Wednesday, February 24, 2010
On the thirteenth day of the Olympics, we raise a glass, in honour of our athletes, of Ridgepoint Wines 2006 Cabernet Merlot. Ridgepoint Wines believes in the art of assemblage with its blended wines. What this means is, in relation to the 2006 Cabernet Merlot, each of the grapes involved – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot – they were each fermented separately, aged over two years in a combination of American and French oak barrels and artfully blended at bottling. The result is a wine that has complex aromas of blackberry, dried plums, eucalyptus and pleasant oak with a hint of milk chocolate. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine displays smooth tannins with refreshing acidity on the finish, for which Niagara is known. A great wine to pair with food, I recommend pairing this with roasted meats, tomato based dishes or even some chocolate but also with our shortest day of sporting events at the Olympics. Today is the first day where we have several medal rounds happening, including cross country skiing, alpine skiing, speed skating, bobsleigh, and Ladies freestyle skiing aerials. The Hockey teams continue with quarter finals as well so even if this is the middle of the week, Wednesday is going to be a very action packed day of sports in Vancouver and area. This wine is available at your local LCBO at a price of $14.95 but you can also order their wines by faxing an order form (http://www.ridgepointwines.com/Ridgepoint%20Wines%202010_Order%20Form_0110.pdf) to (905) 562-8855.