Cold Temperatures, Comfort Food & Great Wine

Halifax Winter

What is with the wonky winter weather?  Last weekend it was -29 degrees on Saturday and +6 degrees on Sunday.  I don’t know about you, but for me cold temperatures means comfort food and comfort food means great wine.  I have been super adventurous so far this year in my wine selections.  Remember at the beginning of the year I promised to have one new wine each week… Well, I’m on a new wine kick… and here’s a few of my latest finds.  All of these wines will pair perfectly with your favorite comfort food.

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I’m going to start with one of my favorite finds this week.  This 2006 Godwin Merlot from the Sonoma Valley is a treasure.  Dick Godwin and his wife bought the property in 1980 and farmed and put out their first wine in 2001.  This 2006 Merlot is Merlot done right.  Done in Bordeaux style from Pomerol, this wine is luscious and rich and has lots of lovely layers.  This will keep you warm on any chilly night.

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So the other evening, I was having chicken and decided to try a brand new Pinot Noir.  So I tried the 2012 Pinot Noir from ‘The  Show’.  I have had the Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard, so I was looking forward to trying the Pinot Noir.  Grapes are sourced from both Mendicino and the Sonoma Coast along the Pacific Ocean.  These locations grow Pinot Noir grapes which are elegant and have gorgeous flavors of truffles and spice.  It was once said to never trust a Pinot Noir under $20… I’m telling you, this wine is under $20 and a beauty of a find.

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And speaking of great discoveries at great prices, try this Novas Gran Reserva Syrah Mourvedre blend from Chile.  The blend is comprised of the strong and spicy Syrah and the deeply colored and aromatic Mourvedre grape. Together the two varieties form a blend that is rich in texture and full bodied on the palate.  And this baby is under $15.  Any time you find a great wine under $15, you have to share it with your friends, right?  It would be a shame not to, so there you have it my friends!

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And last but not least the Pezat Bordeaux.  A combination of Merlot and Cabernet Franc make for a dynamic wine.  You get the plump rich juiciness of the Merlot Grape and the structure from the Cab Franc.  This is a new wine for me and it was quite enjoyable.

Well that’s it for me for this week.  Have you tried a new wine so far in 2015?  If so, I would love to hear your latest find.

Till next week, Cheers

Darlene

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