Today Is National Wine Day: Celebrate with a Great Array of Wines! Part 1!

Today is National Wine Day and I am sharing some great wines for you to try out. I am featuring both foreign and domestic wines in this piece. Since the trend of dry rose’s is really hot right now, you will find an assortment of different rose wines in this piece along with reds, whites and sparkling wines. This is part 1 of this series of wines for National Wine Day. It was going to be several pages and all the brands I am sharing deserve recognition.
The images with more than 1 wine featured are described in the order they are featured in the respective photos. ( I took the photos)

Disclosure: In this wine feature, I was given some (but not all) wines to test out. You will even see photos I have taken of some wines. The importance is to be able to talk a bit more about these wines. What really matters is how the wine tastes. As individuals vary, so do their wine tastes and the varietals like rose’, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc along with many other presentations also have individual flavor profiles. Providing samples is never a bribe since I will be honest about the wine in question. Sometimes I don’t like a certain presentation, that doesn’t mean you will agree with me. It’s merely my impression.

Kim Crawford Wines: Where to Buy

Kim Crawford Wines was launched in 1996 at a time when oak-aged chardonnays were the rage. They created a clean, top-quality, fruit-driven Chardonnay without oak for a cleaner taste. The winery was also one of the first wineries in New Zealand to launch their wines in screw caps because they keep wine fresher than corks. Screw caps are now an industry norm.

 

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Featured wines: 
Pinot Noir, South Island New Zealand
I have not tried this wine yet ( I don’t believe in tasting so many varietals in one sitting) but here’s the flavor profile.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Medium depth with a bright ruby red colour.

Aroma: Bright fruit aromas of fresh crushed berries, hints of spicy oak, and some forest floor notes.

Palate: The palate is rich, with red berry flavours providing some nice fruit sweetness. Soft tannins ensure that the wine is approachable in its youth, however, it does have structure to enable the wine to develop over the years.

Cellar: One to five years.

Rose’, Hawke’s Bay
I have tried this one and I like it.  It’s not sweet but it does offer a fruity profile that I like.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Pretty pale pink.

Aroma: A lively nose, brimming with bright berry and tropical fruit.

Palate: Soft and luscious, this refreshing Rosé is richly fruited with hints of watermelon and strawberry.

Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough,

Turns out I  had a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc already on hand. I bought it when I last went to restock on white wines at my local market>
This varietal (Sauvignon Blanc) is a favorite of mine and I like it a lot.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Light straw with yellow and green hues.

Aroma: Citrus and tropical fruits backed by characteristic herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is renowned.

Palate: An exuberant wine brimming with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness, providing a balanced flavour profile. The finish is fresh, zesty, and lingering.

Cellar: All these factors have resulted in the plethora of fruit flavours, crisp acidity, and complexity of this stunning wine. Ready for immediate enjoyment, this wine will continue to develop from one to three years.

 

 

 Ruffino Where to Buy
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More than 130 years ago, our founders Leopoldo and Ilario Ruffino were among the first in Tuscany to recognize that the best wines come from the best vineyards. We honor that philosophy today as we meticulously choose top vineyard sites, carefully manage the vines and the yields, and use non-interventionist practices in both our vineyards and in winemaking.

Because we start with the best quality of fruit, Ruffino wines reveal themselves without coaxing or manipulation. This is the essence of our traditional approach to making wine. In their relentless pursuit of the highest quality, our winemakers also use modern cellar techniques.

Proscecco: I love Prosecco and this one from Ruffino is really lovely! Perfect for casual sips or to lift an ordinary dinner or get-together up a couple of notches!

Tasting Notes:

Tasting Notes and Background:

Prosecco is a sparkling white wine made only in specific provinces of northeastern Italy. All Prosecco wines are made primarily from the Glera grape, a native variety with origins in the lovely village of Prosecco, near Trieste.

Ruffino Prosecco is fruity and fragrant with clean notes of citrus, pears and apples along with slight hints of hawthorn, wisteria and elder. Fine bubbles caress the palate, while intense flavors of apples and peaches give the wine a pleasing finish.

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Lumina Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio has become Italy’s most famous white wine, beloved the world over. Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio comes from the growing regions best suited for high quality Italian Pinot Grigio: Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino. We carefully select the best fruit from high-altitude vineyards that rise dramatically out of flat plains.

Tasting Notes:

Notes of meadow flowers, pears, and golden apple. The bouquet is fresh and complex, showing refined notes of sage and mint accompanied by an elegant minerality typical of Pinot Grigio. Medium bodied, lively, and elegant. A touch of minerality lingers in the finish, with notes of lemon peel.

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Sparkling Rose’

Sparkling Rosé is an elegant and stylish Italian sparkling wine made primarily from the Glera grape, which is used in all Prosecco wines, blended with Pinot Noir. The Glera grape gives the wine structure and body, and the Pinot Noir provides the wine with a beautiful rose hue. Its extra-dry style makes it easy to enjoy, and its bright fruit flavors and delicate bubbles make it perfect to enjoy as an apéritif or to pair with a variety of dishes.

Tasting Notes:

I love this wine. I find it delightful with a bit of bubbles and it works with almost any dish.

Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is fresh and fragrant with notes of strawberry and slight hints of rose petals. On the palate this wine has elegant bubbles and refreshing acidity, offering alluring flavors of delicate red berries and white fruits that linger through the finish.

Food Pairings:
Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is enjoyable on its own as an aperitif, but also as a food companion, pairing well with a variety of dishes including grilled fish, roasted chicken, and mixed greens salads.

 

 

Thank you to Mark West and  Ruffino for the information and the wines I received! I have not tasted them all but will be doing so each in turn.

 

Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

 

 

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