Last Sunday, Donna and I had the opportunity to hang out at Natalie MacLean’s beautiful house with some fellow wine bloggers, sommeliers and people who work in the wine industry. There were approximately 60 assorted wines available to sample and review, for a great wine website www.nataliemaclean.com. Of course we didn’t try them all, but we both found some new favourites that we will be sharing with you over the next little while! Here’s one of my favourites:This is a great white wine from Château St. Jean, Treasury Wine Estates in Sonoma, California. It’s a Fumé Blanc 2012 and is delicious. The fact that it is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes may be why I liked it so much! I found it to have hints of grass and pear on the nose and refreshing flavours of lemon, apple and ginger on the palate. It is medium bodied and not too acidic. It would pair well with mild seafood dishes or cheese. Great on its own too! A great value for $18.95 at the LCBO, product number 537639.
It was a great event indeed! Natalie’s kitchen, dining room and living room were filled with like-minded wine lovers – from the professionals right down to the dabbling wine lovers like Mary Anne and myself. This was such a great opportunity to try out wines that we probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise and with so many to try we made travel arrangements ahead of time (a big thanks to Mary Anne’s hubby)! Here is one of my favourites –The 2012 Reserve Baco Noir from Henry of Pelham was a delicious full bodied red with a deep red colour. This Niagara Baco Noir is deliciously fruity and smooth on the palate with full bodied fruit flavours. It would be a fantastic wine with a spicy charcuterie platter or with a meaty spaghetti sauce! A little pricey at $24.95 a bottle, this would make a perfect “special occasion” wine or an awesome hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season. Available at the LCBO – product #461699.
Saluté … Donna