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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wine for the Weekend

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day last weekend and a relaxing time with family here at home.  As for the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend, I don’t believe that we have any big plans. To be very honest, a few days spent doing absolutely nothing will be a welcome relief.   

Last week I purchased several bottles to taste over the coming weeks.  In the process I've stumbled upon a really enjoyable Pinot Gris from a familiar (Gewurztraminer) producer in Alsace.   Reaching for something less familiar at the wine shop, I’ve also found you a flavour-packed red blend from South Africa to pair with meat on the grill this weekend.

Our Wine Spot this week highlights a wine that a friend from Windsor refers to as his ‘social juice’.  It think you will agree with his choice…

2011 Boschendal, The Pavillion, Shiraz Cabernet – Western Cape, South Africa

A smoky nose, with noticeable vanilla and stewed black fruit that precedes a combination of sweetness and spice (the two sensations compliment each other perfectly).  In a word, this is delicious; and for the price, an incomparable bargain.  A touch of heat on the finish reinforces the 14% alc, but otherwise very enjoyable. Try it alongside barbequed ribs, burgers or even spice-rubbed chicken.  
$11.95 (222299) General List (very dry)

2009 Pierre Sparr, Pinot Gris Reserve – Alsace, France

One of the better Pinot Gris products that I have tasted recently. Aromas of very ripe stone fruit such as apricot and peach followed by a rather full mouth-feel due to the lower than expected minerality.  The finish brings to mind interesting tastes of orange creamsicle – remember buying those from the Dickey Dee guy?         
$14.95 (983395) Vintages (dry)

James, a friend of North of 9 from Windsor, Ontario has sent us a very agreeable label for this week’s Wine Spot.  He calls this one his ‘Social Juice’ and recommends that you sip this crisp white ‘anytime the mood grabs you’ – I like the sound of that!  He also suggests that quick and easy finger foods such as cheese and crackers or warm appetizers pair perfectly with this hot little Chilean lip-smacker!  I’ll throw in the suggestion of goat cheese in phyllo pastry myself – yum! 

Chile | 750 mL bottle
LCBO 159954 | $10.45

Thanks for the Wine Spot James – Cheers!

~> I’d love to hear your thoughts on a food & wine pairing:  What is your favourite dish?  And which wine highlights the flavours of the food?  Send me a quick note with your thoughts and I’ll publish it in a future edition of Wine for the Weekend.

Have a wonderful Victoria Day!