Well folks, unless you’ve hiding under a rock, the Christmas stuff is out. And if you are a customer of certain stores, you’ve been looking at Christmas ornaments since July. So I have decided to share my Christmas Wish List.
This is the Remembrance Day weekend here in Canada, and Monday, November 11th is Remembrance Day. I am humbled by those men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country and I am in awe of all those that are serving in the military today. We live in a country where we can all voice an opinion, and not be afraid of persecution. Today there are still people in the world that can end up in jail for expressing an opinion that the government deems wrong. I don’t think we should ever take these freedoms for granted.
So as my way of saying thank you to the men and women that defend our country and serve in our military, here are a few of my favorite wines in your honor.
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay:
I love a California Chardonnay and this was one of my favorites. Silky rich with flavors and aromas of fresh fruit, some floral notes and vanilla toasted oak. It has very crisp acidity so it doesn’t weigh heavy in the mouth. This balanced wine will compliment any chicken dish you might be having this weekend, and just about anything you are serving food wise.
Chateau La Commanderie Cru Bourgeois Saint Estephe
This full-bodied wine from the Left Bank of Bordeaux is ripe and has distinct tannins. It bursts of flavor of black currants, savory spice, caramel and oak. It will make a commanding presence at any BBQ this long weekend and any beef dish.
Eric Chevalier MusCadet 2010
This is a gorgeous breezy white wine that has a bit of sweetness. It is a light bodied wine with crisp acidity and gorgeous flavors of lemon and lime. Aged in glass, so for all my wine drinking friends that are not big fans of oak, this is a beauty. This wine will perform perfectly with seafood, including this seafood chowders.
Captain‘s Walk Winery:
In Green Bay, Wisconsin, there is a beautiful little winery called Captain’s Walk Winery. This gorgeous property offers wine tasting in a laid back atmosphere. A great place to experience award-winning wines in casual environment.
This is the Captain’s Walk Merlot. This, or pretty much any Merlot will go deliciously with any pork dish you are serving. I love a nice smoky Merlot with pork tenderloin or grilled pork. Medium bodied wine with soft tannins and big juicy plummy flavors.
On this very special day, I ask that this be more about, just another long weekend. This is a day of remembrance for those who fought and the many who died for our country. I also personally acknowledge our current serving members of the military. And if you see a veteran this weekend, please say thank you and shake the person’s hand. It’s the very least we can do
When was the last time you tried a new wine? One of the things I hear most, is that people buy the same wine over and over because it’s easy. It’s not stressful. And they know they will like it. And hey, who wants to take the chance of not liking it? It probably doesn’t surprise you that people buy the same wine over and over again – you may be one of them.
Take a look at this guy’s face. That is the look of utter contentment. My goal for this blog is that you go out this week and buy one wine that you’ve never had before. Here are some things you may want to consider.
1. What is your favorite wine? What is the grape varietal? Is it Merlot? Cabernet Sauvignon? Chardonnay? There’s your starting point. If you like a certain grape varietal – try one from a different country. I love many different wines. My two favorites reds are probably Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Here are a few of my favorite Merlot Wines, each from a different country.
Some of my favorite go-to Merlot wines, and they are all under $20. The first one is from the USA, the second from Bordeaux France, the third from Italy and the 4th from Argentina. The Barone Montalto was a brand new find this week for me. A dandy Merlot with flavors of blackberry and plum with vanilla and chocolate. And it’s $16.99. That’s not scary. All the above Merlot wines are flavorful, food friendly and easy to drink. And they are all under $20, so they are easy to buy.
2. What country is it from? Are you a lover of an Australian Shiraz? or a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand? Or a California Cabernet Sauvignon? Then try different wines from your favorite country. Here’s a few of my favorite Shiraz wines from Australia.
Do you have any idea how many great Shiraz wines come out of Australia? If you’re putting a steak on the barbecue, or having a great pot roast, try one of these wines. Shiraz wines from Australia, especially these from McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley are full-bodied, structured, fruit forward and probably have seen oak. Now for my white wine loving friends, here are some of my favorite Sauvignon Blanc wines from New Zealand.
Sauvignon Blanc, especially from New Zealand are refreshing crisp white wines. They have gorgeous flavors of citrus and is the only wine I would serve with a salad with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar base.
Now being in a wine rut is probably not the worst place to be, because many of you may argue you like your favorites. However, you are missing out on many great new wine discoveries. Did you know if you drink the same wine time and time again, your palate may become dulled, and even your favorite won’t have that great taste you once loved about it.
3. Another way to get out of your wine rut – you could read a wine blog. And thank you for choosing that way. Or you could look up wine reviews or the favorite wines of wine writers. Afraid to try a California Cabernet? I had a new one this week, so I’ve put it here along with a couple of previous favorites.
So there you have it for this week. Put down the old wine favorite. Venture a little further down the aisle, or in a brand new section. Discover something new today. I would love to hear about your experience. Carpe Diem – seize the day.
It’s an exciting time for wine from all around the world.
Till next week, Cheers