisticated layers of flavor and power in a velvety, smooth lingering finish. 

We urge you to save some Biale Zinfandel to cellar.  We find that the older Zinfandels such as the '91 Aldo's, take on classic flavor profiles which marry well with mixed grill, filet mignon or steak au poivre.  We urge you to enjoy Biale Zins at Strawberry Hill as well as any of the following destination food and wine venues where it is served:  Dilworthtown Inn (Dilworthtown),  The Happy Rooster (Philadelphia),  Haydn Zug (Lancaster),  Michaelangelo (Clarks Summit),  and of course, Strawberry Hill (Lancaster) 
 
Dennis Kerek is the proprietor of Strawberry Hill  in Lancaster Pennsylvania, a Wine Spectator Award-winning restaurant which now boasts 1,400 wines. Strawberry Hill has an eclectic bar and features food that is as interesting as its fantastic wine list.  Strawberry Hill may be one of the top food and wine wonders of the  Mid-Atlantic region.  Dining at Strawberry Hill is not only interesting as a culinary experience, but it is fun.  Jazz nights are a staple.  Be certain to speak with proprietor Dennis Kerek, whose palate and wine knowledge are exemplary. 
Phone (717) 393-5544 
 
trip to wine country wouldn't be complete without a visit with Allyson and Rick Schuetz of Schuetz-Oles Winery.  After a fine lunch at Tra Vigne in St. Helena, Allyson is holding the empty bottle of Esther's Reserve '98 Korte Ranch Zinfandel

We also had an opportunity to taste the '99 Schuetz Oles Chardonnay, which was excellent.  Note that the '99 Chardonnay is from a particularly short vintage with less than 300 cases produced.  Fortunately, we have a fair supply of the '98 in inventory at an outstanding price. 

We urge you to order the '98 Schuetz Oles Chardonnay soon as the '99 undoubtedly will increase in price.  For the past six vintages, Shiffrin Selections, Ltd. has ordered a significant allocation of Schuetz Oles Chardonnay.  This outstanding Napa Valley Chardonnay, primarily from Chappell Vineyard just North of St. Helena, has been featured at outstanding restaurants throughout Pennsylvania.  Schuetz Oles wines have a story - they speak of superb fruit and wine-making that allows for balance coupled with outstanding intensity of flavors. 

Among our wines in inventory, Shiffrin Selections carries Schuetz Oles ‘98 Zinfandel, the ‘97 Vesuvium, the Korte Ranch ’97 Esther’s Reserve,‘98 Zinfandel Korte Ranch, and ‘98 Chardonnay and an exceptional Non-Vintage Port.  Try some soon!

White Rock '97 Claret named  #1 by Wine & Spirits Magazine
The December 2000 Wine & Spirits Magazine has named White Rock '97 Claret the best over 400 Cabernets and Cabernet-based blends from the '97 vintage.  We are not surprised, having followed Henri Vandendriessche's White Rock Vineyards from their initial release of the '86 vintage.  The White Rock Claret has been a favorite at Le Bec Fin for a number of years and Robert Parker has recently compared it favorably to Grand Cru Bordeaux. 
Shiffrin Selections, working with White Rock Vineyards, has made some '97 Claret available to the PLCB Specialty Stores . . . so be on the lookout.  Restaurateurs, be sure to contact Shiffrin Selections soon to order some White Rock '97 Claret. 

 

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January 2009
Restaurateurs of Pennsylvania and Delaware may now enjoy serving wine from Fairhope Vintners of Napa.The 2006 vintage is an outstanding value at $45 a bottle.

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This issue features Robert Biale Wines, the Schuetz Oles Wines, White Rock Claret #1 Wine & Spirits, and several restaurants that have adopted Shiffrin Wines.

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