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Rarely will I publish a review of a wine that I did not enjoy; my taste is purely individual, as is your own. If I write about a particular wine, I do so because I also want you to try it.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wine for the Weekend

After a great deal of adventure earlier in the month, we elected to stick close to home last weekend and catch up on some overdue yard work.  At two cuts per week, I believe the grass is making up for lost time – either that, or Mother Nature is mocking me.  Of course these tasks are only accomplished between moments of relaxation on the patio with a glass of wine in hand.       

This edition of wine for the weekend has you sipping a tasty off dry Riesling from New Zealand’s Nelson region and a red selection from Spain’s Ribera del Duero.

Our WineSpot knocked my socks off – yet again, and remains what is arguably the best $13 you can spend at the LCBO.      


2009 Trout Valley Riesling – Nelson, New Zealand

This hints at the off dry style without overstepping the boundary from dry.  Expect scent combinations of spiced fruit and honeyed notes.  The taste shows pronounced lemon/lime citrus zest and just an underlying sweetness with green apple and spice on the finish.  Interesting to sip and I love the label: it gives you fly fishing tips and has little to do with the wine.  $11.95 (177790) General list – off dry

2009 Escondido Tempranillo – Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Aromas of stewed fruit and a hint of pine sap – interesting.  Very dry to taste and not nearly as jammy as the nose might suggest.  The pine reflects a slight greenness on the palate with dark berries and licorice/molasses on the finish.  $14.95 (132597) Vintages – very dry

2009 Domaine Des Bernardins
Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
Vintages #129999 | $13.45
375 mL

You might recall that one of our white selections earlier in August was a bottle of Muscat.  The highly floral and delicately perfumed character of that wine generated some great feedback from the readership.  Today’s WineSpot is also a product of the Muscat grape, though in the form of a fortified dessert wine from Rhône, France.    

This is Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise and there are only a few bottles remaining here in Ontario.  In a word – fantastic, and at only $13 this a total steal in the world of dessert wines. 

I’ve included the review that I wrote for earlier this year: 

‘Pale tawny-orange colour in the glass and incredibly fragrant; aromas of orange peel and apricot with a slightly solvent scent but in the most positive way imaginable. There is an initial combination of sweetness and clarity that quickly fades to a delicious creamy finish that lasts indefinitely. This is nowhere near as sweet as one would expect which is certain to appeal to a wider audience. Do not over chill. ‘

In terms of pairing potential, you can enjoy Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise with fresh berries, pastries, crème brulée, blue-veined cheese, or just simply on its own.  I have requested that a case be shipped to Newmarket while the other remaining bottles are currently spread throughout Southern Ontario.  See if you can find a bottle near you and grab it! 

Link to Vintages product availability >> Here

~> 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.

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