It was looking iffy for a while, when parts of Canada were getting snow in June, but Summer has finally arrived. Don’t you just love Summer? Sunny days, patios, barbecue and great wine. Don’t let anyone tell you a person can’t drink red wine in the Summer, because I’m here to prove them wrong. Wines like Pinot Noir and Merlot are great Summer wines. You can serve them slightly chilled, because if it’s 20+ more degrees, you definitely want to cool that wine down a bit.
Speaking of Merlot, here’s a new Merlot I tried this past week.
I went to my friend Sandra’s home, because we are watching the Big Little Lies series together. She bought this to the table Thursday evening. I really enjoyed it. It had more structure and it was more tannic than what you would normally think for a Merlot, and the oak was very evident. I was surprised to discover there was no Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine. One of the things I will tell you is that this wine is not filtered! And Sandra got a big mouthful of sediment when we finished the wine. It hails from the Rhone Valley in France, and would make a good BBQ wine.
Here’s another great red wine perfect for Summer, and it happens to be another new Merlot I tried this past week.
This is the CA Lunghetta Merlot from Italy and it’s a well-structured fruity wine that comes in around the $15 mark. This is from the Veneto region of Italy, which of course is home to Venice. Veneto is more known for Prosecco and the Italian Spritzers with Aperol, which I fell in love with while in Italy. This is a very nice Merlot from Italy and goes great with that Summer pizza, pasta and barbecue fare.
And now for my wine of the week…
I have to tell you about this fantastic new wine I tried last week through Amber at the NSLC and then bought it last night to have with my BBQ ribs. I love old vine wine, and you see that in Zinfandel a lot. Well the Montgo Monastrell comes from old vines and it is breathtakingly good. This wine definitely focuses on the fruit, as it has only seen 6 months aging in subtle French oak. Just long enough to enhance the smoothness without the oak being dominant. Montgo, means mountainous, and the grapes were hand-picked which is very unusual for a wine that sells here for $19. Monastrell is the Spanish grape variety also known as Mourvedre in France. Recommend for Summer!
Whatever is in your glass this Summer, enjoy it! Our Summers seem so short here in Canada, enjoy it while you can.
Till next week, Cheers