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Cheers and Happy Holidays from Cove Ledge!
It’s December and that means a new wine of the Month is ready to accompany you on your Wine Journey and enjoyed through this Holiday Season.
This month we tried to find the perfect match for those “meditations by the fire” moments this holiday season.
We are excited this month to offer you two fantastic wines to share during this holiday season — A juicy Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Edna Valley Paso Robles region and a lovely Cremant De Limoux Sparkling wine from the Limoux wine region of southern France.
The Red is a lovely cabernet sauvignon produced by the Varner Brothers and is packed with fruit flavor and smooth tannins. This is a perfect wine to savor with a hearty meal; as you settle in for the evening with family & friends … or simply to sip during a quiet break away from the crowds.
The White… Well, lets say that we figured that everyone could always use a bit of bubbles during the holidays! So, we decided to deliver via a lovely bottle of Fizz from the AOC Limoux wine region in the south of France. Located just over the Pyrennes Mountain border with Spain, with a winemaking history dating back to Roman times, AOC Limoux is known for being one of the oldest recorded sparkling wine regions in the world dating. Of interest is a bit more about the AOC Limoux region and the typical winemaking style of the region.
Both wines will pair nicely with your holiday gatherings for sure… So go ahead and uncork, unwind and take a time out by enjoying a glass of these lovely wines with family and friends.
Thank you for your continued patronage. As always, we hope that you enjoy this month’s selection! “Wine is our passion, but being part of the community is a life long commitment that we consider a privilege and an honor”.
Cheers and Happy Holidays. ☺
Annette & Keith
A bottle of red...
Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon -2016
AVA: Paso Robles Edna Valley
GRAPE VARIETIES A fresh juicy red. Primarily 94% Cabernet, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 94% volume aged in stainless; 6% in oak.
A bottle of white...
CRÉMANT DE LIMOUX BRUT ST. HILAIRE
APPELLATION: Crémant de Limoux
60% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Pinot Noir, 10% Mauzac
Pale yellow with delicate and persistent bubbles. An intense and refined nose of honey, acacia and crystallized lemon lead way to a harmonious palate of citrus fruits. An excellent aperitif that pairs well with all styles of cuisine.
A little more about AOC Crémant De Limoux
The Limoux wine region is located in the eastern foothills of the Pyrénées in southern France, south of the fortified city of Carcassonne. The climate is dominated by the strong winds of the region, the dry, Atlantic winds and the warm, Mediterranean winds. The Mediterranean climate of the region has more Atlantic influences than other Languedoc wine regions. The soil in the area is rocky with clay, sandstone and limestone, creating distinct terroir throughout the region depending on the degree of Mediterranean or Atlantic influences and clay composition in the soil.
The unique topography of the region and combination of Mediterranean and Atlantic influences has created ideal conditions for the slow, even ripening of the region’s white wine grapes. Despite being located at southerly latitude, the climate is cooler and moister than in most of the wine regions in southern France. Its location in the foothills of the Pyrénées allows the vineyards to be at a higher elevation, and planted in optimal locations on hillsides
Blanquette de Limoux is considered to be the first sparkling white wine produced in France, created long before the Champagne region became world-renowned for the sparkling wine Champagne. The first textual mention of “blanquette”, from the Occitan expression for “the small white”, appeared in 1531 in papers written by Benedictine monks at an abbey in Saint-Hilaire. They detail the production and distribution of Saint-Hilaire’s blanquette in cork-stoppered flasks. The region’s location, north of the Cork Oak forest of Catalunya, gave Limoux producers easy access to the material needed to produce secondary fermentation in the flask, which produces the bubbles necessary for sparkling wine.
How do they make Cremant’s?
For those of you who don’t recall, crémant is simply a name for French sparkling wine that’s not from Champagne. You can find cremant’s from all regions of France. The wine is made in same the traditional champagne style that we love…it’s often just the name that is different. Luckily for us consumers who love bubbles, Cremant’s offer some fantastic value-priced fizz for us to share and enjoy… often at everyday price points.
Vines are planted on clay and limestone soils at an elevation of 820 to 920 feet above sea level. Grapes undergo fermentation in stainless steel vats to create the base wine. After primary fermentation, “Liqueur de Tirage,” a blend of sugar and yeast, is added to the juice a few hours before bottling. A second fermentation then takes place in the bottle, which lasts about three weeks. The bottles are then gradually turned upside down in order to gather the lees in the neck of the bottle. After one year of ageing “sur pointe”, the bottles are chilled (to freeze the lees) and opened. The lees are expelled and the “Liqueur de Dosage” is added. After twelve months of ageing, the bottle is then sealed and released.