Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Life in Wine Jan 12 - 24: That Warm, Rose-y Feeling

Boy, did it ever get cold here! On January 12, our Siberian neighbours "gifted" us with a cold air mass for the week, plunging our local temperatures into daytime highs of -33C (-27.5F for my American friends), BEFORE the windchill! Extreme cold warnings set into place, threatening frostbite within 5 minutes or less when outside - and I swear one day I got darn close. I spent the majority of the week hibernating:

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Luckily, our extreme cold only lasted a week and we are now happily enjoying temperatures above the freezing mark!

What's In My Glass

Hibernating gave me the opportunity to spend more time tasting wines, and to keep warm, I started with red blends.

1. Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Organic Wine 2017, Maipo Valley, Chile: A very complex blend of 38% Syrah, 26% Cab Franc, 15% Cab Sauv, 12% Merlot, 9% Carmenere. An ever-evolving flavour profile wrapped around mouthwatering acidity, focused tannins and a surprisingly bright finish. This one definitely kept me warm on the coldest days of the deep-freeze!

2. Wirra Wirra Church Block 2016, McLaren Vale, Australia: Composed of 52% Cab Sauv, 37% Shiraz, and 11% Merlot. Notes of ripe blackberries, dried blueberries, black pepper and dried currants on the finish. A lush, full body full of velvet tannins and edgy acidity. A very food-friendly wine.

From there, my palate seemed to "brighten up", and I began to see the cold weather through some rose-coloured wine glasses!

3. Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rose 2017, Rioja, Spain: A fuller-bodied rose, abundant with red berry flavours supported by mandarin and satsuma, and a slight spicy note on the finish. Refreshing acidity and a lush mouthfeel, this paired really well with calamari. I have yet to taste a wine from Campo Viejo that I haven't liked, they are all well crafted and priced even better!

4. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Rose, Beaujolais, France: Starts off with a wonderfully flirty aroma of cotton candy, which carries into the palate along with light citrus flavours and stony minerality. Crisp acidity, but the finish is thin and falls off quickly. Still fun to drink, would be a good summer BBQ party wine!  

 This Week in Wine

BCWineTrends.com: Raising a Glass to 30 Years of BC VQA Wine!

Winetraveler.com: Croatian Wine & Travel

Wine Enthusiast: A List of All Wine, Beer & Spirits Holidays for 2020

Stay tuned, my next post features a tour & tasting at a gelato factory! Until then, cheers!



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