Sunday, April 28, 2013

Great Crossover Wine

During a normal afternoon of perusing the local wine shelves in upstate New York, I happened upon a wine by Louis Jadot.  The wine is Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2010 and is a light, pleasant, red for almost any occasion.  The Beaujolais Villages are known for the Gamay grape which is a lighter, fruiter grape from France.  To me, Gamay is even smoother and more pleasing to the palate than other crossover red grapes such as Pinot Noir.  The Louis Jadot wine is a dark red-purple and has a wonderful aroma of red fruits, especially strawberries.  It has a very low level of tannins so it is a great beginner wine for anyone trying reds for the first time.  It has a long full taste but is much lighter than a Bordeaux style wine.  Serve it with filet mignon, mushroom risotto, or a fattier grilled fish.  This wine would be great for a summertime meal or lighter winter fare.  It is also just a pleasant drinking wine.  It is medium bodied and has a distinct, long finish.  A real beauty and a steal for just around $12 at most retail locations.  I was lucky enough to find it on sale under $10 at the establishment near me.

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