Georgia's Wine Picks

So in keeping with our theme today “off the beaten track” or a little out of the ordinary lets say… my wine pick comes from a place that most people wouldn’t ordinarily think of as a wine growing region… it actually comes from one of the oldest regions of wine production, over 5000 years!

 And not only that but the producer of my wine pick has been making wine for over 150 years, it is the oldest,largest and most visited winery in this country.

 So what is my wine pick?   For $15.00 bucks!  What a find!

A Syrah blend, 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet   Franc  it had beautiful intense berry fruit on the nose, was  medium bodied and had a long finish, just tasted and felt great on the palate from beginning to end… And the wine is the Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2011 Syrah blend. Producer Chateau Ksara from the country of Lebanon! Now that's extraordinary!

 

Château Ksara Réserve du Couvent 2011

Syrah Blend

—VINTAGES#: 443721

$14.95

 

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Episode #6.Out of the Ordinary but quite Extraordinary!

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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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