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Jul 26, 2009

WINE TASTING

Sunday Favorites is hosted by Chari @ Happy To Design. Stop in to see her and the others. What is so great about this meme is that you get to see an older post of our that you may never have come across before.
Plus we can lounge around more on the Sunday. Enjoy.




This post was originaly from April of this year. If you can find this wine in your area I think you will really enjoy it. Perfect for summer time evenings on the deck. Just call, I'll be there and I will even bring some tapas.
As I said earlier today I forgot my camera in my excitement of going to the wine tasting. Luckily for me there is a press kit for this particular wine. So thank you to the Cousino-Macul winery in Chile for the use of the photo.
My first thought upon seeing the label was that it was a new blend to me. I was wrong. It is not a blend at all but an actual grape variety that originated in the Bordeaux region. It has existed for well over 100 years but nobody told me. It yielded a small crop so it wasn't replanted after it had been hit with phylloxera (an insect) until the 1980's. It is a certified variety, #917 if that means anything to you.
The Cousino family has been growing this variety since the mid 1800's in Chile. They used to blend it with the other varieties in the vineyard. In the 1980's they decided to isolate the different varieties and confirm their "lineage".
I for one am glad they did. The cooling night air coming down from the Andes Mountains creates a crisp, well balanced wine. I liked the way it felt in my mouth, silky smooth. The 2007 harvest apparently ripened early. They had a drop in yields in almost all the varieties that year but they got excellent results from the harvest. It was buttery textured with a grapefruit flavour. I really would like to have more of this one. All the wines that evening were under $20 Canadian.


2 comments:

Chari said...

Hi Lori...

I've had so much fun just bouncing all around your blog today, my friend! First...I clicked on your link to see your beautiful handpainted tole Old Father Christmas! Girl, you are soooo very talented! I collect the Old Father Christmas'...you did such a beautiful job painting!!! Then I just had to check out your blog giveaway...I love it!!! What an awesome and generious gift!!! I left a comment on that post...and I'm thinking about the photo that I would like enlarged to poster size! Thank you, my friend!!!

Okay...now I'm here for Sunday Favorites! Hehe! Loved this post about your wine tasting! I must admit that I'm not a wine drinker and I really do not know a thing about wine! I don't think all the cheap "Boone's Farm" apple wine that I drank when I was younger counts!!! Hehe! Ohhh...maybe you don't even know what Boone's Farm wine is...back then it was about the cheapest wine that you could buy...under $2 a bottle! But hey...I was young and broke but out for a little fun! wink!!!

Anyway...thanks so much for joining in with Sunday Favorites again this week, my friend!!! Sure do appreciate your participation!!!

Have a super Sunday!
Chari

KBeau said...

Love a good wine. Thanks for the recommendation.

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