Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue.

A worthy single-hop pale ale showcasing the Citra hop. I’ve been wanting to try any one of Toppling Giant’s beers for some time. Some of their brews finally reached my area, so I was excited to finally experience their pale ale, Pseudo Sue. Appearance The beer is pale gold, and appears in the glass like aContinue reading “Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue.”

Icewine alternatives. How sweet!

Icewine is a great dessert wine or apéritif. Here are some alternatives … SAUTERNES and TROCKENBEERENAUSLESE As you know, icewine is made from grapes that have hung on vine far beyond normal harvest time and have become very dry (and frozen). Other Dessert Wines A similar type of wine, that also shares the characteristic ofContinue reading “Icewine alternatives. How sweet!”

Bella Terra Red.

An endearing red blend from Bella Terra’s own estate vineyards. PondView Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake has recently changed its  name to Bella Terra Vineyards. The 2018 vintage of Bella Terra Red is a blend of the three main red varietals that grow in their vineyards: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. This lovely medium-bodied redContinue reading “Bella Terra Red.”

Beef Bourguignon recipe and video.

This is my personal recipe for this dish. I’ve taken the liberty to add techniques and ingredients that I learned in Chateauneuf du Pape*, with additional ideas from my Austrian heritage. These factors produce a delicious and rich version of the popular stew. * My Chateauneuf experience was with winemaker Mireille Fabre of Domaine TourContinue reading “Beef Bourguignon recipe and video.”

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, and Merlot

The trio of Bordeaux originals that have take the entire world by storm! Three “big” full bodied red wines to enjoy. Whether a bottle that’s a blend of all three varietals from Bordeaux, or choose individually as a single varietal from a region like California, Australia, or South Africa, these are the blockbusters that satisfyContinue reading “Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, and Merlot”

Sauvignon Blanc

(classic tasting notes of cut grass, lemon, herbs and a hint of gooseberry) Sauvignon Blanc is a popular alternative to Chardonnay. It makes a crisp, light wine. The grape and vinification history originated in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Notes: Herbal flavors, olive and a soft, smoky flavor. It can range from sweet to dry,Continue reading “Sauvignon Blanc”

Wine 101 – Part 2

Back to “Part 1” Part Two … (the rest of the world’s top wine regions) Wine Regions of Italy, Spain, the U.S., and more Having covered the regions of France in Wine 101 Part 1, this second section now covers additional exciting wine regions to round out your growing wine experience. Look up the regions, check themContinue reading “Wine 101 – Part 2”

Wine 101

A Quick Guide and Introduction to Wine. Wine might seem a bit daunting at first. We can help you with that. Enjoy the process.  We’ll take it one step at a time. Step One: WINE REGIONS A good way to learn about wine is to learn about wine regions. I’ve included special wine regions here, ones that gave birthContinue reading “Wine 101”

Sablet. A sensuous Southern Rhone wine from one of the most romantic villages in France.

The vineyards of Sablet, in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, are built on a mound of sand, from which its name derives. The town and its surrounding vineyards are located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The terroir is of sandy soils and decalcified red clays mixed with pebbles ofContinue reading “Sablet. A sensuous Southern Rhone wine from one of the most romantic villages in France.”

Bordeaux Wine Region (king of them all)

Bordeaux is the top wine region in the world. Not just  legendary and cultural, it also produces the top wines. These wines serve as the benchmark for all others. Bordeaux is an Eighteenth Century architectural and cultural gem. The city by that name has 600,000 residents and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. ItContinue reading “Bordeaux Wine Region (king of them all)”