I had a glass of Gerard Bertrand Viognier Reserve Speciale – Pays D’Oc, France 2010 today on the deck at the Chart Room at the Black Point Inn. It’s a very reasonable $15-$18 buy. Highly recommended…the wine and the outdoor dining!
What does this have to do with Maine? A very close friend of mine gave me a bottle of Duckhorn Napa Valley 2000 Merlot right before I left Maryland and moved to Maine. I just today decided to open it. The combination of the gorgeous weather and a nice wedge of St. Agur blue cheese and I headed straight to the wine fridge.
Probably hard to tell from this lighting but the wine had a gorgeous tawny maroon hue to it (less purple, more brown) – often the sign of a nicely aged wine. And I’m not a big fan of a Merlot just off the shelf…but this one? Incredible. I keep sniffing it, the bouquet is that good! Still a little tannic so it might have held out a few more years. But I’m happy with it today. Thanks, Steve. 🙂
For this light and refreshing “Sangria” I used a Grenache Rose and Club Soda (ratio of 3 to 1), the juice of half of a lime and a hefty splash (who measures?) of Limoncello Liquor. Shake, pour over ice and enjoy!