We hope you all had a fabulous celebration with friends, family, fine food and wine, in honor of our nation’s 145th birthday! We sure did, and totally enjoyed with our dessert sipping on Colio Estate Winery’s Late Harvest Vidal, Ultra Premium VQA.
Move over Grange, make room for a new Penfolds flagship wine… the release of the most expensive bottle of wine, the 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. Only a dozen available, at $168,000 per bottle, this special wine is made from grapes of a rare, single 10-acre vineyard, planted in the mid 1880’s. The vines, according to Penfolds are thought to be the oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world! The 2004 Block 42 is only released in the best vintages.
The packaging, the story and the wine itself, extraordinary, with the wine encased in a specially designed hand-blown glass “ampoule”, suspended inside a bespoke glass container which sits inside a wooden cabinet. There is no cork, no screw cap and can only be opened by a trained wine expert. Not to worry, included in the price, a senior member of Penfolds’ winemaking team will be dispatched to you at the location of your choice, anywhere in the world to open and decant the ampoule in a special ceremony, complete with the sampling of the wine using a specially crafted sterling silver tastevin.
For those of us with a little more limited budget, we can enjoy Penfolds with the recent release here in Ontario of the BIN 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2008, referred to as the "Poor Man’s Grange” or “Baby Grange” for many wine lovers, their preferred Penfolds wine. $39.95
Deep garnet-purple in colour, with an aroma offering up notes of mocha, cloves and chocolate over a core of blueberries and cherries, nuances of tobacco and leather. Full bodied, with lively acidity, good structure and tannins.
Experience and enjoy, Penfolds’, with our intimate group on the water, eating, enjoying fine wine, laughing and salmon fishing!
Chile is still hot when it comes to great value wines and this Syrah from the Limari Valley is one you can bank on! Maycas del Limari Reserva Especial Syrah 2008 owned by the legendary Concha y Toro.
We had the pleasure to interview Chief Winemaker Marcelo Papa on our TV show not too long ago, on which Marcello explained some of the reasons behind the great success Chile is enjoying as a wine producing country, and also how they are able to over some of the best value wines. (Click here to view the show)
The Wine Ladies Wine Pick: Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Take a summer shift from the old stand-bys Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc and opt for a Viognier, opulent and rich! With a perfect aromatic combo… think a garden of flowers and a tropical fruit bowl!
Viognier’s home is France, especially in the Northern Rhone and from the region of #Condrieu, where it produces fabulously fragrant, rich and voluptuous wines. But we found, we too produce fabulously rich and opulent Viogniers particularly from B.C. and the Southern Okanagan Valley… where we’ve got the heat too baby!
Our discovery is the 2010 Sandhill #Viognier, which is part of their “Small Lots Program, producing only 658 cases. From the #Osprey Ridge Vineyard, located in the Southern Okanagan, ideally suited for this grape to ripen well, it needs the heat, this wine is beautifully aromatic with a nose of perfumey floral and peach notes, luscious with a rich texture, and intense flavours of tropical fruit, it is well balanced with a lingering finish.
Enjoy on its own or with most anything on the grill, from rich lobster, scallops, grilled chicken, pork to savory dishes. @TheWineLadies #Sandhill $26.75 LCBO