I had the chance to taste some delicious wines over the past week and here are a few of my recommendations for the week including a splurge that is extremely worth the price, a couple of super whites and a red that will make you feel like drinking while you are wrapped in a blanket in front of a fireplace. Enjoy.
2007 First Press Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley – $19.95
Deep Purple – not the music pairing but the colour. This full-bodied California Cab had me humming when my husband tempted me with a taste after work – breaking my weekends only wine at home rule. Blackberry, dark chocolate, mocha – are you getting thirsty yet? Great quality for a decent price. 14.5% alcohol and produced by the Delicato Family – known for other good value Californians. Pairs well with grilled lamb chops and rich pastas.
Music Pairing: Bruce Springsteen all the way. And not just any Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town or Born to Run.
Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 $24.95
The Mazzei family has been producing wine under the Castello di Fonterutoli name since 1435. Ser Lapo Mazzei started even earlier and is considered the father of the Chianti name – having authored the first contract for barrels of Chianti. Not surprising there were many more. This deep ruby-red with lovely red fruit aromas and velvety tannins. James Suckling gave it a 95 and said it was the best Chianti Classico this winery had ever produced. I popped it open while cooking up a meal of risotto with beef tenderloin. A little more than my average, but so smooth and welcoming, definitely worth the splurge.
Music Pairing – John Mayer
Ataraxia Sauvignon Blanc 2011 17.95
OK I admit it. I totally bought this wine for the label. I have been drinking more Sauvignon Blanc’s from New Zealand recently. But this label with the angel graceful and strong floating above the vines – ok, so I have an imagination – drew the bottle into the cart. These grapes hail from the Western Cape of South Africa. Ataraxia means a state of mind free from worry and preoccupation. Good thing to, because it was more than a pretty label. Quality wine with mouth-watering acidity, refreshing notes of grapefruit. Medium bodied and well-balanced with a surprising 14% alcohol. Choosing this wine will put you in a worry-free state of mind.
Music Pairing – anything by Sara Bareilles.
Donatien Bahuaud 2011 Les Grands Mortier Vouvray $15.95
Pears, peaches, dried fruit – and a touch of sweetness that fills the mouth. This wine gives me another reason to visit the Loire Valley. Absolutely delicious down to every single one of its 100% Chenine Blanc grapes. Even my husband loved it and he is a committed Red drinker. It is a lovely wine at a lovely price from Vintages.
Music Pairing – Outstanding Trumpeter Chris Botti Impressions or the lastest Diana Krall Glad Rag Doll.
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