TWO OF MY FAVOURITE FRENCH REDS IN THE SAME WEEK!
1. FOR THE LOVE OF BEAUJOLAIS
I’ve spent a major part of my drinking life trying to convert people to Beaujolais. With little or no success. Mind you, nobody has ever refused a glass, and many have express some pleasure, but I haven’t see many converts. So now I just drink the stuff. The wine below is giving me huge delight with its charm, grace and delicious fruitiness. It has the feeling of an early summer day – enjoying a tasty sandwich at my favourite restaurant patio. A moment of blissful simplicity. In this season I’m drinking it lightly chilled before dinner – in the social hour. And with brunch. The Cru edition of Beaujolais is more expensive than the regular – bit of a splurge, but charm and grace are always worth a bit extra.
DOMAINE DUPRE 11 Regnie ‘Vignes de 1918’, Cru Beaujolais, France 344895 Vintages $17.95
2. FOR THE LOVE OF LOIRE
The Loire region is the home of Cabernet Franc – another ‘hard to sell’ wine. Sure it can be too dry and challenging for some, especially on the first sip. Too much vim and vigour, too much of an earthy feeling. Too real. Too bad, because there is no better food-friendly red. And no better wine for stimulating the palate. And creating the feeling of being at a French bistro. Maybe this Saumur will make a few converts. And then they’ll be ready to enjoy Ontario’s great edition of Cabernet Franc.
RESERVE DE VIGNERONS 10 Saumur-Champigny, Loire, France 103879 Vintages $17.95