Off to Wine Country in a Mercedes sport coupe

I contributed this article to the summer issue of Mercedes-Benz Club Canada‘s magazine. This is a reprint. I’m dreaming! Dreaming of hopping into a gleaming white sport Coupe, with a few ponies under the hood, tooling through south of France wine country. In my fantasy, I’m negotiating winding roads through the dazzling countryside along theContinue reading “Off to Wine Country in a Mercedes sport coupe”

Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot The most famous trio of Bordeaux red wine varietals. Originally from the iconic wine region of Bordeaux, the three have arguably become the most famous red wines around the world. As a blend, either from the original region or elsewhere, these 3 exude robust, bold aromas and tasting notes,Continue reading “Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot”

Sauvignon Blanc – about the wine and how to enjoy it (The Wine Baron’s Wine 101 series)

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. It originated in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Tasting Notes: Herbal flavors, olive and a soft, smoky flavor. It can range from sweet to dry, butContinue reading “Sauvignon Blanc – about the wine and how to enjoy it (The Wine Baron’s Wine 101 series)”

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

What a fine experience it was to have a vertical tasting of Sablet wines all the way back to 1990 here in Sablet. And great to meet Jean Autran from Domaine de Piaugier. Outstanding wines of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Rustic yet elegant, rich, yet sometimes delicate.  Sensuous flavours in the glass. Sablet is aContinue reading “Sablet. A sensuous Southern Rhone wine from one of the most romantic villages in France.”

Gigondas means historic, beautiful wine!

I simply adore Gigondas, Rhône, France. The place. The wines. I have pleasant memories of visiting a while back. Beautiful Gigondas village, in the Southern Rhône, is a cute and historic village with stone edifices, narrow lanes and steep hills. The wines are charming and iconic. Area wine regions include Gigondas, Vacqueyras, & Beaumes deContinue reading “Gigondas means historic, beautiful wine!”

PondView Harvest Party 2017. Great turnout, great wine, great music!

Happy Crowd at PondView The Baroness and I had the good fortune to attend the PondView Harvest party this past weekend. Best fun we’ve had in Niagara all year. PondView is a happening winery that is creating some good buzz. They’re producing fine wines and have a good sense of marketing to fuel their growth.Continue reading “PondView Harvest Party 2017. Great turnout, great wine, great music!”

Visit to Viewpointe Estate Winery

Excellence in winemaking This family-owned estate is one of Southwestern Ontario’s reference point wineries. Situated in EPIC (Essex Pelee Island Coast) near Windsor Ontario, the region also carries the VQA designation: Lake Erie North Shore. A visit to Viewpointe is not to be missed. John, Steve, and Jean Fancsy all have the passion for wineContinue reading “Visit to Viewpointe Estate Winery”

Rabl Grüner Veltliner always a winner every time I have it. This Austrian varietal a best-kept-secret among white wines!

Rabl Grüner Veltliner Spiegel from Kamptal. Fresh, crisp, and luscious. Great mouth-feel. Astounding bouquet. I highly recommend any good Austrian Grüner Veltliner. And this is one of the best in the affordable to mid-price range. These truly fun Austrian whites come in a Riesling style bottle and are a real treat. Especially this one! Rabl’sContinue reading “Rabl Grüner Veltliner always a winner every time I have it. This Austrian varietal a best-kept-secret among white wines!”

Wine Hackaton: Pinot vs Bonarda — The Wine Culturist

Have you ever met a wine hacker? I have. Last week I found myself in a narrow brightly-lit room in a far-flung corner of the city, rubbing glasses with Argentina’s hippest wine bloggers at the grandiosely-named PinotBonarda Wine Hackaton. Now let me be clear; there were no geeky, unwashed techies in ironic oversized T-shirts hereContinue reading “Wine Hackaton: Pinot vs Bonarda — The Wine Culturist”

Piccini Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010

A Brunello that’s elegant and true  We enjoyed this beautiful wine last night with sliced baguette and aged cheeses, including parmigiano (a great match). Brunello must spend at least 2 years in barrels and cannot be released until the fifth year after harvest. A patient investment to produce an outstanding wine. We immediately noticed itsContinue reading “Piccini Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010”