Wine Wednesday!

 

 

Man, I had typed up this nice long post and then the power went out… and my post was gone. I know you’re very sad that I will not be retyping my love of the new cardio equipment at the gym. But, that’s just how it’s going to have to be, ha!

Besides that, though, I was commenting on how busy a summer it’s shaping up to be. The Husband has some new work travel plans that are being batted about, we have a few family and friend events to celebrate, and lots of little items that are being added to the calendar. It’s just a crazy time of year! But it is important to never get too busy to take time out to relax, enjoy good food, good company, and, of course, good wine!

Today’s wine selection is a great summer choice for those of us who love our reds! It’s a French Cotes Du Rhone that retails for around $13. This bottle of Pierre Amadieu Roulepierre is a 2010 vintage.

Here are my notes:

  • color- ruby
  • scent- berry, floral
  • very light, smooth
  • easily drinkable red, even for those who may prefer a good white
  • berry notes
  • just a hint of light spice on the aftertaste
  • would be great for a hot day!

From the winemakers: “Bunches of Grenache and Syrah grown on chalk and clay soils are strictly sorted to produce this cuvée. Hand made harvests and traditional wine making process express a pleasant colour together with red and black fruits scents (blackberry, plum). A sweet touch of liquorice enhances the beautiful palate. A mouth filling wine in a pure Rhône style. To drink in its youth (2 years) or within 5 years on a grilled poultry, a roasted veal with an unctuous sauce.”

Wine Wednesday!

ImageMan, it is hot out today! Earlier this week- sixty degrees. Today- ninety. Because, sure why not here the great state of Virginia. At least there is a breeze blowing today, so it’s not terrible. A good day to open up a couple of windows and let some air in!

I’m kinda bummed this week that my Caps got eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Of course, my Flyers didn’t even get to the playoffs, so yeah, there’s that. I guess it shouldn’t have been too surprising to anyone who’s followed Washington over the last few years (or really ever, ha!) and especially after the atrocious start they had at the beginning of the (shortened) season. But still, there’s always that eternal optimism that says, “This is our year!” Oh well. Maybe 2014.

So to drown my sorrows and pour one out for the team, let’s move on the wine! This week’s selection is local Virginia wine from Sans Soucy Vineyards. I haven’t actually been out to the vineyard, but these guys often have booths at local wine tasting events and that’s how I found out about them. This particular bottle is one I sampled at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival last fall. I liked it so much, I decided that I definitely needed to take a bottle home with me! It’s a tasty 2009 Petit Verdot, which unfortunately, I lost the pricing for. Sorry!

Anyway, my notes:

  • color- dark cherry
  • scent- spice/cinnamon
  • smooth, fruit finish
  • spicy
  • heavy cinnamon notes
  • nice VA dry selection

From the experts: “Dark, full-bodied red Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is gently acidic with soft and balanced tannins. Tones of Vanillin, dark chocolate, black cherry, cassis and even a hint of tobacco. The nose is lightly vanillin and fruity but also suggests aromatic hints of sandalwood and cedar.” — based on the 2008 vintage, from our friends at VirginiaWine.org