With Dan's post yesterday on his wine-of-choice at the moment, we all figured we'd weigh in on our own favs. (Yep! That means you'll also be seeing blog fodder from our beer and gourmet departments starting this week, so stay tuned!)
I actually wasn't sure if there was a "theme " to my home wine drinking repertoire of late. Fortunately our system allows any Club Member to look up their purchase history to see what's what, or we can do it for you in the shop. (I will say, this feature also comes in handy when someone you know wants to buy you a little someth'n someth'n you'll probably enjoy....) Swami said I've been enjoying red wines from the Languedoc, France recently.
This doesn't surprise me, now that I'm clued into my buying habits of late. The Languedoc has a bevy of affordable red wine blends (usually some mix of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre) - and affordable has been particularly important to me this month when I'm spending my cash on things like Christmas presents, holiday travel and, of course, a couple of festive, new party dresses. Go figure.
I've also been cheffing up a storm, taking advantage of the cooler days to make hearty soups and stews, stuffed squash, pork tenderloin with brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes... you get the idea. The Languedoc reds have both great, lifting red fruits and enough of that French earthiness I so love, to pair particularly well with these kinds of dishes.
Favorites? It seems our new Gerard Bertrand Pic St. Loup and Chateau Flaugurges (an old favorite/staple that I hadn't brought home regularly in a couple of vintages simply because I was sampling new things) are up top on my 'regulars' list these days!
Are you a Languedoc lover, too?