‘Tis the season for great wine and no free time. With Christmas fast approaching and not to mention the dreaded “year end” in the business world, free time is a commodity these days. That said I’ve managed to escape to North Georgia for some winery visits and have had the opportunity to taste some great wines along the way. I even have plans to jump on the Virginia wine trail after Christmas (if Mother Nature allows).
In anticipation of TasteCamp 2011 in May, I recently pulled the cork on a Château des Charmes 2007 Merlot from St. David’s Bench Vineyard. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Château des Charmes is a family-owned winery run by the Bosc family, who represent the sixth generation of winegrowing expertise.
Canadian wines are difficult to locate in Florida (of course there are exceptions, especially when it comes to Ice Wines), but I happened to luck out when Château des Charmes wines were featured at the recent Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Retailing for $21.95, the Merlot showed smokey notes with layers of vanilla and cherry. On the palate a kaleidoscope of flavors including cassis, tobacco, plum, black cherry and dark chocolate. A rich, full-bodied and age-worthy wine that will delight and impress even the most discriminating palate.
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