Weekly Wine Wednesday (11/29/17)
It’s weekly wine time!
With the holidays finally in full swing, there are so many opportunities to indulge in your favorite liquid vices. Some of you are all about robust reds, others get festive with bubbly, and many break out flavorful whites.
Me? I’m an all of the above kind of girl!
- I drink reds while curling up under a blanket or sitting close to the fire. Definitely when eating an exceptionally large meal, too!
- Whites are perfect for when I’m prepping meals or desserts, and I prefer them with a heftier body and some savory spice.
- Sparkling is my go-to for parties and get-togethers with family and friends. I also love some bubbly – white AND rosé – to cleanse my palate and sip on with desserts.
- Sometimes when the mood strikes me, I indulge in rich dessert wines, red and white alike.
- And then there’s the occasional beer for when the big game is on. Maybe even a fancy cocktail if I need an extra kick.
I’ve got a great weekly wine lineup for you all this week, and I can’t wait to share the rest of my holiday wines in the coming month. With all the stress of buying, cooking, wrapping, hosting, cleaning, prepping, decorating and everything else, the wine will be flowing! And maybe some other special drinks…
What are your favorite adult beverages during this time of the year?
Make sure to leave me a comment below!
Cruz Alta Reserve Chardonnay 2015
Mendoza, Argentina $8.99
Cannot say I have ever tried Argentinian Chard, but it was decent. Served as the first wine at Thanksgiving while setting places and doing all the prep. Fresh fruit of pear, apple and honeydew are surrounded by a subtle oakiness that seems a bit awkward. Would have tasted better as an unoaked variety. A bit acidic on the short finish, as well.
Prosecco, Italy $14.99
Flying First Class got me this Prosecco. I had a slight head cold so for me, aromas weren’t there. The flavors, however, were light, floral and crisp with fresh apple, ginger, orange peel and orange blossom. I had like, alot of these on the flight. Obviously made things more enjoyable. Cheers!
Forever Young Cuvée Prestige Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Côtes de Provence, France
Ordered a bottle of this while waiting for our flight back to Orlando. Delicate floral aromas with orange and clementine. Not too dry or mineraly as many rosés from Provence can be. Flavors of lavender, fresh herbs, lemon, and orange. Slight steel minerality on the finish. A little dilute, but I enjoy this nonetheless.
Fruity on the nose with flavors of ripe, dark berries favoring blueberry and wild blackberry. Hints of chocolate and earth. Silky tannins with a medium + body. Paired with gnocchi in a wild boar ragu, this was absolutely delicious. You can even pick this up through Amazon by clicking here!
Gran Pasion Cava Brut NV
Catalunya, Spain $19.99
Paired with an assortment of tapas. This is quite dry with flavors of ginger ale. Definitely in need of food, as this is on the bland side.
Col de’ Salici Rosé di Salici Brut NV
Piave, Italy $15.99
A blend of Glera and Raboso, this rosé paired great with an assortment of light bites such as merguez pizza topped with frisee salad and gourmet tater tots. Flavors of guava and raspberry with delicate bubbles and a smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyed this catching up with old friends, so little notes were taken because the company was the star of the show.
Louis Perdrier Brut Rosé NV
Bourgogne, France $10.99
Perfect minerality and acidity, with light notes of strawberry. Paired with a large oyster tasting platter, highlighting the best in New England. A beautiful pairing, as these shellfish have a delicate sweetness to offset their brininess, similar to the flavors of this rosé bubbly.
Crane Lake Brut Sparkling NV
Decent for coach airline bubbly. Crisp and light with lemon, pineapple, brioche, and large bubbles, with a refreshing, fruity finish.
Clos Saint Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France $29.99
40/30/30 Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah. My first CdP! Funky French aromas of decaying forest floor, mushrooms and olives give way to red fruits and beautiful florals when fully opened. This is definitely something to savor in terms of the nose. First sips are reminiscent of cognac, full and rich with alcohol. As this evolves, wonderful raspberry and tomato flavors begin to express themselves. At 2014, this was still youthful and not fully at it’s peak. Tuck this one away for a bit.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my post about the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region!
I’d love to hear your go-to holiday wines, so drop a comment below!