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Summer Means Sangria

Well folks, it’s been a bit of a week, hasn’t it? Personally, I’ve been mentally and emotionally bogged down by the news coming out of Charlottesville and the US in general, and I wondered whether it was appropriate to even write something this week. But sometimes in time of exhausting despair we can benefit from a temporary escape into fluff. Ever onward, friends.

 

We are well and truly into the dog days of summer now (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway) and to me summer is the perfect time for Sangria.

Originally from the Iberian peninsula, Sangria is such a gorgeous summertime drink, and is in fact protected under European wine laws. Only sangria made in Spain and Portugal are allowed to sell it as ‘sangria’ in Europe – sangria made in other places have to specify where they’re from. Sangria is serious business!

Allow me to share with you my own personal recipe for Sangria. Consider it an homage to the beauty of the Iberian peninsula. There are many many recipes out there, and many of them area great, but Sangria is such a malleable drink that is easily lends itself to variation. So, while I offer you my personal recipe, I also encourage you to try different things and make your own recipe too.

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Movin’ on up – Photoshoot Fun

A couple of weekends ago, on a muggy Sunday morning, I made my way to a little Spanish restaurant in the middle of the city. It wasn’t opened yet, but that was the point – I had the pleasure of working with the incomparable Dahlia Katz on a photoshoot for this blog.

We spent a couple of hours chatting, posing, and taking shots. In front of the bar, behind the bar, in the front window, further into the dining room, in a variety of poses and stances.

This photoshoot was such a great time!!

Dahlia is a fantastically talented photographer, and put me at such ease that the whole thing felt more like hanging out with a new friend instead of what it could have been – an awkward attempt to not look like an idiot. Luckily there was never a danger of that while I was in Dahlia’s hands.

Here are some of my favourite shots:

 

Yaaaaaaaaaaas wiiiiiiiiiine

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The Underrated Chenin Blanc

It’s time for the next installment of the Noble Grape Challenge. Last time we explored acidity’s reining champ, Sauvignon Blanc, and this time around we get to know the delicious and underrated Chenin Blanc.

About the Noble Grape Challenge

Let’s refresh ourselves on what’s going on here – Wine Folly created the Noble Grape Challenge as a way to learn the spectrum of flavours and characteristics found in red and white wines. Taking nine reds and nine whites and going through them from lightest to darkest, we’ll learn about the key characteristics and flavours of each.

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The Return of Cote de Roses

Remember that time I found a gorgeous bottle of rosé and found myself on my very own personal quest to find it?

Well that wine ended up becoming a Vintages Essential, meaning it’s now a mainstay of the LCBO’s catalogue. On the one hand I feel slightly sheepish for having made such a mission out of finding it, but on the other hand the adventure was fun! And it seems the world has rewarded me by making the wine readily available.

I bought a bottle of this delicious nectar last summer and didn’t have the chance to open it, so last fall I thought ‘you know what? I’m going to save it until next summer and then we’ll see how it stood the test of time’.

This is a bit of a weird thing to do.

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The WSET Results Are In

[You guys, I don’t mean to make a big thing of it or anything, but this is my 100th post. !!! Does this mean I get a giant slab cake like they do for tv shows? #milestone]

I think the universe might have been listening to my last WSET post – a few hours after it went out into the world I got an email from the college where I took the course to say that my results were in and to expect them in the mail within the next week. FINALLY!

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Why The Points Won’t Help You

Ok. Let’s talk about points systems. And why I hate them.

We’ve all seen them. So-and-so thinks X wine is a 90, but such-and-such only gave it an 85. Scandal! How will that wine ever recover from such embarrassment??

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Waiting for WSET

It’s been a staggering 12 weeks since I sat my WSET 3 exam and I still have not received my results in the mail. I’ve been waiting all this time, both for my results and also so I could share them with you. And here we are, another week and no mail for Meg. To pass the time while I wait I made you a little photo essay.

Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last 12 weeks, in GIF form:

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Sauvignon Blanc, Acidity’s Reigning Champion

It’s time for the next installment of the Noble Grape Challenge. Last time I had the great pleasure of nerding out to the Riesling grape for your benefit. This time to move on to a highly acidic wine and a great summer sipper – Sauvignon Blanc.

About the Noble Grape Challenge

Let’s refresh ourselves on what’s going on here – Wine Folly created the Noble Grape Challenge as a way to learn the spectrum of flavours and characteristics found in red and white wines. Taking nine reds and nine whites and going through them from lightest to darkest, we’ll learn about the key characteristics and flavours of each.

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