” Pepperzilla” Cayenne pepper fresh from the garden! 12 inches long. I always know that summer is in full bloom when the peppers start to ripen.
Summer, 2016 ends on September 22.
Though we’ve got to say, Goodbye for the summer, Baby, I promise you this, I’ll send you all my love
Every day in a letter, Sealed with a kiss
Sealed With A Kiss… teen love song was composed by Gary Geld and lyricist Peter Udell.
The summer of 2016 has been a fabulous wine experience. All of the wines listed here can be found in our local wine shops in Roanoke, Virginia.
As Autumn approaches I will remember fondly Alain Jaume 2015 Le Crétacé Tavel. I adore this wine! Alain Jaume Tavel Crétacé Rose Le is made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre grapes. $20 range Beautiful ruby-red, velvety smooth with bright red berry flavors. Perfect wine to share with friends when dining al fresco.
Memoires Rosé de Provence 2015. The name of this wine is perhaps a bit fortuitous ~ ah…the memories of summer…precious pink color in a sweet dimpled bottle. $12 range. Crisp peach aromas. Great acidity.
Rosé with Grapefruit. An upside surprise! A lovely light grapefruit flavor with a tee-tiny bit of sweetness. $12 range.
Gatao Vinho Verde. A blend of trajadura, loureiro, azal tinto and avesso grapes. Just a tiny bit of sweetness, perfect for summer sippin’. Citrus notes with a touch of pineapple and a nice little bit of effervescence. $11 range.
Two of my favorite rosé summer sparklers:
Royal Provence Rivarose Brut Rosé, from France, a nice summer sparkler, Syrah and Grenache grapes. $14 range.
Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rosé. $14 range. Blend of Grasparossa and Pinot Nero grapes. Raspberry and Strawberry notes are no surprise in this wine. The real surprise is the smooth finish…no acidic bite or tannins at the end of the sip…just a touch of refreshing lingering lemon at the very end.
From the Serious Eats article: Ask A Sommelier What’s Your Favorite Sparkling Wine:
“Cremant is where it’s at! The word refers to sparkling wines made in France that come from specific regions; specifically NOT from Champagne. Cremants are a great way to start to learn the rules of which grapes grow in which regions: Cremant d’Alsace (Pinot Blanc), Cremant de Bourgogne (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Cremant de Loire (Chenin Blanc), Cremant de Limoux (Mauzac!), and on and on and on. Oftentimes, you’re getting similar quality and on-par deliciousness without the scary price tags that come with Champagne.” —Theresa Paopao (Ribelle) Boston, MA
Aimery Crement Brut Rosé is one of my favorites. Ribbons of bubbles and sparkling notes of berries just like your favorite champagne, without breaking the bank. Delicate, fresh with a long, mouth-filling finish. The color of this sparkling blushes just slightly and tiny bubbles consistently rise to the top of glass.
Just heard this…
Real Simple magazine’s weblog recommends dropping a raisin into a bottle of champagne that’s lost its effervescence and give it a couple of minutes before pouring. The last gasps of carbon dioxide left in the wine will stick to the raisin’s ridged surface and release as bubbles.
My suggestion…drink the whole bottle of champagne and that way it won’t go flat (I personally do not like raisins so I cannot imagine plunking one of them in my champagne!)
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