Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A few good wines

I'd mentioned tasting the Crose 2004 at
King Family, but don't remember if it was mentioned how much DucCat and I really enjoyed this wine. There was nothing complex about this wine, with it's rosy hue and nose full of delicate strawberry. That's precisely what makes it such a great match for the omnipresent humid and muggy days that seem to be making up this summer. Good with cheese? Check. Salads? Sure, why not. Fabulous with grilled chicken? Uh-huh. How about sippin' with a circle of friends? Gotcha covered, honey. Thank goodness we brought home just enough to make it through the rest of the summer. Sometimes, it's just about good juice.

Our friends at the Tapas Lounge introduced us to the Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2004, early one evening. Toasty, ripe, apple-ish goodness, with a touch of oak to keep it interesting. We drank this by itself, an endeavour it seemed particularly well-suited for. Very smooth, with a languid exit in the mouth.

The El Coto Rioja 2001 has become, out of nowhere, my go-to 'food' wine. It's a tempranillo that is filled with soft, red fruits that make Italian-style foods go down with ease. Also the perfect match for pizza night, and as a wine on the more inexpensive side of the radar, I'm more than happy with it.

Last, and quite possibly the least of this batch, comes the Red Bicyclette 2003 Chardonnay. This is no slam on the wine itself, which was well-suited to a leisurely, European-paced lunch of hot panini sandwiches, and salad. The nose is fruity and lively. In the mouth, crisp apples and pears are wrapped up in a toasty blanket that finishes nicely. I picked this up at the grocer when buying the makings for dinner that night, and would do it again in a pinch.


Blogger Maureen said...

Thanks for the reviews! Is that Crose' something I'd be able to find at wine shops locally? I'll also be looking for that rioja.
Also, I was trying to read what the writing on your wine glasses said. You'll have to tell me...couldn't tell from the photo. :)

August 17, 2005 8:26 AM  
Blogger s'kat said...

I'm not sure where exactly King Family ships to- it may be the sort of thing you West Coaster's would have to order via their website.

I just took a peek at your profile, and noticed that you're in Scottsdale. I was born at Luke AFB, but only spent 6 months in AZ. Am hoping to get back for a proper visit someday.

The wine glasses were also from King Family. We used them during our tasting, and they are just perfect for drinking red or whites. Nice and sturdy, too, so we bought a set. There's always a wine glass to be replaced, you know.

August 17, 2005 9:40 AM  

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