家族と友達で楽しむミシガンの春夏秋冬
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Mero Rosso di Toscana(red) メロ ロッソディトスカーナ(赤)

誕生日のお祝いに飲んだイタリアの赤ワイン。イカ墨のリゾットに合うものってことでお勧めされたものだけに相性ばっちり、美味しく飲んじゃいました♪トスカーナといえばキアンティが有名だけど、こちらはサンジョベーゼ100%ではなくキアンティクラシコと名乗るための規定から外れるために「トスカーナの赤ワイン」なんて副題が着いてるのかな?気さくな店長さんの話だと、キアンティの規定は厳しすぎ、今の若いワインメーカーなんかは高いブレンド技術でブランドが付かなくても美味しいワインを作っているのにもったいないと言っておりました。
たしかにこの「メロ」も美味しい!香りは軽めかなって思うけど、飲んでみると最初にベリーのような甘みが感じられて、後味にはすっきりとした渋みが。鶏肉とも相性良でした☆そうそう、私このワインで適温の大切さを身にしみて感じちゃった。最初適温で飲んでたのがだんだんあったまってしまってそしたら渋みばっかり引き立って全然美味しくない。でもその後冷やして(冷やしすぎて・・・)飲んだら今度は水みたいに味気がない。適温のときに感じた味のステップたちはどこへ行ったの??
いつもは自分の舌と好みだけで飲んで「詳しいことはしらな〜い」だけど、知識って役に立つしなにより楽しいんだね!

This is the Italian wine we enjoyed for Taishi's birthday celebration. It went greatly with the risotto as was adviced it would from the shop owner (she was so bubbly and friendly and a pleasure to speak to!). Chianti is famous in Toscana, but this wine does not use 100% San Jovese grapes and does not fill the requirements to be named Chianti Classico. Whether this is why this wine has an odd subtitle "Toscana Red Wine" I don't know, but the shop manager did say that the production code for Chianti Classico is too strict and that's a pity becasue there are a lot of especially young wine makers who make good wines with new and high blending skills, and these wines are good even without the brand-value of "Chianti Classico".
And just as she said, the wine was wonderful - it smells light but once you put it in your mouth the flavour of berries fills your mouth first followed by a dry and refreshing after taste. It was a great match with the roasted chicken, too (^^)Oh, and this wine told me the importance of temperature when drinknig wine. I was first drinking the Mero in the adviced temperature and it was lovely, but as the wine got a little warmer in the summer air the taste changed to a heaviness that lingers too much on your tongue and gets in the way of anything you have with it. So I cooled it next time which was just as bad: the wine this time had lost all it's fragrance and flavour. Where did all the steps of flavour I enjoyed at the right temperature all go??
I usually choose and drink wine based on my personal taste and leave the jargon behind, but this experience has proven that knowledge really helps and is actually fun, too!
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