Well I was definitely in a pink kinda mood this week and was looking at the world through rose colored glasses.
Why you ask???…. well because it was my birthday and I celebrated in style, including a party bus, limo style (Just For U Limo Bus) for my fantastic friends, a happening restaurant (Strada West Eat and Sip House) in Niagara Falls and of course a glass or two of champagne…. in fact pink champagne…My favourite colour and nothing says celebration more to me than a glass of crisp, rosé champagne in a long stem fluted glass.
And I’m not the only one, shipments of rosé from the Champagne region of France have enjoyed significant growth in the U.S.—just last year over 2.7 million bottles of rosé Champagne were shipped to the U.S., making up 15.3% of all shipments in the USA.
My pick is the exquisite Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Imperial…simply radiant!, a style distinguished by its fine bubbles, rich red berry fruit, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity with a long finish! Sounds just like me..!!!In our market here about $77.00 and well worth the price. I even brought out my saber the night of my party and opened it up in style!
One of my all time favourite wines are the Sauvignon Blancs as I find them so refreshing to drink, zesty and a real party in the mouth! Speaking of which I went to a wonderful party on the weekend where my hosts are real wine lovers. They had a great selection of wines to enjoy! I discovered this Sauvignon Blanc and surprise its not from New Zealand. As we all know New Zealand has claimed Sauvignon Blanc as their signature grape and they do it exceptionally well, this happens to be from the one is from the Loire Valley, a wine region from Northern France that is also known for making Sauvignon Blancs for a much longer time. My pick this week is the Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013. What I really liked about this wine was that contrary to the NZ Sauvignon Blancs, which are very intensely perfumed this one was a little more restrained on the nose, with good notes of citrus, a floral touch and great acidity. It’s a great value at just $15.95 per bottle
When we started looking into doing a radio show on "Out of the Ordinary but Extraordinary"the island of Santorini was an obvious choice. The way the grapes are grown in baskets are very unique as are their wines. I found a super white wine, made with one of the indigenous grapes of the island, although they do make wines from the traditional Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc etc. My goal was to something unique…
And I did…. The grape is Assyrtiko, its origins come from Santorini although it is planted widely in Greece, the grape loves the volcanic soil and typically produces dry, full bodied, aromatic white wines with a touch of mineral character..
My wine pick is the Boutari Santorini 2013 Assyrtiko…. Crisp, with green apple and hint of citrus, with that mineral note and long finish, so delish with my grilled fish!
So I found another great bargain on the shelves this week, a French bargain from the Rhone ….price is $13.95. It's a new release here in Ontario our home market.
It is from the winery Domaine Le Grand Retour, the wine is their Plan de Dieu 2011, I took it to a family get together on the weekend, and it got rave reviews!
A grenache blend, mostly Grenache at 70% with 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. It is full bodied 14.5% alcohol, with delicious mouth watering ripe juicy flavours of black berry and cherry.Give it a try!
Well I find myself in the same camp as Miles did in Sideways… He adored Pinot Noir as so do I! As you know Pinot Noir is often referred to as the heart break grape, because its so hard to grow. Just like the womanizer Jack broke Stephanie’s heart (played by Sandra Oh) in the movie, this grape can be very fickle indeed and break a winemakers heart too.
My pick is the Hahn Pinot Noir 2012, Hanh is a family owned winery out of —Monterey, they’ve been making wine for over 30 years and have maintained their commitment to high quality and handcrafted wines. You can depend on Hahn!
This Pinot gives me what I like! It’s medium in body, wonderful aromas of strawberry, cherry and notes of spice. $18.95, a super buy