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Think Pink…

4 Nov

Uh, guys – as Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother once said, “Open your brain-tank brah,  cause here comes some premium 91 octane knowledge!”

Circle the month of April 2011 in your calendars, because that’s when the Emeri Pink Moscato drops onto an LCBO shelf near you.

From producers DeBortoli Wines, who have been making stellar wines in Australia since before Amelia Earhart became the first woman to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean, when people still didn’t know what penicillin was and Shirley Temple was just born (that’s 1928 for us non-history buffs) comes this noteworthy release.

It’s not Bordeaux vintage report hold-your-breath-worthy. Or a Jonas brother dies, front-page worthy. But it’s pretty darn rush-to-the-store worthy.

This is grab a case for the morning of your wedding sparkling. It’s even Sunday brunch bubbly. It’s especially store on the bottom shelf of your fridge in case your mother-in-law drops by and surprises you on a Saturday afternoon when you’re still in track pants trying to ease last night’s hangover wine.

The release price is $14.95, which makes it easy on the wallet and it’s yummy and fun enough to cheer up any occasion (with low alcohol to boot). It’s got a sweet floral nose, with lychee, honey and musk and just enough acidity to keep everyone on track. While it’s not the most complex wine on the market, it is balanced and has this great lush mouthfeel (you can thank that sly little minx, Gewürztraminer) that tricks you into thinking you spent more than 15 bucks on this baby.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I hear your desperate little whines that it’s not available yet in our market. Listen up, brah. It’s the good stuff, sometimes we just gotta wait for it.

Frankly, its Franc…

29 Oct

InterVin just released its Silver Medal list – which will also be part of the next edition of VINES, if you’re curious. Personally, I always find award lists helpful, they are kind of like little directional arrows pointing you along the confusing route of choosing a bottle of wine. Like GPS, solar-powered pathway lights and diet plans – they can, of course, find you stumbling face first down a dead end road while eating only grapefruit for three weeks.

However, they can also get you out of Boston without getting shot, with your clothes not grass stained and your belly fully and heart healthy. You know what I’m saying? Probably not. The point is this… There are people who know a lot more about wine than me and by listening to the people whose professional opinions I trust, I can drink a lot of the great stuff.

This is especially true about the varietals I consider ‘risky’. Of course, all wines can go array in unmasterful hands, but some more quickly than others. To me, Cabernet Franc is one of those types of wine.

When done well, Cab Franc can be simply delightful. It’s kind of got that ‘fight’ in it, of a powerfully flavoured and dramatic wine trapped in a lighter-styled wine’s body. It adds something special to red blends, often used in Bordeaux-style blended wines alongside Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It’s a great ‘shoulder season’ kind of wine, that plays inside the boundaries of a refreshing white and a deep, brooding red. It can be pepper-y, cassis-y, raspberry-y and tobacco-y. Most of all, it can be yummy.

On the flip side, it can fall flat. Peppery can turn to biting into a raw, green pepper. Cassis-y can turn into candied. Raspberry-y can disappear behind too much spice. Tobacco-y can turn to full out stick your head up a chimney.

That’s why I turn to the advice of the pros when it comes to this wine, because I love it when it’s done right and loathe it when it isn’t. Cab Franc is becoming more popular in Canada, which has the climate and soil to make excellent examples.

At InterVin, there were several silver medalists from our nation in this category, including recent VINES cover model – the Good Earth Food & Wine Co. 2008 Cabernet Franc from the Niagara Peninsula.

Check out the others from the list and maybe even try a few. There’s plenty of great Cab Franc’s out there, find someone who you trust to recommend a few.