Sans Liege winery in Paso Robles, California, is a producer of many fine wines, but my favorite of the lot is The Offering, always at the ready in the Symons Wine Cellar in downtown Petoskey.
On most every cold, dark winter evening in the front parlor, Christine and I light the candles, assemble some hors d’oeuvres, tune in the Pandora to some slow, dance music and crack a bottle of wine. The Offering is the perfect wine for these nights.
The nose of dark fruit and enticing aroma of spices and slight sprinkling of licorice evoke a rich and subtle texture toward the palate, to which the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier don’t disappoint. The full mouth feel of fruit extends into the finish of subtle tannins that are not overwhelmed by the high alcohol content of 15.4 percent.
A nice rich cheddar or French brie, warm to be sure, on a baguette served by not slicing but tearing the bread and slathering with the brie or a slice of cheddar would pair nicely. Any red meat for a main course along with some mashed redskins and an asparagus side conjures a perfect comfort meal.
And as a bonus, the richness of this wine can be carried into a serving of a fine chocolate for dessert. So many wines have difficulty advancing through three courses, but The Offering plunges into the meal with you and is ready on all fronts.
Better still, the price. Evenly priced at $23.95, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg for a fabulous experience. Have fun with The Offering and don’t be shy with the brie.
Written By Tom Renkes, Photo by Sean Miller