Susanne's Wine Picks

 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. 

Listen to my review at 2:58 minutes into the radio show.

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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


Listen to my review at 4:05 minutes into the radio show.

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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


A good buy at $17.95 in our market

Listen to my review at 3:19 minutes into the radio show.

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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


LCBO Vintages 261891 - $17.95 per bottle.


Hervé & Diane Joyaux Fabre

For this wine review


TUNE INTO THE WINE LADIES RADIO SHOW at 6:20 minutes into the show.

Episode #19 (WL 03-30-2015) Grape stomping mad about Malbec and Malbec World Day, April 17th, 2015


On our recent trip to Las Vegas we discovered our latest Fabulous Finds For Foodies. The restaurant is Aureole, located in the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.It is part of the incredible Charlie Palmer Group, a two time Michelin Star recipient and Wine Spectator Grand Award winner for its wine list every year since 1999!

One of my favorite courses from the Charlie Palmer Tasting menu was the 1st course, a blood orange salmon gravlax and lightly smoked ora king salmon dish. Incredible! This was paired with the Schramsberg Rosé Brut Methode Traditionelle 2011, a delectable sparkling wine. It is my wine pick for this week!

Schramsberg located in Calistoga,Napa Valley, California and founded in 1862, this producer has legs!

The 2011 is a delectable blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay.The dose of chardonnay added for complexity, says the winemaker. Handcrafted using select cool climate north coast vineyards,

So delicious, so enticing with aromas of strawberry, and touches of citrus… bright acidity on the palate with a long, refreshing and lingering finish.. So delish….


 In our market by the way…you need to contact THE VINE AGENCY.

$59.95 per bottle /6 per case.


For this wine review

TUNE INTO THE WINE LADIES RADIO SHOW at 3:29 minutes into the show.

Episode #18 (WL 03-22-2015) Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas... wine and dine scene extraordinaire!Our Fabulous Finds For Foodies... Aureole Las Vegas by Charlie Palmer, Mandalay Bay.


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