Even though there are technically twenty-one days until the first day of summer, it feels like spring has abandoned us for the muggy days of summer. I just got back from walking the dogs and am soaked through. So I thought today would be a perfect day to drink some chilled soft white wine and chill out.
We had a very nice French White Bordeaux 2012 from Chateau La Castillonne. It was a Sauvignon Blanc, very light and dry but soft and tasted like pears. It was a wine that we had tasted at a French wine tasting a couple of months ago and bought a few bottles. It was very affordable at <$13 a bottle. It went very well with the grilled pork chops and salad.
Another nice white wine that we like to keep on hand is a California wine from Joel Gott. We have tasted quite a few different Joel Gott wines, red and white and so far we have not been disappointed in any of the bottles we’ve had. Their Sauvignon Blanc is almost clear in the glass. The wine is everything a Sauvignon Blanc is supposed to be; dry with a mineral taste, clean and crisp with a tart finish. I usually don’t pay more than $13 a bottle for it and sometimes catch it on sale for $11. It goes very well with grilled chicken or grilled pork.
So if you’re looking for something light and clean you can’t go wrong with either one of these wines.
Spring is well under way with sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Sitting around soaking up some sun and gentle breezes also includes sipping lighter wines. Red wine is always in for some, but spring and summer offer lighter fare, more salads, grilled chicken and chilled beverages. There are so many varietals of white wine, so many different tastes, all of which offer something for everyone. From the dry mineral tastes of a Sauvignon Blanc to the crisp fruitiness of a Pinot Gris, depending on your mood you can find a white wine to fit the bill.
One of my favorite Sauvignon Blanc’s is Joel Gott 2011, California. It had a dry mineral taste that was very clean and crisp. It is almost colorless in the glass, with just a hint of yellow. It was a wonderful light wine, from the first glass to the end of the bottle. I recommend drinking it chilled, around 45° or so.
Another white wine that is a favorite here is an Italian Pinot Grigio from Ruffino. Lumina has been one of our favorites for years. Ruffino Lumina is always consistently very tasty. A semi-dry white wine that tastes like pears and is almost clear in the glass. This one goes good with chicken and pork or all by itself. This is another wine I recommend drinking chilled, brings out the crispness.
Spring is a time for renewal and growth, a perfect time to try new wines and old favorites. I have more white wine varieties that I love and will write about them in the coming weeks.
Today is New Year’s Eve and there are probably a gazillion parties planned for tonight. Not us, we will be long gone before midnight rolls around. Dead asleep I hope. I’m not much of a partier anyway. I am a true lightweight when it comes to alcohol and I really don’t need to plant myself at a buffet table. Plus I’m not that interesting so conversation is usually limited to talking about what the latest things the dogs have destroyed and wine. Most people have more going on in their lives than I do. After fifty plus years, boring is more fun than I can stand.
I made a pot of steak soup for dinner the other night and to go with it we opened a bottle of Joel Gott Pinot Noir 2012, a California wine. You can find them at http://www.gottwines.com. We paid $16 for the bottle, a good value for a Pinot Noir, which can be pretty pricey. The wine was a reddish brown color in the glass when held up to the light. It had a light clean taste that felt soft in my mouth. It was smooth with a taste of berries. It went down very easy and we finished the bottle in one sitting. That doesn’t happen very often. I told you I’m a lightweight. This is one that I will definitely buy again.
For all of you that are out partying up a storm tonight lift a glass for me have fun and stay safe. Happy New Year.
Winter has come knocking on our door with a passion. We woke up to only a light dusting of snow, but the temperatures are in the teens and there is a stiff wind out of the north. Temperatures like this make me want to stay in inside and cook. Besides cooking is much safer than driving the streets of Kansas City when it snows. In Kansas City you have the grammas, one group of drivers that go 2 miles an hour regardless of the road conditions, this group will get there a day late, but they will get there hunched over the steering wheel holding on with a white knuckle death grip. Then there are the moderates, the smallest group of drivers, the ones that have common sense and drive according to the road conditions at that moment, not what it was in July. The last group is probably the largest group of drivers around here, a group of speed racers that will try to prove at all costs the roads aren’t that bad and almost always end up in the ditch or blocking traffic, they are the ones I drive by give a big smile, thinking serves you right, bonehead.
Enough of my diatribe, as I was saying, on a frigid windy day my favorite thing to do is cook. Big hearty stews and roasts, with mouthwatering aromas wafting through the house. And what better to go along with a savory beef stew is a big luscious red wine?
Have you ever tried Joel Gott wines? If not, then this is definitely a winery to try. They are a California based winery and produce a variety of wines, 5 reds and 4 whites, and so far I have not been disappointed by any the different bottles I have imbibed. You can find Joel Gott Wines at http://www.gottwines.com/jgw/.
The first wine I ever tasted from Joel Gott is a red blend called Alakai 2010, made up of 77% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre and 2% petit sirah. The wine was a deep red that smelled rich and full without too much alcohol that definitely clears out my sinuses and disintegrates my nose hairs. The wine had a peppery spicy taste with a fruit tasting a little like cherries. I had never tasted a blend like this before, so this was a lot of fun tasting a wine that was peppery and spicy without setting my throat on fire.
I have not tried all of the different wines produced by Joel Gott, but I’m working on it. Normally homework sucks, but in this case I will suffer through and give it my best effort.