Blend of the Week: Cabernet/Malbec + Auxerrois

In another situation of fixing an off-balance wine, a splash of white wine saves the red again. Here’s what happened in this week’s blend:

The Wines

Nuevo Mundo 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec, DO Maipo Valley, Chile

This wine was a total impulse purchase. Let’s say I liked the butterfly and the line, “Made with Organic Grapes” on the label. But that didn’t make me love the wine – which was smooth, chewy and fruit forward – because it had that nagging kind of off-balance edge that screams cheap wine. At $16, it was not so cheaply priced. Still, it tasted good with chocolate so we kept it around for a few days.

Gehringer Brothers 2011 Classic Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

Gehringer wines are always pleasant and some are surprisingly great for the price. Auxerrois is an unusual Alsation variety named for the town of Auxerre and is a sibling of Chardonnay. I grabbed this auxerrois to pair with Bill’s trout almondine because it’s fresh and zesty. Its crisp citric palate makes it a delightful food or sipping wine, any time of year. And, it was $1 off at BC Liquor. So, at $13.99, it over delivered on flavor and refreshment.

The Blend

To wash down my grilled cheese sandwich the other day, I poured the five-days open cabernet/malbec and threw in a splash of the auxerrois, just for fun. Wow! The auxerrois totally masked the off-balance fruit of the cab/malbec as well as any oxide it had imparted. The nose was lifted, the body was lightened, and it had better acidity to wash down my sandwich. Very lively and drinkable. Easy on the tongue.

So, there you go. Another successful blend of a heavy red wine and a crispy white wine. Please share the idea with your friends and if you have any wine blending ideas please share them with me. Cheers!

Nuevo Mundo 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec has 13.5% alcohol and is available at BC Liquor Stores for $15.99
Gehringer Brothers 2011 Classic Auxerrois has 10.5% alcohol and is $1 off this week at BC Liquor Stores for $13.99.

 

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Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Studio.com. Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.