Pierre Henri Morel Signargues Cotes du Rhone-Villages 2009
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Feeling the love for the Rhone these days… One stand out wine we just discovered (a superb buy at $15.95 Ontario, just released May 26/12)
From the Southern Rhone Valley, a blend based on Grenache and Syrah; think and taste plum, raspberry, black cherry… With a lingering finish.Pierre Henri Morel Signargues Cotes du Rhone-Villages 2009 rocks the palate! @TheWineLadies Got a barbeque planned for the weekend with organic sausages, a little duck and grilled veggies dressed with herbs from Provence. Try it… you’ll like it!
13th Street Old Vines Riesling 2010
Friday, May 25th, 2012
Friday’s wine find for our grilled seafood is one of Niagara’s signature wines, where the #Riesling grape reigns supreme! Latest discovery the 13th Street Old Vines Riesling 2010, http://www.13thstreetwinery.com with inviting aroma of lime and apple, accompanied by a floral note of roses and touch of minerality. Light-medium bodied, full flavour, good acidity and a slight off dry finish. @TheWineLadies @13thStreetWines ($23.95/bottle Ontario) www.thewineladies.com
Thinking pink…. With couple of warm days ahead, getting ready to chill by the pool with one of our favs, a Tavel rose, Chateau D’Aqueria 2011, http://www.aqueria.com with inviting aromas of strawberry, sour cherry and hint of mineral or earthiness. Will partner with most anything, crisp and dry, with good weight and a good tangy finish. Just released in Ontario $18.95/bottle, http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=712000 will be a staple of ours once again. www.thewineladies.com
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Is this Riesling crisp and dry? New “sweetness codes” for wine labels in Ontario are coming, The old system of sugar code numbering denoting sweetness with a “0”, “1” or “2” for example is being replaced with the following descriptors.
Extra Dry (XD): No perceived sweetness, clean crisp acidic finish.
Dry (D): No sweetness perceived, well rounded with balanced acidity.
Medium (M): Slight sweetness perceived.
Medium Sweet (MS): Noticeably sweet.
Sweet (S): Distinctively sweet.
Also look for redesigned bin tags listing the actual sugar content of grams of sugar per litre.
The LCBO is changing up the system stating “Consumers today are looking for more information than ever before to help their buying decisions and many are choosing healthier lifestyles by being conscientious about the foods and drinks they consume,” George Soleas, senior vice-president, LCBO’s logistics/quality assurance division, said in a release.
“The sweetness descriptors and listing of actual sugar content provide LCBO customers with detailed information to help them find a wine they enjoy based on levels of perceived sweetness and discover other wines that taste similar.” and simple sugar content is not the only variable, the LCBO lab used an algorithm to come up with the descriptors, we’ll leave that to the chemists. The new program will start with LCBO table wines and Vintages and Vintages Essentials as new releases come out, the sparkling, dessert and fortified wines will stick to the old numeric program.
Firing up the grill this weekend? Consider a couple of these red wine palate pleasers for barbeque fare, but remember the most important component of a great barbeque, is who’s at the table.. and then what’s in the glass. Big flavours of barbeque call for “non wimpy wines”, look to wines with bold personalities. Reds should be big, well balanced, smooth with good fruit. Luscious ripe berry flavors and complex spice make for great partners. Shiraz/Syrah, often with silky, smokey tannins and red berry ripe fruit flavors are a natural. Zinfandels can rock too with big fruit, a little more mellow in tannin, young and spicy with lots of black pepper, many great value Zins out there. Wines from the Rhone, slam dunk, and from Spain, Rioja, coming back, this red wine is spicy and fruity with bold fresh flavors, also delish and able to stand up to assertive flavors of the grill. Malbecs from Argentina also offer up big flavors, and great value too. Finally for the “lighter fare” on the plank, salmon, or tuna, grilled veggies or turkey burgers, opt for a Pinot Noir, Beaujolais Villages, or Valpolicella.