Everything Wine And More

Jeramy Torrance
 
July 12, 2013 | Jeramy Torrance

Hanging on the Vine

 I have decided to forgo beer and whisky as my drink of choice at social gatherings and have been more akin to crack open a bottle of wine to sip whilst I engage in social interaction. I have had a lot of fantastic wines from a whole slew of price ranges, giving me a lot of fodder to stuff into today’s edition.

When it comes to food pairings, I am oft to find I do not agree with the “experts” about what wines to have with certain foods. However, barring past experiences I decided to open up the La Piuma Chianti with a pasta dish. Using a tomato based sauce with some added beef and veggies, the acidity in the wine paired marvelously with the sauce. I found the wine made my mouth water, leaving me craving more food while the pasta gave the wine more depth and a whole new level of flavor; in short, breathtaking. For $13.99, La Piuma is a steal.

Moving on to the next day, I decided to open up my Chilean bottle of Emiliana Coyam Red Blend. A blend of primarily Syrah, Carmenere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, upfront, it was big tannins and dark fruits. The wine has a nice heat from the alcohol that pushes through the finish, giving the wine a spicy bite. Pairing it with some left over steak bites really helped integrate the tannins making the wine very enjoyable. Emiliana is a biodynamic vineyard, which in laymen terms means the wine is produced in a completely natural way. Biodynamic is more a way of life rather than an agricultural technique, and involves a lot more than simply excluding pesticides and other practices that make wines organic. I would recommend reading into it a bit more on your own, as I could fill pages of information on biodynamic techniques and practices. Rated 90 points by both Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate, this wine is superbly priced at $24.29 and has some major cellaring potential.

Speaking of big, rustic South American wines, try Trivento Amado Sur from Argentina which is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda, and a tiny bit of Syrah; it retails at $14.99. I have consistently seen it featured as a 90 point wine and with a clean, attractive, and eye-catching label I decided to give it a shot. I was immediately impressed by the aromas of juicy fruits with a touch of dusty spice to give a little more complexity. Malbec can be a very rustic grape with big, robust tannins but blended with the Bonarda really softens out the final piece on the palate. You get all of that wonderful dark fruit and spice without the puckering and dry gums. The finish is medium length, ending on an earthy, spicy note.

Last but certainly not least is the Vineland Estates 2007 Reserve Cabernet Merlot from the Niagara Peninsula. Venture into our vintage room and you will find this gem for $41.49. This smooth red is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. I first tasted this wine with Alan Schmidt, the wine maker and President of Vineland Estates. In light of that, I picked up a bottle and took it to a summer get together around the fire pit. On its own, I find Cab Franc to be green and exhibiting lots of those bell pepper aromas which is not something I prefer. However, blended with merlot, these two medium bodied grapes bring a whole new meaning to the term delicious. From when the cork first pops, the wine is zippy with lots of ripe fruit flavors and a touch of smoke on the nose. As the bottle starts to open up, the fruit flavors mellow out and the wine takes on a silky character. By the end of the night, I could have sworn I was drinking something else. With time, the true nature of the wine comes out in a supple, earthy concoction that is absolutely to die for.

On top of all these new experiences, I have also picked up a few new bottles to store in my cellar, keep an eye out to see my notes on those wines if and when I decide to crack them open. I am very excited to share my experiences on the Les Halos des Jupiter 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the Lopez De Haro 2005 Reserva in the coming months.

One final note to make, I have recently been given the privilege of over-looking the vintage room at the Everything Wine and More in Sherwood Park. I am trying to get some exciting things in motion, one of which being more sampling of the wines we keep tucked in there. Visit us this weekend (July 12-14) for a chance to try to the Vina Maipo Protegido Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile retailing at $47.99!
 

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