Georgia's Wine Picks

 

So we’ve been talking a lot between us about Portugal lately, possibly planning a visit there in the new year and so while strolling the aisles of our local LCBO I come upon a new release from Portugal,  the Douro region actually, exactly where we will be going…so I thought why not give it a try? So I did, and I liked it, a lot, and this is what it is the Prazo de Roriz Tinto 2011.

 

 


This red wine is a blend which includes about 25% I believe it was of the most well known red grapes of Portugal Touriga Nacional and also has  the Tinta Roriz varietal, called Tempranillo in Spain, in it too.The wine has a deep purple red colour, its fresh and vibrant, with rich ripe dark fruit, like black cherry and plum, hint of vanilla, chocolate and spice, mouth filling with a good finish.


Woohoo $19.95… Portugal here we come!!

 

Listen to my review at 3:58 minutes in the show.


 

My wine pick today comes from a beautiful winery in Niagara, the owners, a blend of two families with roots in grape growing and farming came together to create a winery, a space, an environment that would showcase their common passion of wine, food and art. They have done it here, with exhibits of rotating art hanging in  a stunning tasting room and sculptures outside.

 

Listen to my wine review at 3:18 minutes in the show.

A specialist in Gamay. I picked their 13th Street Gamay Noir 2012 for $19.95
Light, fresh red wine, that delivers great fruit, this one rich, and vibrant with cherry and black fruit, good tannins, good acidity, perfect for our upcoming Sunday afternoon luncheon with good friend and quite possibly a gourmet pizza!



PLATINUM AWARD from the 2015 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada
 
Hand harvesting for each vineyard took place in early October and the grapes were vinified separately.
After crushing and de-stemming the grapes were moved to stainless steel fermenters where the primary fermentation took place over 3 weeks. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in tank and the wines were kept separate until blending in early spring 2014. The final blend was assembled and the wine was bottled in April.Although this wine is 100% stainless steel fermented and aged, it shows excellent complexity, vibrant and full berry fruit all wrapped around a succulent core of acidity. This is certainly a glass full of luscious red wine that doesn’t need to be hurried into your glass and will be happy cellared for a few years if you so desire

 

 

 Chief Winemaker & fourth generation family member Chester Osborn.

 

I’ve been on a bit of a viognier kick lately…and well what can I say… I am still on it, only this time its not 100% Viognier but with a blend of 26% Marsanne. Bright, enticing, seductive nose of peach, nectarine and pineapple. I was so in the mood for this wine, I really enjoyed it.This wine has an abundance of peach and nectarine, a hint of a nutty flavour and touch of spice, great texture, body, good acidity, good length… just really really good! And the wine is...

 

d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2014

McLaren Vale, Viognier (74%) Marsanne (26%)   $19.95

Why the Hermit crab? -The Story Behind The Name

Many of McLaren Vale’s vineyards are on free-draining soils underlain with limestone, formed by the calcareous remains of the local marine fauna. One such creature was the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little crustacean that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this, McLaren Vale’s first ever blend of Viognier and Marsanne. “Hermit” is also an abbreviation for the French appellation of Hermitage, where the Marsanne grape variety dominates.

 

LISTEN TO MY WINE REVIEW OF THE D'ARENBERG THE HERMIT THE CRAB VIOGNER/MARSANNE 2013 AT 4:42 MINUTES IN THE SHOW

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed this Malbec from Argentina, naturally, the signature grape for this region.

It was full bodied, with a really seductive aroma of ripe berries, black cherry, hint of chocolate… very promising…

Delivered big flavours, rich and velvety with a touch of vanilla. Elegant and with a long finish.

 

Vintages 50849 in our market $19.95

Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2012

VINTAGES#: 50849

 

Listen to my wine review at 5:40 minutes into the show!

 

 

 

 

My wine comes from one of the Pacific Northwest regions that is Oregon. And we don’t get enough of these wines here, so when I spot one I like to pick it up and give it a try.I also am always on the search for a good Pinot Gris so this was my find. From the Burgundy house of the Drouhin family, this Pinot Gris, which sells for $19.95 was a pleaser to me. It was crisp and dry, aromatic with floral and peach notes with flavours of more peach and some lemony hints. It was perfect for what I was in the mood for, I enjoyed it very much with my famous grilled shrimp and scallops. And it was the Cloudline Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013. Price:$19.95

 

 

 

Listen to my wine review at 5:38 minutes into the show

Episode WL01-11-2015

 

 

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