Our evening sipper last night was the 2008 Michael Shaps Chardonnay. We paired this one with a creamy Brie smeared on baguette slices. Recently we’ve gotten into having our cheeses with bread instead of crackers. The creamy brie with its slight nutty flavor seemed a perfect match with the fuller-bodied Chardonnay.
Has anyone noticed that I’m trying to include the Virginia Wine Month coaster in many of my pictures this month?
The 2008 Michael Shaps Chardonnay presented pear mores, toasted hazelnut, and pineapple on the nose. We noticed similar flavors in the mouth with a touch of apple and a creamy mouth feel. The texture of the cheese went really well with the mouth feel of the wine. This is one really nice Chardonnay. Tell us what gems you are finding during Virginia Wine Month. This is our first post for Regional Wine Week. Yay!
For dinner last night we had filet mignon with sauteed mushrooms and roasted vegetables. Warren selected the 2005 Special Reserve Petit Verdot from Ingleside Vineyards. Knowing we wanted to savor this one with our meal, Warren chose to decant it for about an hour before serving.
Right away we noticed the dark color and how it was almost impossible to see through in the glass. We noted dark plum, anise, earthiness, and a lengthy finish. We thought this one could have lived longer on the rack but enjoyed it just the same with our food. It was a perfect pairing.
We are certainly using Virginia Wine Month to open some of best Virginia wines on our racks. What Virginia wine have you uncorked so far this month?
Its Virginia Wine Month! What better way to celebrate by selecting a wine that’s been resting gently on your wine rack waiting for the right day. Last night we decided it was time to chill the 1999 Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay. We enjoyed it with herbed chicken and rice with cream sauce.
In the glass we noticed the beautiful amber color. On the nose Warren noted roasted pear, toasted hazel nut, and carmel or butterscotch. Similar flavors were found in the mouth with a lengthier finish. It paired very well with our meal. It was a wonderful bottle of wine. Of course when the bottle was empty, I wondered if we should have kept it on the rack for a little longer. Would it only get better with time? It was worth it.
A classic pour to kick off Virginia Wine Month. Consider uncorking one of your Virginia classics this month!
October is a great time to visit Virginia wineries. The leaves are changing colors, the wineries are harvesting grapes, there are many festivals and activities happening in Virginia the whole month of October.
Check out Virginia.org for more information on the special happenings going on in Virginia during the whole month of October!