month's pick: Passport Series - Three Country
Dry Alcohol: 14% Body: Full
Shelf Life After Bottling: 3-5 years
of origin: California, South Africa and Spain
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mention that you read about this wine in Grape Pickings
and receive a $10 discount.
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