Emotional Connection to Wine
“I cook with wine, and sometimes I add it to the food,” Winston Churchill.
Many Wine masters will tell you wine was designed to pair with food, I say that although these persons are highly acclaimed (and admired by me); they are missing out on some very key life events. I say lets broaden our imagination, open up those boxed up creative energies and take pleasure in a wine fit for every occasion, event or emotion.
In my life I have loved, laughed, been tossed, punted, and bullied, met dreams and goals as I have learned, cried over failed attempts and showed gratitude for the joy and the courage to do it all. Under the light of the sun, my life reclaims its primordial goodness of truth and beauty; only one wine encirclements the sun and the paths that led us all to here. The wine is Brunello di Montalcino.
Brunello di Montalcino is the youngest of the Italian prestigious red wine, a clone of Sangiovese. What allows this grape to stand apart from Sangiovese is the climate in which it is grown. Montalcino has one of the warmest and driest climates in Tuscany with the grapes in Montalcino ripening up to a week earlier than those in Chianti Classico. The increased exposure allow for higher brix levels (increases the alcohol content of the finished wine), while the open landscape provides excellent ventilation and cool evenings allowing the sugars to gradually reduce the acidic content of the grapes so to ripen the grape in a harmonic steady state. Brunello di Montalcino possesses striking depth as endless layers of sweet, perfumed fruit emerge with tons of grace. This, too, is an intense, full-bodied wine. The balance here is utterly exceptional, and the wine’s sheer plumpness makes for a highly rewarding glass of Brunello. Succulent dark cherries, spices, underbrush, minerals and new leather come to life as the wine sits in the glass. Brunello di Montalcino is, for some, the ultimate wine for grilled steak, marinated and grilled portabella mushrooms over polenta is another excellent partner, and the wine is considered classic with rabbit (those that live in Canmore may have just have found a new way to enjoy our rabbit explosion).
I will hold true to me and state that there is be no better wine to sit at the crossroads of one’s life than to hold a glass of wine that is full, graceful with endless layers to explore.
Love, light and a glass of Brunello to all!
The Fermented Sister