The weather couldn’t be cooperating less these days. It should be stinkin’ hot outside and I should be sipping rosé. My well laid plans seem to have been spoiled by something called a “Northern low” brought down by the “Jet Stream”, or whatever the Weather Network people are talking about.
Last night I sat in my living room, windows open, cold evening air coming in to an already cool house. “Is it even warm enough to open that rosé chilling in the fridge?” I asked my wife.
“Close the windows and open the rosé” was her response. I did marry her for her problem solving skills.
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I really think Spring is upon us. I put a perfectly good Côtes du Rhône outside on Sunday and it saw it’s shadow. So I drank it.
For those of you looking for a good red wine under $12 [unfortunately $12 is the new $10] look no more.
I’ve said it before – if we could overhaul our education system and teach people the irreducible essentials of wine then people would be happier. Let’s build a world that is not fooled by clever wine names (Goats do Roam) or cute labels. Kangaroos chasing little penguins are next on a label believe me and it won’t stop there.
This isn’t really a rant – or is it – but I think if people knew some basics about wine then it would make life easier both at the LCBO and in front of the waiter in a restaurant.
Next time you go to the your local wine store – or a local restaurant – get yourself a Côtes du Rhône. It’s a red wine, it’s from France, and it pairs with most food. Lightly chill it (20 minutes in the fridge) and get at it.
With French roosters on the label it has to be good French wine
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My recent trip to the wine store yielded an all French purchase. My standard French purchase is a Cotes du Rhone – I got three of them – and I picked up a Beaujolais just to remind my taste buds that Nouveau season is less than 2 months away. If you ever feel in a French state of mind then give these bottles a flutter.
Mommesin Beaujolais – light and playful, because sometime I don’t feel serious $9.95
La Vieille Ferme – you can never go wrong with the Old Farm $11.95
Carte Noire Celliers des Dauphins - drink out of the bottle that Napoleon drank from (well that’s what it looks like to me) $10.95
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone - Lou “Boom Boom” Bernard makes a decent CdR at $11.95
Did you miss the results of my blind tasting party - the winner, with 4 out of 7 first place votes, was …
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Et en francais …
Seven of us ranked the wines and then cast our votes to find the winner and the results were interesting.
Best overall score – Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2007 LCBO 614651 | $ 11.95
Most first-place votes – La Vieille Ferme (4 out of 7 first place votes) LCBO 298505 | $ 11.95
My personal favorite (and I was alone on this one) – Monte Antico, Toscana Vintages 069377 | $ 14.95 At least Wine Spectator supported me by scoring it a 90 even if nobody else loved it.
Other notes of interest – The top two wines scored well ahead of the other four. Also, four of the six wines recieved a first place vote!