I know I am a little late in getting this post out, but I took a couple of weeks off for the holidays. We have kids scattered from North Carolina to Georgia to South Carolina and decided to visit all then left out of Charleston December 30 to celebrate New Year’s Eve on a cruise ship – more about that in an upcoming post. But for now, I want to recap a few wine discoveries I had in 2012. It was a good year for sipping wine!
Chardonnay has long been a favorite of most wine drinkers and possibly a typical house wine for a lot of you. For me, I was well into this “wine lifestyle” before I became a fan. But today I truly enjoy a chilled white wine – it has to be on the cool side for me to drink it, a little cooler than even the recommended temperature but not so cold that you lose the flavors and aromas. With that said, my new favorite Chardonnay discovery this year is Morning Fog from Wente Vineyards. A crisp chardonnay with just a hint of cinnamon, Morning Fog has become one of my house wines. I keep it on hand mostly for myself but love sharing it with friends. If you haven’t tried this wine, I highly recommend it!
Moving through my 2012 lineup of favorites, I have to recommend “Rosé of Cabernet Franc” from Raylen Vineyards located in Mocksville, North Carolina. Raylen Vineyards is part of the Yadkin Valley AVA, the largest AVA in North Carolina with more than 30 wineries, each serving up their own unique spin on your favorite wines. I know some people refer to ice wines as “romantic” wines, but I think that is what Rosé is, a wine that can be enjoyed by everyone for every occasion. It adds a touch of romance to life and we all need (and deserve) a touch of romance. A lot of people think that Rosé is going to have a flavor profile similar to a white zinfandel, but that is not the case. Today’s Rosé is dry but soft and full of flavor. This particular Rosé has a tart strawberry and citrus finish that lingers slightly on the palate. It is an excellent wine to drink by itself but also pairs well with spicy foods and chicken or turkey. I recommend buying it by the case and even then, it won’t last long.
Last, but not least, on my list of new discoveries is Castillo Catadau Gran Reserva 2005 Tempranillo from Naked Wines (another new discovery/favorite). Tempranillo was new to me. I had received this wine in a shipment from Naked Wines and had saved it for Tempranillo Day – a day dedicated to the wine where wine enthusiasts all over the world are encouraged to drink Tempranillo and post your thoughts and comments through your preferred means of social media. I was completely blown away by this wine! It is mellow and smooth with hints of both caramel and vanilla. You will notice that it is a 2005 which means that it was aged in the barrel for a good long while before it was released so there is no need for you to age it at home – just pop the cork and enjoy! You can read reviews and comments about the Tempranillo on Naked Wines website. It gets rave reviews and you won’t be disappointed. Again, I recommend ordering it by the case.
And if you are not familiar with Naked Wines, check them out. Become an “Angel,” find your new favorite wine and help support the winemaker’s in living the dream of making great wine. Naked Wines has a bargain price on all their wines, but the Angel price is a real bargain. So my final recommendation for the New Year, is Naked Wines.
Each of these wines is very affordable making them perfect for your house wine and for your everyday wine but they are also elegant enough to be the wine you share with friends and serve at special occasions.
I predict that 2013 is going to be another Great year for sipping wine so explore something new and enjoy!