The pleasure of drinking wine paired with great food
wine paired with great food – ‘A Meal Without Wine Is Like A Day Without Sunshine’ – was a phrase first written by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a 19th Century French gastronome who also wrote the less attractive “A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye”!. I couldn’t agree more with these universal axioms. A lunch or supper would be so dull without a glass of wine and piece of cheese.
No passionate lover of wine would be satisfied by drinking wine alone without food or company. In the realm of pleasure,the whole exceeds the sum of its parts. The act of pairing both of these elements together makes the meal more memorable.
There are two types of wine drinkers: the lovers and the appreciative crowd. Wine lovers like myself, view having wine as an everyday part of their meal and they only make the distinction between everyday and special bottles.
Fresh Fettucini with grilled shrimps
On the other hand, the appreciative crowd enjoys wine from time to time on specific occasions. They see wine as something self-indulgent or hedonistic and is reserved for the weekends. However, if you are looking to learn more about the subject, you got to consider the question of regular consumption. It does not mean to drink an excessive amount of wine. For instance, a daily glass with your weekday dinner will suffice. In the weekends, you could leave some wiggle room to share a bottle with your significant other.
By all means, wine is a scarce resource and it could be not very affordable. It is quite possible to choose a wrong bottle or pick a new style that could deceive you. Nevertheless, it is all part of the learning experience. Europeans do not hold the dogma that all pairings are correct any more than they believe all children are bright. One way of viewing quality is about shades of difference.
Beef burrito with Chateau de Nages
We are blessed to live in a province where it is possible to find great bottles of wine between $10-$25. Although, some of them are situated at the end of spectrum. If you are sharing wine bottles among several people in your household, a $25 bottle is not a big deal.. Still, I could understand that for some less fortunate drinkers, it is a financial commitment.
Finally, don’t get anxious if you don’t finish a bottle of wine in one day. Most of the wines can be kept for a few days without employing any fancy gadgets such as pumps or preservers. Yet, older wines are more delicate and its consumption should be planned accordingly so that they can be drank in one sitting.
Wines of the week
Sella & Mosca Monteoro Vermentino di Gallura Superiore 2016 ( Sardinia, Italy)
SAQ #13044088 $20.10
Lovely bright aromas that brings to mind lemon zest, orange and white grapefruit complemented by dry jazmin and peonies floral undertones. On the palate, this wine is quite zesty with a crisp acidity displaying delicate flint retronasal tones. Perfect match with pastas with seafood.
Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes 2015 ( Costières de Nîmes, France) – SAQ #12268231 $18.10
Exuberant aromas of spiced red fruit recalling Montreal steak spice, sriracha sauce with leather and balsamic notes. On the palate, the wine display ripe red cherry with roasted raspberry flavours followed by smoke and sandalwood notes. Well structured with broad yet silky tannins. Intriguing finale recalling balsamic aromas such as rosemary and licorice.Perfect with meat tex-mex dishes.
Gran Feudo Selección Especial 2014 ( Navarra, Spain) – SAQ #11264491 $15.40
Alluring nose of ripe black fruit with spices and roasted coffee. Light herbal undertones with a pretty note of violet. Medium body with a good structure and a nice acidity. Succulent and quite savoury with a persistent finale. Best with steak and frites.
Disclosure: The following wines were given as samples by the importer LCC vins et spiritueux for review purposes.
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