I am going through a nuts for New Zealand phase, having discovered a few great finds lately and so here is one of my latest…and NO it’s not a Sauvignon Blanc, although a white wine, it is the 3rd most popular white varietal in New Zealand and mimics very much the style that you might find in Alsace.
My wine pick is a Pinot Gris, the Tiki Estate Pinot Gris 2014, from Marlborough. $17.95
Tiki Wine and Vineyards was founded by Royce and Sue McKean and the name Tiki pays homage to Royce’s great great grandfather, Tiki
Terre Mihi, Chieftain of the Nagati Uenuku tribe.
So I am happy to share with everyone my wine pick today because it has been a favourite of mine and to be honest at first I didn't even realize it was organic. I just knew I loved it.... a bonus biodynamic!
From Mendocino, California, my pick is Bonterra which means "good earth" Chardonnay. Because of Mendocino's climate, hot, dry summers for great diversity of cover crops, olive trees, a variety of poppies and even strands of lavender can be seen among the vineyards, perfect for biodynamic farming. This is reflected in the taste in the glass!
It is a rich wine, buttery and nutty, mouth filling and with a crisp acidity and aromas and aromas and flavours of tropical fruit, lemon. It is a delectable journey on the palate and with a long standing finish. Just hits the high note time after time!
Yes, the Chinese New year is just around the corner, it is celebrated on February 8th…and so we thought it would be fun and really interesting to do a show on the celebration of the holiday and also explore a little about the Chinese culture, cuisine and wine .
Pillitteri Estates Winery Icewine the perfect pairing for celebrating!
It just so happens that one of the most coveted and prestigious beverages enjoyed on this holiday and other days throughout the year in China happens to be Canadian!
Often referred to as liquid gold, it is our iconic Icewine! And Pillitteri Estates Winery is one of the most prestigious and largest producers and exporters of Icewine to China, so naturally we spoke with them all about it.
A friend brought this wine over as a gift for a recent Christmas dinner party. Loved the name of this wine, it kind of goes with the holidays. But there is nothing scroogie about this wine!This awesome Shiraz comes from South Australia and from the Ebenezer vineyard, which was first planted in the 1850’s.
It delivers a big beautiful package all wrapped up with a full body, it’s rich, with ripe fruit intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries, hint of chocolate, long finish, lots of layers and depth. Good long finish and a bit of a treat…. But it’s the holidays, in our market $39.95.
I know Merlot Madness was back in October but what can I say, I can be slow out of the gate sometimes, my wine pick comes from a winery that is renown for being the benchmark for this varietal, served at Presidential nominations and the white house. It is a treat for this time of year, at $59.95 a bottle in our market, but delish, share with your wine loving friends, or not, keep for yourself, just kidding, the wine is from the Napa Valley, it is the Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2012.
A Merlot Blend
—VINTAGES#: 992529 STYLE - Full-bodied & Smooth $59.95
A fresh style of Merlot with light chocolate and blueberry character. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish, full bodied, smooth.
And we interviewed the winemaker Renee Ary, a brilliant winemaker, she’s been at Duckhorn for about 12 years now and guides the entire Duckhorn portfolio.
Not too long ago we had the pleasure of interviewing on our radio show episode WL08-31-2015, the winemaker Mason Spink from Dirty Laundry, a wonderful winery located in Summerland of the Okanagan Valley. This winery has a very cool history, with quite a bit of monkey business that went on in its earlier days.Check out the video for the full story. This winery is so much fun, it is laid back, tongue and cheek, but also makes fabulous wines.
My wine pick...Dirty Laundry Not So Knotty Chardonnay 2013 $19.95/bottle
“This femme fatale has a luscious, fruit forward style that is all nouveau monde. Vive la difference!” is how Mason Spink the winemaker refers to this un-oaked Chardonnay. It is stainless steel fermented to allow the fruit to show brilliantly in the wine.I loved this wine with a lively, bright acidity, citrus, apple and a hint of honey, really delicious and has also won numerous awards…
Gold - All Canadian Wine Championship 2015
Silver - Northwest Wine Summit 2015
Just to let you know they also have a “Naughty Version of the Chardonnay… only this one is done in oak!
Pick up a bottle before they sell out!