Expert Picks: Dave Malone, Northwest Florida Wine & Spirits Supervisor
With over a decade spent sipping and suggesting wine, Dave has visited vineyards from Germany to Napa and many appellations in between. Find him biking, running or uncorking wine from California—but don’t be surprised if his glass is filled with an Old World beauty. His love of wine leads him to try any wine from anywhere.
One of the top Pinot Noir finds from our California buying trip. “Aromas of cinnamon meet with strawberry, plum, gravel and bay leaf… That bay leaf joins eucalyptus on the very clean and fresh sip, which surrounds tart raspberry, vanilla and clove flavors.” 2015, 91 points, Wine EnthusiasBuy Now
Aging in French Oak lends a touch of a spice to this tasty Chardonnay that showcases flavors of peach, pear and apple. With good balance and nice acidity, this will pair well with a variety of foods, such as roasted chicken or fish tacos.Buy Now
One of my favorite red wines to hit the shelves in quite some time. Wines of this quality from more notable regions sell for twice the price. “Intense black currant, blackberry pie, beef jerky and caramel aromas lead onto a palate full of chalky tannins and balanced acidity.” 2015, 93 points, Wine EnthusiastBuy Now
Less than 200 cases were produced of this old school Cabernet from the famed Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. With flavors of black cherry, currant and blackberry balanced by ripe tannin and firm acidity, this is best to decant for an hour and serve with grilled meat.Buy Now
One of the best domestic Sauvignon Blancs we’ve ever carried. “This wine shines in stony minerality—its bite is of green apple, its aroma laced in hibiscus. Smooth and sublime on the palate, with clean, focused flavors, it adds a note of grapefruit pith that pierces the finish.” 2016, 92 points, Wine EnthusiastBuy Now