Monday, July 14, 2008

Bastille Day - July 14

Try something French....

2005 Col des Vents Corbières Rouge...$9.99
One of our favorite reds for BBQ and summer drinking!
"The "Col des Vents" refers to the hills of the Corbières region which are swept by night winds coming off the sea and cooling the vineyards. 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah.Ripe blueberry, cherry and garrigue flavors. " -- importer
"Medium-bodied, with plenty of red plum and pepper flavors. The spicy finish features some herbal notes. Drink now." - Wine Spectator (Nov. 30, 2007)

2007 Mordorée Côtes du Rhône Rosé...$14.99
A great Rose for summer drinking!
" 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre20 year-old vines. Pink, slightly orange color (mordorée color). Aromas of crystallized oranges and cherries, hints of aniseed. Very round palate, fresh and a long finish.Food pairing: cold meats and delicatessen, fowl, white meats, grilled lamb with Provence herbs, fish soup, fried fish, pastas, pizzas and all Asian dishes." -- importer

"Very pale, bright red. Jammy strawberry, raspberry and candied rose aromas offer good straightforward appeal. Fleshy red berry preserve flavors are round and soft, with a touch of sweetness on the back end. Rich and powerfully fruity; I'd serve this with spicy foods as it may be a tad weighty to drink on its own."- International Wine Cellar (June 2008), 88 pts

Jenlain Blonde French Country Ale...$6.39 / 25oz

• At the beginning of 2005 there was a new addition to the Jenlain family, in the form of a special 7.5% blonde bière de garde. Sister of the majestic Jenlain Ambrée, this queen of beers, Jenlain Blonde is light in color, but full-flavored, like any self-respecting blond beer. Its arrival marks a happy event for all traditional blond beer enthusiasts!
• Aged for 40 days before bottling, it matures slowly to release its full aroma and develop a fine, long-lasting head. After filtration, it takes on a splendid golden hue and is best enjoyed when served chilled at between 6 and 8°C.
• Packaged in the same way as its illustrious forerunner, declared Taste of the Year 2006 and winner of a Silver Medal at the 2006 Paris Agricultural Show, Jenlain Blonde is yet another example of how the brewery remains faithful to its values of authenticity and modernity. -- importer

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