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.
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...
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.
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.
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
So here is my find for today, I was in the mood for something light, fresh, and a little different, strolling through the aisles of our LCBO, and I picked up this Italian white that turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. In fact, I’ve since been back a couple of times to pick up another bottle!
And so here it is. The Principessa Gavia, GAVI DOCG by Banfi $19.95
It comes from the DOCG region of Gavi, located in the prominent wine region of Piedmont and is made from the indigenous grape variety Cortese, 100%.
In this particular wine the grapes are sourced from the producers own estate grown grapes.
The wine is the Principessa Gavia Gavi 2014 $19.95
GAVI DOCG producer is BANFI
What did I like about it? It was light and fresh, 12% alcohol, and really inviting. Seductive on the nose, just what I wanted, fruit forward, vibrant, notes of peach, white flowers, hint of pineapple and hint of mineral notes. Very nice… $19.95 in our market
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