Mary Margaret McCamic

Location: Carrboro, NC

Based in North Carolina, I'm a wine instructor at The Chef's Academy and owner of The Clever Vine, a wine consulting and education service. I hold the WSET Diploma and have a strong background in French wine, with a special interest in the Loire Valley.

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All of these wines have qualities that make them particularly enjoyable with a wide variety of foods!

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 J.M. Boillot Volnay (2006)
Comments: This wine has a lovely nose of earth, sweet spice, and drying cherry. The palate shows off the same sorts of notes with a soft mouthfeel and pleasant, lingering finish. Some good friends brought this bottle over, and we paired it with spinach and mushroom stuffed pork loin. It was beautiful, but it could pair with a wide range of dishes, including roasted chicken with winter vegetables, or that same pork loin with a cherry sauce. Delicious.
Previously available for $27.98
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2 Clemensbusch Riesling Trocken (2010)
Comments: I love this wine because of its bright acidity, notes of concentrated stone fruit, and plesant minerality. I love a vibrant Riesling like this with so many foods - a fish like halibut would be outstanding, or its acidity could serve to cut through of a turkey bratwurst.
Previously available for $21.99
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3 S. C. Pannell Shiraz Grenache Mclaren Vale (2006)
Comments: Stephen Pannell crafts this delicious blend of Shiraz and Grenache without sacrificing acidity for ripe fruit and alcohol. I love how rich and chewy the dark fruit and spice notes are of this wine, yet the finish proves elegant and sophisticated with a pretty pop of acid. I'll be braising pork shoulder and drinking this as soon as the weather cools down. Correction - my husband will be braising pork shoulder when the weather cools down.
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4 Paitin Roero Arneis Vigna Elisa (2010)
Comments: This Arneis has got nice layers of flavor making it diverse when it comes to food - soft white peach and floral notes dominate while pleasant mineral notes sweep up underneath. I want this medium-bodied white with grilled white fish or a beet and goat cheese salad with arugula.
Previously available for $16.99
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5 Paul Blanck Pinot Gris (2009)
Comments: The brilliant, medium-golden appearance of this wine makes me long for a crisp October evening and all the delicious food that comes in the fall. Fuller-bodied, with notes of honey, apricot, ripe apple, and spice. Pork chop topped with reduced pears or apples, anyone?
Average price: $24.99 from 3 stores
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6 A. Christmann Spätburgunder (2009)
Comments: An outstanding expression of just how good German Pinot Noir can be. Soft red fruit, like cherry, stands out among notes of earth and sweet spices. Medium-bodied, with soft, very light tannins and a long, pretty finish. I love this red with a big plate of charcuterie, or perhaps a roasted chicken with butternut squash.
Average price: $60.79 from 1 store
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