LE23 Winemakers Blend

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January’s LE23 Feature Wine

Winemaker’s Blend
The varietals in our Winemaker’s Blend play off each other to create a crisp off-dry wine with a tapestry of vibrant fruit flavours. Pinot Grigio leads with lush peach and apple flavours. Riesling adds aromatics, a shot of sweetness, and amplifies fresh acidity. Vermentino plays up the citrus character, while Verduzzo brings tropical notes to the background. A touch of Trebbiano rounds out the orchard fruit flavours and adds a fresh mineral accent.

Alcohol: 12%

Italy
This cunning blend pulls choice varietals from the four corners of Italy, showcasing the best the country has to offer: Sicily in the southwest, where climate and geography make near perfect growing conditions; Tuscany on the northwest coast, one of the world’s most famous wine regions; Veneto on the northeast coast where hot summers are tempered by the Adriatic Sea, and finally Puglia on the southeast coast, where the surrounding seas provide balance to the dry heat helping grow mature and fruity grapes.

 

Wine pairing recipe!  

Pancetta Egg Pasta
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Also a great match for: rich & creamy mac n cheese, maple glazed ham, spiced nuts

LE22 Viognier Roussanne Marsanne

VIOGNIER, ROUSSANNE & MARSANNE are the only three white wine grapes permitted to be grown in Northern Rhône. 

Tantalizing peach, apricot, and Meyer lemon flavours, just hinting at honeysuckle and brioche. This textured wine leans to the fuller side but stays smooth and fresh with elegant balance. 

MEDIUM-FULL BODY & DRY | 13%

 

Wine Pairing Recipe!

Easy yet elegant, these savoury pastries are perfect for the fruity palate and balanced acidity of the LE22 Viognier Roussane Marsanne. 
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LE22 Aglianico Barbera

Aglianico (‘ali-yawn-nico’), considered one of Italy’s 3 greatest wine grapes, partners with popular Barbera to create a balanced blend with big personality. You’ll savour every sip of this big Italian red. 

A balanced blend with big personality. Dominant flavours of black cherry, pepper spice, blackberry and plum are enhanced with licorice, dried herbs, and a light mineral note. This is a wine to sit back with, sip and savour. 

FULL BODY & DRY | 14% 

 

Food Pairing Recipe!

Even with a few clever shortcuts, lasagna is a labour of love – but so worth the effort. So, take your time, pour a glass of wine and enjoy the process as you make this beloved dish to share with family and friends. 
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LE22 Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer

THIS UNIQUE DUO is a New World take on the historic Gewürz-Pinot Gris field blends of Alsace, France. Distinctive & delicious Gewürztraminer brings a new dimension to perennial favourite Pinot Grigio. 

Juicy and refreshing with a kiss of sweetness and loads of character. Juicy peach and bright citrus, with underlying flavours of lychee, cantaloupe, and light notes of ginger spice and lemon zest. 

MEDIUM BODY & OFF-DRY | 12.5% 

 


Food Pairing Recipe!

Nutty, sweet and a little smoky, these skewers can be served as an appetizer or weeknight main course and are delicious with our juicy and citrusy LE22 Pinot Grigio Gewürztraminer. 
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LE22 Malbec Bonarda Syrah

This food-friendly blend of Argentina’s favourite red varietals has it all – red fruit, dark berry, spice, vanilla and chocolate. Mendoza’s altitude is key to these concentrated flavours and zesty acidity.
BONARDA is the 2nd most planted grape in Argentina. Its punchy fruit flavours and soft tannins make is a great blending partner.

FULL BODY & DRY | 14%
 

Food Pairing Recipe!

A beefy, garlicky burger accented with rosemary and a tangy yet creamy blue cheese sauce; this is a match made in backyard barbecue heaven. 
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LE22 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

This classic combination never disappoints. Cab Sauv and Merlot were made for each other and it shows in this silky, seamless blend. 
A classic combination. Black currant and dried herb aromas lead to a palate stacked with layers of deep cherry, black fruit, baking spice and mocha. A concentrated and seamless blend with silky tannin.

MEDIUM-FULL BODY & DRY | 13%

 

Wine pairing recipe!  

Up your appetizer game with this Perfect Party Pairing. The earthy, meaty flavours of these flavourful mushrooms are the ideal partner to our silky LE22 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend. 
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9 Best Cheese and Wine Pairings


Even though it is a centuries-old tradition, matching cheese and wine together can still be a challenging and intimidating task. If done correctly, a perfect match can be an exquisite experience. Every detail in making the pairing needs to be considered. While a wine or a cheese by itself may be spectacular, that does not necessarily mean that pairing them is a good idea. Most people have not had years of experience focusing on tasting many wine and cheese options and become familiar with the characteristics and qualities of each. Here are some ideas that will help guide you into creating successful pairings:

1. Cabernet Sauvignon and Extra Sharp Cheddar

A full-bodied and dry red Cabernet Sauvignon has hints of herbs and dark fruits. When paired with the extra sharp cheddar, the red wine draws out the bold cheddar flavors of this strong cheese. Cabernet Sauvignon also works well with other intense cheeses, particularly ones that are firm and salty.

2. Merlot and Garlic and Herb Cheese

The garlic and herb cheese has sharp and tangy flavors. When paired with the Merlot, which is a dry red wine that is medium to full-bodied, the cheese brings out notes of black cherry, plum, and black tea. The garlic and herb cheese flavors are more heavily emphasized because of the Merlot’s dry fruitiness.

3. Malbec and Vintage or Reserve Cheese

Reserve or vintage cheese has robust flavors, which need a red wine that can hold up against it. Malbecs are medium to full-bodied red wines that have black fruit, anise, and herb notes. The strong flavor of the Malbec complements the vintage or reserve cheese.


4. Pinot Noir and Vermont Sharp Cheddar or Gruyere

Vermont Sharp Cheddar is aged and needs to be paired with a wine that has earthy notes, such as Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is a dry and light to medium-bodied red wine that has these characteristics along with ripe red fruit flavors. It also works well with a nutty cheese with medium firmness, such as Gruyere.

5. Syrah/Shiraz and Aged Cheese

Aged cheese has intense savory flavors. Wines that are paired with them need to be equally intense and should also be rather dry. Syrah holds up well in this pairing because it is dry, medium to full-bodied, and has dark fruit and herb flavors. A Shiraz with tobacco notes works particularly well with smoked cheeses.

6. Chardonnay and Mild Cheddar, Colby Jack, or Triple Cream Cheese

Chardonnay is a dry, medium-bodied white wine with apple and pear notes, which makes it fruity and crisp. These features help enhance the characteristics of either of these mild cheeses, particularly the creaminess and the sweetness. Pungent washed-rind cow’s cheeses will lose its stinky characteristics when paired with Chardonnay, but you can also opt for milder, traditional triple cream cheese to avoid the smell.

7. Sauvignon Blanc and Monterey Jack or French Goat Cheese

This cheese is known for its subtleness and needs to be paired with a wine that won’t overwhelm it. Sauvignon Blanc is a light-bodied, dry and bright white wine that has citrus and grassy notes that complement the cheese. This wine also works well with firmer French goat cheese that has developed spicy flavors.

8. Pinot Grigio and Mild Cheese

Pinot Grigio is a light-bodied, dry white wine has refreshing pear and melon flavors. Its high acidity acts as a palate cleanser that prepares you for having mild cheese.

9. Riesling and Spicy and Powerful Cheeses

Riesling is a light-bodied, off-dry white wine that has stone fruit and peach blossom flavors. When paired with these cheeses, the acidity and sweetness of the wine works well with the cheeses’ stimulating characteristics.


Original article by: Erin Doman
From: learn.winecoolerdirect.com/cheese-and-wine-pairings