Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hunkering Down For The Winter

It's time -- to seasonally adjust your body with some tasty and pleasantly substantial wines: such as Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 from Chateau des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Nine months in French oak casks add complexity without overpowering the fruit, leaving you with a lightly buttery, melon-apple, and citrus-crisp charmer. It’s a satisfying13.4% alcohol and you can get one for $14.95.

    In the red wine world, the Chateau’s entry-level Pinot Noir 2015 is sourced from all four of the estate’s farms, 13% alcohol, $16.95. 
Elegant notes of cassis, vanilla, cranberry, raspberry and warm earth recall the summer when it was picked. 
    Venturing offshore for sustenance, you could happily go gaucho in Mendoza, Argentina with the lovely Dona Paula. 

    The Estate Malbec and the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, both $16.95, are big, 14.4%, and beautiful. 

    Grown at high altitude, over 1,000 metres, they’re complex and layered with flavors of black fruit, red peppers and spices to match the savoury stews, roasts and steaks we’re now favoring.

    We all know that wines is as old as the hills and the latest guess is that it's 8,000 years old. That's the word from researchers scouring the wilds of Georgia where archeologist Patrick McGovern is unearthing more evidence of ancient grapevines.

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