Sunday, March 21, 2010

Domanie Bellevue Touraine Gamay $14.99 (not TJ's)**(*)

This is a very light, fruity red wine. I am not familiar with Gamay grapes at all. I tasted this at my Loire wine class at Bacchus, and I bought a bottle.  My notes from that night were: deep minerality, chill for summer, soft tannins, light red.  But I liked it and I bought it. It does not need aeration so you can skip the Vinturi. It didn't make much of a difference at all.  And the wine tastes better to me chilled (it is a high acid wine) plain cold chicken salad could be amazing with this wine, or a cold poached salmon on a Summer's day. I am really starting to look forward to Summer. (Can you tell?? My Marks & Spencer picnic backpack is sitting forlornly on the living room floor, waiting patiently... )

Sour Cherry is the predominant taste to me.  I wonder how this would be as a spritzer, or a sangria.  Hmm, it is too expensive to experiment with, but I wish I had more exposure to Gamay, and I would have paired it better.

Today I think I paired it badly. It deserves 3 stars as a light refreshing red wine, but I made the mistake of serving it with probably the best fish I have ever cooked (after the first sip with the food, we stopped drinking the wine - I'm still sipping on it hours later as I write the review).  Today, I made fresh Hake(from the Farmer's Market) baked plain then topped with a verde sauce of fresh parsley, garlic, vinegar, olive oil and garlic (it was so amazing, I actually wrote home about it).

Hake with a fresh Verde sauce of fresh parsley, garlic, vinegar, olive oil and garlic
Steamed sugar Snap Peas
Dessert was Samoas Girl Scout Cookies (I am so glad these only come out once a year.... mmmm Samoas...)

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