Shark Week Wines

Shark Week

Shark Week

Eeeeeeek!

Actually, it’s awesome, it’s informative and it’s fun.  It’s Shark Week again on Discovery Channel, and sharks are a passion of mine.  Judging from the channel’s ratings at this time of the year, a LOT of people share that passion.  Who can resist learning more about these magnificent eating machines, who’ve barely changed since huge dinosaurs ruled the world and we were nothing but little rats?

I plan on sitting on my fat ass and watching as much as possible, but while doing so I will be popping a good bottle or two.  But what to drink?  Herewith, a little list of our wines that might go nicely with shark-viewing.  And yes, we’re biased as we bring these in, but I wouldn’t recommend anything bad or my reputation would suffer.

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Jean-Pascal Aubron Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie comes naturally to mind.  Why, you ask? Because this wine comes from France’s Atlantic Coast, where sea winds add a salty, briney note to the wine.  And this being August, what better way to cool down than with a dry crisp light white wine?  You taste this, and you think of the sea (ominous Jaws music not included however).

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Nicolas Lebrun’s Enclos des Braves Gaillac Gourmands Blanc would be a nice if different choice for a light white wine to enjoy in the sun by the sea.  This biodynamic co-fermented blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Loin de l’Oeil (local grape) is full of yellow apples, lemon and chalk, with a gorgeous minerality and acidity that refreshes the palate with every sip.  Watching shark fins pass by would only add to the enjoyment.

 

Tripoz Macon

Tripoz Macon

Didier Tripoz Mâcon Charnay Clos des Tournons would be my next choice, if I had to choose.  But, you say, it’s Chardonnay.  Yes, however, it’s delicious Chardonnay, light and clean and minerally, perfect for enjoying while on the deck of your super-yacht.  Or a rowboat.  Or your couch in front of the TV while watching sharks thrash seals.  Just trust me, it’s very good.

Jardin de Bagatelle

Jardin de Bagatelle

Clos Bagatelle Jardin de Bagatelle Rosé is for those of you who say, “Wait a second, I’m by the pool, or at the beach, in the sun, it’s time for Rosé, no?”  Well, yes, and no.  I would argue it’s Rosé time year-round, but that’s just me.  I like to be happy year-round.  But if you must, this lovely co-fermented blend of 50 year old Cinsault with Syrah, Grenache and Carignan is the way to go.  It’ll remind you if not of the South of France then of Southern Europe (Italy or Spain), lounging near the water while sharks cavort in the surf.

Chianti

Chianti

Tenuta San Jacopo Poggio ai Grilli Chianti would be a good choice if you absolutely must have a red.  Why?  Well, let’s see, it’s Organic, it’s from Tuscany, it’s gorgeously aromatic, it’s lighter-bodied and it’s traditional with a touch of bottle age (the 2009 is currently in the market).  This will make you think of blue skies filled with a bright sun while you enjoy some rare meat, and is perfect all year long but especially now.  And especially while watching sharks make bloody messes of their meals.

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz Brut

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz Brut

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz Brut might seem odd as a choice, especially in August.  But, to me, Champagne is perfect all year long, and especially when celebrating shark kills.  I mean, each one is a little victory for evolution, and what better way to celebrate victory than to pop Champagne?

So there you have it, some of the wines I’ll have open this week while enjoying Shark Week.  Let me know what you’re drinking and if you agree or not with my choices.  And if you want the more technical version, you can find the list HERE.

Cheers!

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