Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
Our Selections this month Wine of the reflect the chill in the air and the imminent festivities of the upcoming holiday season. They consist of two full-bodied reds fit to warm the soul on the coldest of nights, and one delicious little sparkler from an unexpected place.
Secco-Bertani Valpolicella Valpantena 1998, Italy
Valpolicella is usually a wine that is light, fruity and best consumed young, this wine has two aspects that allow it to rise above that modest standard. Firstly it hails from the only exceptionally recognized region of Valpolicella, the Valpantina. This region has cooler temperatures producing a much more aromatic wine than is typical. The other aspect is the “ripasso” method. This requires that the freshly pressed wine be “passed over” the already pressed grapes that produce the most famous wine of the Veneto, Amarone. This gives the wine an added structure and heft that allow it to be paired successfully with roasted meats and hard chesses.
Chateau Treytins Montagne Saint-Emilion 1999, France
Here we have another full-bodied wine, in this case from the right bank of the river Gironde in Bordeaux. It is a youthful wine made up of predominantly Merlot with a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon thrown in to balance out the equation. Earthy in character and showing hints of cassis it would be best compliment a meal such as Beef Tips in a Wild Mushroom Sauce.
Chandon Brut Fresco Mendoza Argentina
As our final entry into our selections we have a Sparkling wine from south of the border. Most full-bodied Champagnes have a large percentage of Pinot Noir as one of their ingredients. Chandon follows that template here, and we are rewarded by a wine that shows fresh fruit, a hint of red berries on the nose, and a clean crisp flavor As an added advantage, it has a price that could make sparkling wine an everyday enjoyment as opposed to an expensive indulgence.