This 2011 Viognier reminds us how much we love luxurious, full bodied, aromatic and seductive wines, particularly when the nose presents itself with a summer blend of peach and melon and fresh flowers. Swirl and sniff, then delight in a mouth filling delectable flavor suggestive of fresh apricot, more peach, hint of grapefruit backed up with freshness and bright acidity ending with a lingering finish.

Stags' Leap Winery is one of California's earliest wine estates, dating back to 1893. It is seven miles north of Napa on the valley’s eastern side and has 90 acres of vineyards planted. Long established as a winery true to its terroir Stags’ Leap is known for its elegant wines and intensity.

For years the winery included a small amount of Viognier in their Petite Syrah and only produced a tiny amount of Viognier for family and friends. We are so glad they decided to share with the rest of us, and have now been releasing this deliciously fresh and fragrant wine for over ten years. Locally available in Ontario $34.95 @thewineladies @Wine_Ambassador


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.

CEV Late Harvest Vidal

A little sweetness is always welcomed, whether in the glass or on the plate, or both!
A perfectly delightful pairing we enjoyed was the CEV Late Harvest Vidal; with an assortment of freshly baked cookies including spiced ginger cookies and mouth watering almond biscuits! The wine gives up a yummy bouquet of apricot and peach, with a touch of honey on the palate. Well chilled and exuberantly received by our flag waving, fellow Canucks enjoying this wine from Lake Erie North Shore. for more info
$9.85 for 375 ml.


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 unotes 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.


1960 marks the first vintage, the 2008, we’ll enjoy, a superb vintage to enjoy for decades!
Penfolds BIN 389 Cabernet Shiraz
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Rock the night with fab food and great wines including a Penfolds’ wine from the iconic Australian winery, Penfolds Grange founded in 1844! Created by the legendary Max Schubert – creator of Penfolds Grange – BIN 389 is often referred to as “Poor Man’s Grange” or “Baby Grange”, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange.
Here’s a chance to enjoy one of the legendary Penfolds’ wines, an Australian Grand Vin, the BIN 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2008. BIN 389 is produced from a selection of the best parcels from the best vineyard sites, and for many wine drinkers is their preferred Penfolds wine.

Experience and enjoy, Penfolds’, with our intimate group on the water, eating, enjoying fine wine, laughing and salmon fishing!

To hear Penfolds’ celebrated and award winning Chief Winemaker Peter Gago, speak to BIN 389 click here

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)

Read more: $avvy Wine Buy…Maycas del Limari Reserva Especial Syrah 2008, The Wine Ladies Pick

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