Wine

Although this grape calls Galicia in Northwest Spain its home, many consider Argentina its home away from home, residing there quite heartedly and producing what many feel is one of Argentina’s white grapes with the most potential.

Our pick the Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2011, from Salta, Argentina selling in Ontario for $10.95.

Big on taste, rich and creamy with a finish that long lingers!  Not exclusively Torrontes, 15% Riesling is in the blend giving it that “zip and zing”, the backbone or acidity that makes it refreshing and even more suitable to enjoy with food.  Aromatic, with notes of peach and ripe melon, even banana, we enjoyed this wine on our deck last weekend with grilled seafood including squid and scallops drenched in citrus and tropical marinade.

@TheWineLadies  @AmalayaBodega @winesof arg @Argentineanwine

 

On a Pinot Noir kick these days, Sonoma County Chateau St. Jean 2009 is a homerun!

Grapes are sourced from the Russian River Valley and the Carneros district, two cooler wine growing areas ideal for Pinot Noir. At Chateau St. Jean the grapes, thin skinned and finicky, as Pinot Noir is known to be, are treated with kid gloves, handcrafted gently, cold soaked before fermentation for optimal colour and flavour, while during fermentation the skins are pushed back down manually into the fermenting juice.

We enjoyed the Chateau St. Jean 2009 Sonoma County Pinot Noir with our mixed grilled and mushroom risotto.  It’s lush flavours of cherry and plum with the hint of leather and notes of toasty oak and long lingering finish was a great match for our Chef’s Table a la Georgia’s Backyard.

Margo Van Staaveren, is the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and the harvest of 2011 marked her 32nd harvest. She started out as a lab technician, then moved on to assistant winemaker, working with her husband as the head winemaker. After moving through the ranks, in 2003 Margo became the head winemaker. "Each vintage is a challenge, each wine is a challenge, I thoroughly love it!" This 2009 Pinot Noir is widely available in Canada including BC, AB, QC, NS and in Ontario for $29.95

Chateau St. Jean, one of the beautiful wineries in this glorious wine growing region.

@TheWineLadies @alyons_wine

Grapes are sourced from the Russian River Valley and the Carneros district, two cooler wine growing areas ideal for Pinot Noir. At Chateau St. Jean the grapes, thin skinned and finicky, as Pinot Noir is known to be, are treated with kid gloves, handcrafted gently, cold soaked before fermentation, for optimal colour and flavour, and during fermentation the skins are pushed back down manually into the fermenting juice.

We enjoyed the Chateau St. Jean 2009 Sonoma County Pinot Noir with our mixed grilled and mushroom risotto.  It’s lush flavours of cherry and plum with the hint of leather and notes of toasty oak and long lingering finish was a great match for our Chef’s Table a la Georgia’s Backyard.

Margo Van Staaveren, is the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and the harvest of 2011 marked her 32nd harvest.

Chateau St. Jean

@TheWineLadies @alyons_wine

 

 

Not quite, but it is a “Ripasso” which referments Valpolicella Classico on dried Amarone grapes. The result deeper colour, bigger body, more intense flavour! Our Wine Pick, the Remo Farina Ripasso 2009 Valpolicella Classico Superiore. Look for cherries and spice on the nose, good length,full flavour. Really enjoyed with our pork loin and grilled veggies. Lots going on in the glass, great value for $16.95 (Ontario) @TheWineLadies

 

 
Had the palate pleasure to enjoy this PinotNoir, with one of our favorites, sockeye salmon on the BBQ!  Great, never mind good Pinot Noirs are routinely more difficult to find, at a reasonable price point than most other mainstream grape varieties. Here, no shrinking violet, this Pinot delivers big black cherry, vanilla and a touch of spice on the palate while clocking in at 13.9% alcohol. Aged one year in French oak and three years in bottle, good weight, complexity, flavour and finish.
 
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families since 1993. The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district.
Tinhorn Creek sources fruit exclusively from its own vineyards: 150 acres of prime land on two very distinct benches.
The 100-acre Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench and the 50-acre Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench. Winemaker Sandra Oldfield, produces the Oldfield Series from grapes carefully selected at harvest and hand crafted in the cellar.  Enjoy! @TinhornCreek @TheWineLadies
 

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