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Every bite of this brined pork crown roast is a scrumptious juicy mouthful of savory flavors demanding a perfect wine to compliment it’s full and complex intensity.

Let me introduce Cuvée Arthur, Pinot Noir, 2009, 13% abv, Alsace, France which gets a standing ovation with this meal.  Arthur, a fine fellow who meets the challenge with the elegance of a true Old-World gentleman, gracefully provides harmony with the savory mouth watering white meat.  Arthur hails from Alsace, France, and is a regional misfit, as Alsace is not a usual home for a French Pinot Noir.

A clear ruby red appearance, edged with purple, color welcomes you with a refined nose of dark cherry and dusty raspberries. The palate of soft round tannins, offers a fresh finish that boasts gentle dark berries, a field of wild flowers with a touch of vanilla providing an easy, balanced compliment to this savory juicy white meat.

It was too tempting not to open a bottle of Castillo de Monseran Garanach, 2010, this years National Post Wine of the Day and one of Wine Access Magazine’s 2012 Top 25 Value Wine Awards Deal of the year.   This clear deep ruby red Grenache provides a subdued grapy, black cherry and herbal nose with a youthful combination of easy drinking black currant jam and candied red liquorice, soft round tannins and refreshing acidity.  Our curiosity about the wine provided a delightful surprise but we quickly realized not for this dish! The initial mouthful cancels the savory delight and fills the mouth with its candied  freshness.  I suggest saving this inexpensive youthful Spanish gem for casual pizza night.

No tasting is complete without a splash of white for those so inclined.  This Canadian gal turns once again to the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada for a New World version of an Old World style.  Desert Hills Estate Winery 2011 Gewürztraminer offers an elegant noseful of roses, cold cream, perfume and lanolin. The palate of fresh lime infused acidity combines honey, and tropical fruits with a hint of ginger coming forth from the background, leaves a touch of sweetness balanced by full round acidity, absolutely scrumptious but it’s regal magnificence slightly over powers the subtle savory flavors of this meal.

Enjoy,

MaryFrances

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