Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery
10300 Chalk Hill Road
Healdsburg, Sonoma County
Wine Tips from Yves Sauboua
By Jim Clarke
1. Decant or aerate all wines (whites and reds) priced over
$50 retail. Allow 15 to 20 minutes before drinking them and you
will enjoy them at their best.
2. Be careful about temperature. I drink white wine around
48-55° F and red wine around 60-65° F. If you drink wine that's
too warm or too cold you lose all the fruit flavors and the complexities
of the wine.
3. Be adventurous with food and wine pairing. Try to
go for lesser-known grapes like Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner and many
others. Also, match your wine with the sauce or juice of the dish rather
than with the meat or fish. The sauce or juice is the most important
part of the dish.
4. Don’t drink the same style of wine every time you
go out - only Cabernet Sauvignon, only Pinot Grigio, etc. You don’t
eat a T-Bone steak every day, so why should you drink the same style
of wine?? Make wine like a fun evening: drink Californian wine one night,
on another night Spanish, or South African, or French, or Chilean…the
consumer is so lucky nowadays to have access to so many great wines
from all over the world.
5. Talk to your Sommelier/ Wine Director in the restaurant.
This person is there to help you and to make sure you will be 100% satisfied.
The best way to know about them is to buy the Chalk Hill Sommeliers
Guide to Restaurants in America; you’ll learn all the secrets
of the sommeliers’ world.