I saw an interview with Mathew McConaughey the other day. And he was asked how he keeps himself in such great shape. And his answer thrilled me! Not a word about a vegan diet, 3 day or 3 week liquid cleanse, colonics, raw food, injections of vitamins, green tea or Hollywood diet. He said,”Break a sweat everyday, and drink red wine.” Now that sounds far more appealing than living on veggie tablets, and gallons of water! And of course we have all read about the antioxidant rich qualities of red wine. And I must say I do believe he is on to something. I am married to a man of similar attitude. For a guy of 50, Il Divo rocks a six pack and swears to breaking a sweat in the gym almost everyday, and he drinks red wine every night with dinner. Of course we do stuff ourselves with tons of salad, fish and veggies. And like anyone, Il Divo gets stuck in his California Cabernet rut. We have been drinking some great ones, the 2007 year is fantastic all around. But it’s always nice to reach out from the Cab rut and try some interesting different varietals and blends. So in honor of Mathew and Il Divo and their six packs, I have some “Wine Chick Picks” for red wine to enjoy and know that you are sipping yourself into a healthier life. But get out there and break a sweat! (Trust me, I’ll be grudgingly forcing my own advice at myself at the gym tomorrow morning.)
Wine Chick Picks:
LIBERTY SCHOOL CUVEE: A blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Granache, Mourvedre, and Viongier. I love this wine for its smooth and fruity quality. It has nice tannins and at 13.99 a bottle is a great value from a region of California that does not get it’s due. Paso Robles, a place so beautiful and great wine. This bottle may surprise you! Serve with grilled veggies, pasta.
WILLAMETTTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR: I particularly enjoy pairing Pinot Noir with Salmon. But I want you to remember to make sure you chill your Pinot before you open it. Think of drinking your Pinot Noir the same temperature that you would a Chardonnay. You’ll notice the bright cherry and spice flavors in this wine. You’ll find this one priced around 23.00
TERRABIANCA CAMPACCIO: The Chef at one of our favorite Italian restaurants, Paci in Southport, turned us on to this wine a few years ago.It is still one of my favorites. Medium bodied and elegant. Made from 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet. This Italian wine is a gorgeous dinner wine for a special night. A bit pricey than what you’d normally open on a Wednesday spaghetti night. But a romantic bottle for Saturday night and really worth it. Price about 32.00