So my garden is in and beginning to grow. I've been sharing some progress on Facebook, but will write a bit in the upcoming weeks as harvesting starts. So far, it's been a whole lot of asparagus and little else :)
In the interim, I thought I'd share a few fun wine selections with you. School’s out, kids are home and warm weather is in full swing. Here are some great wines to try. Two whites: a value-driven option and one that’s more splurgey. I’ve also added a red that is nice with a tiny bit of a chill.
First, Campuget 1753 Syrah Vermentino. This blushing beauty is a French rosé from the easternmost appellation of the famed Languedoc region. A dry, feminine wine offering up whiffs of grapefruit and orange. In the mouth, it’s a berry bomb with a bright finish. You can’t help an uplifted mood with a glass of this. Great as a “patio pounder” and also a nice option with strawberry salad or light seafood. 80/20 Syrah/Vermentino. $20ish
Feeling a little fancy? Give Cakebread’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanca swirl. $39 A gorgeous, perfumey nose filled with melon, citrus, jasmine and grapefruit is just the beginning. Ripe melon and grapefruit keep coming through to the glass with an interesting hint of lemon thyme. A lean wine that pairs perfectly with grilled shrimp, crab, artichokes and asparagus. This baby lives up to the hype of its famous moniker. #CaliforniaDreaming
You only drink red? Well, how’s about trying something interesting that is also appropriate for warm weather? Maison Joseph Drouhin’s 2017 Chorey-Les-Beaune(Pinot Noir). A bright red wine that smells and tastes a lot like blackberries. As it matures, it begins to boast that lovely French “stinky” that’s a perfect companion to earthy mushroom dishes. Truffled paté, anyone? This wine should continue to improve over the next 4 or 5 years. You can give it a tiny bit of a chill before serving or enjoy at room temp. Aged in French oak and deeelish. $33
#Campuget @RoseWine #Cakebread #JosephDrouhin @FrenchWine @CaliforniaWine
Elizabeth Morse cooks professionally, is an Advanced Master Gardener and lover of all things local.