Georgia's Wine Picks

This week's wine pick I discovered while at the bar waiting to be seated for dinner …a delicious white wine, something off the beaten track..

Surprise…. The glass placed before me... as I swirled, notes of peach, and touches of lemon and mango… so seductive, then when I tasted, nicely crisp, delish with apple, lemon and a hint of yellow plum, mouth filling and simply yummy. Went great with my thin crust white pizza with wild bison sausage

My great find is:

From the producer Di Berardino, the 2013 Pecorino, which is also the name of the grape.From the region of Abruzzo Italy, situated on the Adriatic coast, Price point $24.00 local here in Ontario. And by the way 100% organic!

 

 

Di Berardino, the 2013 Pecorino

Available by the case (12 bottles) through The Stem Group $24.00 per bottle.

 

Georgia enjoys a meal at home of grilled eggplant, Ontario field tomatoes and Parmesan shavings. Perfect with the Pecorino.

 

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Episode #4.Healthy Living from the plate to the glass!

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Well seeing as we’re going to be starting off today's radio show with a wine film that took place in California I was feeling a little badly about the lowly regarded grape Merlot in our first film today (Sideways), therefore I picked a California Merlot. Now I must confess I don’t usually gravitate automatically to Merlot, but I did come across one this week that I really liked. It’s owned by Delicato Vineyards in the Lodi appellation of California.

And their tag line is “Not all vines are created equal”… the 181 refers to the vine stock which is “the most coveted vine stock in Bordeaux… so how did I like it?I truly did… it was rich and elegant, it had ripe fruity plum and cherry notes, hints of spice and great finish.Great Merlot buy for $16.95

And so although the grape was dumped on in the hit movie Sideways by Miles, we say don't be such a snob Miles,, pick a bottle up tonight for TIFF!

Noble Vines 181 Merlot from Lodi, California

LCBO#: 226530 - $16.95

 

 

 

 

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Episode #5.Wine and Film

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We both decided to pick a wine related to the radio show today. My wine pick will pair fab-u-lously with my new found yummy burger, a lamb burger full of big flavour. My Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 from Sonoma County is a superb partner! With lots of layers of blackberry and cassis, hints of spice and good concentration. Hello heaven!

 

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

VINTAGES#: 331603

$22.95 per bottle

Kendall-Jackson :  www.kjwines.com 

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Episode #3. Kendall Jackson, Sonoma, California

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I recently had a dinner party and one of my guests brought a surprise wine in a paper bag. We do this sometime and we call it our mystery wine game! Upon opening the bottle it had an immediate aroma that was very alluring and sensual with spicy notes on the nose, of green apple and white peach. On the palette,it exhibited good weight, beautiful bright acidity. This subtle old world chardonnay without heavy oak, reminded me of past wines I’ve tasted from the Montrachet family of wines. The average age of the vines is 20-30 years, the grapes are hand harvested and the wine is made with native yeast.  Loved it!

 

 

Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 1er Cru 2011 Chardonnay — VINTAGES#: 233593 - $26.95

 As reviewed on The Wine Ladies weekly radio show Taking Life One Sip At A Time. Episode #2 All about Mexico.

This week The Wine Ladies take you on an excursion of everything Mexican! From the spirit of Tequila, exploring the truths and busting open the myths, why are all tequilas mescal but not all mescal tequilas? What is the best way to enjoy this drink, either neat, on the rocks or in specialty cocktails? Recipes, and tips on how to best enjoy tequila from the stemware, to chilling, to swirling!  And what constitutes authentic Mexican cuisine, from the words of a native of Mexico City, you will hear about the ultra key ingredients and staples of this cuisine. So recognized is Mexican cuisine  that Mexican food was recently classified an "irreplaceable cultural heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. The stretches of stunning beaches along the Mayan Riviera, the ultra-cool town of Playa del Carmen, and the amazing beachfront condo development “The Fives” in Playa del Carmen will be explored and finally from a 5th generation Mayan learn about the mystery and history surrounding Tulum, one of the most visited ancient ruin sites in the world. Be sure to tune in! 

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At my hacienda there seems to be loads of entertaining going on this summer... with an abundance of lighter foods going on my grill... so on the hunt for a terrific value Pinot Noir, I come across the Vina San Pedro 2012 Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir from Chile.

Coming from the Leyda Valley appellation which has quite the reputation for incredible value wines, this Pinot Noir delivers big time. On the nose bold red fruit and a hint of tobacco, while on the palate fresh berries and good acidity and gentle tannins everyone seems to love this everyday wine. All for $12.50 here locally, you can't go wrong. 

 LCBO #: 358929 $12.50

As reviewed on The Wine Ladies weekly radio show Taking Life One Sip At A Time

On this show The Wine Ladies explore the country of Peru and its capital Lima, regarded as one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. From the huge bio diversity of the landscape including the coastal region, the Andean region and the Amazon comes an incredible fusion cuisine. You’ll also discover Pisco,  Peru's national drink, a grape spirit, a wonderful elixir that is made with grapes from vast, green vineyards that flourish in the heart of the arid deserts of Peru. This traditional spirit dates back hundreds of years and is the new rising star at the bar! Pisco Sour anyone? Peru a land of gastronomy, spectacular landscape, incredible people and of course Machu Picchu!

 

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