Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Review: Miraval Rosé

When I went to the wine store, I was intent on getting Lillet rosé but Miraval jumped out at me. I figured that it is about time that I try the Brad Pitt and Angelina Joie wine. I had been assured that it is a good wine, but I wanted to let my tastebuds be the judge of that.

I really enjoyed Miraval, more than I thought I would. I couldn't care less that Angie and Brad own the wine, in fact that is why I did not expect much from it. No shade intended. Though it does make me more interested in them. Can't you just see their 50 kids running though the vineyard?! Alas, I was not sure if some people liked the wine only because it is owned by celebrities. Thrilled to say that the Miraval Rosé lives up to the hype. If you like a good rosé then you will be pleased as punch with this wine.

The Miraval Rosé comes from the
Château Miraval located in Provence. A 1,000 acre estate with 150 acres of vineyards. When the first 6,000 bottles from the chateau come out in 2012 they sold out within 5 hours, anyone who wanted it had to be put on a waiting list.  Now it's time to try their 2013 batch of wine.

The first thing that you will probably notice is the lovely pale pink color of the wine.  The wine is a blend of the red grapes: Cinsault, Grenache,Syrah plus the white grape, rolle. When the aroma hits the one, you will smell berries and floral notes. The taste is clean and smooth. As most reviews state, the finish does a good way. This rosé has been known to score 90 to 100 points.

If you want a good rosé then you really can't go wrong with this one. It will run you around $24.99. Can you get a rose for under that price that is just as good? Yes, of course you can, but it's still worth the price. Star power aside, I think this wine is really good because of the Perrins of Beaucastel. They are some of the top wine organic wine makes in Southern Rhone Valley.

Yes, Brad Pitt is very involved with the chateau, but he's not a farmer. While you sip Miraval Rosé, remember to give props to the farmers and wine makers behind the scenes, they are the ones who really make the magick happen. Santé!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Taste Wine Like A Pro

Ever wonder how to taste wine the right way? Here's a video that can help you taste wine the proper way. Expert sommelier and wine educator Marnie Old demonstrates how to evaluate wine using four senses--sight, smell, taste, and texture.  While you may not always follow these rules, it ia good to know how to taste wine like a prop. 

No matter how you sip, just make sure that you are enjoying your wine. Cheers!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Review: Chateau du Moulin Rose, Cotes de Castillon 2000

Next time you are on the prowl for a good Bordeaux, look for Chateau du Moulin Rose. It is a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot that comes from the Cotes De Castillon region. 

The aromas in the wine are  spices, candied jam, berries, and cinnamon. The finish is tobacco and cedar. I would suggest pairing it with red meats, cheeses, or other hearty meals.

For a complete sensory experience when sipping burn a sandalwood candle or incense with sandalwood.

This wine will only run you $12 or under, which is hard to beat for a wine this good, especially when it comes to Bordeaux, . Santé!

Cotes de Castillon