“Stop drinking water – rather drink a little wine for the stomach ailments that you’ve been getting” St. Paul the Apostle.
I have half a theology degree – which isn’t as dangerous as it sounds – so I am inclined to believe everything that St Paul says. In this, his first letter to Timothy, Paul addresses the topic of wine – presumably red wine.
The message seems clear and straightforward to me. However, I think I may keep on drinking a little wine to prevent stomach ailments before I get them. As the bible says “The Lord helps those who help themselves“. No wait, that’s not in the bible – I should have completed that B.Th.
Here is what we are drinking this week. A Monastrell from Spain for $11 which hits the perfect balance of fresh and rustic for your mid-week bible study.
LA ROMAINE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES VENUS, Southern Rhone
LCBO 28779 |Price: $ 12.95
“When we read we begin with A-B-C, when we drink we begin with Cotes-Du-Rhone” - paraphrasing Julie Andrews. My favorite wine writer, Billy Munnelly, starts his Wine Boot Camp with a Cotes du Rhone (but not this one). He says that if you understand Cotes du Rhone then you understand most of the world’s red wines. I believe him (mostly because he has authored a book and I haven’t).
Syrah and Grenache : Spice and Fruit. Each grape in this wine adds its character that has made them favorites in Spain, Australia, and in North America. Produced right in the same region as Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Chateauneuf du Pape at a fraction of the price. Pretend that you are drinking a $50 bottle and act a little snobby if you like. The French would love it if you did.
This is one of the most beautiful bottles you can buy. That’s why I put it in the “impress at a party” category. Even my earlier embarrassment over the Beaujolais region – Wine Lesson Number 1 – doesn’t stop me from recommending this great wine.
DUBOEUF BROUILLY, Beaujolais
LCBO 70540 |Price: $ 16.95
A Grand Cru, this Beaujolais is not so light and fruity that you want to gulp it, although it’s tempting and possible. There is nice structure so that the tannin works perfectly with the cherry and berry in the wine. Also, it comes in a cool bottle that will stand out on your table and impress as much as the wine. This should be served lightly chilled