So just recently we had the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of "the Berlin Tasting:, a legendary and ground breaking tasting that showcased the wines of Chile like never before, beating out iconic wines such as Chateau Lafite and Chateau Margaux. As a nod to this accomplishment and this event, the founder of which is Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errazuriz, I'd like to share the wine we were greeted with hat evening that was absolutely delicious.
My wine pick this week is the Viña Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment 2012 from the Casablanca Valley in Chile.
So wild ferment means that the winery or winemaker uses native yeasts. These yeasts end up contributing more complexity to the wine. It was aged "sur lie" for 10 months in Oak barrels... it was seductively intense, complex on the nose, with pineapple and peach notes and a creaminess on the palate, with hunts of toast and nuts... Crisp acidity! I really enjoyed this wine.
Luv luv my wine pick this week… and guess what? Its organic, biodynamic and smashing! From Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake,Ontario the 2012 Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon, the name Triomphe is derived from the Latin “triomphus” a legendary song of praise to the Greek God of wine Bacchus, and this line is the mainstay of Southbrook producing superior quality wines, delicious and of superb value. Seductive deep dark aromas of black currant and cassis, hints of spice, abundantly fruity and concentrated, medium body with long lingering finish.
Well with the season turning a little colder now I was in the mood for something a little thick, warm and luscious.
I love wines from Chile and the Maipo Valley is one of Chile's most important wine-producing regions, Often described as the "Bordeaux of South America" and rich, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon is undoubtedly its most celebrated wine style.
My wine pick this week is the Viña Tarapacá Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, robust with big fruit, this wine hits the spot for me at just $17.95 in our market. Outstanding.
My wine pick this week is from Rosehall Run located in one of Ontario’s newest VQA regions, Prince Edward County.The county is situated just under 2 hours east of Toronto. Both Georgia and I have been hosted several times by Lynn and Dan Sullivan the proprietors and winemakers at the winery including when we did a photo shoot for Pie Magazine a year or so ago that involved a rusty old tractor and sparkly gowns!
PEC’s area soil's have a stark resemblance to France's Burgundy Region,where Chardonnay are world renowned. Chardonnay reigns supreme in the county too and my pick the ROSEHALL RUN JCR Chardonnay 2011,is a testament to that having recently won the prestigious 2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC): SILVER OUTSTANDING Award.
This Chardonnay enticed me with its fruity aromas of golden delicious apple, and yellow pear. The 2011 cool summer helped hold the great aromatics and crispness that makes County Chardonnay so appealing. I love it. Delicious paired with a creamy BRIE or milk chocolate. Available through the winery, many fine restaurants in Toronto and the LCBO. $29.95 in our market.
The Wine Ladies at RoseHall Run for the PIE Magazine photo shoot.... the rusty tractor served as a great back drop.
My wine pick comes from a producer who’s founder is truly a remarkable woman, in business, in character and in elegance. And both Georgia and I have had the opportunity to interview her on a number of occasions, one of our favorite ladies Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle! Of the hugely popular and established liquor Grand Marnier
Not only does she run the family business, she has expanded her family’s empire to Chile. She founded Casa Lapostolle in 1994 and is still out working the wine market while her son Charles holds down the fort at Lapostolle.
As a fan of the signature grape of Chile, Carmenere, I love this full bodied, rich, deep coloured, ripe black fruit red wine with a lasting finish….Super duper value Casa Lapostolle Carmenere 2011.