Everything Wine And More

October 23, 2013 |

FALLing in Love with Wine

Still relatively new to the world of wine, I have found working at Everything Wine and More an extremely educational experience.  Seeing that the leaves on the trees are starting to change colors, I decided to pick a few wines for fall and share them with you!

The Grinder Pinotage- South Africa $19.99

Made from 100% Pinotage I never thought coffee and wine could be so amazing together. If you like coffee and wine separately, you will love the Grinder. This South African Pinotage is from the bush vine vineyards of Knollefontein, Leeuwenkuil and Langvlei; and harvested full ripe in mid to late February 2012.

From the moment I opened the bottle, the aromatic smell of freshly ground coffee filled my senses.  Its’ complex taste was refreshing with aromas of black cherry, raspberry, chocolate, and coffee all rolled into one. Smooth with enough tannin structure to stand up to beefier dishes, I found this Pinotage quite enjoyable. It has a nice long finish and would be great for sipping if you like a meatier red wine, brilliant as a marinade for steak, or paired with any BBQ’d red meats or dark chocolate. 

Salton Volpi Pinot Noir 2011- Brazil $17.49

Pinot Noir is considered one of the most fickle grapes to grow and make delicious wines out of. While boasting incredible flavours, Pinot Noirs are characteristically soft – a perfect combination for those late night study sessions now that University is back in full swing, reading by the fire, or enjoying with roasted chicken or turkey.

Salton Volpi’s 2011 Pinot Noir from Brazil is phenomenal to say the least. Grown in the city of Bage, the grapes go through manual selection, are macerated at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks, and then moved to French oak barrels for the rest of the fermentation process.  Complex aromas of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and pepper are present in the nose alongside berry fruits, toasted oak, chocolate, and coffee. As complex as the aromas are, the taste does not disappoint or overwhelm: fresh, smooth, and complex. It has a persistent finish with harmonized acidity. Salton Volpi Pinot Noir is brilliant choice for those cooler nights, and would pair very well with soft earthy cheeses such as goat cheese or tartufto, gamey meats such as duck or rabbit, grilled salmon, and a really good book.

Domaine Mas Barrau Cabernet Franc 2010 - Pays Du Gard, France $14.99

What can I say, I love my reds, especially when the leaves start to change. This was one of the first wines I tasted when I first started at Everything Wine and More, and I instantly fell in love.

Domaine Mas Barrau is a single family estate located near the town of Nîmes in France. Red wines from this region are characteristically savoury with hints of pepperiness. The varietal, Cabernet Franc is traditionally found in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley where the grape varietal tends to be more lean, herbaceous, and higher in acidity than of those grown in the South of France.

On the nose, this beautiful red wine gives off aromas of sweet scented fruit, a hint of green pepper, and an edgy woodland perfume. Don’t be alarmed by the sweet fruit though, as this is still a nice dry red. In the mouth, the green pepper notes really come out – I actually thought of black pepper at one point as there was a bit of spiciness. Dark red fruits and the characteristic stem notes of Cabernet Francs blended superbly to make for a complex and tasty wine. Personally, I enjoyed the tannic structure in congruence with the various fruits and spices enough to say I would have it alone as a sipping wine, however if you prefer to have it with food, I would recommend it with roasted veggies and a savoury rack of lamb.

Hopefully you get a chance to come in and try some of these beautiful fall wines. In the meantime, happy wine-ing!

Time Posted: Oct 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM
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