Drinking VA Wines

Last night we drank one of the bottles we picked up at Swedenburg Vineyards. First, I have to say that I love the fact that the label was drawn by a 10 year old Swedenburg family member. It’s adorable and a really cute touch.

The wine was a 2005 C’est La Vie, A Rose. 12% alcohol by volume, real cork closure and cost us $10 (it was on special, usually is $12, but if you bought 3 it was only ten). A very dry rose, but a style I really enjoy. Many roses tend to be a little too sweet for my tastes, so I’m always happy to run across a nice dry one. This one displays good strawberry and raspberry flavors and would make a great porch sipping wine.

I served with with ham and cheese omlettes, a little bit odd, but Matt offered to cook last night and omlettes are his speciality. It actually wasn’t a bad match, especially with the ham in the omlettes.

4 Responses

  1. I actually think it’s a great pairing. Last Easter, I finally got the family recipe for Easter pie, which my mom used to beg her mom to make. I made one for myself (pie crust filled with egg, ricotta, ham, and parsley) and had a dry Rose’ of Sangiovese.

    Now, I just need to get online and get myself some VA wine.

  2. Farley, yeah, I do usually like a rose with ham. I just wasn’t so sure about the eggs and cheese part! (My grams used to make something similar to your ham pie…but it had Italian cured ham and something else I can’t place at the moment. Man, I wish I had gotten that recipe!)

  3. Hello Sondora,

    I think it is a nice match also, as I have tried a dry rose with breakfast foods and some lighter BBQ dishes.

    I have had that wine and it is very nice. VA is still 1/2 -1/2 with the Roses…some are done very sweet because a great number of people enjoy those sweet wines at the (humid and hot)summer festivals, and some are now appealing to a palate style like ours.

    Very nice post that sounds and looksk yummy!


  4. Dezel, I’m happy to see some VA vineyards moving away from the sticky sweet roses! Even at an outdoor festival, it just doesn’t seem refreshing to me in that style. I much prefer the crisp dry version. I really liked Swedenburg wines, have you had a chance to get out there yet?

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