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Grape Pickings by
Leslie Larkin

This month's pick: Passport Series - Three Country Cab

Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 14% Body: Full
Shelf Life After Bottling:
3-5 years

Region of origin: California, South Africa and Spain

The wine: Big, bold, and beautiful – a stunning blend of Cabernet Sauvignons from three powerhouse producers. Look for a bouquet of ripe black fruits, with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and oak. This deep red, full-bodied Cab is firm, dry, and brimming with flavours of blackcurrant, blackberry, blue plum, vanilla, and spice. Notes of black tea, spice, and oak linger on the finish.

The region: California's Sonoma County enjoys a long growing season with sunny, warm, dry days and cool evenings - the ideal combination for grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. Swartland, just north of Cape Town, South Africa, is hot and dry, leading to lower yields, and smaller, more concentrated fruit. Spain is hot and arid, but its elevation creates a workable balance, with temperatures dropping significantly at night. Many growers have adapted to the dry weather by spacing vines further apart to reduce competition for resources, leading to lower yields with higher quality fruit, and more concentrated, intense flavours.

Food pairings : EPair this big, bold red with hearty, flavourful dishes such as beef and mushroom kabobs, rack of lamb, prime rib roast with root vegetables, or beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon. Also an excellent companion for 2 to 4 year old Canadian cheddar or 70% dark chocolate.

This is a limited edition release available exclusively at the Orléans Town Centre Wine Kitz location on St. Joseph Blvd. near the corner of Prestone Drive.

You can pre-order your kit now by calling 613-841-8197 or e-mail winekitzorleans@bellnet.ca. Mention that you read about this wine in Grape Pickings and receive a $10 discount.

To read about other wines in the Passport Series visit http://winekitzorleans.ca/passport-series-2015/.




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