Hey Fellow Wino’s
I’ve got some exciting picks for you this week with some a little more unique than others.
Have you ever had a Sparkling wine from Bordeaux?
How about a white wine from Mount Etna in Sicily?
Well, I’ve got some fun interesting wines for you so let’s dive in.
Believe it or not, some people who live in Bordeaux won’t drink Champagne and some people who live in Champagne won’t drink Bordeaux. This isn’t due to some silly feud; the French are just passionately local. So, it’s only natural the Bordelaise still want to sip some sparkling wine. This dry sparkling wine made from 70% Semillon and 30% Cabernet Franc will offer a nice yellow apple and peach note with a light toasted almond/brioche note. Pairs perfectly with small finger foods to start the evening off right like some French Brie. At under $17, I say invite some friends over, crack this chilled and enjoy some much-needed quality gossip.
This heavenly priced Cru Level Beaujolais has me doing a little dance in the LCBO aisle. Regnie, the youngest of the 10 Crus’ in Beaujolais, offers suburb value in an already great value wine region. This 100% Gamay offers a light and fruity sipping red you can serve chilled, showing blackberry, plum, cherry and violets with a dusting of dried earth. This is a great patio sipping red wine, perfect for a picnic lunch in the park or paired with a nice Sunday roast chicken. The white wine of red wines right here! If you like red and they like white, go Cru level Beaujolais! Win-Win-Wine!
Burgundy, the legendary region in France producing spine-tingling chardonnay and haunting pinot noir. While this bottle may not haunt your dreams, it will certainly bring you a glimpse into what mid to higher level Burgundy can offer. This 100% Pinot Noir from Marsannay offers classic burgundy pinot noir flavours of red raspberry, red plum, cherry, and violets with that classic earthiness only the French know how to weave into their wine. 2015 was a stellar year and even though this wine priced at $40, I still think it’s a solid deal. Roast Duck, Chicken or Turkey with hearty fixings like roasted potatoes and earthy root vegetables will surely compliment this fine burgundy. This would be my family go-to dinner wine #FrenchCountryChic
The famed volcanic mountain producing stellar red from the grape Nerello Mascalese, this is a Mount Etna white and I couldn’t be more intrigued. This 100% Carricante, an indigenous varietal to Sicily, will offer fresh crisp green apples, lemon, tangerine and white peach offering a refreshing white wine perfect for some grilled seafood. Ditch the burgers and striploin, salt-n-toss on the grill some squid and you’ll be in Sicily. Ciao, Bella. This is a super fun and unique wine that all the nerdy somms out there will be scooping up by the case if only to share with their closest friends.
This 100% Grenache based, medium body red wine offers ripe raspberries and blackberries, plum, some possible mint or garrigue and a leathery-earthy side to balance the fruit. You can pair with nice thick homemade burgers, striploin or lamb on the grill. Just a lovely balanced wine with food for under $20 and much better than a boozy Malbec from Mendoza.
Calling all Sunday roast beef fans, surely a wine deserving of such gravitas. This Montefalco Sagrantino paired with a large table of friends and family will surely match whatever big dishes you can throw at this one. Just make sure everyone talks loudly and uses a lot of hand gestures. Dried currant, red cherry, violets and black pepper with enough acidity and tannin to hold its own. This wine may be more of an Italian brutish dictator than an English secret garden so pair with a Sunday roast, smothered in herbs like rosemary. This will certainly need some time to calm down, so “hang” it out to breath at least 30 minutes, but easily into an hour before sipping. Salute!
Life is short, are you living your dream?
Drinking your dream bottle?