As Fall approaches with cooler days, we’re thinking after dinner treats such as this lovely Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois from the south of France, fruit forward and sweet, but not too sweet. Substitute for dessert or serve with fresh fruit. The wine is perfect after dinner with its floral, fruity nose and balanced alcohol and acidity. High altitude, hot days and cool nights shape it. Unlike many sweet fortified wines, it strike a perfect balance, not too sweet but fragrant and rich. We found the hints of honey and apricots elegant and refreshing, The half bottle holds 375 ML. Visit www.pasternakwine.com
Gargantuavis Pinot Noir 2010 from the Languedoc-Roussilon’s Limoux is a huge wine – much like the Mesozoic dinosaur it’s named for from 70 millions years ago that was seven feet high and weighed 310 lbs. It’s skeletal remains were found in the region’s earth – the vineyard’s red soils.
The name is apt for this is a large wine with a richness and depth of flavor.The wine ages 12 months in barriques, 20 percent of them new. The toasty flavors have a cherry nose. It’s an elegant wine with finesse.
The cellar, Anne de Joyeuse, practices sustainable wine growing and has been “protecting the planet” since 1994.
The name Garagntuavis Phyloinos means Gargantua bird who loves wine! The history of Vin de Pays d’Oc wines goes back to the fifth century and the vineyards are among France’s oldest. In MA, distribution is through Winebow, Inc. in Somerville.
Summer is here and the time is ripe for the lovely white wines of the Languedoc! Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Vigonier 2011, a fresh, bright choice with aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom, and fruits such as pear, peach and apricot, is the perfect choice. Serve this under $20/bottle (SRP) charmer as a wine by the glass, an aperitif or with a summer salad. Making wine is a family tradition that dates to 1791 and continues to inspire Laurent, who views it as one that involves “savoir faire, innovation et passion.” Visit http://www.laurent-miquel.com