Holy humidity…it’s been hot here! I know much of Canada has been having a heat wave with temperatures reaching 40° . I know our friends from places like Arizona and Spain are having a bit of chuckle, but those of us in Canada are not used to that. Two weeks ago it was 12° and now we’re hitting 32° with humidity. Only in Canada
Not sure how you’re chilling out this Summer, but I’m trying to spend as much time as possible either in the water or on the water. With the help of some cool refreshments, as the title suggests, I’m a fool for the cool, and I love taking the opportunity to try new wines this time of year.
I have tried a new Chardonnay recently and I loved it. The Schug Chardonnay from the U.S.A. is an awesome wine to help cool down with. Glorious flavors of pears and tropical fruits make this a Summer favorite. You’ve probably heard me talk about its sister wine – the Schug Pinot Noir.
I have written about this fantastic wine before. This smoky Pinot Noir is at the top of my favorites list.
This is a picture of the family that owns and runs the Schug Carneros Estate Winery led by Walter and Gertrud Schug, who’s parents both ran vineyards in Germany. They are putting out spectacular wines, and if you haven’t already tried them, put them on your wine bucket list.
Another favorite of mine to chill off during this Summer is this wine….
I have written before about Tidal Bay wines from Nova Scotia and I do the love the crisp tropical flavors. I would like to take a moment to say Congratulations to Avondale Sky winery for recently winning the Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for its 2015 Tidal Bay Blend. This light crisp wine goes with everything Summer, and has gorgeous grapefruit and gooseberry flavors. Seafood, appetizers, vegetable dishes – this is an extremely versatile wine and a big heartfelt Congratulations going out to the fine people at Avondale Sky winery.
And my wine of the week….
This gorgeous Grenache Syrah blend from France was sooooooo good! The Gabriel Meffre Laurus Rouge wine from the Gigondas region. Gigondas is in the Southern Rhone region of France and did you know no white wines can carry the designation of AOC Gigondas. Only reds allowed in this region, although it does offer a Rose wine. This wine is considered the baby brother of Chateauneuf du Pape and it is so very rich and glorious. Earthy with notes of black pepper, this beauty is about $21 a bottle, and worth every penny.
I hope you are enjoying the Summer, till next week Cheers