The Grape Houdini

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Ever sit around with a group of friends and secretly wonder how the bottle of wine disappeared?  Me neither, I just open another one.  But that’s what happened the other night as we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, and we had a wonderful time.

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We celebrated my friend Sharon’s birthday Wednesday evening, and the wine was flowing, everything from white to red to rose.

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I’ve had the opportunity to try some new wines in the past few weeks, and I thought I would share them with you.  Let’s start with an amazing wine for summer.

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You know I love Rose wine in the Summer, and this gorgeous looking wine hails from the Basilicata region of Italy, which on a map looks to be the instep of the boot.  For those that didnt know, Italy is shaped like a boot.  Basilicata grows Aglianico, and this rose wine from Pipoli is a great value at $19 per bottle.  Gorgeous citrus flavors with nice crisp minerality.  Fabulous wine.

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Another recent fabulous find is this Pinot Noir, which only cost $20 but tastes like a $40 bottle of wine.  That’s the one thing I love about Chilean wine, such good value.  The wine tastes more expensive than what you actually pay for it.  I enjoyed the wine from 2015, and it was fresh and fruity with hints of vanilla.  I loved it, and Pinot Noir is so food friendly, it’s one of the reds that will go with anything you put on the picnic table this Summer.  I have sinced picked up more of it, and I’m thinking it will be a stapke in my wine rack.

And now for my wine of the week..

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This fantastic numbered wine from  McGuigan comes oht once a year, and is called the Shortlist selection.   From the Coonawarra region of Australia,  this region is known for its quality Cabernet Sauvignon.  I enjoyed this award winning wine last night as I barbecued.   Gorgeous flavours of black currant and chocolate mint with great structure and softer tannins.  I bought the very last bottle at my local liquor store yesterday,  this wine is in extremely short supply here in Canada so if you see it grab it .  It’s a keeper!

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That’s it for me this week.  Till next week, Cheers

Darlene

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