For those of you searching for your next go-to wine, Motor Supply General Manager and Wine Program Director Stephanie Heikila has some recommendations you might just fall in love with.
In the second installment of our new monthly wine blog post series, we sat down with Stephanie to pick her brain on her personal favorite wines to sip and savor. We also learned about her all-time favorite wine maker – whose passion for the process creates an optimal flavor – and some high/low options for wine drinkers on every budget.
What are some of your personal favorite wines right now?
“My absolute favorite maker – we carry two wines made by them on our list – is Belle Pente Vineyard and Winery out of the Yamhill-Carlton District in Oregon's Willamette Valley. I visited Belle Pente last year; I even met the owner, Brian O’Donnell. The wine is great – especially the pinot noir. Their wines are layered; they’re good quality; they’re complex.
When you see someone making wine who you know has passion for it, it helps to know that what you’re drinking is going to be good and was made with love. The O’Donnells put a lot into the process. They don’t mass-produce wine, so you probably won’t find Belle Pente at the grocery store.
We have two Belle Pente wines on our list right now, the “Murto Vineyard” 2011 Pinot Noir and a 2009 Pinot Gris. We end up having to order extra of each of them because the servers sell them so quickly – which is great!
We always joke about Oregon, because if I could make my whole list Oregon wines, I would, but that’s not fair.”
The New York Times rated Belle Pente’s 2008 Pinot Noir number one in a tasting of 20 Oregon vintage wines.
High/low recommendations on the Motor Supply wine list. Go.
“We have some great high/low priced options for Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers.
The most expensive wine we have on the list right now is the Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select 2010 Cabernet from Napa Valley, California. A bottle of that is $400; often ordered by people who come in specifically for the name and for the vintage.
In comparison, a less expensive Cab option is a Felino by Paul Hobbs 2013 Cabernet. That moves a lot, and it’s only $45.”
The Cabernet section of Motor Supply’s wine list is extensive, with prices ranging from $8 glasses to $110 bottles. Explore the menu for more high/low price points.
What food would you pair with the Felino Cabernet?
“I would definitely pair the Felino Cab with any kind of steak, or I would do it with duck. Those flavors will go well together.”
Next time you dine with us, whether you’re in the mood for a vintage wine or something newer, ask for a recommendation – you just may find your next favorite.
Check in next month, when we’ll give you a peek into Motor Supply’s wine inventory – and Stephanie’s secret stash.
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