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The Meritage Resort & Spa's Assistant Director of Food and Beverage and Certified Sommelier, Mike Lee, shares how to best pair dinner with the perfect Trinitas Cellars Carneros Chardonnay or Pinot Noir for a cozy night in, so you can feel like a true wine pro at home.

THE WINES

“Stock up on Trinitas Carneros Chardonnay and Pinot Noir during this time of self-isolation.,” says Lee. “These wines are full bodied and well balanced. They show generous fruit characteristics, lovely floral notes, and are perfect food pairing options when you’re going to be cooking at home or preparing for a “Netflix Night” cozied up on the couch. Create a cheese plate with medium-soft to hard cheeses for either wine, or break out the popcorn for movie night!”

For the white wine lovers, Trinitas Cellars' 2016 Carneros Chardonnay offers a sweet aroma of lemon curd, dandelion, beeswax, honey, and vanilla. Intense flavors of Meyer lemon and honeycomb are accompanied by an incredibly smooth texture.

ACCOMPANIMENTS

“Pair the Carneros Chardonnay with home-cooked comfort foods like grilled chicken with corn and sweet potatoes, pasta Alfredo, mushroom & cheese risotto or turkey pot pie,” recommends Lee.

Alternatively, red wine lovers will appreciate the aromatics of the 2016 Pinot Noir -- full of enticing aromas of cherries, cranberries, wildflowers, and vanilla -- as a smooth velvety texture glides across the palate with flavors of ripe black cherry and strawberry followed by notes of caramelized vanilla.

Offers Lee, “The Carneros Pinot Noir works beautifully with garlic & rosemary roasted pork loin, barbecued chicken, duck confit with lentils, or Chinese takeout.”

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