Sam has done an outstanding job of summarizing Wine Blogging Wednesday #9 over at Becks & Posh. Check it out.
After trading emails with Sam over at Becks & Posh, I decided to reblog my entry for Wine Blogging Wednesday #9 themed on rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© or “pink” wines. It seems Sam’s day job is not leaving much time for podcast listening, so here are the CliffsNotes with a few timecode stamps to help her sort out the audio:
(0:00 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 0:37) Introduction, theme music and show kickoff, thanking Sam for hosting WBW this month and the theme of rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© wines. RosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© is the “Rodney Dangerfield of wines”; they get no respect. This is probably due to indifferent blends of red and white wines we have had being passed off as rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©, as well as the sticky, sweet white zinfandels we have been subjected to over the years. In fact, I have not had a proper rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© or pink wine in a few years, so this theme was an excellent chance to check out three dry rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© wines.
Before sharing my tasting notes, I spoke a bit about how rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© wines are made (1:16). The first method is to crush red grapes and macerate the must for only a few hours to impart only a small amount of the pigment to the wine. Then the winemaking process is followed the same as used to make white wine. For some unknown reason, I failed to mention that the French call this process, “vins gris”, even though my notes clearly state this fact. The second method is called, “saignÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©e” or “bleeding”. This is where red wine is made, but a bit of the juice is drained off early in the winemaking process to concentrate the resulting red’s flavors. The bled juice is then made into rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© using the process followed to make whites.
Next (2:17), I commented about the proper temperature to serve rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© (50 – 54F, or 10 – 12C) and launched into my tasting notes:
Toad Hollow Vineyards, “Eye of the Toad”, Dry Pinot Noir Rose 2004 ($12) – Clear pink, beautiful strawberry/watermelon nose, strawberry/cherry fruit, bone dry, nice finish; serve a bit warmer than regular rose to fully reveal it’s aromas and flavors; I also like the whimsical, yellow plastic cork! Score: 8/10
Les Vignerons de Montblanc, Syrah Rose, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue 2003 ($9) – Rose center with nice pink edges, watermelon candy nose, nice flavor intensity of light red berries, dry and refreshing; another plastic cork! Score: 8/10
Cuvee Catherine, Rose d’Anjou 2002 ($6) – Very light tawny red, light flowery nose, almost vegetal in flavor with bell pepper and cherry in a good way, off-dry, but not sweet, with a good dose of acidity; a bit bitter on the finish; drink ASAP as the wine is past itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s prime. The only cork in the bunch. Score: 7.5/10
(5:09) Best of tasting: Toad Hollow Vineyards, “Eye of the Toad”, Dry Pinot Noir Rose 2004
Best value: Les Vignerons de Montblanc, Syrah Rose, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue 2003
(5:21 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 8:16) I then shared some final thoughts for regular Winecast listeners about sending in questions for an upcoming show, voting at Podcast Alley, Gmail and Yahoo! 360 invites and a poll I have open on my blog.
Thanks once again to Sam from Becks & Posh for the theme and her upcoming summary write-up this weekend. I hope this extended post helps save you a bit of time 😉
Sam over at the Becks & Posh blog has chosen the theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday #9 and itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s rose (or pink) wines. Should be fun to track down some of the great French rose of Anjou and Sancerre and taste them against some of California’s best white Pinot’s (a.k.a Vin Gris). DonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t worry, no “white” Zinfandel this time 😉
The date is May 11th.
Ronald has already posted the summary of all the entries in Wine Blogging Wednesday #8 over at loveSicily. What is striking is that a large proportion of the wines were from the Nero d’Avola grape and the Morgante I tasted was also entered by two other bloggers (you can compare notes here and here).
I also made a mistake last night when I posted the show that some iPodders, particularly on the Macintosh, had problems with. I have since fixed the issue and all should work as expected, but you might have the mp3 on your hard drive without an entry in your iTunes library. My apologiesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ to make up for this, I will be doing another show over the weekend 😉
Another special, mid-week podcast for Wine Blogging Wednesday featuring the red wines of Sicily. I have selected three wines made from the native Nero d’Avola grape for another live, “virtual tasting”. I also share a bit of background on Sicilian wine.
– Firriato, “Chiaramonte”, Nero dÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Avola 2002 ($12)
Dark ruby color, beautiful, intense black cherry nose, fresh black cherry fruit with moderate tannins and a bit of acidity; a nice food wine. Delicious. Score: 9/10
– Morgante, Nero dÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Avola 2003 ($11)
Ruby color, earthy black cherry nose, a little musty, black cherry fruit and medium tannins. Very good. Score: 8/10
– Colosi, Dry Red Wine 2002 ($7)
Medium ruby color, musty plum and wild cherry nose, plum and wild cherry flavors and moderate tannins. Very good. Score: 8/10
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