Georgia's Wine Picks

So the new year is upon us and it might be a time for some us to do a little budgeting. We  may have stretched ourselves a little bit. But not to worry, no need to put away the wine glass or cut back on a good glass of wine… we’ve got delish budget wines to the rescue!

So for me, we had a lot of folks over at my place during the holidays, 14,15 people for dinner for quite a few nights… so I found myself a great deal, that everybody loved… and when I unveiled it and told them the price… their jaws dropped!

My find from Vinas Santa Rita… the Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011, from the Maipo Valley in Chile… $13.95. We actually stayed at this incredible property at the Casa Real hotel, hundreds of acres of stunning vegetation, hundred year old trees, just beautiful! The winery founded in 1880 produces amazing wines of terrific value!

This Cab a blend of the best Cabernet Sauvignon barrels in the vintage, aged in French and American oak… concentrated rich flavours, hints of spice, of oak and with soft tannins… big juicy berry flavor Go and get yourself a bottle, delish for $13.95 in our market.

 

Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

LCBO # 253872

$13.95

 

During our trip to Chile in 2011 we stayed  at the Casa Real Hotel located at Vinas Santa Rita.We enjoyed a lovely picnic one day with food and wine journalists from the country of Chile.

 

 

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Episode #16 (WL 01-12-2015) Icewine... Canada's Nectar of the Gods!

First of all Riesling is synonymous with Germany, the noble grape varietal that can be made in such a variety of styles from bone dry to beerenhauslese levels where the sweetness is only matched by the beautiful acidity which also lends itself to terrific aging as well.

This Riesling is medium-dry, very light in alcohol, only 7.5% but big big on flavor and finesse! On the nose a seductive aroma of apple and peach, with that hint of petrol that I love in Rieslings with a floral note, beautiful and on the palate rich ripe fruit with racy acidity, love it.

Produced by Weinguter Wegeler making wines since 1882 now in its 4th generation.

Wegeler Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2012

VINTAGES 378083: $25.95

 

 I recently attended a delightful reception at the beautiful home of the German Consul, Mr. Walter Stechel. Here we share an authentic homemade German cookie he made himself.

 
 

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Episode #15 (WL 12-22-2014) TOP 3 Tips to survive the holidays!The Wine Ladies Top 10 New Year's Resolutions and 2014 in review!

I had the opportunity recently to enjoy Persuasion but alert to fellow Ontarions, it is only available at select restaurants for now… 

For more info on where to find Persuasion or if you are a licensee and would like to offer this wine on your list contact Bill at Noteworthy Wines 

 $38 suggested retail
 
 
So we are talking major celebrity guests on this week's radio show with iconic Dan Aykroyd joining us on the show this week. So continuing along the vein of celebrity, my wine pick is actually a celebrity wine.This celebrity is also a Canadian, an entrepreneur, a business maven, marketing genius, and known for handing out money… well if the pitch is right that is! The celebrity I am talking about is Arlene Dickinson of Dragon's Den and her wine is called Persuasion Dragon Blend…2010, a red of course… it is a blend of Russian River Valley AVA Cabernet Sauvignon and Chalk Hill AVA Merlot , it is made at the family owned winery Thomas-George Estates of California. Persuasion is deep purple in colour, is full bodied, has soft tannins and is mouth filling rich in ripe fruit flavours, spice and notes of oak. Be sure to decant as the wine is unfiltered and could throw a little sediment.
 Arlene Dickinson 
 
 

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Episode #14 (WL 12-08-2014) Getting into the spirit of the holidays featuring Dan Aykroyd and Crystal Head Vodka.

 

 

 

So just recently we had the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of "the Berlin Tasting:, a legendary and ground breaking tasting that showcased the wines of Chile like never before, beating out iconic wines such as Chateau Lafite and Chateau Margaux. As a nod to this accomplishment and this event, the founder of which is Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errazuriz.

I thought I would delve into Errazuriz's wines, one of their reds... And in the mood these days for Syrah, I thought I'd check out the  Viña Errázuriz Concagua Costa Shiraz/Syrah 2012 and so glad I did!

For $24.95, bright, violet-red in colour, wonderful complexity, comes from a single vineyard, the Manzanar Vieyars not far from the sea, this coastal syrah has a bold fruity, seductive aroma of red cherries and raspberries with hints of black pepper... I love this in my wines, it is juicy with fin tannins and has promise to age, I'd buy half a dozen an enjoy as times goes by... delish.,


 

Viña Errázuriz Concagua Costa Shiraz/Syrah 2012

VINTAGES#: 387910  

$24.95

 
 

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Episode #13 Prepping for the holidays with celebrity fashion icon Jeanne Beker.

 

 

Episode #12

The 10th anniversary of "The Berlin Tasting" with Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errázuriz

So I am super happy to share with everyone my wine pick today… because it has long been a favorite of mine…and to be honest at first I didn’t even realize it was organic, I just knew that I loved it… like a bonus biodynamic!

From Mendocino, California, my pick is the Bonterra which means “good earth” Chardonnay. Because of Mendocino’s climate, hot, dry summers, rich soils suitable for great diversity of cover crops, olive trees, a variety of poppies and even strands of lavender can be seen among the vineyards, perfect for biodynamic farming… this is reflected in the taste in the glass!

It is a rich wine and buttery and nutty, mouth filling, and with a crisp acidity and aromas and flavours of tropical fruit, lemon, it’s a delectable journey on the palate, and with a long standing finish. Just hits the high note time after time!

Bonterra Chardonnay 2012

VINTAGES#: 342436   

in our market $19.95

 

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Episode #12

The 10th anniversary of "The Berlin Tasting"

Nakedness of nature! Discover Southbrook Vineyards's Biodynamic wines & delicious raw foods at the Om Juice Bar.

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