Judy Travels To Bordeaux!

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Bordeaux Wines Judy Main

Last year, we ran a ‘Win A Trip To Bordeaux’ sweepstakes that received hundreds of thousands of entries. At the end of the year, one lucky winner was randomly selected to take the trip of a lifetime to the most magical wine region in the world, in our humble opinion. This past summer, Judy T. of Florida, cashed in on the trip and was whisked away to France with her husband. In this guest blog, Judy enthusiastically recounts her trip for us.

All images by Judy T.

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An Insiders Look At This Year’s Bordeaux Harvest

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With the majority of the Bordeaux wine region’s white grapes (for our dry whites) picked and pressed, the red grape harvest is beginning to pick up as winemakers wait in anticipation for optimal ripeness. Harvest is a truly exciting and romantic time in the region, but it also requires a tremendous amount of physical and mental energy. It’s a ritual that invokes much passion and pride from all the winemaking teams and touches just about everyone that lives in the region.

This month, we are lucky to have Bordeaux winemaker, Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc, provide us with an insider look into the harvest. Read on below for our exclusive Bordeaux Harvest Report from Gavin and make sure to follow him on social media where he actively Tweets, Instagrams and Blogs, straight from the Bordeaux trenches. 

*All images provided by Gavin Quinney. 

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Fall In Merlove: Merlot Blends For Fall

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Bordeaux Wines Merlot For Fall

As the transition begins from warm summer days to cool autumn nights, so begins our craving for lighter style reds to pair with heartier fall meals. Thanks to the diversity of styles that Bordeaux has to offer, there’s truly something for every season. Such is the case for some of our younger Merlot blends, fruit forward and ready for fall.

Check out 5 Merlot blends from our Today’s Bordeaux selection below or simply ask your local wine store for a Bordeaux Merlot recommendation. Happy sipping! 

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Bordeaux Wines At IFBC 2014

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It was sunny skies over Seattle this past weekend where we had the pleasure of sponsoring the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) for the second year in a row. Over the course of the three day affair, we happily presented a range of value Bordeaux wines ranging from rosés to dry whites to our signature reds. Additionally, we hosted a Bordeaux Wines seminar, lead by certified Bordeaux Wine School educator, Regina Daigneault.

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The workshop began with a celebratory glass of J’Adore Rosé Cremant, Bordeaux’s version of bubbly. Participants were then broken up into groups and presented with a blind aroma challenge. There, they worked together to sniff and identify the 10 aromas that had been infused into neutral glasses of red and white. These aromas including green pepper, lemon and leather, are all aromas traditionally found in the wines of Bordeaux. Congrats to Team Colombard for the win!

After the excitement of the aroma challenge, attendees were lead through a lesson in wine 101 and the signature characteristics of wines from Bordeaux. Then, came the flight of Bordeaux wines ranging from dry whites from Graves and Pessac-Leognan to Grand Cru Class reds from Saint-Émilion. For the full list of wines from our seminar, see below.

Bordeaux Workshop

As promised, we have provided the presentation from the breakout session for download here. And, for more pictures from the event, visit our Flickr album here

Thank you to all the bloggers in attendance and we look forward to staying in touch!

ARÔMES DE PAVIE

Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2005 (Red)

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

A full, rich nose of orange zest, blueberry, wet clay, black licorice, black cherries, cassis and a hint of slate. The palate is powerful and spicy with hints of cigar tobacco mixed with cassis and sweet cherries.  Tannins are smooth and elegant.

CHÂTEAU BEAUMONT CRU BOURGEIOS

Haut Médoc 2009 (Red)

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot

A lovely scented nose of gentle spice, bright red and black fruit. Quite rich but with acidity lifting aromas. It has appealing, fresh-tasting fruit within a supple silky structure.  The tannins are mellow and not aggressive, the wine is full of charm and finesse.

LA DAME D’AMPELIA

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011(Red)

95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Pleasant aromas of preserved black fruits combined with spicy and toasted notes. On the palate, it has a silky approach then comes on strong with powerful tannins, excellent ageing potential with balanced acid to match up against the tannins.

CHÂTEAU SAINTE MARIE

Entre Deux Mers 2012 (White)

70% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sémillon, 5% Muscadelle

The aromas of this crisp white wine show white flowers, citrus fruits and white peach. The nose appears very fruity upon first assessment but on the palate the wine is crisp and fresh with lovely acid-fruit balance and complexity that lingers.

CHÂTEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE

Graves 2012 (White)

75% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle

A crisp invigorating white blend that is distinguished by its higher percentage of Sémillon. The wine has a smooth and silky polish with aromas of lemon, grapefruit, green melon and herbs.

CHÂTEAU D’ARCHE 

Sauternes 2005 (Sweet)

80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc

On the nose, this is complex and harmonious with strong ripe apricot, orange peel and exotic tropical fruit. On the palate, this wine is very expressive with notes of candied fruit, apricot, melon jam and grilled almonds. A very “pure” wine with light oak notes and an abundant mineral backbone that balances out the concentration.

J’ADORE CRÉMANT DE BORDEAUX NV

Sparkling Rosé

Lovely sparkling wine blush in color and vibrant in strawberry, watermelon and cherry notes. The wine has excellent acidity to freshen up the long finish of violets and yeasty notes.  Perfect for smoked fish, salty appetizers and popcorn!