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Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc & Warre's Otima 10 Year Tawny Port

     Last night, we went to Max's Wine Dive for dinner. It was busy as usual but we were lucky enough to get the last two seats at the bar. It has been chilly in Houston this week so we have been drinking red wine and eating a lot of meat. We decided to switch things up and ordered the fried chicken (all white meat) to split, after starting with a bowl of truffled mac & cheese. Instead of Champagne (the classic pairing for this meal at Max's), we went economical with a bottle of Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc.
     This classic California sparkler is consistently good. 100% Chardonnay made effervescent in the traditional method. Subtle citrus aromas with fresh-baked bread, a medium-body with a crisp acidity and a light lingering finish. It was excellent alone and even better with our dinner.
     We finished up with Warre's Otima 10 year Tawny Port and a Brown Betty apple dessert. This Port is a pale tawny color in the glass with intense aromas of honey and baked nuts. The sweetness is balanced with good acidity, high alcohol and a long caramel finish. Wonderful with the dessert but delicious alone as well. The perfect way to warm yourself on a chilly night.
     Another great night amongst many at Max's.

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