Georgia's Wine Picks

 

My wine pick today hails from the Yarra Valley, Australia, the company founded in 1928 is one of  “Australia’s First Family of Wines", a group of 12 family owned Australian wineries that represent 16 Australian regions across 4 states and have collectively more than 1200 years of wine making experience.
 
I happened upon this wine prior to attending an outstanding tasting featuring 11 of the 12  First Families of Wines and decided then that it was to be a wine pick for me.
The wine is De Bortoli Gulf Station Yarra Valley 2013 Pinot Noir. I bought it for $19.95 and immediately was struck by the silkiness, the complexity and rich texture, it was medium bodied with bright ripe fruit… but not over ripe and with a vibrant acidity, intense in flavor and refreshing at the same time.I really liked this Pinot Noir, a bargain to me for $19.95.

 

 

De Bortoli Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2013

—VINTAGES#: 15511
19.95 per bottle

 

 

I really liked this Pinot Noir, a bargain to me for $19.95. Hello to Darrin de Bortoli, 3rd generation,Darrin is the winemaker and we had the opportunity to meet Darrin for a second time at the “speed wine tasting” as they called it… lots of wine so little time. And that is my wine pick.

 

Listen to my wine review at 3:59 minutes into this week's radio show.

 

On this week's show...Calling all Dads out there.This show is for you! We have you covered for your special Father's Day!
 
 
Coming up we’re going to talk about what might be some of your favorite things…like lip smacking delicious bold burgers or crunchy flavor filled spicy homemade tacos or to quench your thirst how about a small batch craft beer chock full of flavor,no additives,all natural, just 100% pure delicious
 
Or straight from the small,rugged and remote Scottish island of Islay comes the authentic premium single malt Scotch whisky,a wee dram for you lads perhaps?

 And for the fine wine,food and film buff we bring you the 2nd annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival, taking place on Father’s Day weekend where you can choose from a plethora of wine tasting diners, movie premiers, short film screenings, and much more!

And finally the tables are turned on The Wine Ladies when we are interviewed by Laura Wolfe a student who is studying the art of social media and blogging. We give her our thoughts on social media!

Alright so its time now to salute all the Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day, let's start!!!


 

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So we always like to share some of our "The Wine Ladies" wine experiences with all of you and last week we attended one at the beautiful Bosk restaurant located in the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto. We had the opportunity to meet James Healey who was visiting here from Marlborough and James is one of the two founders of the prestigious New Zealand winery,Dog Point Vineyard and also the former winemaker of Cloudy Bay.

We had a great time and Nigel Sowman the head viticulturist at Dog Point Vineyard was also there (loved his accent) as well as Richard Dittmar the VP of Trialto, the agency that represents this winery here in Canada.Between the 5 of us we had some great wine and some great conversation.

James, Nigel, (on the left) Richard on the right) and Susanne and Georgia.

Nigel Sowman, Georgia and James Healey

So I am going to follow suit and fill you in on another fave of the day, but warning there are not that many cases available, so act fast if you like aromas like juice cherry, raspberry, touches of viloet, touch of earthy flavours and a lively acidity, complexity and good length in your Pinot Noir! If you said yes, Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 is your wine. Premium price but coming from producers that critics are saying things like "gathering cult status" - James Haliday $49.95.

 

On this week's show...Unlock your love of Cinema.The 2nd annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival, otherwise known as NIFF is coming up soon, kicking off June 18th -21st.
 
 
Over 50 films will be premiering and the Niagara region will be awash with actors, movie directors, producers, script writers, its going to be fantastic. 
 “Uncork your love of Cinema” at this weekend long event marrying film, food and wine,  with a wide range of ways you can participate, starting off with a stupendous opening night extravaganza gala, loads of movie screenings, wine tastings, and glittering after parties just to name a few.
 Lets not forget the other stars… our star winemakers,and chefs who have teamed up to bring you the  foodie and film  buff oscar worthy wine tasting dinners, exquisite wine and food pairings all weekend long.
 
  

 

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So this week I am veering into aromatic white grape territory here. I picked this up at our LCBO and thought wowzy…for $15.95 a bottle!

The wine is a Viognier and sometimes for me they can be just a touch too aromatic and over powering but for me this one hit right on the money. Aromatic yes, with typical notes as one would expect,floral, spice, white peach, with concentrations that I really enjoyed. Rich and elegant, and refreshing.From the Colchagua Valley in Chile, the wine is the La Joya Gran Reserva 2014 by Bisquertt Family Vineyards.I will seriously pick up half a dozen for the summer.

 

 

Listen to my wine review at 6:52 minutes into this week's radio show.

 

On this week's show...I am Chardonnay and my day is International Chardonnay Day coming up May 21st.
 
 

Our subject,narrow, yet very broad, global in scope of importance to many many wine makers, and certainly wine lovers,and drinkers alike…around the world……we will be dedicating this show and honoring one of the most popular and prolifically grown white, wine grape varietals!

Here is a description of the varietal. Can you guess?

I am a white grape, of noble heritage of the species vitis vinifera.
I am planted in over 400,000 acres worldwide.
I can be made in many styles.
I am NOT finicky.
I have a club named after me…the ABC Club.
There are also numerous spas using me as their namesake, and even baby girls are being named after me.
I am so special that I have a special day that has been named in my honor, on which 1000’s of people around the world celebrate my heritage, what I am and the kind of wines I can make.

I am Chardonnay and my day is International Chardonnay Day coming up May 21st, hence our dedication to this illustrious grape here today!

  

 

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So seeing as we are doing a little bit of a throwback today with our wine picks on the radio show,I remember a wine that we tasted when we were hosting  an event with a group of around twenty friends or so...and it was at the beautiful recently opened Two Sisters Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Located just next door to Peller Estates and it truly is a magnificent property set among about 75 hectares I think it was of red Bordeaux varietals. The two sisters are Angela and Melissa of the Marotta family.

 

 

We enjoyed several of their wines but one of the stand outs for me was the Two Sisters Eleventh Post 2011 (52% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon) and as we learned it was also the 2014 InterVin Gold Medal award winner. Sometimes you are just really in the mood for a deep, rich, elegant yet chewy, delicious red and this wine delivered it all. The Eleventh Post 2011 sells for $39.00 at the winery, and the 11th Post by the way is a very special place in the vineyards… for the family.

The wine is very deep in colour, inky almost, the aroma was so enticing with cocoa, creamy notes of vanilla and oak; You really can’t wait to sip after you nose the wine. On the palate full bodied, cherries and black currant, toasty oak, long finish. Congrats to Two Sisters Winery!

 Our guests enjoying a toast in the stunning barrel room at Two Sisters. It was trly a remarkable visit.

 

Listen to my review at 4:25 minutes into the radio show.

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This week's episode....Episode #22  (WL-05-04-2015)

Drink New Zealand and think the "King of Sauvignon Blanc",sustainability and the meteoric rise in popularity!

 

So my wine pick also hails from California, and I know you would love this wine too. I’m going with a Pinot Noir today that really delivers big and at a great price point. $18.90 in our market.And finding inexpensive Pinot noir is not that easy, this elusive grape that it is, so I am happy!

So from a family owned winery based in the Salinas Valley, Monterey County, this Pinot Noir is very enticing with an aroma of strawberries, hints of plum and spice, and full rich flavor with berries and cherries a hint of oak and spice. And to add to your Earth Day this winery was the first in Monterey to be certified SIP or Sustainable in Practice.My wine pick is the Hahn Winery Pinot Noir 2013. This will definitely be a standard go to Pinot for me.

 

Listen to my review at 4:05 minutes into the radio show.

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This week's episode....Episode #21  (WL-04-25-2015)

A taste of Italy...Amarone,Grappa and Italian cuisine.

 

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