2010 Chateau Vannieres, Cotes de Provence

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A while back, someone asked me for suggestions on what she should serve with her Thanksgiving meal. I came up with a variety of wines, one of which was a nice bottle of chilled rose’. She responded by saying that she really didn’t like rose’s, they’re too sweet and sticky.
I hear that a lot. And I know where they’re coming from. Years ago, rose’s were sweet and sticky and if you didn’t like them then, why would you come back for more.
However, things have changed. Rose’s are fabuous! They have a hint of sweetness, they are crisp and dry, they are versatile. Open a bottle to have with pork or seafood chowder or a salad or fruit or even dessert. A nice chilled rose’ is perfect with a hot summer night, and a couple of good friends on a front porch.
A friend of mine brought this bottle back for me from Provence. It hits all the marks of a good rose’. I don’t know if this particular brand can be found in the U.S., but there are many very good rose’s out there. Just ask around and enjoy!

2005 Beaune 1er Cru, Clos des Teurons, Grands Vins de Bourgogne

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I’m not going to attempt a wine review, for this Burgundy, using a few standard words borrowed from a wine reviewers notebook.
Anyone who is a lover of a really good red Burgundy knows why they are in such demand, why there is no reason to “sell” them to the reader, and why they cost what they cost. I’m always in sticker shock when I buy a nice Burgundy to store away in the cellar, but then down the road, when I drink the wine, I realize I made a wise investment.
Here is what I’ll say about this wine: Soft, relaxed…..divine. This wine came from pampered grapes. The marriage of this Burgundy to the succulent and crisp edges of a cut of juicy roast beef is one that will last forever.
There now……I hope I haven’t made the yorkshire pudding and gravy jealous.

What Is Your Favorite Wine?

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I’d like to hear from fellow wine lovers.
What is your favorite wine….your every day wine or your special occasion wine. You can even let me know what your favorite meal is to have with the wine.
Click on the comment bubble up to the right and share your choices.
I’ll be listing all of the wines and meals on this post for everyone to see!

Our Wine Lovers

Kitty: Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Brut champagne and Robert Foley, The Griffin.

Mark: Most memorable: 1970 Chateau D’Yquem.

Susan: Special occasion: Jaboulet-Vercherre, Gevrey-Chambertin and Louis Latour, Puligny-Montrachet. Favorite everyday: Robert Foley, The Griffin.

Marcia: Loves dry reds, especially fond of Red Zins!

2010 Hedges, Red Mountain

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This outstanding Washington State wine, family estate grown and bottled, presents a blend of:
44% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% Merlot
10% Syrah
3% Cabernet Franc
3% Malbec

Little by little Washington State wines are winning me over. This inky, yet “Bordeaux like” wine is no exception. There are leather, blackberry and cherry notes. Its tannins are smooth and gentle. Alcohol is 13.5%. This wine is much more sophisticated than it’s price would indicate.
For those of you reading this who live in Pennsylvania, the state store has it as one of their chairman’s selection at the unheard of price of $14.99. You can drink it now, or store it in your cellar for years.