Monday, 31 July 2017

Seriously Cool wines to fit your Budget

It's been too long since we've talked wine.

This weekend, I was fortunate enough to get to try a new wine series. I decided I couldn't wait until Friday to share these finds with you.

The Seriously Cool wine series was developed by Southbrook Vineyards (Ontario) to create a high-quality wine that was readily available at a reasonable price. These wines are pretty (Seriously) cool in their own right as Southbrook is working with and supporting local growers as they transition to fully organic practices.

The series includes a white (Chardonnay), a Rosé and a Red. Priced between $14.95 and $15.95 each, the wines are reasonably priced and each one brings great value for the cost.

I'm going to take a quick look at all three today.

Let's work light to dark, shall we?

I love the bottles, don't you?

The 2016 Seriously Cool Chardonnay was the first I tried (with the help of my lovely Husband). There is a lovely, green sweetness on the nose that gave way to a lot of green apple notes.  I also got a bit of peach and pear in the mix. The Chardonnay also has a bit of a citrus "zing" that I smell in most unoaked Chardonnays. It has a very well-rounded flavour with no one taste jumping out and overpowering the rest. It had some nice sweet notes though it is still a relatively dry wine. It also had a nice herbaceous note that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but it added a little extra to the already pleasant mix. When it comes to Chardonnays, I usually drink them only with food, but this would be a fantastic patio sipper as well because of how light it is. If you are cooking, think creamy and maybe a little citrusy. My go-to would be a nice citrus chicken on the barbecue. If that doesn't work for you, you could also try it with light cream sauce (preferably with a touch of seafood).

i couldn't believe how bright this Rosé was!

The wine I found most surprising in the trio was the 2016 Seriously Cool Rosé. I will be the first to admit that I am a bit wary of Rosés. I have had some truly exceptional ones, but at the same time, I have had some that made me outright recoil.  This Rosé definitely leaned toward the former. I was thoroughly impressed with this wine! I think one of the things that made this wine so fantastic to me was that it was different from other Rosé wines I have tried. I have drunk dozens of Zinfandel Rosés and for me, those can be very hit or miss. This wine is made with Pinot Noir and Vidal, two grapes I absolutely adore. It also isn't overly sweet, which is a delightful change. This wine smelled like strawberries and sweetgrass. At times I almost thought I was smelling sweet cream as well. The wine bounces lightly off your tongue as you drink it, giving you the idea of strawberries and again that slightly grassy, herbal touch. This is a glorious summer wine that would not go amiss with a nice goat cheese and strawberry salad or even a gourmet mac and cheese as long as the cheese in it isn't too sharp.

My personal go-to. I was so impressed with this red.

Finally, we get to the Seriously Cool Red. I was not sure what to expect from this wine. It is primarily made using lighter wines (Pinot Noir and Gamay), so what I smelled and tasted was a bit of a surprise. It was heavier on the palate than expected - something I would call medium-light to medium bodied. Even on the nose, it didn't meet my preconceived expectations. I got a lot of tobacco and smokiness with an edge that is almost juniper-y. It smells like plums, dates and a lot of mixed berries. on the palate, the conifer taste faded into the background. The juicy, fruity flavours definitely took the spotlight. It finishes with a nice smokiness and the tiniest bit of bite. Even my Husband, someone who is unlikely to reach for a bottle of red at the best of times, said he would love to have this wine again. This wine is just light enough to be a four-season drinker but is bold enough to stand on its own two legs. On a summer day, I would serve this with a big juicy burger, or if I were feeling a little luxurious, a nice, medium-rare steak.

These wines are all exceptional for their price point and each one managed to surprise me in its own way. I always love a wine with a bit of character and these three definitely fit the bill.

So get outside, gather some friends, and say cheers to some good company (and good wine, of course)!

Have you ever found a wine that surprised you, good or bad? Tell your story in the comments!


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  1. I'm a big wine lover and that Rosé looks lovely! Wondering if I'd be able to get it in the UK though? Fingers crossed!

    Faye Jessica x

    1. I hope so, Faye! This wine deserves exposure. If by chance you can't find It, try an off-dry pinot noir rose (Or, if you're feeling really decadent, get a pinot noir sparkling rose and either eat with strawberries or put strawberries in it).

  2. I love trying new wines - we have a number of wineries down here and experimenting with different varieties is a ton of fun! These sound great!
    Britt |

    1. Well, you're close enough to where I Am, so yeah! You Do! If you ever want suggestions out on the Beamsville Bench or Niagara, let me know! Also, share any good finds!

    2. Well, you're close enough to where I Am, so yeah! You Do! If you ever want suggestions out on the Beamsville Bench or Niagara, let me know! Also, share any good finds!