Heart Warming Wines
To Soothe Your Winter Weary Soul
Hopefully the Ides of March will not be something to beware, but judging by the winter we've experienced so far - bitterly cold and painfully long - we don't have much hope it will prove to be anything but one of which to be wary.
To keep the snowy days, dark nights and icy cold, bitter winds from gnawing too deeply at our frigid bones, we turn to hearty, soul warming reds, and spicy, rich whites - like Bacchus' volley to Old Man Winter's spike.
Here are the wines we're warming up to this month.
Kacaba "Proprietors' Reserve" Syrah, VQA Niagara Escarpment, 2011 $29.95
Complex and intriguing with an appealing nose of black currant, cherry pit, fresh rosemary and an interesting orange oil note, the medium bodied palate shows fresh acid and fine tannins with flavours of ripe blackberry, cocoa powder and crushed black peppercorn. An exciting and vibrant wine with a clean finish. Well done.
13th Street Merlot, VQA Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, 2012 $17.95
A terrific, juicy, crowd-pleasing red at a great price. Red cherry, baking spice and subtle herbs pack tons of flavour, while firm, yet fine tannins offer some muscle and power. A delicious red wine that has made its way to our tables a few times this winter and into our cellars for future drinking.
Nyarai Viognier, VQA Niagara Peninsula 2012, $21.95
Full bodied and lush, with a waxy mouth feel, this offers aromas and flavours of peach, orange oil and fresh citrus. Spicy ginger and tropical fruit on the lengthy finish, this would be a good match wth curried chicken or spicy crab cakes.
Lighthall Reserve Chardonnay, VQA Prince Edward County, 2010 $25
Rich and ripe with lots of vanilla, tropical fruit and buttery notes. The palate is warm with a custard creaminess, balanced by a nice seam of rocky minerality. Great lingering finish and a fine pairing with creamy chicken stews or pork loin with mushrooms.
Erin & Courtney Henderson are The Wine Sisters, specializing in custom wine events and tours. Visit them online at thewinesisters.com