(Photo by Shauna Leytus)
In our quest to see as much of Greater New York City, Shauna and I ride our bikes quite often. We have ridden to Brooklyn Heights, Ft. Tilden (that was a LONG one!), all around Williamsburg, Governors Island and most recently to the Socrates Sculpture Park and Roosevelt Island. One of the benefits of our long bike rides (the shortest being an 8 mile round trip and the longest 30 miles) is building a substantial hunger and not feeling guilty about going out to eat and enjoying a bottle of wine. After our ride this week we headed to one of our favorite Williamsburg restaurants, Diner, and enjoyed a near perfect bottle of wine.
Wine: "Amour de Rosé"
Importer: Neil Rosenthal
Website: Gour de Chaulé
Fun Facts: The name Gigondas comes from the Latin juconditas meaning joy and happiness. And having been there, I can attest that the Romans nailed it on the name. In 1900 Eugene Bonfils purchased a small plot of land that was planted half with vines and olives. Over time the vines proved to be more profitable and the olives were replaced with more vines (most of the vines are over 50 years of age with some being 100!) For the next 70 years the wine was sold in bulk until the early 1970's. Rolande, the grandmother of current owner Stephanie Fumoso, decided to bottled the best wine for some private clients. It was then that the greatest of the vineyards and the family was truly seen. Since that day, three generations of Bonfils women have cultivated, harvested and made amazing wines from Gigondas.
Tasting Notes: The wine is a medium pink in color, a bit more than salmon but less that hot pink. The aromas are BEAUTIFUL! Full of mixed red fruits: cherries, strawberries, watermelon and raspberries. There are also notes of roses, wild flowers (of all sorts), and a tickle of pepper on the nose. The palate is bright, refreshing, super clean with the fruits being dominated by sour cherry notes and wild flowers. The acidity keeps each sip super clean and the wine is dry. We enjoyed the wine with grilled tuna and roasted wild strip bass....yum.