Welcome To Great Grape Day!

img_2037c-1.jpgAs summer is heavily upon us, and seeing those high 80 degree temperatures upon us every day, it was a pleasure seeking out our Great Grape Day wine this month.  Roussanne & Marsanne Grapes are on our plate this month and spending time in the nice cool air conditioned wine store on my adventure was enjoyable.  I found my search for these grapes a little more challenging than I anticipated, but hey, wine is always an adventure!  So, I decided to split my tasting time between Australia and France, as these are my two favorite wine locations at this time and, I found just the grapes I needed.
First, I headed over to Australia.  My choice was The Stump Jump Vintage 2006 Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne which is produced by the d’Arenberg winery located in McLaren Vale, South Australia.  Actually the name caught my eye before noticing the blend of grapes which “fit the bill”.  I found it interesting that this wine is proudly named after an important South Australia invention, the Stump Jump Plough!  Many of the McLaren vineyards were originally cleared using this invention. 

The plough saved many a vineyard owners backs and patience as the plough “jumped” over the most stubborn roots saving valuable time and resources! The Stump Jump was a blend of 63% Riesling, 16% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Roussanne and 8% Marsanne grapes and had a 13% alcohol volume.  On unscrewing the cap, my nose captured a lovely floral scent and this floral note moved over lightly to my palate.  The fruitiness of the Riesling grape was tamed by the rest of the blend of grapes and they added a nice acidity to this medium bodied wine.  At a price of under $12.00, it is a great summer sipping wine that will pair well with grilled seafood or chicken.
My next stop is France.  Ah, I love that country and have enjoyed their wines for many years.  It seems that the price of their wines have really gone up lately so when I see one that I think may be nice, and it is under $12.00, I grab it. 

I discovered this little gem in the bin at the wine store with a sale tag of $8.99!  I am speaking about the Verget Du Sud 2004 Vin De Pays De Vaucluse.  Vaucluse is a department of France in the region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’ Azur.  Valcluse is bordered by the Rhone to the west and River Durance to the south.  The blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Chardonnay grapes in this wine make for a lovely, fresh and delicate wine with flavors of apple, pear, and a hint of citrus on the palate.  It is a bright simple wine even though there is a 13% alcohol volume.  Nice clean fresh fruit acidity lingered on my palate and continued on the finish.

 Ah, those French folks can make some very pleasing wines to sip on a sultry summer evening.img_2036-c1.jpg






I have totally enjoyed the trips to my two favorite areas in the world for wine on this Great Grape Day!

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