Photo by photo by Kelly Roberts

Photo by photo by Kelly Roberts

Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, 2007 and Provenance Vineyards Merlot

Back By by Julia Hadley and Gwenn Hare

Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, 2007, $25 and Provenance Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 2006, $30:

Trimbach Riesling: In Alsace France, Riesling is king. Trimbach is a great representation of why. The 2007 release is made using 100 percent stainless steel — no oak. This allows for little interference between the flavor of the grape picked in the vineyard and the taste of the final product. The wine is made in a bone-dry style with flavors of peach, grapefruit and lemon followed by a long, clean and dry finish.Provenance Vineyards Merlot:Situated in the town of Rutherford, Provenance Vineyards produces some of the best Merlot in the Napa Valley. This is not a timid Merlot. Fruit for this wine comes from the Los Carneros and Oak Knoll subappellations within the valley. The combination of these grapes produces a wine showing flavors of black cherry, clove and autumn spices followed by a long fruity finish.

Where to find it:

Both wines are available at Nugget Markets (, Whole Foods Market ( and BevMo ( locations throughout the Capital Region.

What to eat with this wine:

The Trimbach Riesling pairs well with a succulent lobster tail served with drawn butter and lemon. The Provenance Merlot is paired with Hads fireside steak sandwich served on a garlic roll. Lightly seasoned green beans and onions accompany the entrée.

Julia Hadley is the owner and restaurant manager of the recently opened Hads Steak & Seafood located at 20th and J streets in midtown Sacramento. Gwen Hare serves as bar manager.