Susanne's Wine Picks

 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

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc

—VINTAGES#: 672345

$15.95 per bottle

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Episode #8.Chef Wars! Roger Mooking Celebrity Chef and Judge

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When we started looking into doing a radio show on "Out of the Ordinary but Extraordinary"the  island of Santorini was an obvious choice. The way the grapes are grown in baskets are very unique as are their wines.  I found a super white wine, made with one of the indigenous grapes of the island, although they do make wines from the traditional Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc etc. My goal was to something unique… 

And I did…. The grape is Assyrtiko, its origins come from Santorini although it is planted widely in Greece, the grape loves the volcanic soil and typically produces dry, full bodied, aromatic white wines with a touch of mineral character..

My wine pick is the Boutari Santorini 2013 Assyrtiko…. Crisp, with green apple and hint of citrus, with that mineral note and long finish, so delish with my grilled fish!

 

Boutari Santorini 2013

Assyrtiko

—VINTAGES#: 47985

$18.95

 

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Episode #6.Out of the Ordinary but quite Extraordinary!

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So I found another great bargain on the shelves this week, a French bargain from the Rhone ….price is $13.95. It's a new release here in Ontario our home market.

It is from the winery Domaine Le Grand Retour, the wine is their Plan de Dieu 2011, I took it to a family get together on the weekend, and it got rave reviews!

A grenache blend, mostly Grenache at 70% with 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. It is full bodied 14.5% alcohol, with delicious mouth watering ripe juicy flavours of black berry and cherry.Give it a try!

 

 

 

Domaine Le Grand Retour Plan de Dieu 2011

Grenache Blend

VINTAGES#: 224592

$13.95

 

 

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Episode #4.Healthy Living from the plate to the glass!

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Well I find myself in the same camp as Miles did in Sideways… He adored Pinot Noir as so do I! As you know Pinot Noir is often referred to as the heart break grape, because its so hard to grow. Just like the womanizer Jack broke Stephanie’s heart (played by Sandra Oh) in the movie, this grape can be very fickle indeed and break a winemakers heart too.

My pick is the Hahn Pinot Noir 2012, Hanh is a family owned winery out of —Monterey, they’ve been making wine for over 30 years and have maintained their commitment to high quality and handcrafted wines. You can depend on Hahn!

This Pinot gives me what I like! It’s medium in body, wonderful aromas of strawberry, cherry and notes of spice. $18.95, a super buy

 

 

Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey

Pinot Noir

LCBO#: 226555 - $18.95

 

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Episode #5.Wine and Film

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When one thinks of Mexico, often it’s about Tequila, in fact they also have a well established wine industry.Venture up to the north-western tip of Mexico to discover Baha California, with wines much like the ones sought after California's wines with its costal region.I loved this wine wit my burger on the grill. Simply divine with its medley of fruit character - red currants to blueberries, silky, with velvety tannins, nice concentration and weight. Delish!

L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2011– Valle de Guadaloupe, Baha California, Mexico Vintages: 983742 $11.95 per bottle

 As reviewed on The Wine Ladies weekly radio show Taking Life One Sip At A Time. Episode #2 All about Mexico.

This week The Wine Ladies take you on an excursion of everything Mexican! From the spirit of Tequila, exploring the truths and busting open the myths, why are all tequilas mescal but not all mescal tequilas? What is the best way to enjoy this drink, either neat, on the rocks or in specialty cocktails? Recipes, and tips on how to best enjoy tequila from the stemware, to chilling, to swirling!  And what constitutes authentic Mexican cuisine, from the words of a native of Mexico City, you will hear about the ultra key ingredients and staples of this cuisine. So recognized is Mexican cuisine  that Mexican food was recently classified an "irreplaceable cultural heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. The stretches of stunning beaches along the Mayan Riviera, the ultra-cool town of Playa del Carmen, and the amazing beachfront condo development “The Fives” in Playa del Carmen will be explored and finally from a 5th generation Mayan learn about the mystery and history surrounding Tulum, one of the most visited ancient ruin sites in the world. Be sure to tune in! 

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