Our theme this first month of the New Year is French. France is the top wine exporter in the world. The US, with California leading the way, is the largest producer of wine, but the US doesn’t export as much.
Our guest taster is Jovi Martinez Talaya. She’s the owners of Clementine’s Wine Gourmet. We are doing the tasting in her shop. To get started with our French theme, I asked her, “What French wine do you suggest?” She pointed to the wall behind us and picked this one out for us.
We are tasting Réserve de L’Abbé Côtes du Rhône. First thing I’ll warn you about French wines is that the labels aren’t as informative as some others. This one is a Shyraz, Cinsault, Grenache blend. As Jovi points out in the video, this one has a strawberry and cranberry aroma. You notice the fruitiness right away as you smell it. It doesn’t taste sweet at all. It’s acidic and dry. The combination of the fruity aroma and the acidic, even mineral taste, goes together nicely. It has a very smooth finish. You taste it going down and it lingers nicely without an acidic burn.
Take a look at the video and share what you think or know about this type of wine.
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