Wines I tasted last week

Wow! I've been tasting some really delicious wines this week. It hasn't escaped me that 4 out of 6 of them are Italian. I've been on a bit of a roll lately.

Shared a bottle of LAMBRUSCO REGGIANO FRIZZANTE - MEDICI ERMETE CONCERTO 2015 with friends last weekend. Super fresh and quaffable. A fun addition to a party with its frothy bubbles and it pairs well with a variety of zesty dishes. It’s available at BCL stores.

Went to the IVSA tasting and was really impressed by the BARBERA D'ALBA - GD.VAJRA 2013 brought in by Altus Wines It’s also available at BCL stores

Had dinner at AnnaLena on Thursday night. My friend had enjoyed the DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI LEONE ROSSO ORCIA DOC 2011 there before. We decided this Sangiovese/Merlot blend was going to pair well with our dinner. It did! You can find more info on this wine here. [LEONE ROSSO ORCIA DOC 2011]

I hosted a dinner party last night and we polished off the other three wines. We were starting the night with some smoked salmon and I’d been saving a bottle of the ALTA Alella Laietà Rosé 2010 for a special occasion. Friday seemed special enough but then my friend showed up with her finished biography in a binder! I can’t say more than that but she certainly enjoyed the fresh fruitinness that this Cava was still offering. Next up was the ALAIN GUENEAU SANCERRE 2015 that my friend brought. I’d tried to recreate the salad I’d had at AnnaLena the night before. I made a light blue cheese dressing for the mix of radicchio, arugula, toasted walnuts and beets. The crab-apple acidity of the worked out nicely and it stood up to the flavours of the salad. More info on the wine here I also made a mushroom, barley risotto and knew the bottle of Brunello di Montalcino Il Marroneto 2009 was going to be amazing with it. More info here

If you have a chance to drink any of these wines I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Cheers!