Back again after the interruptions of the World Cup.
Concha y Toro
A Chilean wine from the Central Valley.
It doesn’t stipulate the harvest.
Aroma of ripe red fruit.
Goes well with white meats, pastas, pizzas, risottos and fresh white cheeses.
I am having mine with feijoada, a little bit heavier than the recommended pairings.
But I like the smoothness of Merlot.
Priced to fit my pocket at around R$20.oo.
definitely NOT plonk.
I went shopping today at a different supermarket than usual so I had a good browse amongst their selection of wines which extended along one side of a whole aisle.
I walked away with nothing.
After promising myself that I would limit myself to four bottles max.
Pinot Grigio, R$65 (approx $32), beyond my normal price, but I was prepared to spend. It had a screw top, so stayed on the shelf.
A South African wine stayed for the same reason.
A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, cheap at R$65, screw top, left it there.
There were many interesting wines, part of a Sommelier’s Selection brand, not interested in this type of wine promotion. In fact, about a third of their wines were of this type.
One with today’s wine from my modest rack.
Santiago 1541 Merlot 2012
The capital city of Santiago, Chile, was founded in the year 1541, hence the name.
A solid everyday wine from Maipo region of the Central Valley this 100% Merlot.
A round and fairly complex wine for this price, R$19 (approx $10).
It fits my pocket.
Food pairings: Pastas, white meats and medium cheeses.
I have tried a bottle of this wine, and there are now another two in the rack as a result.
I did it again, didn’t I?
Better luck next week.
Today is Labor Day, I’m having a little BBQ and a bottle of wine. But before I let the wine breath, let’s have a look.
Santa Helena Reserve Merlot 2012 from Colchagua, the Central Valley in Chile.
Haven’t tried this one before, but it’s Merlot, what more can one say.
100% Merlot, intense red with violet tones.
Aroma: plums, spices and mint.
Price: R$17, right up my alley (about $6,50).
Today’s temp is ideal for this wine, 19ºC.
You can read about it on Wines of My Life, the blog is in Portuguese, but way down on the side bar there is a translator for English.
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