Happy Wednesday my wonderful readers! A Wednesday that followed a fantastic birthday! This was the first birthday that I spent with Cody in the almost seven years we have been together and he royally spoiled me! I usually spend my birthday with my family; my mom and I have a joint celebration, similar to President’s Day but we aren’t presidents, or male, or dead. So, nothing like it now that I think about it. It was a bittersweet year, I got to celebrate with Cody but I did not get to celebrate with my mom; 2014 has been a year full of change, some of it I like and other bits I could do without.
We went to a brewery in St.Thomas, which I have hopes of writing up a review of this weekend so look forward to a touch of something new!
Total side note, I got a job with a tasting company, I am becoming a member of the Canadian workforce as my brother so nonchalantly says. I will let you know more when I know more but I am excited to have an opportunity to work in the field I love! And doing tastings!?! You lovely readers may get a more diverse set of reviews starting real soon!
Review: Veneto Passimento Famiglia Pasqua 2011
Varietal: 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina and 30% Croatina
Region: Veneto IGT, Italy
Alcohol Content: 14.0%
Price: $16.00 CAD
A wine named for the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation: the ‘Appassimento,’ which means the grapes lose much of their water content, thus concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine’s flavor. The ‘Appasimento’ is one of the most iconic techniques of the region, which is only fitting that the wine also be inspired by one of the most iconic romances of all: Romeo and Juliet. The exact inspiration came from Romeo and Juliet’s wall in Verona where around 3000 messages a day from all over the world come to be trapped in one single frame.
This wine embodies it.
In the glass the juice is a deep ruby red color with a nose full of deep red berries, spice, and leather. On the palate I get yummy, dry cranberries, red currant, dark plum and bright cherries followed by sweet spices and a touch of smoke. It finishes with tannins that are round and velvety, yet bittersweet and tart. This wine is delicious and I would drink it now, if you have time feel free to try decanting for a hour before drinking. The wine will open up nicely because it is a little tight when first poured.
I would eat this with any Northern Italian fare or classic, thick crusted pizza. I am salivating now. If you happen to have a vegan Boston Cream donut handy that seemed to work for me. *wink wink