Here in Nova Scotia, it’s a long weekend as we celebrate Heritage Day. What’s not to love about having Monday off. And what’s even better is there is an extra evening you can enjoy a glass of wine or two guilt free. I thought I would share some of my favorite ‘Heritage’ wines for this long weekend wine blog.
A couple of years ago I had the most wonderful trip to Hawaii!
That trip to Hawaii was one of my all time favourites, I went with my sister and her family and her brother-in-law Guy and his wife Tracey. And the same group is heading to Barbados this year. I can’t wait, but I digress.
Let’s get back to the wine.
One of the reasons I loved Hawaii so much, is that we drank a lot of wine from this Vineyard! It was so well priced in Oahu, and we bought it from a convenience store. One of my favourites is this particular one. Robert Mondavi Heritage Red Blend is a winner. This is a spectacular value at $20 a bottle and a wonderful blend of Syrah, Merlot with a touch of Zinfandel. Great BBQ wine, and a great wine for long weekends!
A couple of years ago I got to meet William Hardy, a 5th generation winemaker from Hardy Wines in Australia.
This winemaker makes an incredible Riesling.
Just to clarify, this winery also produces a Riesling Gewurztraminer blend, but I’m not a big fan of Gewurztraminer. I like the stand alone HRB Riesling. Riesling is my favourite wine to have with Thai food, but it’s also a great compliment to seafood, appetizers and salads. This crisp fresh Riesling has notes of kiwi fruit and lime and is best served chilled.
Last but not least, let’s head to the Cote du Rhone region of France where Heritage reigns supreme.
Cote du Rhone is home to Chateauneuf du Pape, known to many as the wine of all wines. This Ogier Heritage Chateauneuf is a pretty good value at $50 because these wines can sky rocket in price. If you love the flavours of Chateauneuf, but don’t like the hefty price tags, have I got a treat for you!
From the same vineyard and winery, comes the very affordable Heritage Cote du Rhone. Also made with Grenache, this wine has great fruit flavours and spicy notes, but it comes in at just $19 a bottle. Fantastic wine for a fantastic price!
Wherever you are, I hope it’s a long weekend!
Till next week, Cheers