Once a year, our kids take a vacation to get away from us.
Well, that’s not entirely true…
You see, every year during the first week in July, since our sons were toddlers, my parents take them to the beach…without us! Time on the beach, boat rides, water slides, bumper cars and junk food…the whole nine yards for one entire week.
With all of the day-to-day commotion that takes place in our house – the kids, the dog, the laptops, television, video games and constant tomfoolery – it’s hard enough to hear what we’re saying to each other, let alone hearing yourself think.
It’s funny, though: my wife and I start out excited to have some alone time, but by mid-week we miss them like crazy! Nevertheless, Kristi and I do, in fact, get to spend some quality time together, which includes having more time to try new wines!
One of the most intriguing wines that we sampled, when the kids were away, was the 2008 M Trignon White (MSRP: $23.99 US). This wine is from Chateau Du Trignon, which is nestled at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail in Gigondas, France. The 2008 M Trignon White is made up of 100% Muscat, and it packs one heck of a concentrated sweet/dessert wine punch! Right off the bat, you might think you’re drinking a French Sauterne. Fermented in stainless steel and cold stabilized to preserve freshness, this wine just oozes in sweet honey, honeysuckle, apricots, lemon and peach flavors.
3 Stars out of 4 for the 2008 M Trignon White. It’s crazy-syrupy-sweet, cheaper than most Sauternes, and it comes in a rather interesting, perfumey-looking bottle. It’s perfect for those who would rather drink dessert than eat it.
Another wine, which was a bit off the beaten path for us, was the 2010 Domaine Houchart Rosé (Sample, MSRP: $12 US) from Domaine Houchart which is owned by the Quiot family from France’s famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The thing that drew me to this wine was its interesting blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. This summer sipper possesses a lot of nice acidity that makes it a pair well with many different food combinations.
I paired it with a thinly sliced spicy grilled chicken breast topped with fresh bruschetta and shaved parmesan cheese. The soft strawberry, lavender and minerally finish paired nicely with this dish, however it wasn’t quite enough to give it 2 big thumbs up.
2 Stars out of 4 for the 2010 Domaine Houchart Rosé. This Rosé definitely shows its best characteristics around foods with a little gusto and spice: it’s a no-brainer with barbecue.