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A Wine a Day – Château de Chambert: Cahors Malbec 2009

What is better than enjoying the right wine with some friends, our family, the person we love or just by ourselves?

There are wines that just seem to get straight to our soul and I really have been wanting to start reviewing some for a long time.

This series of posts is not meant to be a deep and critical analysis about expensive wine. I am not paid to review any of the wines (but if you want to pay me it’s not a problem…duh!) but more of a user-friendly and quick tool to enjoy some easily affordable wines (again, pay me so I can afford more expensive wines to enjoy by myself…duh…again!)

Long story shorts, here is the first one:

Château de Chambert: Cahors Malbec 2009

As a Southern Italian, I cannot help myself, I like wines that have character and that are not afraid of showing it, therefore Cahors and the “black wines” from this region are a love at first sight (or should I say sip?)

Good tannin (that feeling of dry, silky mouth) and lovely fruit as black currant and red berries and earthy. It is great by itself but the fat of a nice steak really makes this wine go a step further!  This wine definitely wants some beef or pork to be fully appreciated and it is really a great example of a relatively approachable wine from this French region. There are some great spices in this wine, black and white pepper are just about right. The more the bottle is open, the more spices and dry fruit notes come out without ever being boring or excessive.

The Malbec (the grape variety prevalent in this wine) in this wine, keep remind us how a grape that was obscure until a few decades ago, can be the main protagonist of great wines at a very reasonable price.

The average price for this wine is 20$ and it is definitely worth it. Bring a bottle of this at any dinner in which meat is a protagonist and you cannot go wrong!

For those of you who are interested in aging wines, although this wine is ready to be drunk right now, it definitely has potential for a short aging until 2022 or so.


Taste of Claremont

As I got in, where the Taste of Claremont event would have taken place shortly, the emotion was tangible and the Claremont Rotary members were taking care of last preparation.  20160430_171451

The stands where full of people preparing wonderful dishes for the people that shortly would have filled up the Claremont University Consortium. At the same time, Beer, Wine and Scothc producers were opening the first bottle and as I was passing by every stand, different flavors, sounds and fragrances were taking place in front of my eyes.


As the beer started making bubbles and the foam was filling the glass, I turned myself and saw the first wine producer pouring the first glass. 20160503_113939Just a few seconds later and everywhere this small but beautiful  fair became the blooming time of taste for the small city of Claremont.

Minutes after the gate opened, people were already eating, drinking and enjoying at this event whose proceeds will be devolved to charity.

Time passed quickly and the live band performance was just the right accompaniment for what turned out to be a wonderful event that year after year is becoming more and more interesting.

In conclusion I just want to say a BIG Thank you to the Rotary of Claremont which has been very kind and demonstrated to be a wonderful reality here in Claremont.