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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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Maybe not the most expensive Malbec, but certainly good bang-for-your-buck wine. The Show Malbec is produced by Three Thieves which is owned by Rebel Wines out of California.  Despite this, The Show Malbec is made in Mendoza, Argentina home of many great Malbecs.  85% of this wine is from Lujan de Cuyo and the other 15% is from Uco Valley.  This blend of fruit from high elevation vineyards in the Uco Valley and Lujan de Cuyo result in a mix of ripe fruit and savoury notes. A great match for grilled steak or game!

 

Vintages: #375451 $17.95

 

 

As reviewed on The Wine Ladies weekly radio show Taking Life One Sip At A Time

 

On this show The Wine Ladies explore the country of Peru and its capital Lima, regarded as one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. From the huge bio diversity of the landscape including the coastal region, the Andean region and the Amazon comes an incredible fusion cuisine. You’ll also discover Pisco,  Peru's national drink, a grape spirit, a wonderful elixir that is made with grapes from vast, green vineyards that flourish in the heart of the arid deserts of Peru. This traditional spirit dates back hundreds of years and is the new rising star at the bar! Pisco Sour anyone? Peru a land of gastronomy, spectacular landscape, incredible people and of course Machu Picchu!

 

 

 

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 Hello & Farewell… was a delectable and emotional luncheon held at the TOCA Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto at which we welcomed and enjoyed Inniskillin winemaker Bruce Nicholson’s  new wines, and bid farewell to a very special lady who is affectionately known as "Miss Inniskillin 1975”. With over 30 years with Inniskillin, the one and only Debi Pratt, so loved and well respected throughout the entire wine industry was entering into her retirement… so sad are we to see her go as are many, as Debi leaves a legacy of her own, a brilliant, charismatic ambassador and educator for not only Inniskillin but the Ontario wine industry as a whole. As a testament and a tribute to Debi's contribution she received the incredible honour of having a vineyard named after her “The Pratt” Vineyard. Congratulations Debi!

 

 

 

We enjoyed a delightful afternoon filled with nostalgia, amazing wines and food… seated across from winemaker Bruce we learned about some of his “firsts”  including a delish Sauvignon Blanc the 2013 Estate Series, super value we discover at price point $14.95!  Stay tuned for further details as this will surely be a Wine Pick in the near future. But for now… we enjoyed a tremendous lunch that included a to die for Mushroom Risotto with parmesan foam, followed by  main course options of Duck Breast or Ravioli Capresi;  I elected to go with the Duck Breast served with seasonal vegetables and chocolate flakes. For wine pick, I often try to find something a little different, and today at this memorable luncheon I did! My go-to wine this afternoon was a blend… not a traditional blend, but one Bruce calls the 2012 Inniskillin Discovery Series P3. Bruce Nicholson, the winemaker keeping innovation at the forefront at Inniskillin.

 

 

 

Available at Winery Boutique, online and at the Wine Rack

$19.95 #80003853

P3 is a unique blend of three Pinot grapes, 85%-90% of this wine is made up with Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio with the remaining being Pinot Blanc.  An expression of Bruce’s artistry in the cellar, the wine is fresh and crisp with good acidity, it has enticing notes of lemon and lime with floral hints and a flavour with includes peach and touch of vanilla. Very delicious, and most suitable to enjoy on its own or with a variety of fresh summer fare including grilled chicken, fish or seafood. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello & Farewell… was a delectable and emotional luncheon held at the TOCA Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto at which we welcomed and enjoyed Inniskillin winemaker Bruce Nicholson’s  new wines, and bid farewell to a very special lady who is affectionately known as "Miss Inniskillin 1975”. With over 30 years with Inniskillin, the one and only Debi Pratt, so loved and well respected throughout the entire wine industry was entering into her retirement… so sad are we to see her go as are many, as Debi leaves a legacy of her own, a brilliant, charismatic ambassador and educator for not only Inniskillin but the Ontario wine industry as a whole. As a testament and a tribute to Debi's contribution she received the incredible honour of having a vineyard named after her “The Pratt” Vineyard. Congratulations Debi! 

We enjoyed a delightful afternoon filled with nostalgia, amazing wines and food… seated across from winemaker Bruce we learned about some of his “firsts”  including a delish Sauvignon Blanc the 2013 Estate Series, super value we discover at price point $14.95!  Stay tuned for further details as this will surely be a Wine Pick in the near future. But for now… we enjoyed a tremendous lunch that included a to die for Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan foam, followed by  main course options of Duck Breast or Ravioli Capresi;  the afternoon closed with a stunning dessert Poached Pears with vanilla ice cream served with my Wine Pick the stunning and seductive.

Read more: 2013 Discovery Series Botrytis Affected Viognier

 

Never mind the ABC Club… "anything but Chardonnay”  I am a true fan of the AEC Club!  Any, AND everyday Chardonnay! Still an all time fave this Chardonnay has been the numero uno selling Chardonnay in America for over twenty years! Say yes to this lively, and rich, creamy Chardonnay, fruit forward with tropical fruit aroma and long lasting finish!Get set for summer, serve it up on its own or with summer faves such as grilled corn on the cob, grilled chicken or a  delish turkey burger! Perfect for the lobster lover too!

 

Ontario Residents:

Vintages  #369686  $19.95

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Episode #3. Kendall Jackson, Sonoma, California

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Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is made with grapes sourced from California’s cool coastal growing regions including Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, Mendocino County and Sonoma County, which Kendall-Jackson is known for. It is 100% Chardonnay barrel fermented and hand crafted from start to finish beginning in small vineyard lots. Full bodied and rich!

 

Check out The Wine Ladies recent adventure at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Culinary Gardens in Sonoma County, California.

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