And that’s just one of the fun facts you’ll learn about wine, and I’ll share some new wines I have discovered in the past few weeks. Did you know one barrel of wine makes 1,180 glasses of wine or just over 24 cases. Wouldn’t we all love to have a wine barrel handy.
Here’s the Primitivo I treated myself to last Friday night. I apologize for the blurry picture, I took 3 pictures, but I must have been shaking with excitement. The Gold Series Vigne Vecchie Primitivo Di Manduria is a mouthfeel to say and a treat to the palate. Primitivo originated in Croatia, but now is mostly grown in the Puglia region of southern Italy and of course California where it is known as Zinfandel. Primitivo means early riser because it is one of the earliest budding grapes. This wine was the gold medal winner at the New Zealand International Wine Show, and with its spicy cherry flavors, smooth oak finish and tobacco notes, I wasn’t surprised to hear that. Comes in at around the $40 mark but worth every cent.
Did you also know that one case of wine equals 30 pounds of grapes and one acre of grapevines produces 4000 bottles of wine or 15,940 glasses of wine? Make no wonder winemakers seem happy all the time!
Had a new Pinot Noir from New Zealand a couple of weeks back. From Hawkes Bay, the Hipi Pinot Noir was delightful and full of flavor. The word ‘hipi’ is the Maori word for sheep, not the traditional meaning here in North America. Black cherry flavors with soft tannins, this wine was made for drinking now. Although you could cellar it for 3 – 5 years.
My friend Rosalie drinks her wine with ice cubes, as many people I know do. I should pass along this tip. And although Rosalie drinks red wine, it should work with red grapes as well. Speaking of my friend Rosalie, her and her husband Ron, bought me a wine from New Brunswick that I couldn’t get here in Nova Scotia a couple of weeks ago. And it was my wine of the week.
The Lake Sonoma Dry Creek Zinfandel was so good. It was a limited edition brought in to New Brunswick, so I’m a little sad I won’t have it again, but it was worth every sip. It won the gold medal at the World Wine Awards of Canada in 2015, you probably won’t find it surprising its from the Sonoma region of California. This is a big robust wine with lots of jammy fruit and hints of black pepper. So you know it was spectacular with the BBQ ribs I enjoyed with the wine but it would go great with any grilled meats and especially lamb.
I’ll close off with some of the health benefits of our favorite beverage.
Thank you for reading and sharing my wine blog, it is very much appreciated. Welcome to the new readers from last week, and thank you for the kind notes everyone.
There will not be a wine blog next week as I am heading to the Bahamas on Thursday with my sister? I can’t wait to share with you when I get back all the new wines I’m looking forward to trying .
Till then, Cheers