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.
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!
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.
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.
This week's episode....Episode #21 (WL-04-25-2015)
A taste of Italy...Amarone,Grappa and Italian cuisine.
So my wine pick came to me via a blind tasting over the Easter holidays.Our sister Barb brought it,as she always likes to surprise and test us… which is always fun.I truly loved this wine and we actually thought it would be around the $40.00 mark, but sells for just $19.95 in our market, a stellar wine for this price.
It comes from south eastern Spain as well, only from the DO Alicante. The varietal is “Monastrell” or more commonly known as mourvedre.The grapes are harvested by hand from small plots of old vines. It is simply Yummy!…It is deep garnet, purplish in colour, has a seductive bouquet of dark cherries and blackberry, plus a splash of leather. On the palate, full bodied, (15%) rich, with notes of licorice, more blackberry, and a long finish.
The wine is the Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines 2011.
This week's episode....Episode #20 (WL-04-12-2015)
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo May 5th,2015
With Malbec World Day just around the corner, April 17th, 2015, I decided to go with the Malbec, one of my faves. I truly enjoy this varietal especially when it delivers like this one.
The grapes come from vines that over 60 years old, in the region of Vistalba.
Talk about attention to detail, first it is all manual harvested, in small trays, not to damage the grapes, then the grapes are selected by bunches first, and then again grape by grape.
The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, the fining is done with fresh egg whites and then aged another 12 months in the bottle before release.
This is an elegant, complex wine with juicy notes of blackberries and cherries on the nose and that hint of violet and liquorish typical of great Malbec, and the tannins are soft, the wine is just yummy!