Wino Wednesday // Terre de Neptune Picpoul de Pinet 2013

Happy Earth Day!

I hope that everyone takes a moment to consider their personal impact on Earth today. I know I did. Although, I have over the years found new ways to reduce my impact there is always room for improvement, unless you are one of those lucky ones that lives off the earth in a tree house somewhere.

Some of my favorite ways to easily reduce your impact are to buy poop bags that will not just fill the landfill. Dog poop can easily become one with the earth but nobody makes friends in a city by not picking it up, so do us a favor and spend those extra dollars. Shower together. Walk, don’t drive. If you have to drive, don’t by that Hummer, go electric or hybrid or take the bus. Go Week Day Veg, this is where you only eat meat on the weekends, or whichever days you choose. This ALONE has a huge impact and makes you eat healthier. If you are super bad-ass give Vegan-ism a try, it won’t kill you.  Buy yourself a water bottle. Compost and recycle.

There are probably thousands of other ways but these are a few I have worked towards this year, except recycling, I can’t remember a time growing up that my family didn’t do that.

I shall stop my rant of the importance of knowing what we can do to help the Earth, now go make some changes. I know I have a few that I am still working on.

If I was being super organized I would have bought a bottle of wine from a company that uses organic grapes with no pesticides or harmful chemicals. Ironically, I picked a wine that is called Terre de Neptune, it actually means God of the Sea, but still funny.

Review // Terre de Neptune Picpoul de Pinet

Wino Wednesday // Terre de Neptune Picpoul de Pinet 2013

Technical Specs //

Vintage: 2013

Varietal: 100% Picpoul (Piquepoul) Blanc

Region: Languedoc, France

Alcohol: 12.5%

Price: $15.95 CAD

I picked this bottle up at the Kenaston Wine Market here in Winnipeg. I found it in the cooler towards the front of the store and it was one of those it-looked-intriguing bottles, so I hoped for the best. The grape Picpoul de Pinet was one I hadn’t heard of but I was very aware of the region Languedoc that it is produced in. Also, a great reason to get out some of my favorite wine reference books and do a little hands on digging with BOOKS.

Picpoul actually means ‘lip-stinger.’ It is an ancient grape from Languedoc and one of the few AC wines that is varietally named. Honestly, there is not a ton of information on this grape because it is so obscure, but if I had to compare it I would say it is in the same ball park as Grüner Veltliner, no wonder I am so fond of this white wine.

A pale straw yellow in the glass this wine doesn’t look like much. On the nose, lively green apple, and all the citrus notes, i.e. lemons. The aromas that are present on the nose come through on the palate as well, with an accompanied minerality. This Picpoul has a bright acidity with a crisp finish. YUM.

The only thing you really need to know is that is a rather obscure grape and you will rarely find it, if you do, snag a bottle and enjoy! I am happy to say that it will be something I pick up this summer! I have nothing else to say because I have to get back to drinking this wine…

Cheers!

Marisa

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Wino Wednesday :: Domaine Du Clos De Sixte 2011 Lirac

Oh lordy lord. It is only Wednesday, late Wednesday but Wednesday none-the-less and I feel like an entire week happened today. I guess I burned out quick this week. It didn’t help that Christmas music was playing everywhere and telling me that I have an extra two weeks to get my act together! AH!

I suppose you are reading this thinking, “Dude I had my holiday shopping list done this summer,” or you are totally in the same boat and know exactly how I am feeling.

Non-holiday related is the awesome thing that happened when I was at the LCBO picking up this and other wines a few weeks ago was the conversation I had with an absolutely charming lady. If memory serves her name is Maxine and she is a flight attendant that loves wines but not the prices she has to pay in Ontario. This is what struck up the conversation. The off the cuff comment that you make towards another not expecting a genuine response but I am my mother’s daughter so I responded with blah blah blah, my perspective, blah blah blah.

Honestly, I probably sounded like the biggest snot because I was in a particularly foul mood but she still indulged me. I think we chatted for 20 minutes before decisions had to be made on what wines to purchase. She was a bright spot in a line of dull LCBO stops looking for a particular wine.

For reals people, she talked about the places she stops while on the job, the wines she purchases, and the relationships she has formed with wine lovers and wine shops. Her passport is no slouch too. She talked of a favorite place in Italy and Chilean wines to just name a couple, I was in awe. The ability to have a job that allowed one to fulfill a wine dream and get it so close to the source, too cool.

She had glasses to die for and mentioned her age and how it was “catching” up to her and I was like “damn girl, you doin’ real good!” In all honesty, she reminded me of my mom, which is a TOTAL compliment if you happen to read this Maxine. They have a similar height, build, great glasses, super chatty with still being genuine, similar age, way different hair though.

I have a hard time living so far away from my mom so it was nice running into someone that was strangely supportive, yet a total stranger that reminded me of my mom.

Needless to say I left the LCBO with an extra pep in my step because my day had just went from drab to fab! This review is of a wine that I picked up that very day so hopefully I picked a good one.

Disclaimer: I thought I heard Maxine but I could have misheard that or filled in the gap of my memory from a few weeks ago with a wrong name. Oops. If I got it wrong PLEASE let me know. Well, no matter her name, she was quite nice.

Review: Domaine Du Clos De Sixte 2011 Lirac

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Technical Specs

Vintage: 2011

Varietal: 50% Grenache noir, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre

Region: Lirac, Rhône, France

Alcohol Content: 15.0%

Price: $24.95 CAD

It may be best to tell a little blurb about the region of Rhône that this wine comes from because it is not uber popular in the grand scheme of French wine growing areas and this may be the first one I have had (and remember) from this region. Lirac AOC, is named for the town of Lirac and is located 10km west, across the Rhône from the ever well known Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC. It is fair to mention that Lirac has a many similarities in terroir when compared to Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the opposite bank.

First things first, I love this bottle. The glass bottle has the word LIRAC and crest of some sort and other bits that are a blown part of the glass. Nifty I think. Once poured the juice is an inky ruby color. After first sip I immediately set this glass down and walked away, if you have the time and ability may I suggest you decant this. It opens up and more nuances of the wine come through.

On the nose, this blend has black cherry, leather, and an vegetal/herbal quality. A very aromatic wine that has a complexity that reals you in. A bold palate that showcases the nose beautifully with what my nose percieved as vegetal/herbal ended up being grass and soil. This is medium-bodied and very easy to drink. The tannins are smooth and balanced and the finish is lengthy. It seems to just fade off subtly.

This is an easy drinker like I mentioned, but full and complex. It is suggested to decant for about an hour before consumption or you can decant and sip a bit here and there to taste it open up.

If you are looking for food to have with this may I suggest any roasted or stewed meat dishes If you like to avoid meat, think vegetables that have more heft, so say grilled or baked portobello with a balsamic glaze. My mind immediately wandered to carpaccio-style portobello mushrooms that I had a Veg Out, a vegan restuarant here in London, ON. I also think a vegetable, maybe a lot of root veggies, stew would do the trick.

You can drink this now or store and cellar for the next 4-5 years.

Drink up!

Marisa