Friday, August 26, 2011

What is the best wine to pair with a hurricane?

You guys already know me well enough at this point, right? So it's not going to be a surprise to any of you if I say that my top priority to prepare for the powerful storm Irene that is going to hit hard the Mid Atlantic region this weekend is to find the perfect wine to pair with it...

Forget about water, food, and batteries! I need a wine that is going to match the intensity of this hurricane. At the top of my list is this wine: Cat 5 from RayLen Vineyards and Winery in Mocksville, North Carolina. On its label, the image of the last Category 5 hurricane to hit North Carolina. Cat 5 is called by the locals “Hurricane Juice.”

Classic red varietals selected in this harmonious blend include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. This full-bodied Cabernet blend is fruit-forward with concentrated layers of cassis and fig. It finishes with smooth, caramelized vanilla notes and serves best with a nice cut of beef or venison. Named after the most powerful hurricane, this wine pairs well with people who live in a coastal town.

Or... on the opposite spectrum...
This dry, fruity, crisp, distinctive blend was assembled from four varietal wines to provide diverse aromas and flavors that compliment New England cuisine. Yet, it is fruity, medium-bodied and crisp with a nice clean and lingering finish that makes it equally suitable as a stand-alone aperitif.

And yet another suggestion. The Cabernet Sauvignon from... Hurricane Ridge Winery in Washington State.

And after the storm is over, let's all celebrate with some Champagne Tarlant!

Come on Irene! Bring it on. I'm ready for you honey...

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