Wine Wednesday: A Summer Rosé

PROVENCEROSEIts been a while since I have done a Wine Wednesday post and I’m very sorry! It’s not because I have stopped drinking it, don’t worry! I’ve just been so busy I haven’t been doing much wine drinking on Wednesdays lately! But now that it’s summer, its time to pull out what I like to call my favorite “patio pounders.” I am normally a red wine drinker 8 months of the year but when summer roles around and the weather is hot, there is nothing more horrific to me than a heavy red wine on 90 degree summer day. I’m sweating just thinking about it. So that’s where the patio pounder comes in- a light white or rose wine that is so refreshing and easy to drink you’d like to sit on your patio and drink the whole bottle (and you will end up drinking the whole thing, promise!) The Provence region of France is known for their Rose. Don’t let the long and hard to read name fool you, this wine is inexpensive and delicious! Time to pull out the white wine glasses from winter storage, cheers! rose

Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose 2012

  • Price: $15.99
  • Varietal: Grenache Blend
  • Region: Provence, France
  • Tasting Notes: Very pale in color, it nevertheless has loads of flavor, with plenty of melon, orange peel, and floral aromas to go with a medium-bodied, racy palate that has both richness and freshness.
  • Food Pairing: You don’t need food to drink this wine but… it pairs well with seafood but has enough stuffing to accompany pizza, pasta and acidic dishes such as ratatouille.
  • Score: 90 points

 

Wine Wednesday – Raats Chenin Blanc

photo-298I recently stumbled upon this awesome South African Chenin Blanc completely by accident. I was looking for some South African whites to try and noticed this label said “Unwooded” which means it was aged using steel tanks instead of oak barrels. This technique is used to preserve the wine’s “original”, vibrant, fresh fruit character making the flavors light, refreshing and smooth. I have tried a lot of unwooded/unoaked wines from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir and I have yet to be disappointed, so I thought I’d give it a shot!

The Chenin Blanc grape originated in the Loire valley of France but is thought to be one of the first grapes grown in South Africa around 1655 (it is now the most widely planted grape in South Africa.) Due to the grapes high acidity, it can be used to make a wide variety of wines from sparkling to desert wine.

This Chenin Blanc is rich in citrus flavors, with hints of pineapple, honeysuckle and orange blossom with a bright, tangy minerality. Due to the range of flavors it pairs well with a variety of foods and makes for a great everyday summer white, especially for the price!

Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2011 (Unwooded)

  • Price: $13.99
  • Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Region: South Africa, Coastal Region
  • Tasting Notes: Beautifully structured on the palate, bursting with fresh yellow and white fruit flavors. The wine finishes subtly, yet distinct with great minerality and citrus flavors.
  • Food Pairing: An easy-to-pair wine since it has a wide flavor profile, but they especially recommend it with curry or similar spicy dishes as well as sushi and oysters.
  • Score: 88 points