Heating things up in January with Great Wine!

Well, as we are almost at the half way mark in January, and I have some great wines to help keep you toasty warm this winter.

When you’ve had one of those weeks, and you need a treat – I have the treat for you.


This is the 2005 Resalte Ribera del Duero Crianza.  It was voted the Number 1 Spanish wine in the world in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2010 and #26 on the list.  And let me tell you it is spectacular.  For those of you that have been reading this wine blog for a while, you know I am a huge fan of the Marquis de Riscal Rioja wine.

With its gold netting, it’s a nice looking bottle, and a great wine with tastes of cedar and plum.  A great smooth Spanish wine.  Well, you can’t buy the Marquis de Riscal in Nova Scotia.  But I feel I have found one just as good.  Leave it my friend Susan from the NSLC to come up with a great tasting Tempranillo.  A crianza has to be aged 6 months in oak, this spent 15 months in French and American oak, so you can taste the oak.  It’s smooth, but it has 15% Alcohol content, so it’s robust and powerful and can deliver a punch.   Ripe red fruits with hints of oak and smoke.  Perfection.

At $27 a bottle here in Nova Scotia, it’s a treat, but worth every penny.  I thoroughly enjoyed it with a stuffed butterfly pork chop, stuffed with feta cheese, bacon and jalapenos.

Till next week, in vitro veritas.  In wine there is truth.  At 15% Alcohol, maybe too much truth.



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