In addition to serving as the Sommelier at Brennan’s in Houston, TX, Jason is taking part in the Guest Sommelier series at Phil’s Wine Lounge next Wednesday, February 20.
Jason was interested in wine at a young age and, in college, he was already collecting wine and selling wine at auctions. He earned his level I Sommelier certificate at the age of 21 and hasn’t looked back. Well, except for that short period when he gave corporate America a try, only to run back to the world of wine and restaurants. And Houston is thankful!
Jason has also worked at Morton’s Steakhouse in the Houston Galleria. He earned his advanced Sommelier certificate in California when he was 26, and he loves to spend as much time as possible in wine country. He hopes to spend more time in Oregon in the near future.
We’re glad to share Jason Sherman’s selection for 5 Wines to Enjoy on VineSleuth Uncorked.
Jason’s 5 Wines to Enjoy
One white wine under $20 and widely available in the US:
- Dr. Loosen Riesling
I have long been a fan of German Riesling. They are both great with food and priced great. This is the one I had while I was learning the area, and has all the characteristics you want in a great Riesling—flavors of apricot and stone fruit, great acidity and striking minerality. This is a great wine to take to Chinatown for spicy Asian food.
One red wine under $20 and widely available in the US:
- Ridge “Three Valleys” Zinfandel
The entry level Zinfandel from the experts. These guys have been making great Zinfandels in California for decades, and this wine shows off the skills. Made from vines that age between 20 and 60 years old. Full of lush, ripe, dark fruit and cracked black pepper. What else could you want with Texas BBQ?
One splurge (whatever splurge might mean to you):
- Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-de-Pape Blanc “Vieilles Vignes”
Hands down one of the best wines made each year in the world. This wine changed my life about 10 years ago. Balanced and beautiful, this wine goes with almost any food. Full of fresh, vibrant fruit with a finish of salted butter, it makes you want more every sip.
And two others of his own choosing (these may be either easy or hard to find):
- Domaine Hubert Lamy St. Aubin Blanc
This is an exceptional Chardonnay from Burgundy that really shows off the region and the vintage well. It’s a good bridge into Burgundy for many California Chardonnay lovers.
- Big Table Farm “Whitehawk” Syrah, Santa Barbara
One of the most underrated varietals around, Syrah has found a home in Santa Barbara county. Full of flavor with notes of cured meat, crushed stone, and raspberry pie. If most people would just give Syrah a chance, they would love it.
Have you enjoyed any of these wines? Do any sound interesting to you? Tell us what you think.
Looking for more suggestions? Check out the VineSleuth 5 Wines to Enjoy archives.
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