Monday, January 13, 2020

A Life in Wine Jan 1 - 11: New Year, New Posts!

A new year tends to bring about resolutions: some choose to focus on health, some on personal relationships, among others. Although I don't actively practice New Years resolutions as I'm really good at starting things without seeing them through to finish, there are a couple of areas in my life I'd like to see change. One such area is this blog.

I got really lazy with posting blogs last year, and I was finding that the article-style posts I was writing were not keeping me motivated. I decided to try a different format this year to see if it would engage me more, as well as you readers. This new format contains 3 new sub-sections to each post:

1. My week in wine - What's been going on in my world these past week(s)?

2. This week in wine - links to some other blogs I follow and articles that have been shared with me, for some up-to-date news in the wine world.

3. What's in My Glass? Wine reviews and recommendations!

I have a couple of other mini-goals for 2020 when it comes to wine. My local wine school has released a new online course for food and wine pairings, an area I could use more education in. I'm planning to take the course a little later on in the year before I start studying for a Project Management designation at work. There is also a chance I'll be back in Ontario in the fall near the Niagara wine region, and if I'm there during harvest time and logistics allow, I would love to try my hand at helping harvest grapes! I'm looking forward to 2020 and all the opportunities it can bring!

This Week in the Wine World 

Wine Enthusiast: The Wine Regions Hit Hardest by the Australian Wildfires

Atlas Obscura: How an English Energy Crisis Helped Create Champagne Bottles

The Corkscrew Concierge: More about the Obscure Grape Varietal Tannat and Pairing with Food

What's in My Glass

The week before Christmas some of my colleagues and I participated in a Reverse Wine Lottery, and our team placed second! Each of us took home 8 bottles. Originally, I was going to post my reviews of each of mine on Instagram (Follow me on IG: @thewineconcubine) using the hashtag #EightCrazyNightsofWine, but in true fashion, I only posted my tasting notes of 4 bottles there. My tasting notes from 3 of the remaining 4 bottles:


My loot from the Reverse Wine Lottery

1.  Cabriz Colheita Selecionada Tinto, Dao DOC, Portugal: Aromas and flavours of dried red fruit and toasted hazelnuts intertwined with bright acidity, fine-grained tannins and a smooth finish. Lighter in body than some other reds from Portugal makes this wine great to drink on its own. This wine is priced around $20 CDN, excellent for weeknight sipping!

2. Guinea Fowl Chenin Blanc 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa: Notes of underripe apricot, pineapple and a hint of ginger leading into a zesty citrus finish. Crisp acidity, dry with a subtle hint of sweetness. Very expressive in style of South African Chenin Blanc and another great value for sipping on its own or pairing with lighter dishes like grilled seafood.

3. L'Opaline Rose 2017, AOC Coteaux Varois-en-Provence, France: A very pale salmon colour in the glass, reflecting a very light, crisp mouthfeel on the palate. Bright and crisp acidity, with abundant citrus flavours, steely minerality and the slightest hint of baking spice on the bright finish. Best enjoyed on its own-would be great on a hot day!

Now that the temperatures here have plummeted into a Siberian deep freeze, I plan to spend the next week tucking into some red wine blends to help keep me warm this week.

Cheers!


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