Summer Lovin’

File Sep 07, 2 02 34 PMJust got back from a much needed summer vacation. A few days off to check emails, relax, read my favorite book[1], float in the lake and, of course, drink wine[2]. I brought my computer with the intention of blogging lakeside, but alas, I was far too busy lounging to even crack it open. I think that’s probably a good thing.

Coming home is always a drag, but knowing that a bottle of Whispering Angel was waiting for me made it a bit better. Husband and I eased back to reality with a game of 500 Rummy and this lovely drop.

Countdown is on till the next vacation…I just have to figure out where we’re going and when!

___________________________________________
To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               September 7, 2015
Wine:              2014 Whispering Angel Rosé
___________________________________________
File Sep 07, 6 09 31 PMA fragrant Rosé to be sure, I get lots of watermelon on the nose. The color of the wine is subtle and feminine, a pale peachy pink. Gorgeous to look at, and drink. Definitely not a sweet Rosé, which made Husband happy[3]. I tend to think of Rosés as very light, but I would call this medium bodied, with a thicker texture than I’m used to. Husband thought it was earthy and I taste pineapple. Go figure. Lovely and light, a perfect way to transition back to #lawyerlife.

Wine Dossier
Whispering Angel hails from Caves D’Esclans, nestled in the “heart of
File Sep 07, 7 31 21 PMProvence” between Cannes and St. Tropez[4]; it’s named for the two cherubs which grace the altar of the Whispering Angel chapel on the grounds of Château D’Esclans. The wine is a blend of several grapes grown on the property, Grenache, Rolle[5] and Cinsault,[6] all of which are harvested only from sunrise to noon in order to avoid the strongest heat of the day. The chateau is run by Sacha Lichine who has been in the industry since his childhood. Now a négociant,[7] Whispering Angel is one of his better-known offerings. He acquired the chateau in 2006 and offers several other Roses and a syrah merlot red blend.

This retails for between $19 and $22. At this price, it’s not a Rosé I’m going to buy on a weekly basis, but I can tell you it will be in my summer Rosé rotation going forward.

Cheers!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] To Kill a Mockingbird.File Sep 07, 6 13 46 PM
[2] We had several enjoyable bottles including a white I’d never tried, the 2014 Mendoza Station Torrontes from Argentina. At $5.99 this was the win of the trip. I was going to blog about it, but, see comments, supra, I was very busy.
[3] Ever since I dragged him to La Nuit En Rose earlier this summer, he’s basically sworn off Rosé because he thinks he overloaded. Clearly that did not happen to me. #RoséAllDay
[4] Pronounced Saan Tro-pay. Listen to Emma say it here.
[5] Or Vermentino, as it’s known in Italy.
[6] Described by one blogger as the “Posh Spice of Forgotten Grapes”. Posh is my favorite Spice Girl. By default, Cinsault is my new favorite grape.
[7] Wikipedia explains it best. A négociant is the French term for a wine merchant who assembles the produce of smaller growers and winemakers and sells the result under its own name.

Rosé All Day…Again

File Aug 09, 2 39 25 PM (1)My colleagues at The Firm have been very supportive of my blog. They follow me on The Insta, they read it (sometimes) but most importantly they take time out of their busy schedules to drink wine with me[1]. Imagine my surprise when two of my lovely colleagues[2] adamantly declared that they did not like Rosé. What was this blasphemy? It’s actually a common phenomenon thanks to the super sweet and super cheap Rosés of yore which gave all Rosés a bad name. Clearly, the only solution was to host a #RoséAllDay Party to show them what they were missing.

Unfortunately for you, Alleged Blog Readers, Wine Esquire did not pay muchFile Aug 09, 3 15 28 PM attention to tasting notes[3], instead my main objectives were to make sure that the Rosé glasses were filled to appropriate levels at all times, to pass around some delectable hors d’oeuvres [4], and to keep the Rosé flowing. That being said, the Rosé D’Anjou from the Loire Valley was a mouthful of refreshing grapefruit. My favorite was Earthshaker’s Rosé De Pino Noir; ever so slightly sweet, light and crisp. They loved my Deal of the Year Cono Sur Bicicleta and the Spanish Rioja was a big hit. Thankfully there were no duds, just some great Rosé! In the end, I converted two Rosé haters, so I think my efforts were well worth it!

Cheers!

Lawyer FootnotesFile Aug 09, 2 38 23 PM
[1] Sometimes several times a week.
[2] One of them was BookNerd Work Friend who loves her some wine!
[3] Wine Tasting Party Fail.
[4] Wine Esquire’s famous garlic and parsley tortellini, prosciutto wrapped melon and caprese salad, to name a few.

Fresh Figs

A few times a year I find fresh dates and figs. Sometimes I find them at Whole Paycheck Foods. Other times, believe it or not, I find them at Shop Rite. Yesterday was one of those days[1]. So I brought home some organic figs and convinced Husband to stuff them with cheese and wrap them with prosciutto. Brilliant! We paired this delectable treat with the leftover Squid Ink Shiraz from Sunday night and it was a perfect match. Since we only had a glass left of the velvety Squid Ink, the next bottle we opened was a very interesting Rosé, reviewed below, infra.FullSizeRender

Today was a crazy day. No relaxing trip to Whole Paycheck for lunch. No leisurely responding to emails. Instead I spent the day hopping from meeting to closing to hearing, from hearing to closing; zigzagging across the state on an inefficient road trip. Now I’m tired and can’t consider doing anything more than ordering a pizza.[2] At least it’s a short week!

_________________________________________
To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               June 30, 2015
Wine:              NV Viotti Munferie Vino Rosato
_________________________________________
IMG_7259An extremely interesting nose. I got the scent of vitamins. You know the ones your mom made you take as a kid[3]? Notes of minerals and vegetables too. Maybe it needed to breathe?[4] Not what I would expect from a Rosé, and to be honest I was a bit nervous. After the first sip, my opinion was transformed. With a bit of a sparkle this was a deliciously deep Rosé. A bit of citrus and watermelon, but definitely not a “fruity” Rosé. It was round and earthy, more akin to a light red, but at the same time light and crisp. Perfect for a summer evening with those amazing figs!

Wine Dossier
The Munferie Vino Rosato is just one in an extensive lineup available from Viotti’s wine catalogue made from 100% Albarossa grapes. I’d never heard of this varietal before; turns out it was created in 1938 by Giovanni Dalmasso, an Italian wine expert. For years they thought it was a blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera. Fancy wine DNA tests found that he’d actually used an obscure French grape known as Chatus. It’s related to the Nebbiolo, but not quite the same. This particular wine was aged for five month in steel tanks and periodically decanted before being aged in the bottle for an additional two months. They’re not yet widely distributed in the U.S., but if you come across a bottle, I’d definitely grab it and give it a try!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Unfortunately for my wallet, it was the Whole Paycheck kind of figs this time.
[2] Even that was a lot of work.
3] The ones that were really hard and tasted like sh*t. Mine were pink and purple.
[4] We don’t have the patience to let anything breathe for more than ten minutes. Occupational hazard.

Continuing the Rosé Celebration

Coming back to The Firm from a few days away is always a challenge. The emails have piled up, the voicemail is full, and nobody cares that you have a lot of catching up to do and simply can’t do everything at once. A few days in and I’m almost caught up. Getting away for a few days is always worth the mayhem that you inevitably return to.

Thankfully it’s warm again[1], and #RoséSeason is still in full swing. I’ve been drinking more rosé than ever, and am thoroughly enjoying it. I really can’t wait for the La Nuit En Rose yacht adventure later this month in NYC![2]

_____________________________________________
To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:              June 4, 2015
Wine:             2014 Vitiano Rosato
_____________________________________________
IMG_6714I served this chilled with a spread of cheese, capicola and fresh figs[3]. A perfect pairing. What a great nose. Exactly what Rosé should be: light, fun and fruity. This is a bright, light blend and a beautiful shade of pink, perfect for a picturesque spring evening. I would say it’s medium bodied, not overly complex, but with a finish that pleasantly lingers. Sometimes rosés can be metallic[4], but I get none of that here[5]. You really get some fun flavors with this one; I’m getting strawberry, watermelon and citrus. An amazing value at $8.99! I wish I bought more!

Wine Dossier
Since our trip to Italy in 2013, we’ve been trying to recreate the fantastic wine experiences we had while there, but nothing in the U.S. can really compare. I did, however, find Vitiano Rosso, a nice Umbrian[6] red blend at a very attractive price point. When I saw their Rosé, I knew I had to try it. This Rosé is a blend of 30% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Aleatico[7] grapes.

Vitiano is an offshoot of the Falesco winery, founded by brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella in Montefiascone, Lazio. They make a white wine as well, so I’ll keep a look out for that and let you know how it is!

Cheers to #RoséSeason!

Lawyer FootnotesIMG_6731
[1] We left Baltimore on Monday afternoon where it was a balmy 86 degrees only to arrive back home to a 45 degree rain storm!
[2] Do you have your tickets yet? I’d love to meet up!
[3] I always find them at this really jank grocery store, go figure.
[4] Especially at this price point!
[5] Even though it was fermented in stainless steel tanks.
[6] We spent several days in Umbria, the lesser-known area next to Tuscany; an idyllic region full of wine, cheese and food that makes you want to pack your bags and never come back.
[7] I’d never heard of this one before. Apparently it’s not widely grown, but you can find it in a few areas in Italy. It’s used mostly for the production of rosés and dessert wines.