Georgia's Wine Picks

 

 

I really liked this wine, I liked it more each time I had it, and shared it with a few of my friends and they really liked it too!

So what was it? Well a Tempranillo, the grape, most associated with Spain, best known as the chief grape of red Rioja, Spain's most famous wine, but in this case it came from Argentina!

 

Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2011 in our Vintages locally, sells for $19.95 

Distributed through Dionynsus Wine & Spirits

It was full bodied, very smooth, juicy with seductive notes of leather, chocolate and slight nuance of tobacco.

Very delicious. The grapes are sourced by the way from select old vines on their Santa Rosa estate in Mendoza, drink now, or if you can wait, lay down for a few years. Really delish!

 

  

Listen to my review at 5:22 minutes into this week's radio show.

 

So this past week we were celebrating my other sister Barb's birthday and I was looking for something super special to serve at our family celebration.My sister is extraordinary and so she deserved a wine that is extraordinary made by an extraordinary winemaker, Laurie Hook.

Extraordinary women of wine. Laurie has headed up the wine making team at Beringer for the past 13 years, one of the first wineries in Napa Valley, dating back to 1875. My wine pick is the Beringer Knights Vally Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Please listen to our radio show all about Beringer WL11-30-2015

 

 VINTAGES#: 352583

$39.95 

From Sonoma’s Knights Valley full bodied, seductive nose of ripe blue and black berry, full intense fruit flavor, good acidity and lasting finish… hmm hmm good!

 Listen my review at 5:15 minutes into the radio show.

Yes, the Chinese New year is just around the corner, it is celebrated on February 8th…and so we thought it would be fun and really interesting to do a show on the celebration of the holiday and also explore a little about the Chinese culture, cuisine and wine . 

Pillitteri Estates Winery Icewine the perfect pairing for celebrating!

 

 It just so happens that one of the most coveted and prestigious beverages enjoyed on this holiday and other days throughout the year in China happens to be Canadian!
Often referred to as liquid gold, it is our iconic Icewine! And Pillitteri Estates Winery is one of the most prestigious and largest producers and exporters of Icewine to China, so naturally we spoke with them all about it. 


 

 

So we’ve been talking a lot between us about Portugal lately, possibly planning a visit there in the new year and so while strolling the aisles of our local LCBO I come upon a new release from Portugal,  the Douro region actually, exactly where we will be going…so I thought why not give it a try? So I did, and I liked it, a lot, and this is what it is the Prazo de Roriz Tinto 2011.

 

 


This red wine is a blend which includes about 25% I believe it was of the most well known red grapes of Portugal Touriga Nacional and also has  the Tinta Roriz varietal, called Tempranillo in Spain, in it too.The wine has a deep purple red colour, its fresh and vibrant, with rich ripe dark fruit, like black cherry and plum, hint of vanilla, chocolate and spice, mouth filling with a good finish.


Woohoo $19.95… Portugal here we come!!

 

Listen to my review at 3:58 minutes in the show.


 

My wine pick today comes from a beautiful winery in Niagara, the owners, a blend of two families with roots in grape growing and farming came together to create a winery, a space, an environment that would showcase their common passion of wine, food and art. They have done it here, with exhibits of rotating art hanging in  a stunning tasting room and sculptures outside.

 

Listen to my wine review at 3:18 minutes in the show.

A specialist in Gamay. I picked their 13th Street Gamay Noir 2012 for $19.95
Light, fresh red wine, that delivers great fruit, this one rich, and vibrant with cherry and black fruit, good tannins, good acidity, perfect for our upcoming Sunday afternoon luncheon with good friend and quite possibly a gourmet pizza!



PLATINUM AWARD from the 2015 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada
 
Hand harvesting for each vineyard took place in early October and the grapes were vinified separately.
After crushing and de-stemming the grapes were moved to stainless steel fermenters where the primary fermentation took place over 3 weeks. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was completed in tank and the wines were kept separate until blending in early spring 2014. The final blend was assembled and the wine was bottled in April.Although this wine is 100% stainless steel fermented and aged, it shows excellent complexity, vibrant and full berry fruit all wrapped around a succulent core of acidity. This is certainly a glass full of luscious red wine that doesn’t need to be hurried into your glass and will be happy cellared for a few years if you so desire

 

 

 Chief Winemaker & fourth generation family member Chester Osborn.

 

I’ve been on a bit of a viognier kick lately…and well what can I say… I am still on it, only this time its not 100% Viognier but with a blend of 26% Marsanne. Bright, enticing, seductive nose of peach, nectarine and pineapple. I was so in the mood for this wine, I really enjoyed it.This wine has an abundance of peach and nectarine, a hint of a nutty flavour and touch of spice, great texture, body, good acidity, good length… just really really good! And the wine is...

 

d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2014

McLaren Vale, Viognier (74%) Marsanne (26%)   $19.95

Why the Hermit crab? -The Story Behind The Name

Many of McLaren Vale’s vineyards are on free-draining soils underlain with limestone, formed by the calcareous remains of the local marine fauna. One such creature was the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little crustacean that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this, McLaren Vale’s first ever blend of Viognier and Marsanne. “Hermit” is also an abbreviation for the French appellation of Hermitage, where the Marsanne grape variety dominates.

 

LISTEN TO MY WINE REVIEW OF THE D'ARENBERG THE HERMIT THE CRAB VIOGNER/MARSANNE 2013 AT 4:42 MINUTES IN THE SHOW

 

 

 

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