So for my wine pick this week, obviously a champagne… one of the most celebrated and recognized Champagnes in the world..I actually selected this Champagne for a couple of reasons..
First of all of course, because I love it, its often my go-to bubbly, it is elegant, very sophisticated beautiful fine bubbles, gentle mousse, fruity with notes of citrus and a touch of mineral and I love the toasty aroma, and the hint of brioche… so delicious, so seductive on the palate. The Champagne is Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Pinot Noir/Chardonnay.
The other reason, there’s quite a story behind this Champagne house that was founded in 1772…
It’s a tale about a remarkable lady who at the tender age of 27, tragically was widowed and left at the helm, or in charge essentially of running this Champagne house. Defying all the odds she took over the reins, bold, confident, the 1st businesswoman of the century many say… she lead the charge, she invented the riddling process, still used today, she created the first vintage Champagne, and to a great extent thanks to Barbe Nicole, Veuve Cliquot is a brand so well known all over the world, an image of great quality, of great taste elegance and when you need to bring a bottle of bubbly to a special occasion or dinner, you just know the host will be very happy when she sees the yellow-orange label of Veuve Clicquot! Perfect paired with potato chips too!
No brand new discovery to share with everybody…. but instead this week I’ve decided to share with everyone one, for a couple of years now, of my tried and true favorites…, I never ever tire of it, it always delivers a mouthful of joy, sip after sip! It’s not an everyday wine, it’s a little pricey Monday-Friday however… well worth the $26.95,when you feel like a treat.
The winery is Sonoma Cutrer, California of course…. and the wine is The Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2012… an award winning wine, first introduced in 1981… made from grapes from distinct vineyard lots, it is full bodied, rich rich…with flavours of citrus and peach, a creaminess but with beautiful acidity and long finish…. forever on my palate! wonderful wine!
So in keeping with our theme today “off the beaten track” or a little out of the ordinary lets say… my wine pick comes from a place that most people wouldn’t ordinarily think of as a wine growing region… it actually comes from one of the oldest regions of wine production, over 5000 years!
And not only that but the producer of my wine pick has been making wine for over 150 years, it is the oldest,largest and most visited winery in this country.
So what is my wine pick? For $15.00 bucks! What a find!
A Syrah blend, 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet Franc it had beautiful intense berry fruit on the nose, was medium bodied and had a long finish, just tasted and felt great on the palate from beginning to end… And the wine is the Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2011 Syrah blend. Producer Chateau Ksara from the country of Lebanon! Now that's extraordinary!
This week's wine pick I discovered while at the bar waiting to be seated for dinner …a delicious white wine, something off the beaten track..
Surprise…. The glass placed before me... as I swirled, notes of peach, and touches of lemon and mango… so seductive, then when I tasted, nicely crisp, delish with apple, lemon and a hint of yellow plum, mouth filling and simply yummy. Went great with my thin crust white pizza with wild bison sausage
My great find is:
From the producer Di Berardino, the 2013 Pecorino, which is also the name of the grape.From the region of Abruzzo Italy, situated on the Adriatic coast, Price point $24.00 local here in Ontario. And by the way 100% organic!
Georgia enjoys a meal at home of grilled eggplant, Ontario field tomatoes and Parmesan shavings. Perfect with the Pecorino.
Well seeing as we’re going to be starting off today's radio show with a wine film that took place in California I was feeling a little badly about the lowly regarded grape Merlot in our first film today (Sideways), therefore I picked a California Merlot. Now I must confess I don’t usually gravitate automatically to Merlot, but I did come across one this week that I really liked. It’s owned by Delicato Vineyards in the Lodi appellation of California.
And their tag line is “Not all vines are created equal”… the 181 refers to the vine stock which is “the most coveted vine stock in Bordeaux… so how did I like it?I truly did… it was rich and elegant, it had ripe fruity plum and cherry notes, hints of spice and great finish.Great Merlot buy for $16.95
And so although the grape was dumped on in the hit movie Sideways by Miles, we say don't be such a snob Miles,, pick a bottle up tonight for TIFF!