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Great selections for Valentine's Day

At the Wine Rack

Christopher Reckord

Thursday, February 07, 2013    

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Next week Thursday is St Valentine's Day and I have received a few e-mails requesting recommendations for wine as gifts or to have with dinner on that special day. I took a look at what was relatively new in our market and also on some other wines not so new but that I found would be interesting to try. I selected a range including two white wines, two rosé wines and two red wines; in other words, there is a selection for every wine drinker in Jamaica to try. To help with your selection I placed the general style of the wine in brackets.

M de Minuty Rosé, Provence, France: I loved this wine when I first tasted it in France a few years ago and I was most excited when I learnt that it was now available in Jamaica. I promptly acquired a case and everyone who has tasted it has fallen in love .... with the wine, that is. It is NOT sweet, it's a true rosé from the home of the finest in the world, Provence. France. A magnificent wine of pleasure: the aromatic harmony of Grenache and Cinsault offers some notes of peach and candied orange. The mouth is fresh and round. (A dry refreshing true rosé/pink wine)

Goats do Roam Rosé, South Africa: Bright colour in the glass, with delicate aromas of cherry and strawberry. The entry on the palate is slightly sweet and fruit-driven, finishing on an intense yet refreshing note. Surprisingly complex with a lingering aftertaste. This wine is a blend of Syrah 46%, Mourvèdre 25%, Grenache 15%, Gamay Noir 14%. It all started with a suggestion by a wine buyer, who humorously suggested the vinification of a Rhône-style blend called "Goats do Roam". Thus was born, in 1999, what was for the South African wine scene an innovative blend using Rhône varieties such as Shiraz, Cinsaut, Carignan and Mourvèdre with a dash of local Pinotage. (A slightly sweet pink wine).

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand: This a fine example of good Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with a fruit-salad bowl of flavours including ripe gooseberry, passion fruit, fresh citrus, lime and exotic herbaceous aromas. The wine has an exciting palate with layers of juicy flavours, intensity and fullness, finishing with a refreshing crisp, clean and racy acidity. Sauvignon Blanc complements the fresh flavours of seafood, shellfish and white fish as well as tangy foods. Citrus or garlicky sauces enhance the effect. (A medium- bodied, refreshing, zingy white wine.)

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay, Central Coast, California: I think the entire Mondavi Private Selection line consists of really great "value for money" wines. These Central Coast Chardonnay grapes enjoyed an extended period maturing on the vine, which produced fruit with impressively concentrated flavours. The nose reveals lemon blossom, green apple, and peach aromas with smoky oak nuances along with enticing vanilla spice and smoky oak flavours. The creamy, mouth-filling palate creates a lush impression and is balanced by a rich, lingering finish. Enjoy this delicious wine with rich seafood, poultry and pork dishes, whitesauce pastas - like Fettuccine Alfredo, or flavourful, soft-ripening cheeses. (A full-bodied oaky white wine.)

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand: Cloudy Bay produces some of the very best wines in New Zealand. On the nose, raspberry liquorish entices further along with wild strawberry, dark cherries, tobacco & spice. The palate is juicy but balanced by rich forest floor, clove and savoury flavours. Good tension between acid and fine tannins offers a well-rounded palate with appealing length. We particularly enjoy our pinot noir with smoked duck breast, grilled portobello mushrooms and rack of venison. (A light-medium body red wine)

Apothic Red, California: Inspired by "Apotheca," a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, the wines of Apothic are truly unique in style and taste. The brambly spice of Zinfandel, dark fruit flavours of Syrah, the bold notes of Cabernet Sauvignon and the smooth elegance of Merlot unite to create this captivating red blend. Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavours of rhubarb and black cherry, complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouth feel and the smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend. (A full-bodied red wine.)

Christopher Reckord - Businessman, Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to creckord@gmail.com. Follow us on twitter: @DeVineWines @Reckord

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