Let’s face it, there’s no doubt about it, these are challenging times for many many people. I understand the challenges people have as we enter Week 2 of self-Quarantine/working from home, with no end in sight. But during all challenges, sometimes we need a little levity, and hopefully my wine blog will be a little bit of an escape for you for a few minutes.
This looks about right, doesn’t it?
One of my favourite white wines comes from New Zealand, and I had this for the first time at my friend Joan’s place. Pinot Grigio is one of the most popular white wines in the world, and I really enjoy it. Pinot Gris, although the same grape, is it’s lesser-known sister and they are made very differently. The #1 difference I can tell you about is that Pinot Grigio is more acidic, it’s very lively on the palate. Pinot Gris has less acidity and tends to lean towards tropical flavours, with usually a higher alcohol content. Where Pinot Grigio is light and refreshing, Pinot Gris has more body, making it a great white wine for those big hearty dinners.
Pinot Grigio is a vibrant delicious wine that’s always a good value, this Canaletto from Italy is just $13.99 a bottle. This is a great wine for fish & seafood dishes, light cheeses, lightly sauced pasta dishes and salads. Also great wine for sushi lovers!
Many people at this challenging time is feeling a bit of a financial crunch, and this is always a great value and it’s on sale right now here in Nova Scotia. Right now this is less than $15 a bottle and it’s a delicious Argentinian Merlot that is rich and full-bodied and organic to boot. Dada, actually makes three wines 1, 2 & 3, all different grapes but the only one we can get here right now is the Dada 2 which is a Merlot. Dada 1 is a Malbec / Bonarda blend and Dada 3 is a Cabernet Sauvignon/ Shiraz blend. I’ve had all three, great wines at a great price. So wherever you’re reading this from, if you head to your favourite wine store and see a Dada label, you won’t be disappointed at what’s in the bottle.
One guarantee I can make to all of you, there is always a bottle of Zinfandel in my wine rack…
This is what I have been marinating for the past 12 hours or so…
Baby back ribs. I love the fact the grocery store on my street sells these smaller racks of baby back ribs. My deep freeze is full of these perfect size servings for a single person. So this evening I’m grilling ribs and Zinfandel is my favourite wine pairing.
The Kenwood Zinfandel from Sonoma County in California is smoky (perfect for smoky ribs), and peppery and a great wine for bbq foods and hearty meat dishes. Many times a great Zinfandel will start at $30 and go up from there, however I love this particular one, and it’s priced at only $22 a bottle.
That’s it for this week,
I’d like to say a great big welcome to all the new visitors to my site and my Facebook page. I am humbled and grateful for the over 20,800 people that discovered my wine page this week. I was thinking of you as I wrote this wine blog, I hope you enjoy it. To my new visitors, every Saturday morning I sit down with a cup of coffee and write a wine blog. Thanks for sharing in journey to find great wines at great prices.