Kellylee Rides Again – The White Daily Slosh

5 Jun

One of the great songs done by one of my fav live performers. Hit play and listen while you read.

As I seem to point out each time that I post a White Daily Slosh, the WDS doesn’t show up as regularly as the RDS. Let me explain why.

I come to recommend wines through an empirical technique only used by a handful of the truly great wine writers. The method is called “le methode du Duffs” in the biz. I taste wines and then recommend those wines that I like and think that you’d enjoy. And that means, I haven’t tried every wine in each release. If you read my earlier post on swallowing, you’d understand that it wouldn’t be a good idea. Plus, I don’t ever get samples from the mothership and am not included in that lofty group who are invited to taste each wine pre-release. I’m sure that the LCBO really wants to address this oversight given the upselling that I do each week on their behalf. Simply put, I have tasted the wine either through earlier access here, at the winery, or in another jurisdiction. So, these are my best bets given what I’ve had – based on my tasting notes, such as they are. There will certainly be some great wines going unmentioned. And, if I’m recommending you try something based on other vintages, reviews, etc., I’ll mention that. So, why fewer WDS? Simple. I drink fewer whites than reds.

So, without further ado, Because we certainly have enough ado. Just the other day I was saying, “I’ve had about enough ado. Like watching the provincial election debate. Way too much ado. Not enough ah….don’t” These recommendations are for the June 4th release.

Marotti_Campi_Verdicchio_Luzano_2012_smallIt always puzzles me why pinot grigio is the ‘go to’ wine of so many. I defy you to find a restaurant that doesn’t have a pinot grigio as one of its whites by the glass. It’s not that pinot grigio is bad or unworthy of all the attention. Well, maybe unworthy of all the attention, yes. But, I’m not meaning to disparage the grape or wine. But, do you want to get crazy? Try the 2012 Marotti Campi Luzano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore #375295 $17.95. This wine comes from the Marches region. Where’s that? Well, to quote the Friendly Giant look at the heel of the boot on the east coast and look up, look way up a bit more until you get to about the upper middle and there you have it, the Marches – east side of the boot about upper middle – right of Umbria. I predict it will become a ‘go to’ wine/food area. These verdicchio wines are usually crisp, dry, and recently are starting to round out a bit with fuller flavour. It’s this last part that makes this one perfect for sitting on the patio (minimum 30 SPF) with some Italian-style nibbles (prosciutto and melon, olives, bruscetta). There are some weaker verdicchios around, just like PG, but this one has oomph. If I were to say, stone fruit, would you all laugh and say I was pretentious, a wine snob wannabe? No? OK, some stone fruit – peaches? But, still crisp, fresh. Break the PG spell and venture to the Marches. Look out for verdicchio!

That’s all by the way of recommendations for wines that I’ve enjoyed. But, this release holds a few wines that I haven’t tasted that I think will be worthy of my investment based on past record or review.

chsmichelleAt our house, chardonnay is king. Or, should I say, queen? It is poured as an afternoon sipper, with chicken dishes, shrimp dishes, beef dishes, and, most importantly and frequently as a “work was a bit of a bother (read: it was a bitch) today. Get me a glass of chardonnay.” There’s nothing wrong with that. Drink what you like and like what you drink is a good motto for life. Come to think of it, it relates to the PG lovers that I slagged in the recommendation above. Sorry ‘bout that. Well, for this very reason, there are some constants in the basement: La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay; and, Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay from Washington. When I think of Washington, my mind does not jump first to chardonnay but syrah, cabernet sauvignon and riesling. But, this wine can change a person’s mind, can’t it? The 2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay #232439 $19.95 usually gives a ‘fresh’ first impression – then you get the fruit and a little bit of vanilla, oaky at the finish. It’s a good house style for those that like oak but also want some definition not just flab. Make sense? Anyway, I know that I’ll be buying a bunch of this for medicinal reasons – all of the 2011 gone. So, don’t make me feel awkward – get some for the chardonnay lover in your house.

moscatogirondaIf, like me, you need some wine around for those that like it a bit more fun and sweet, pick up some Moscato d’Asti. These wines come from Piemonte and are made from the same grape as Asti Spumante. But, don’t let bad memories of those wines sway you. This wine is frizzante – meaning less fizzy than spumante wines and a little sweeter. It’s a low alcohol, sweet, mildly fizzy white. I don’t favour sweet wines but I have to tell you that served with fruit dessert, this wine is usually perfect. This week, the 2012 Moscato d’Asti La Gironda #368746 $16.95 hits the shelves. I included this in a sparkly tasting once and those I-prefer-dry-only people actually quite enjoyed it served with assorted desserts. The low alcohol makes it a good evening ender instead of opening another heavy red or creamy white and wondering, “What was I thinking?” It could be a gateway wine as well for younger people. Get ‘em hooked on wine like this and then move them to Mateus from your guy on the corner. It will save them from Strawberry Samba and cake-flavoured vodka, maybe. Get your fizz on!

And, just ’cause I can – it’s my blog, here’s a neat dessert idea using bubbly that takes about a minute to prepare. Take parfait glasses and put in a small scoop of rainbow sherbet. Or, if you wish to bump it up a notch substitute un petit boule de sorbet from the same carton and pour a little bit of bubbly over glass to fill. Careful, it foams a bit. Serve with parfait spoons. We use Cava or Prosecco (Translation: cheap dry bubbly) mostly as the sherbet is pretty sweet already. Looks fab, tastes great, perfect on the patio after a Q.


Chateau Ste. Michelle

Moscato d’Asti Gironda


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