Often a name can be misleading or is it? I know a few a families that have loons in them, and I won’t say that mine does not! Picking a bottle of wine up is always a bit of fun, as I look for the fun names, the cool looking bottles and of course wines that I don’t traditionally drink for a traditional holiday. I know that may not make sense, but the truth in the bottle of wine is that when you have guests over, there is more than one glass of wine being poured so a bottle you may think you may not like so much can be emptied within four to six glasses. I never fear when I purchase wine, I just load up the cart and bring it home! I am glad we found this particular hero of a wine as it’s very different from any other we have tried. Hardly would I qualify myself as a wine snob, but I am learning my way around the wine aisles quite well, and this bottle very fittingly fits on my site as it is a hero to the Chardonnays! Here is a the story of a Smoking Loon Wine that I lavishly lived out loud as enjoyed from top to bottom, as it is an Unoaked Chardonnay!
Truth be told, I think the name of this wine is crazy fun and really what family does not have a smoking loon!(LOL!) I love a good wine with a twist off top, where the wine opening is not task invasive but the sipping gets down and dirty from the beginning! I have to say that taste-testing wines one of my favorite jobs and the Smoking Loon is the perfect wine to taste test and present for the Thanksgiving Holiday. It’s almost turkey time and setting up the menu includes getting the wines just right for the holiday table. Now no matter what you feel is more appropriate, white or red, there are many choices in brands and getting the wine right can make or break a meal. Hello, big, beautiful, and bold tasting Smoking Loon!
I looked at this bottle and wondered what might be so different. I love that the top is a twist off and it all just keeps on getting better from there! The Smoking Loon Wine is different from wines we have had. Smoking Loon is a “Steelbird” Unoaked Chardonnay 2011. The wine is created in 100% Stainless Steel and aged for 8 months. The wine presents with an initial floral bouquet but as you might taste a bit more you may taste hints of orange blossom, honeysuckle, notes of apricot, pear nectar and ruby red grapefruit. The taste compliments a fig-stuffed turkey stuffing and works well with roasted chestnuts.
The Smoking Loon, Unoaked Chardonnay is a medium-bodied wine, and if you palate serves you right you will taste the great Meyers Lemon, and the spectacular Honey-crisp apple. If you are able you might taste the stone fruit with a touch of creme fraiche. It was a bit dryer than I had anticipated and that was a welcome taste as some of the latest Chardonnay’s I have tasted have erred on the side of too sweet and less dry! This wine offers great versatility, as it pairs well with seafood dishes and bird.
I am planning on these items to pair up with it for the holidays: a specialized apple salad, created with fresh pecans, and a light cream dressing, as well as stuffed Portabella mushrooms. If you see this when you are out buying your Chardonnay for the holiday I would definitely grab a bottle or two or three! Two wine glasses up for this wonderful “Steelbird” Unoaked Chardonnay! The wine is crafted with quality and value! Here’s to your Smoking Loons!