A while back, I took a poll: “what are you drinking during this Nor’Easter?” Thanks to all who participated, this made it such fun whilst snowed in. Special thanks to Roz for your suggestions and encouragement.
The wines listed below have provided comfort, joy and coziness to some of us in the Boston area during a storm that dropped 3 feet of snow. When one is “cooped up” inside for more than a day, watching the snow fall and drift by for 36+ hours, one has to find something with which to look forward. Maybe it’s a day to cook so here’s that perfect wine to pair, or maybe it’s a day to enjoy the quiet and reflect. Drinking fine wine provides an occasion for pleasure and opportunity for thought.
Voltaire said ” Taste invites reflection.” So here are some of our favorites for you to try.
Roz– 2012 Chasse Gardee, Fitou. Fitou is a red-wine appellation at the heart of the southern France’s Languedoc-Roussillon wine region. The ‘Fitou’ from which the wine (and the appellation) gets its name is a small village just a few miles from the Mediterranean coast. Blend: 45 % Cargnan, 35 % Grenache, 20% Syrah.
Erika and Jo-Ann in London to each receive WSET Achievement Awards- Celebrating with Tio Pepe. Tío Pepe is a brand of Sherry. It is best known for its fino style of dry sherry made from the palomino grape.
Karin– Moet Chandon Impèrial Rosè Champagne paired with Davio’s Rueben Spring Rolls with Russian dressing dipping sauce. Brut Impèrial Rosè is a blend of the three wine varieties, with an emphasis on Pinot Noir, embodying a fruity character. Rosè with shades of copper, good intensity.
Shareen– 2009 Muga Reserva Rioja paired with chicken quesadillas. Brilliant ruby color. Black raspberry and smoky oak scents, mineral and spicecake notes. Dense with intense flavors of black raspberry, mocha and vanilla. Very full, velvety wine, finishing with smooth, ripe tannins and a vibrant red berry quality.
Lori and Ray– 2006 Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge. The 2009 Eloge offers glorious aromas of cedar or cigar box wood notes, a creme de cassis core of concentrated dark fruits, red currents, violets, spice and toast from the oak. Blend: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot.
Anne Marie– Hard Cider, the choice of the Patriots Team
Tres– 2003 St Supery Elu. Napa Red. Aromas of dark fruit, blackberry and black plum combine with elements of espresso, vanillin and molasses. Notes of smoky oak and dusty terroir, flavors of dark plum and cassis with anise and toasted barrel attributes. This red blend offers a finely textured silky structure.
Lasha– 2010 Chateau Coufran. Haut-Medoc appellation. The French vineyard of Chateau Coufran plants 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Haut-Médoc is a land of red wine, not too powerful with a delicate bouquet of vanilla and black fruits.
Mike– Chianti Classico Riserva, he’s visiting Florida of all places during our epic snowstorm! The Chianti Classico region is central to the region and arguably the most famous. In 1996 it was awarded DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status, to raise its perceived quality. All Italian DOCG wines are actually tasted and analyzed in a lab to meet government approval. If the wine passes, it will receive an individually numbered governmental seal across the cap or cork. Chianti Classico’s are also the wines that you will see bearing a black rooster on the neck of the bottle. Blend: at least 80% Sangiovese grape, other red grapes permitted to make up the rest of the blend.
Jonathan– 2011 Guigal Cote du Rhone. Deep, dark red. Aromas of red berries and spices. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine. Or maybe 2014 Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc depending on dinner. Santa Rita’s internationally popular, best-selling “120” Series of varietal wines recalls the heroes of a pivotal event in Chile’s successful 19th century struggle to overthrow Spanish rule. History relates that in the early 1800s Doña Paula Jaraquemada, then proprietor of the Santa Rita manor house and estate near the Chilean capital of Santiago, famously gave refuge in the cellars of her property to 120 Chilean patriots. When a brigade of Spanish soldiers arrived at the expansive one-story ranch house in search the band of rebels, the feisty matriarch stated she would rather see the Spanish burn the property to the ground, with her inside, then let them step foot within her family home. Thus it was that band of 120 men that lived on to fight another day, and the dwelling, now the site of Santa Rita’s highly acclaimed Doña Paula Restaurant, occupies a unique place in Chilean national history. Blend: 100 % Sauvignon Blanc. Pale straw color, bouquet of citrus blossoms and peaches, rounded out by appealing herbaceous notes. Nuances of citrus fruit and white peach, supported by a zesty acidity and smooth texture that lingers on the palate.