As we tasted through the wines that Véronique Raskin presented to Sue Straight for Sue Straight (Wine Wench), Mindy Joyce (Sugar Fly Marketing), Jose and I to taste, the first wine instantly reminded me Sarah Jessica Parker, while she was portraying Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City. My own tasting went off in that direction, since we were going to describe each wine to one another, but only after we tasted each one. I knew that I could call out a name, and my friends would instantly understand. It worked well.
Blanquette De Limoux Brut NV $19.99: Collectively, we found this wine to be light, yet very complex. Not only did we pick up deliciously tart fruit flavors and the scent of spring flowers, but it brought back my days of Sandalwood to me… Right back to my organic 60s… It was beautifully refreshing, hence Sarah Jessica Parker.
Perlage Altana Rosato Frizzante NV $14.99: On the nose I got strawberries, and on the palate I got strawberry shortcake. Others got pomegranate, yeasty, almond and honey aromas on the nose, which continued as flavors in the bright, sparkling mouth. The feistyness of this one reminded me of Julianne Moore.
Perlage Riva Moretta Prosecco 2012 $17.99: I was reminded of delicious French rolls with this one, dripping with creamy butter. Images of ripe peach and pears were dripping down my chin, enhanced by these aromas. Others got pear, mango and citrus. It was a wine that proved to be very well balanced and a bit spicy. This wine reminded me of Sandra Bullock, a classy survivor of great modern consequence.
Navarrsotillo Rioja (White Wine) 2011: This wine is very smooth and elegantly creamy, with sassy aromas of pear, Golden Delicious apple, and Meyer lemons. The beautiful marzipan flavors of honey and almond meal made this wine very distinct. The aromas and flavors continued into the finish. Katherine Hepburn… because it was a sassy wine that’s daring.
Perlage Pinot Grigio 2012 $13.99: Smooth apples and lemon flavors, a wine with a supple mouthfeel that was very easy to like, like Audrey Hepburn.
La Marouette Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $14.99: This was a panel favorite! Perfumed elegance and French lace… Buttery popcorn and aromas of a French pasty shop. (I grew up in Lewiston, Maine, where French was almost the first language, not the second. I know French pasty shops.) It reminded me of Juliette Binoche in Chocolat.
Domaine Eugene Meyer Riesling 2012 $23.99: A classically complex Riesling, this wine was refreshingly dry and aromatic. I got hints of cedar accented by petrol and a lemon citrus that made it a tad confident and energetic… Like Winona Rider.
Chateau Bousquette Rosé 2012 $14.99: A palate that reminded me of a strawberry smoothie with a touch of wintergreen that used to grow as a wild herb in my Maine back yard. The flavors of honeydew melon reminded me of a tropical jungle… This led me to Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, when Javier Bardem takes over her heart.
Have you noticed that all wines above reminded me of women? That’s because – for me – they were feminine wines.
The next ones are for you guys…
Gypsy Melody Carignane 2011 $13.99: This was another one of the panel’s favorites. It was a plummy, yummy, whimsical wine bursting with rich aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, anise, tobacco, and peppery spice. As spicy as it was, this was clearly the Johnny Depp of the tasting. Name the movie and his spicy roles will always be well suited to Johnny Depp.
Domaine Des Cedres Côtes Du Rhône 2010 $15.99: According to Sue’s rendition of this tasting, “We fought over who got to take the rest of this bottle home – it was our overall favorite wine of the tasting!” Cedar, spice and everything nice, it reminded me of Albert Finney in the movie A Good Year. Coincidentally, this is also my favorite movie. Based in Provence, France, the scenery draws me in, the warm hues soothe my French Bernier soul (maternal grandparents for me), and the lines are classic.
In France it’s always the landowner who makes the wine, even though he does nothing more than supervise with binoculars from the comfort of his study. No, I enjoy making wine, because this sublime nectar is quite simply incapable of lying. Picked too early, picked too late, it matters not – the wine will always whisper into your mouth with complete, unabashed honesty every time you take a sip.
Frelin Della Ventoux 2011 $12.99: A masculine, yet soft, blue fruit wine and the obvious notes of cigar kept me in the movie A Good Year film. This time, I was reminded of Russell Crowe in his portrayal of Max. A blue suit, like the blue fruit, reminded me of Uncle Henry’s (Albert Finney) reason for having one:
A blue suit is the most versatile of accoutrements. More important than the suit itself, is the man who fits it for you. Once you find a good tailor, you must never give his name away – not even under the threat of bodily harm.
I could protect this wine, and keep it all to myself at this price, but I’m going with being above-board with this super value wine.
Chateau Laubarit 2011 $17.99: This is an earthy red wine that had a French nose to it, with blue jasmine, citrus peel, and cooked raspberry aromas and flavors being the most pronounced. With such a wide range, yet a hint of being a bit more delicate (or sensitive), this wine was definitely a Woody Allen for me. Annie Hall immediately comes to mind.
Chateau Bousquette Prestige 2009 $24.99: Alluring aromas and flavors of black cherry, mocha, leather, sun-warmed earth, tobacco and violet abound, all wrapped up in a silky mouthfeel. George Clooney in anything…
Chateau Bousquette 2009 $17.99: I can’t write this one better than Sue did on her blog story about our tasting: “This is a rustic, earthy red, bursting with aromas and flavors of plum, black cherry, spice box and leather, all lovingly supported in a silky mouthfeel.” We didn’t come up with an actor for this one, but as I reflect on it, it needs an organic actor… Jack Nicholson in As Good as it Gets.
Back to the feminine side…
Chateau Veronique 2010 $15.99: Voluptuous and sexy, this Sophia Loren wine is just delicious! I got black cherry and plums on the palate, and it’s a more feminine wine that the previous ones above… once we hit the male side of the varieties…
Cartagene Dessert Wine $19.99/.375ml: We were all thinking fruit compote for this one… Tangy citrus peel and a spicy delight on both the nose and the palate, this wine was supple, delicious, and sweet! Who comes to your mind? For me, it was Sofia Vergara.
Casal dos Jordes Port $31.99: Seductive aromas and notes of cocoa, tangerine, and clove spices for flavors, this wine was a tapestry of textures. Definitely a Kerry Washington kind of wine… For those who watch Scandal, you easily get this one.
This was a complicated tasting, because the wines had a more global approach, so we had a lot to think about. The most overriding fact was price, price, price… For these wines to be so affordable, I’m now convinced that our American way of super chemicalizing everything that’s growing does have a big price tag, beyond what it’s already doing to our health care costs in the long run.
I’d like to say, Made in America, Paid in American©, but until America gets it right, it’s a global market… I think, forever more. If you don’t want to believe this, just think of the American auto industry. We lost it to the world, the day Detroit decided to cut corners and imports came into the states.
Article courtesy of Jo Diaz
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