Greg & John Russo
When John Russo was fourteen years old, his Aunt Rose Russo told him to "take over the wine business." So John studied wine and marketing books, and hooked up with some industry professionals who mentored John so he could become a respected wine merchant and educator. John works with the best vintners, brokers, and importers to carefully select the best quality wines at value prices. Greg Russo has been working at his father's side for many years and is carrying on the family tradition.
We carry wines from many regions around the world. We also "special order" wines that we might not have in stock. We gladly take the time to answer your wine questions and help you select the perfect wines for your home and for the gifts you want to impress your friends and clients. Try our own Carrettino brand of quality wines. We carefully select the blends for quality and value.
Pair this Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc with summer salads and soft cheeses, such as a tuna nicoise salad or a goat cheese, watermelon, and greens salad with a citrus vinaigrette. Zesty goat cheese spread on a crust of fresh bread would also make a great match with the bright flavors of this Central Coast wine.
The aroma of our Sivas-Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc has an intense concentration of grass and kafir lime, mixed with notes of bay leaf and pomelo. Bright and full of character, the nose is pure Sauvignon Blanc. On the palate, this wine has a wonderful contrast between the rich, creamy mouthfeel from Sonoma Valley portion of the blend and the bright, citrus flavors from the Russian River, creating flavors of lemon curd and key lime pie. The silky texture lingers on the mid-palate as the flavors change from citrus to fresh cut grass. Full-bodied but with a cutting, palate-cleansing acidity, just a touch of jalapeño hangs on the finish.
This wine came from two very different lots of Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc: thirty-eight percent of the blend from Russian River and sixty-two percent from Sonoma Valley. While both legs of the blend bring a vibrant acidity to the final wine, Sonoma Valley portion lends a creamy, silky texture from stirring the wine on its lees. In contrast, the Russian River portion contributes most of the pleasant, subtle green notes that strongly distinguish the varietal character. Stainless steel fermentation and gentle pad filtration right before bottling help to preserve the freshness of the fruit profile.
This Sauvignon Blanc brings several food pairings to mind. Try this with an arugula salad served with lemon vinaigrette, or a watermelon gazpacho for a fresh take on an old world classic. For more substantial fare, grilled swordfish and washed rind cheeses will pair extremely well with this wine’s full body and crisp acidity.