This was my view one day last week, as I was out for a run. You see last week I headed home for a week. Pretty, isn’t it? My father had to have a hip replacement and I went home to give my Mom and Dad a hand, after he got out of the hospital.
I hail from the west coast of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada in the prettiest spot called Corner Brook. I love going home…. who doesn’t? I love seeing family and friends, and Newfoundland has quite the wine selection in its stores, and I love trying new wines. Here are a couple of new ones I tried last week.
I was so excited to see this new Zinfandel at the NLC. I had never tried this one before, and was even happier when it turned out to be so delicious. This was flavorful, rich and full of raspberry fruit flavors. There were also notes of white pepper and spice. My Dad was housebound pretty well the entire time I was home, so to help fill the time I played cards with him….. a lot! This is a great wine for food, or as I discovered, perfect for playing cards.
As many of you may know, my Mom is a Chardonnay lover, and this is a beauty we shared one day last week. I have written about the Chateau St. Jean vineyard before, the Pinot Noir is a staple in my wine rack. This was my first time trying the Chardonnay and it did not disappoint. Well-priced at around the $20 mark, this rich Chardonnay had beautiful flavors of lemon cream and mango, and the mild oak gave it an elegance in the finish.
And from the same vineyard, while I was home I tried the Merlot. Here in Nova Scotia we can get the Pinot Noir and the Cabernet Sauvignon, so I was excited as well to try the Merlot. Loving Merlot as much as I do, I found it fabulous, and was quite sad to learn I can’t have it again until I return to Newfoundland at Christmas time. Vibrantly rich with an abundance of cherry and red plum flavors. Notes of baked pie and chocolate and a rich lingering finish make for the perfect wine to have with pork, or any meat you would like to throw on the grill.
This weekend in Canada we are celebrating our Thanksgiving. I know I find it easy to be very thankful for so many blessings in my life. I have a wonderful family, great friends, a nice roof over my head, food in my fridge and wine in the wine rack. I am very lucky indeed. Here’s hoping you can find something to be thankful for, and have a great long weekend.
Till next week, Cheers