Fruity vs Sweet

July 31st, 2009 by Jeff

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Wines featured in today’s show:

  • Solemne Cabernet Sauvignon 2005  (~$8)
  • Ste Chapelle Chateau Series Soft Red 2008  (~$9)

Recommended food pairings from The Som:

I understand I’m opening a can of worms that, honestly, I really have no desire to get into.  But almost everyday someone wanders into the store and asks for a specific wine style.  If I happen to utter the word “fruit” in my description of the wine, many snap their heads up and asks, “Is it sweet?”  NO!  Walk into any liquor store or wine shop in the U.S. and 95% of the wines there will be considered “dry”…meaning that almost all the grape sugars have been converted into alcohol.

By the way, I don’t want to sell the St Chapelle Soft Red short.  It is not my cup of tea but it is well balanced and well made and deserves a taste.  It would probably go great with anything you find at a Mexican deli.  And oddly enough…it’s from Idaho.  The wine world is a strange one.

The Solemne Cabernet from Argentina is something a little easier to work with.  The nice thing to remember about this particular Cab is the juicy fruit factor.  I’m sure it would be quite delightful with a burger that has some smokiness to it.  The sweet smoke notes combined with the  FRUITY (as in ripe NOT sugary sweet) notes should be pretty nice together.

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