2005 Golan Heights Moscato

This week we’re tasting wine from Israel! 🇮🇱  Fun fact: Israel is now considered a producer of world-class bottlings, like this Moscato from the southern Golan Heights. This wine is kosher as well, for anybody that keeps a kosher home or wanted to bring a bottle as a gift for a Jewish household. The average price for this bottle is around $14.50 (www.vivino.com) I saw that some websites classified this wine as dessert wine. Moscato is on the sweetest end of the spectrum as far as sweet wines go, but I wouldn’t call this “dessert wine”. Dessert wine is served in much smaller portions (2 ounces) per glass pour. I was able to drink this in a typical 4-6 ounce pour.

Notes:

“Floral in its aroma, slightly spritzy and offers flavors of stone fruit and apple”. (http://www.vinesse.com/buy/2005-golan-heights-isreal-moscato/)

Top places to visit in Israel for wine tasting:

Below is a link that’s super interesting and helpful for anyone who is traveling to Israel and loves wine. One of the top recommendations is Golan Heights! “Distributed in over 32 countries and the winner of over 70 international awards, the Golan Heights Winery is one of the country’s finest. Established over 30 years ago, many will recognize their leading wine brands such as Yarden and Hermon. Wine enthusiasts can enjoy wine tastings, guided tours through the vineyards and more at the winery’s visitors’ center, located in Katzrin, Golan Heights.” (The Culture Trip)

Click below to learn more.

https://theculturetrip.com/middle-east/israel/articles/a-wine-lover-s-guide-to-the-top-8-must-visit-wineries-in-israel/

Mazel tov!

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Dark Horse Big Red Blend Review

This weeks Wine of the Week is a Dark Horse Big Red Blend. This wine is an amazing steal…only $10 and can be found at almost any grocery store chain near you. Wine Enthusiast magazine gave it 87 points and awarded it “Best Buy”. This red blend is smooth and easy to drink. Highly recommended for people who are just starting to introduce themselves to red wine. I liked this wine for what it was. It wasn’t very complex but it was mild and enjoyable. And for $10?! Psssssh, I’ll drink it any day 😏

Notes:

Dark horse describes this wine as having notes of dark berry, black currant and dark roasted oak.

“Super ripe black cherry and dried plum aromas, generous and rich fruit flavors and a smooth texture make this appealing all the way through. Made from Tempranillo and four other varieties, it’s boldly flavored but not especially full-bodied, and feels just grippy enough on the palate to go well with burgers and ribs”. (http://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/dark-horse-nv-big-red-other)

Pairings:

As most of you probably already know, meat is recommended with red wine. I found a great article though that’s a tutorial of basic wine and food pairings from Wine Folly. Click the link below for more information!

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/basic-wine-and-food-pairing-chart/

Bottoms up, my fellow wine lovers! 🍷

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Domaine de l’Idylle Cruet 2015 Review

Shabbat dinner called for some good French white wine 😋  this week I decided to review the 2015 Domain de L’Idylle. We paired this wine with black cod, rice and mushroom soup. For dessert we had a mixed berry cobbler. Needless to say I’m not working on my summer body hahah. I found that the average price for this wine is around $15. That is very reasonable for the quality!

Notes:

“Very bright white with subtle citrus aromas (lemon) and little white flowers. The wine has a frank attack, a nice intensity, elegant roundness due to the maturation on the lees.” (http://www.vin-savoie-idylle.fr/produit/cruet-en/)

Pairings:

The official website for this wine recommended lake or river fish (trout with almonds or dimmer of sole) and shellfish. Cheese and fondue was also recommended.

I also found a fun article from Food & Wine on French pairings. The article isn’t specific to this one particular wine, but all kinds of French wines. There are some pretty amazing recipes in here. I’d love to hear feedback if anyone attempts to create one of these pairings!

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/french-pairings

Cheers, my fellow wine lovers!

Domaine

2015 Oak Cask Trapiche Malbec Review

This week I decided to review a 2015 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina called Trapiche. What intrigued me upon choosing this bottle was that it got 90 points from James Suckling. On the Trapiche website, I found out it won other awards too including 88 points from Wine Spectator, and 88 points from Wine Enthusiast. I found this bottle at our local grocery store chain in Seattle, Washington called QFC. QFC is owned by Kroger, so I’m sure that finding this bottle at a grocery store near you would be easy. On sale for about $11.99, I found it to be a good price for a wine that was easy to drink. The profile wasn’t too complex, so it could be a good introductory wine for people just starting to explore reds/Malbec.

Notes:

“Purple-colored, the nose offers up plum and black cherry notes with a touch of black pepper. The palate is soft and round with ripe, saturated berry flavors. Finishes spicy and full with chewy tannins.” (http://www.trapichewines-usa.com/wine/oak-cask-malbec/)

Pairings:

The official website for Trapiche Argentina suggests that this Malbec be served with cheeses, red meats, mushrooms, stew and the typical Argentine “Asado”.

What is “Asado?”

I had never heard of this before today! It turns out Asado is similar to barbeque, although if you ask someone from Argentina if it’s similar they will be insulted! Asado is made from a similar concept- fire, grill and meat, but it is different. Below is a step by step link from an article by The Real Argentina. I’d love to hear feedback if people have ever had this meal or if they plan to make it!

http://therealargentina.com/en/step-by-step-guide-to-the-perfect-argentine-asado/

Cheers… and bon appétit!

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2016 Charles & Charles Rosé Review

You know what time it is… Wine of the Week! This week I’m reviewing a 2016 Rosé from Charles and Charles, a local wine from Columbia Valley, Washington. This wine was found at QFC, a grocery store chain in Seattle, Washington on sale for $9.99. Such a steal for the quality of this Rosé.

Notes:

60% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Mourvèdre, 2% Cinsault and 1% Counoise.

“The color is a pale salmon, copper pink with flashes of fuchsia. The aromatics lead with notes of wild raspberry and cherry, giving in to bright citrus, Herbs de Provence and lavender. There’s a strong note of rose petal as well. All this carries through on a light and dynamic palate with a tangy bright finish.” (http://www.wine.com/v6/Charles-and-Charles-Rose-2016/wine/169670/Detail.aspx)

Pairings:

I found a great article from Fiona Beckett called Matching Food & Wine. The article breaks down different kinds of Rosé and the foods that pair best with them including: light, dry Rosé, light off-dry Rosé, medium dry Rosé, elegant, fruity Rosé, full-bodied fruity Rosé, sparking Rosé and Rosé Champagne.

https://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/news/pairings/the-best-food-pairings-for-ros/

Cheers & bon appétit!

Charles and Charles