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The rest of April’s DDTC

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So since my Easter wine post, we were quite restrained in our wine drinking for the rest of April.  We only opened two bottles (but did gift one as well!).

First we opened a lovely 2004 La Misión Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Viña William Févre. The colour was brick red, with a nose of blueberry, currants and a hint of tobacco.  The fruits were very present and not overshadowed by the tannins at all.  It could have sat for at least another 4-5 years, and it a very good cost for the quality.  We paired this with a meat lasagna.

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The next week we had tortière (I am sensing a meat theme on Wine Wednesdays) and opened a 2011 Organized Crime Pipe Down, which is a cabernet blend from Beamsville.  We love the story behind the winery which is told through their labels. Worth the visit to hear the story! The wine is still young so the colour was a deep red.  The nose shows berries and was balanced well between the tannins and the fruits.  Definitely looking forward to opening this after it cellars more.

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And because if we don’t drink it, giving it away still counts!  A vintage bottle of Magnotta Chardonnay was given as a hostess gift.

**New! Since the goal is one bottle a week, I am going to keep track of how well we are on our way.  As of this post we are at week 19 and have drank 16 bottles (+1 given away).  So we are a little behind!  17/52

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Finally a white! Week 5 of DDTC

After a month of red wine, it was time for a change.  Also with the cold weather (22 cms of snow in one 24 hour period), I find that riesling makes me think summer, and I really wanted to pretend it is warm out.

This week, @WineGuyTO and I were also trying out a new cookbook to keep us on our healthy eating goal, The Best of Clean Eating 2 (because book 1 was not at the Chapters I went to).  We decided to make the beef stir fry, something quick and that we both enjoy.  It was fun both of us prepping together to make dinner.  The only drawback was that we found that the stir fry lacked some heat/spices that we will add the next time, and that the riesling would have complemented, but we were overall happy with the dish.

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@WineGuyTO choose a Good Earth 2009 Medium Dry Riesling to pair.  His notes are: As we love the rieslings from Good Earth, this one did not disappoint.  The initial nose gives hints of what is to come, petrol and fruits.  The colour is a pale lime yellow and the flavour just keeps going.  The sweetness is nicely balanced with sharp acidity to truly reward your mouth.  The finish is quite long and brings memories of wine country in the spring.

Is there a wine type you want us to open? Let me know!

DDTC Week 2 :Baco Noir

This week has been cold.  The cold where you just want to huddle under a thick blanket and cuddle. So I was looking for a wine that had body to it. A friend brought us a bottle of Sandbanks Baco Noir (2013) and I was hoping it would work, as this is our first wine from this winery but our friend says it was a surprise favourite for him. We love finding new wines from Ontario and are looking forward to our next visit to Prince Edward County to explore more.

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@WineGuyTO tells me that this wine initially doesn’t have very strong aromas,  but it was a little on the cool side.  On the nose there is a jammy-ness that becomes more on the palate. Twenty minutes in,  there was a toasted nuts on the nose.  The flavours we got were plum and red fruits,  not the wild cherry the bottle says.  The colour is dark red,  almost purple. The sweetness is balanced by acidity; overall a typical Baco.  He paired this tourtière and found that it complemented the wine, as the saltiness of the pork mixed with the beef makes the wine taste more full bodied.

Really we could have sat on this wine for at least 2-3 years,  but that would not help us fulfill drinking down the cellar!

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