Vermentino, a Tasty Italian White

Until last month, I didn’t know anything about Vermentino. Now because at work, we have these limited releases wine kits that include a Vermentino in the lineup, I had to try one. So I tried a commercial equivalent.

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This goes for $25 before tax at the BC Liquor Store.

It was really tasty and a good balance between a Sauv Blanc and Pinot Grigio. I sometimes find the former too tart and with citrus and green apple dominating, while the latter I sometimes find it too… easy to drink. Anyway, I’m so glad I’ve been exposed to this because it offers something in between. With flavours of white peach, lime, almond, and green apple, it’s delicate and refreshing enough to enjoy on its own, however, offers enough robustness to complement dishes.

Have you tried Vermentino? What are your thoughts?

 

Hey I’m back + Chenin Blanc

Over 1 year ago.

That was the last time I made an update here on my journey. My last job (yeah, I got a new job a couple of months ago, more on that below) was so demanding. You can read m last couple posts if you want to learn more. Although I loved it and the challenge (and the wins!), I couldn’t find the balance between being able to perform the way I wanted to in a job, which is to kick ass obviously, and to pursue this passion of mine. I needed to combine the two. It had to be wine-centric and I had to have enough spare time to update my blog. I wasn’t using what I learned. As the saying goes, when you don’t use it, you lose it.

more wine

I’m selling wine kits now. I’m talking about wine again, now not only personally but professionally, too! Last week, someone asked me to recommend a kit of ours that would be similar to this Chenin Blanc kit we used to sell. OMG, I was using my wine knowledge!

Ok, so I think I’ve shared a decent update on myself. Since you’re here, you may as well learn something, too. Maybe that’s the reason you’re here in the first place… Chenin Blanc is:

A French Varietal – It’s originally from France, made famous in the Loire Valley.

wine regions in France

Vouvray – Further to the above, it’s famous because it’s the varietal that makes Vouvray, a wine that ranges in style from still to semi-sparkling to sparkling, and from dry to succulent sweet. You won’t find Vouvray on the map above, it’s a sub region in Touraine.

Steen – That’s what Chenin Blanc is called in South Africa. It’s the most widely planted there.

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Sauternes in Bordeaux

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday it was Thursday? Seriously, Saturday and Sunday fly by. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. I spent the weekend setting up our new place.

My Ma is coming over this week, so the bf and I scrambled to find a dining room table and a bed. Not as much reading was done as I had liked, but I got in as much as I can. Obviously, no blogging was done either. I’m doing as best I can with the time challenges, so I can’t beat myself up for it, right? My goal to pass WSET 3 will happen one way or the other, even it it means taking a few days off work to get it done.

I’ve re-read Bordeaux and let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. There’s so much I didn’t absorb the first time around and I’m recalling where places are now. That’s good news.

When you think of fine wine, you think Bordeaux. Well, I do, anyways. Do you ever associate it with white wine though? They make some pretty tasty whites and in the wine world, Sauternes is very well known. Sauternes is located on the left bank of Bordeaux, in the south of Graves. 

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Graves is #34 and Sauternes is #37 on this map. Image from Wikipedia Commons.

Sauternes makes sweet white wine made mostly from Semillon grapes. Other varietals include Sauvignon Blanc and sometimes Muscadelle. The conditions in Sauternes are perfect for botrytis (grapes that have started to rot from a fungus, also known as noble rot). Passerillage (grapes are kept on the vine until they start to shrivel) is also practiced in Sauternes when conditions aren’t suitable for botrytis to happen. Both make sweet wines, regardless.

Next time you see Sauternes, you may notice that it’s not cheap, but after reading this you’ll know why.

Sauternes AC

Chateau d’Yquem is ranked at the top in Sauternes. Photo from Wikipedia Commons

Harvesting is done over several weeks as only grapes that are shriveled or infected are picked. You can correctly conclude then that this is very labour intensive and the yields aren’t high.

Expect to taste orange marmalade (that’s associated with botrytis), apricot, honey and vanilla from the best Sauternes. If you want to sample a cheaper version, the characteristics noted above aren’t as outstanding, according to the WSET 3 book.

In British Columbia, at the BC Liqour Store, a bottle of Sauternes ranges from $23.95 for a 375 ml to $788.99 for a 750 ml. The higher priced ones are rare to find here, too. The 2005 750ml Chateau d’Yquem is the one that goes for $788.99 and there are only 4 units available in one store.

At this point in my life, I can’t imagine spending that kind of money on wine. I will gladly taste it though.

Have you had a Sauternes? Are you tempted to buy a bottle (maybe a more reasonably priced one first) if you haven’t? Don’t be shy. Leave a comment!