Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Taste of Chile: Santa Digna Estelado Rosé, Pisco Mistral, & Chilean Truffles

(Claudia Olmedo, Sara Lehman, & me)

When my girl, Sara ( a.k.a. Somm in the City) invited me to tag along and check out some Chilean wines on a boat, I jumped at the chance. Like most people, I have indulged in a bottle or two of the Chilean wine, Gato Negro, due to the inexpensive price. There is so much more going on with wines from the region. Did you know that Chile’s wine history dates back to the 16th century? There was much for me to discover as I chatted with some of the top importers from Chile.

Authentic empanadas were served as well as deviled eggs topped with truffles from Chile. The truffles were flown in for the occasion and are so exclusive you have to know the right importer to get them. It is the first time that truffles are being cultivated in the region. I felt like a queen as I ate them, they were exquisite.

There are various wines to sip throughout the evening. As you know I am the kinda girl that loves bubbly, especially a good rosé brut. When I tasted the Santa Digna Estelado Rosé I instantly fell in love. This fabulous rosé is made in the same method as champagne. That is always a big bonus, especially when you want a good sparkling wine at an affordable price. The aromas are a mix of cherry, plum, strawberries, and floral notes. The wine is made by Miguel Torres Chile, one of the largest and highly regarded wineries in Chile.

A highlight of the evening was learning about Pisco Mistral and meeting Claudia Olmedo, the pisco sommelier. Made in winemaking regions of Chile, pisco is a sensual and potent brandy. It is the national drink of Chile. The only way I had tried pisco up until that point was in a pisco sour. Let's just say, I’m not a fan and it kept me far away from pisco. Now that I have tried Pisco Mistral, I won't ever think of pisco the same. Named after Nobel Prize Chilean poet, Gabriela Mistral, this amber colored pisco is aged in oak barrels for three years. The aromas are a perfume of wood, spice, and floral notes. Personally, I just like to have it one the rocks since I love how it tastes. If you are into pisco sours or pisco cocktails, the Pisco Mistral will add a touch of elegance to your drinks. There are five versions for you choose from.

Next time you are in the wine store pursue the Chilean section. You will discover that the region has many wines made with love and passion. Explore what Chile has to offer your palate.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

La Nuit en Rosé : Sip and Sail Surrounded by Rosé

La Nuit en Rosé brought their rosé wine cruise to New York City. The three day event was such a hit in the big apple that all of the cruises sold out.

I was invited to check out the sip and sail. What could be better than sailing around Manhattan surrounded by rosés? I tried so many great wines during the evening, but here are some that I selected to share with you:

Bleu de Mer-  A light and elegant rosé from the Sud du France region is made from cinsaut grapes. This elegant wine  can be used as an aperitif. It would pair well with grilled meats, salads, cheese, and fruit. Sipping on this rosé is a delight. $18

White Girl Rosé- When I heard about White Girl Rosé I had to laugh at the concept. It gets its name due to the fact that last year in the Hamptons where was a rosé shortage. Apparently white girls were beside themselves not knowing what to do since they could not find the wine. I didn't have any expectations for this wine, but have to admit that it’s pretty good. It's the kind of wine that you get a few bottles of and have for brunch with your girlfriends. $20

Bridge Lane Rosé- Is wine in a box really good? You betcha! This was on the best rosés that I tried during the evening. If you turn your nose up to wine in a box, especially this one, you are missing it. Not only do you get more wine when you purchase it in a box, but it last longer due to packaging. Talk about a double bonus. The aromas in this wine are a bit of strawberry, peach, and  floral If you are too snooty for wine in a box, you can also get it in a bottle. $40 a box ( equals 4 bottles)  $16 for a bottle

Ouled Thaleb Moroccan Rosé- I was on the look out for this winery. Ouled Thaleb is the largest wine producer in the Arab world. The bottle is beautiful and the fact that it is made in Morocco makes it sound so sensual. It did not disappoint. I would say this rosé is for the grown and sexy. Sip on it when you want to have an elegant evening. $16

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé- This champagne is everything. Aged for three years in a cellar, this sparkler  has red fruit aromas with notes of blueberry, plums, blackcurrant, and raspberry. It can be paired with so many things like salmon, chicken, pork , truffle fries, or cheese. The pefect rosé to have for celebrating or just because you deserve it. $59

Vie Vite Rosé -This rosé turns up in all the swanky places, The presentation for the wine invites you to taste it. Vie Vite will not remind you of other roses from Provence due to the mix of grape varietals. The aromas are quite lovely with cherries, strawberries, and spices. This is a good one when you are entertaining and would like to enchant your guests. $23

AIX Rosé - A pale pink wine is produced by one of the larger in estates in AOP Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. Their goal is to produce the best rosé  in the world.  I would say that they are doing a pretty good job of reaching their goal. With aromas of red berries, mandarin orange, fig, and spices, it brings pleasure to the palette. $20

Next time you are looking for a good rosé try one of these selections. Enjoy and sip on. Sante!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Yoga For Wine Lovers

A little wine with spirit is always a good thing! This video brought a smile to my face, so I thought that I would share it. Namaste and cheers!