Wine Tasting Notes from a Jubilee Party
Stowells Light Wine for Ladies who Lunch!
When I was asked if I would like to taste some low-calorie and low alcohol wine from Stowells Wine Merchants, I have to admit to agreeing fairly rapidly! Why would I want a low-calorie and low alcohol wine to try you may ask, especially as I have access to superb wines when I am in France; well, I knew I had a Jubilee Party coming up and I knew that I would need to be fairly alert, as I was the chief cook and bottle washer, so a low alcohol wine would mean I could enjoy myself without charring the sausages on the BBQ! And, I have been watching my weight lately, and a lower calorie wine would help with the regime. I was sent two bottle to try, one bottle of white and one bottle of rose. The wines were duly chilled and served alongside the festive fare for my Jubilee BBQ Party.
I tried the Light Rose first, as Rose is my favourite type of wine; made from Shiraz grapes (Syrah grapes in Europe) the wine was extremely fruity with distinct red berry flavours. It was a medium to dry wine and was crisp and well-balanced. The alcohol content was only 5.5%, which is at least half of the percentage of the rose wines I normally drink. Apparently, one glass of this wine is less than one unit of alcohol for a 125ml wine glass. There are ONLY 60 calories per glass too, which is even better news! (A normal glass of medium rose wine has between 90 and 100 calories in a glass.) The wine was a PERFECT accompaniment to all the salads and grilled (barbecued) salmon that I was serving on the day, as well as being a perfect partner to the cheese board too.
Needless to say I did not drink the whole bottle to myself, but shared a glass or two with two friends who were designated “drivers” for the day! So, the second bottle was also shared on the day too…..a lovely bottle of Stowells Light White – Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I made sure that is was WELL chilled and I served this with the seafood course, which was mainly grilled prawns and scallops. It was a VERY dry wine, just a little on the dry side for me, but again, like the rose wine, it was VERY fruity with lovely flavours of orchard fruits such as pears and apples. It had the same alcohol content, 5.5% and again, a standard 125ml wine glass was only 60 calories. (Normal dry white wine is between 80 and 90 calories)
Both wines come from South Eastern Australia and each bottle was 75cl. Although both bottles of wine were low in calories and alcohol, I have to say that they both had a very well-rounded taste and I didn’t feel that being light meant they were light in taste. The white wine was JUST a wee bit too dry for me, but, the rose was a delicious wine and one that I would be happy to purchase again. With the (fervent) hope that we will be enjoying a lovely, hot summer soon, and that many of us may be entertaining or attending parties and special events, I think these wines would be perfect to drink in moderation, especially if you are driving, as well as for those ladies who lunch and whom are watching their weight! You can find Stowells wines in most major supermarkets, as well as in pubs, wine bars and restaurants.