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Wine 101 – Introducing wine. Learn about wine, the culture, the enjoyment, the fun…

WINE 101  Do you want to master the whole wine thing? The trick is, don’t take it too seriously. Have fun. We’ll take it one step at a time!

Step 1.Wine Regions:  Click on a region to learn more about it and its main Wine Varietals …

Note: Each link takes you to my website page, use browser “back” button to return here.

Bordeaux
Burgundy
Rhone
Step 2  Find wines you’ll enjoy
Step 3  How wine is made
More Info:  Enjoy the world of wine further at:   WineAndLeisure.com
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Chateau Desmirail Margaux 2009 – Grand Cru Classe (3rd Growth): The dark color and very mature dark fruit bouquet…

… revealed a lot in the first few seconds! Being 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the distinct cassis was the first aroma and flavor to hit the palate, followed by raspberry, plum jam, chocolate and cedar. As the layers slowly unfolded, a dusty earthy quality and other fruity, floral nuances developed. The wine is big and amazingly balanced. The tannins are firm and silky.

Denis Lurton took over the management of the Chateau in 1992 from his father, Lucien. Father and son have put a considerable stamp of competent winemaking in this property. The terrior is of well-drained gravel with some clay. The Gironde Estuary provides moderation to the climate. This chateau produces beautiful and affordable wines.
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Le Clos Jordanne Chardonnay Village Reserve 2008 Deep golden colour. Comes on strong and gets more subtle with passing moments. Quince, toast, vanilla, toffee, intense fruit aromas; layered and complex. Driftwood nuances. Bouquet follows through in the f

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Le Clos Jordanne Chardonnay Village Reserve 2008 Deep golden colour. Comes on strong and gets more subtle with passing moments. Quince, toast, vanilla, toffee, intense fruit aromas; layered and complex. Driftwood nuances. Bouquet follows through in the flavours with additional notes of orange peel. Hint of lemon on the satisfying and lingering finish. Enjoying the wine over late lunch with nature painter Chris Bacon.

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Vidal Blonde Champagne Sabering Blindfolded

Vidal Blonde sabers a bottle of Calamus StarStruck sparkling Riesling. Zoltan Szabo had taught her how to saber sparkling wines the day before. She got so good at it that she wanted to try doing it blindfolded. Nailed it the first try. Zoltan Szabo presides over the event, Johanna and The Wine Baron comment in the background off camera.

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Visited Viewpointe winery in Lake Erie North Shore. An amazing and wonderful winery. Fine wines. Pics …

Photos: The winery from several angles, Vidal Blonde looking out on the Lake, LCBO buyers tasting wines of interest to them. Some may wind up in Vintages and LCBO General List. Last photo: Astrid Brummer of LCBO and Vidal Blonde discussing Viewpointe wines that are already in selected LCBO stores.

Lake Erie North Shore, LENS for short, is Canada’s first wine region. The first winery opened here in the late 1800’s. Today the wine region is experiencing exciting new growth with the addition of several wineries.

Viewpointe is the most exciting newer winery to call this area home. It’s one of the most significant facilities in North America and is beautiful to look at.  It’s also a wonderful place to visit.  Proprietor John Fancsy has crafted a location, winery facility and wines that are second to none.