Soooooooo.........summer has arrived, in full force, in Vancouver (and the Fraser Valley) today. And it's only going to get worse.
The rest of the world must think we are a bunch of complete whiners (as opposed to wine-rs, as in the title of this blog), as recently as yesterday we were complaining about the crappy cold and rainy summer we were having. Well, those complaints have been answered in a big way, as we are now facing near record temperatures over the next while, forecasted to get up to 40 degrees Celsius. Yikes. In ONE day, we've gone from weeks of rain to a heat wave.
Yes, I know I'm whining, but is it too much to ask for some sunny and pleasant weather? My living room is currently a sauna.
It's so hot out, people are going up to cops on the street and begging them to shoot them. Quick, first person to tell me what movie that quote is taken from wins a genuine no-prize!
Anyway, I was craving a nice red tonight, but we were having chicken, which would traditionally pair well with a white. Since it was so hot out, I decided we'd go absolutely nuts and have a well chilled rose instead.
Of course, the small problem is that we don't really like rose. So many wineries make their rose with notes of grapefruit, and since I really don't like grapefruit, that just doesn't work for me. We have found one that we love, though.
2009 Quinta Ferreira Rose
This wine doesn't completely discount the traditional grapefruit, but it is so overwhelmed by the long berry finish (particularly strawberry) that this has become (BY FAR) our favorite rose. In fact, it's the only rose you will find in our collection.
Quinta Ferreira calls themselves "Canadian wine with a Portuguese twist". Originally planted on the Black Sage bench in 1999, their grapes produce a wide selection of varietals, including Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah, Viognier, Malbec , Zinfandel and Petit Verdot. I have sampled many of their wines and they are all good, but only their Rose is so good to make me a repeat customer.
Tonight's dinner was grilled chicken with a pineapple salsa, sautéed broccoli and garlic parmesan rice. A fabulous dinner, which we were fortunate enough to enjoy on our patio, and the rose paired very nicely with it.