Chillin’ With Wine This Summer!

Wine bad weather

And I do mean Chillin’ literally! Although the weather outside is a little frightful for July, registering at a chilly 12 degrees today, July 9th.   However, there’s no reason your wineglass should have to be empty.

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Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favourite summer wines.  It goes with some of my favourite summer foods.  Salads, aappetizers, veggies –  this is my go to wine.   And one of my favourites is the Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.  This also brings back some great memories for me.   When I started my quest to become a Sommelier The very first course I took was through the International Sommelier  Guild with Andrew Facey n St. John’s Newfounfland.  And as part of the final exam there was a blind taste test,  and this was the wine.  And I remember being one of the few that identified it during the exam, and I identified it because I loved it so much.   Crisp refreshing citrus notes with hints of grass and vegetal green pepper notes. Great summer wine.

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Here’s a staple in my wine rack lately.   This is not only a great wine it’s a great value.  $17.99 here  but it tastes like a much more expensive wine.  This spicy Tempranillo has been aged 10 years in the cellars  before being released.   One word on the label of a Spanish Rioja, will tell you how long it has been aged.  Crianza  has to be aged for three years before release, Reserva has to be aged 5 years before release and Gran Reserva has to be aged a minimum of 7 years.   This is a great example of Gran Reserva, with gorgeous notes of leather, tobacco and vanilla.  Grilled meats and aged cheeses would pair so well.

And my wine of the week…..

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Is another Spanish beauty.  The Ergo Tempranillo from Rioja is from a vineyard recently purchased by E & J Gallo from California.   Over the past few years,  E & J Gallo  has been expanding their portfolio by buying smaller wineries.   Bodegas Martin Codax  has a great reputation for quality wines in this region.     Dark cherry flavours with notes of spice and vanilla make for a great wine.  This particular wine is on sale right now at our local liquor store and at $16.99 a bottle it’s a steal of a deal.

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Last weekend it was 30° and I was out Sea-Dooing, this weekend it’s  12°    So I guess that means inside chores.

Whatever your plans are for this weekend I hope you enjoy.

Till next week, cheers.

Darlene

 

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