Apparently I blinked, and now Summer is over. Short but sweet, I hope everyone enjoyed their Summer. I would like to take a moment to reminisce on some of my favorite wines from this past summer.
This was a spectacular new find… The 2011 Seven Falls Merlot from Washington State. Given 90 Points by Wine Spectator, this beauty has the juicy dark fruit you’d expect from a Merlot, but more oomph. It’s a little more full-bodied for a Merlot, aged 18 months in oak, and has more structure than the average Merlot. So much so you could enjoy this wine with a steak, as well as pork or anything else you would want to put on a grill on a grill. This could be my favorite burger wine of the Summer.
This is Steve, who is sampling some of the Skinny Girl line, holding up the Skinny Girl Pinot Grigio… the perfect patio wine. Crisp and refreshing, with tropical fruit flavors so yummy you’ll forget it’s only 100 calories per serving. I called it the perfect patio wine but it’s also very food friendly and will pair nicely with seafood or just snacking on cheese and crackers.
Skinny Girl also has come out with a line of lemonade spritzers that are 90 calories a pop, and are super refreshing. I tried the Key Lime one on Thursday and with this being a long weekend, a great time to stock up on these refreshing delights.
Here’s another new wine I’ve tried in the past week. A gift from a friend, I love wine from the Saint Emilion region of France. Merlot dominant with Cabernet Franc added, this Bordeaux has good density, ripe fruit, smokey flavors and hints of chocolate. Very food friendly.
And last but not least this beauty…. I had it last night and what a way to start the long weekend….
The Liano Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon. A delightful combination of mocha and rich plum fruit with hints of chocolate. It’s full-bodied from the Cabernet and soft and smooth from the Sangiovese. And if you don’t want to take my word for it, this gorgeous wine won a Gold Medal at the Sélections Mondiales des Vins in Montreal and Natalie Maclean gave it 92 points. It’s a winner!
It’s Labor Day weekend so as we salute the working class of this great country, stay safe, drive carefully and enjoy some great wine
Till next weekend, Cheers