So for me this week, I am going to our wine growing region of Lake Erie North Shore, our most southerly wine region, and to a winery we are very familiar with Colio Estate Wines.
In fact we commandeered the mechanical harvester in the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards not too far back.. and have stomped grapes in the barrel cellar…we’ve got quite the intimate relationship with this winery!
My pick is Colio’s Bricklayer’s Reward Old Farm Cabernet Franc 2012 (vintages 395277)…which by the way Cab Franc is the Papa of the King Cabernet Sauvignon.And Colio’s Cab Franc vines are in the oldest part of their vineyard, so called the “Old Farm”, not one to gravitate naturally to Cab Franc but this time I did and I am glad I did.
For $19.95 big bouquet of blackberries, raspberry touch of spice, of pepper and on the palate big flavor of more blackberry and cassis, I really like it… with my roasted lamb chops I made on my Himalayan salt stones! Great by for $19.95
Here is a description of the varietal. Can you guess?
I am a white grape, of noble heritage of the species vitis vinifera.
I am planted in over 400,000 acres worldwide.
I can be made in many styles.
I am NOT finicky.
I have a club named after me…the ABC Club.
There are also numerous spas using me as their namesake, and even baby girls are being named after me.
I am so special that I have a special day that has been named in my honor, on which 1000’s of people around the world celebrate my heritage, what I am and the kind of wines I can make.
I am Chardonnay and my day is International Chardonnay Day coming up May 21st, hence our dedication to this illustrious grape here today!
So for my wine pick this week I tried something very special this past weekend from one of our local wineries here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. As you know back in January we had our annual Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tour and visited Charlie Pillitteri of Pillitteri Estates Winery.
Pillitteri Estates Winery is the world’s largest estate producer of Icewine.
We had a beautiful tasting of Charlie's wines in their stunning barrel room.
Although there were many fine wines,the Pilletteri Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 was a standout in my opinion. Charlie, gave me a bottle and well this weekend I tried it again. It proved to be a stunner once more!.
Full bodied, barrel aged, appassimento style Cabernet Sauvignon.Notes of cedar, dried fruits with a meaty and eucalyptus finish. Age 10-15 years, smooth firm tannins.Definitely something for a special occasion. Available at the winery $78.20. www.Pillitteri.com
This week's episode....Episode #22 (WL-05-04-2015)
Drink New Zealand and think the "King of Sauvignon Blanc",sustainability and the meteoric rise in popularity!
So Georgia and I recently attended the Wines of California tasting and hit upon a couple of “hits” one of which I’ve chosen as my wine pick.For me as a huge Sauvignon Blanc fan… one of the very first wines I tasted happened to be one of my faves….It was the St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc 2013.Just $24.95 in our market, and worth every penny. I believe the 2013 is still in stores and the 2014 should be arriving soon.
St Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery is a family owned business and they’re located in Napa Valley in the Rutherford growing region and all their wines are estate grown and produced. This Sauvignon Blanc was so tantalizing on the nose and in flavor with intense citrus notes, grapefruit, lime and lemon and brilliant freshness, simply delicious! A bonus for me, with Earth Day being today these guys are certified Napa Green.
Enjoying a glass of wine at International Sauvignon Day with Andrew Von Teichman of Vonterra Premium Wine & Spirits
This week's episode....Episode #21 (WL-04-25-2015)
A taste of Italy...Amarone,Grappa and Italian cuisine.
Over the Easter weekend we had the opportunity to taste a number of wines from all over the map, but there were a couple of standouts in particular and I believe both of our wine picks today come from Spain.
So my choice today comes from the DO Jumilla,which is situated in southeastern Spain in the northern part of the Murcia region…and Spain actually is really enjoying a bit of a renaissance, producing awesome wines and getting well deserved recognition including the DO Jumilla.
So my wine pick is the Casa Castillo 2011 El Molar, made with 100% Garnacha from the Jumilla region, despite clocking a 15% alcohol content, it was so well balanced, had beautiful red fruit on the nose, a hint of oak , softer tannins but still with a little bite, went really well with all the foods on the table. I really enjoyed this wine
This week's episode....Episode #20 (WL-04-12-2015)
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo May 5th,2015
With Malbec World Day just around the corner, April 17th, 2015 all eyes of the wine world will be turned to Argentina. Although, Malbec did put Argentina on the world wine map, they are also known for many other grape varieties as well, including one of my faves, Cabernet Sauvignon. My wine pickthis week in celebration is the is Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 produced Fabre Montmayou Winery & Vineyards from the fruit of 30 year old vines.One of his missions of the owner and winemaker Hervé Fabre to only purchase or use grapes from older vineyards.
These grapes come from the Lujan de Cuyo region.This wine is 100% cab and 40% of it spends a full 12 months in French oak barrels as well.This wine has a tremendously enticing aroma of blackberries and cassis but also hints of leather and on the palate it is juicy and fruity, full bodied and soft silky tannins with a long finish. Tremendous value....wait for it... $16.95