The House of Courvoisier was first established in 1809 outside of the city of Paris. However, Felix Courvoisier and Jules Gallois decided to take a bold change of direction for their business. They wanted more control over the quality of the brandy they had built their reputation on, so moved their headquarters from Paris to the sleepy town of Jarnac, in the heart of the Cognac region. Since that time Courvoisier has become one of the top Cognac producers in the world. The company recently released the Rosé Courvoisier Liqueur, a fortified wine that is a blend of Cognac and premium French grapes.
The Rosé Courvoisier has a wonderful salmon pink color to it, with touches of amber along the rim. The aromas and flavors of this wine are of red and black berries, cherries, peaches, a hint of vanilla, and oak. This liqueur (18% alcohol) is best served chilled, and is smooth and velvety, with a very nice finish. My wife and I enjoyed the fruit-forwardness of this liqueur.
I am not usually one that likes to drink a sweet wine, unless of course it is one that pairs well with spicy food or a good dessert. One evening we were serving white chocolate covered strawberries for dessert, and I wanted to find a nice wine to compliment the strawberries. I found that wine in the Terra Blanca Late Harvest Chenin Blanc. This is a nice dessert wine that has some delicious but unique aromas and flavors, and does not pair well with just any dessert. The aromas and flavors associated with this wine are of floral notes, honey, and a nice creamy taste that complimented the white chocolate well. For something different, give this wonderful wine a try.
During the warm days of summer, a nice picnic is sometimes a perfect way to get away and unwind with family and friends. And nothing finishes a picnic like a nice dessert and a wine to accompany the sweets that you brought. While I am not a big fan of sweet, dessert wines, there are occasions when a sweet wine is just the right compliment to a dessert. That was the case when I paired the Confectioner’s Angel Cake Sweet Chardonnay with a tasty fruit tart, made with kiwi, and assorted berries on a layer of delicious cream cheese, and a light flaky crust. The Sweet Chardonnay had aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, green apples, and pears, and had a wonderful long finish. The combination of the Sweet Chardonnay and the fresh fruit tart complimented one another well.