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Fall Into Some Great Wines!

Posted in Wine with tags , , , on September 19, 2015 by darmyers

Autumn

By far, my favorite time of the year is Fall.  I love the cool crisp temperatures, I love the colors of the season, and I love a good glass of wine on a chilly Autumn evening.  And since the first day of Autumn is coming up this week, I thought I would share some great wines you can enjoy this season.

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The first wine I would like to share with you this week is in celebration of Earth Day.  The Adobe Vineyard out of Chile releases a group of limited edition organic wines to celebrate Earth Day and the Cabernet Sauvignon I had this past week is one of those wines.

They also make a Sauvignon Blanc for all my white wine loving friends.  I had the opportunity to have the Cabernet Sauvignon this past week, and not only is it an outstanding value at just $14.99, it’s a great wine.  It was named one of the top 20 wines for under $20, and for a good reason.  It has a lot of depth and complexity for an inexpensive wine, great structure and bold fruits.  I loved it, and will buy it again.

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Another wine I tried new this past week makes the Top 20 for under $20 list on a regular basis.  Broquel puts out many great wines, all under $20 and a new one I tried this past week was the Cabernet Franc.  Now I have to be honest, my only experiences with Cabernet Franc tend to be Bordeaux blends, where many French winemakers traditionally include Cabernet Franc as part of their blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  This varietal all by itself was surprisingly delicious.  Full-bodied and spicy, with a good solid tannic structure.  Not unlike it’s relative, Cabernet Sauvignon.  I’m originally from Newfoundland, and with Moose season here, this is the perfect wine for wild game and any red meat.

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I tried a bunch of new wines this week, and here’s another one.  The Rio Madre Rioja from Spain featuring the Graciano grape.  I have to tell you, this is not a familiar grape to me, but the wine was delicious.  The Graciano grape is well known to Spanish winemakers though, used to add a floral note and complexity to their blended wines.   This wine was first introduced in 2010 and since then have been given 90+ points across the board, including a 91 from the man himself, Robert Parker.  I love the fact the grapes are hand harvested and only the best non-bruised grapes are used for this wine.  Rich dark fruits and a great wine for pizza and pasta.

Last but not least, is my greatest find this week…..

Beringer

The Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is worth every penny of the $35 I paid for it.  Grapes for this wine were harvested in October, which is late.  And what that did was add a full-bodied sweet note to the Cabernet.  Dark rich fruits, spice, sweet licorice with a silky finish makes for a spectacular wine.  Treat yourself!  You work hard, you deserve it.  And this wine will put a smile on your face.

Well, that’s it for this week.  Enjoy the season, and thanks again for reading.
Till next week, Cheers
Darlene

 

 

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Wine and Soup – A Match Made In Heaven

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 28, 2015 by darmyers

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While Icemageddon has us in its tight grasp, and doesn’t seem to want to let go…. we had a bit of fun at work with the ultimate comfort food!  Soup!  We have had about 5 weeks of flash freezes and snow storms, so we did a soup cook-off at work.  And they were all delicious, but let’s pair some wines with these soups, as they were all very different.

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There were 5 fabulous selections, and each one very different.  The winner was a Tequila Taco Soup.  Yum!  Even though I made soup to compete, this was the hands down winner for me as well.  And here’s a picture of our lovely winner.

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Sue was the winner.  And regular readers of the blog will remember Sue from a wine blog this past Summer when she discovered Riesling.  Riesling Sue we’ll call her.  She made the Tequila Taco Soup with all the fixings includes a lime wedge, sour cream and the corn chips.

Tequila Taco Soup

Many people will tell you that a beer is the ultimate match for this soup, a red or a white wine would pair well also.   Here’s a rule of thumb to remember.  The spicier the soup, the sweeter and colder the wine.   So for a very spicy version, I would try a Riesling, like this Wakefield from Australia.

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Crisp, fresh and delicious.  This wine goes well with many Mexican food dishes.  However, Sue didn’t overload the spice.  So there could be many wine options for this soup.  A Beaujolais, chilled, would be another fun wine to have with this soup.

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Like this George DuBoeuf Brouilly Beaujolais from France.  For those of you not familiar with Beaujolais, it is made from the Gamay grape and comes from the southern part of Burgundy France.  The Beaujolais region is the largest region in Burgundy, and produces about 12 million bottles a year.  This is a light bodied wine with candied aromas and very light fruity palates.  Wine critics have been known to say ‘it’s the only white wine that’s red’.  You serve a Beaujolais chilled and would be a great wine for this soup.

Jalapeno corn chowder

2nd place went to the winner of the chili cook-off, Tom Bedell.  This delicious soup was a Jalapeno Corn Chowder and I had to have two bowls.  The above wines would work for this soup too, but another wine to consider would be Mersault, which is a Chardonnay from the Burgundy region of France.  Here’s one of my all time favorites.

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If you are not familiar with Mersault, or it’s a little pricy for the budget, any Chardonnay would go great.  Or try a Chardonnay blend, like the Conundrum white.

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This delightful wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and has gorgeous tropical flavors with a hint of vanilla.  If you haven’t tried this wine yet, you should.

Baked potato soup

My soup came in 3rd place and was a Baked Potato Soup with cheese and real bacon on top.  This is a thick and hearty soup with lots of cream.  So, a great soup to pair with red wine.  My personal choice would be a Pinot Noir.  But there are so many options available.  Typically, your favorite wine would probably match this soup.  Here’s a couple of my favorites.

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The Saint Clair Family estate with their Pioneer Block Pinot Noir and the Whitehaven Pinot Noir are both from the Marlborough region of New Zealand.  And the region is producing some lovely Pinot Noir wines.  Food friendly, easy to drink, and flavorful.

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Kate made a delicious pasta soup with lots of veggies.  Another great soup that would go with red or white.  A white like a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a Viognier would go well.  I have the Stags Leap Viognier next to it.  A great red would be a Tempranillo, and here’s my latest favorite Tempranillo.

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And last but certainly not least, Rich made a delicious Thai chicken with sweet potato soup.  Dear Lord this was good.

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For me… I was enjoying this soup yesterday wishing I had a glass of Riesling.  Match made in heaven, like this Riesling from Gaspereau Vineyards.  But if you don’t like a sweeter wine, again Sauvignon Blanc, the versatile white that goes with any appetizer.   And of course Fume Blanc, which is Sauvignon Blanc made by Robert Mondavi,  would be perfect as well.

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Here is a picture of the other cooks, minus the winner, who had to run to a meeting.  We had a lot of fun, and are having another cook-off the end of March.

Before I go, my new wine of the week is… Conundrum Red Blend.

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Conundrum white has been out for a while and winemaker Charlie Wagner has released a red blend.  And here’s the thing, he’s not telling anyone what varietals are in it.  He said as a kid, he used to watch his father blend wines at the kitchen table all the time.  But he’s staying mum on the varietals, encouraging people to try it on their own.  I definitely detected Zinfandel, with it’s jammy berry flavors and a bit of smoke on the palate.  I also detected chocolate and even a bit of smoky bacon.   It was very tasty, however, with the second glass it got jammier.  A little thick on the palate, and personally, I have to question the $26 price point.   Don’t take this as a negative, it’s just my opinion.  Anyone who loves the big bold California blends like I do, will really like this wine.

Till next week, Cheers

Darlene