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.
Well I was definitely in a pink kinda mood this week and was looking at the world through rose colored glasses.
Why you ask???…. well because it was my birthday and I celebrated in style, including a party bus, limo style (Just For U Limo Bus) for my fantastic friends, a happening restaurant (Strada West Eat and Sip House) in Niagara Falls and of course a glass or two of champagne…. in fact pink champagne…My favourite colour and nothing says celebration more to me than a glass of crisp, rosé champagne in a long stem fluted glass.
And I’m not the only one, shipments of rosé from the Champagne region of France have enjoyed significant growth in the U.S.—just last year over 2.7 million bottles of rosé Champagne were shipped to the U.S., making up 15.3% of all shipments in the USA.
My pick is the exquisite Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Imperial…simply radiant!, a style distinguished by its fine bubbles, rich red berry fruit, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity with a long finish! Sounds just like me..!!!In our market here about $77.00 and well worth the price. I even brought out my saber the night of my party and opened it up in style!
One of my all time favourite wines are the Sauvignon Blancs as I find them so refreshing to drink, zesty and a real party in the mouth! Speaking of which I went to a wonderful party on the weekend where my hosts are real wine lovers. They had a great selection of wines to enjoy! I discovered this Sauvignon Blanc and surprise its not from New Zealand. As we all know New Zealand has claimed Sauvignon Blanc as their signature grape and they do it exceptionally well, this happens to be from the one is from the Loire Valley, a wine region from Northern France that is also known for making Sauvignon Blancs for a much longer time. My pick this week is the Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013. What I really liked about this wine was that contrary to the NZ Sauvignon Blancs, which are very intensely perfumed this one was a little more restrained on the nose, with good notes of citrus, a floral touch and great acidity. It’s a great value at just $15.95 per bottle