Susanne's Wine Picks


A friend brought this wine over as a gift for a recent Christmas dinner party. Loved the name of this wine, it kind of goes with the holidays. But there is nothing scroogie about this wine!This awesome Shiraz comes from South Australia and from the Ebenezer vineyard, which was first planted in the 1850’s.


Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz 2008

It delivers a big beautiful package all wrapped up with a full body, it’s rich, with ripe fruit intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries, hint of chocolate, long finish, lots of layers and depth. Good long finish and a bit of a treat…. But it’s the holidays, in our market $39.95.

Listen to my review at 5:25 minutes in the show








Listen to my wine review at 4:44 minutes in the show

I know Merlot Madness was back in October but what can I say, I can be slow out of the gate sometimes, my wine pick comes from a winery that is renown for being the benchmark for this varietal, served at Presidential nominations and the white house. It is a treat for this time of year, at $59.95 a bottle in our market, but delish, share with your wine loving friends, or not, keep for yourself, just kidding, the wine is from the Napa Valley, it is the Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2012.

A Merlot Blend
—VINTAGES#: 992529   STYLE - Full-bodied & Smooth  $59.95
A fresh style of Merlot with light chocolate and blueberry character. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish, full bodied, smooth.

And we interviewed the winemaker Renee Ary, a brilliant winemaker, she’s been at Duckhorn for about 12 years now and guides the entire Duckhorn portfolio.




Not too long ago we had the pleasure of interviewing on our radio show episode WL08-31-2015, the winemaker Mason Spink from Dirty Laundry, a wonderful winery located in Summerland of the Okanagan Valley. This winery has a very cool history, with quite a bit of monkey business that went on in its earlier days.Check out the video for the full story. This winery is so much fun, it is laid back, tongue and cheek, but also makes fabulous wines.

My wine pick...Dirty Laundry Not So Knotty Chardonnay 2013 $19.95/bottle


“This femme fatale has a luscious, fruit forward style that is all nouveau monde. Vive la difference!” is how Mason Spink the winemaker refers to this un-oaked Chardonnay. It is stainless steel fermented to allow the fruit to show brilliantly in the wine.I loved this wine with a lively, bright acidity, citrus, apple and a hint of honey, really delicious and has also won numerous awards…

Gold - All Canadian Wine Championship 2015

Silver - Northwest Wine Summit 2015

Just to let you know they also have a “Naughty Version of the Chardonnay… only this one is done in oak!

Pick up a bottle before they sell out!






Recently while strolling through our local liquor store  I come upon this Sauvignon Blanc with multiple AWARDS decorating the bottle.Hmm… impressive… so I pick up a bottle, go home and sample and then pick up another and another. I really love Sauvignon  Blanc.The wine is from Marlborough, New Zealand, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc 2014.The Eradus Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014 for $18.95 is my wine pick.



A beautiful nose with tropical fruit, and floral notes…really elegant, zesty and mouth watering. Really good I think to myself! 90 plus points by the Wine Enthusiast 2006 – 2010 and 2013.

Try it! You'll like it!


Listen to my wine review at 4:23 minutes into the show!






Juan Munoz Oca the winemaker for Columbia Crest Winery.

My wine pick today comes from one of the regions included in the “Pacific Northwest, that is Washington, the second largest wine producer in the US after California. This wine was just recently released into our market, our Vintages stores, it sells for $19.95 and we all really loved it We served it at our Thanksgiving dinner, everyone loved it.It was unanimous!And here it is. The Columbia Crest Winery’s H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon.



H3 Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This wine comes from the Columbia Valley AVA of Horse Heaven Hills, with Cabernet Sauvignon being one of the primary grape varieties grown here.The wine was full bodied, at 14.5% alcohol, it was rich and smooth, with good bright fruit, blackberries and cherry and hints of coffee and chocolate. On my “to buy again list!” for sure.

Listen to my wine review at 4:13 minutes into the show

Episode WL01-11-2015


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