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!”
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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”
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”
Rhône Valley wine region in 7 days.
Visiting the Rhône Valley wine region. A while back I had the good fortune to visit the various Rhône valley wine regions for seven days. The areas within are visually beautiful. The wines of the North can best be described as elegant and delicate. In contrast, the wines of the South are rustic and full ofContinue reading “Rhône Valley wine region in 7 days.”
On the lookout for truly great red wines? Look into this one. Structure, balance, and very impressive
What do we have to do to get truly great wines? I don’t know about you, but personally, I’m not impressed often enough with the red wines people bring to the house when I’m entertaining. Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful for the gift, and even more thankful that they’ve come so I can enjoyContinue reading “On the lookout for truly great red wines? Look into this one. Structure, balance, and very impressive”
2012 Carabella Pinot Noir, Oregon. Best PN I’ve had in years.
Oregon knows how to do Pinot Noir Robust, earthy, great berry fruit. Outstanding wine. In Vintages from time to time. I had this one with the rep and the product consultants at Bayview and Sheppard.
Kir-Yianni Estate redefines the level of greatness the wines of Greece can possess. Here are 2 outstanding reds!
Two Greek wines you should know You may know the lovely Paranga red blend from Kir-Yianni, available in LCBO. A very nice wine at a price that’ll make you happy. Here are two more … Yesterday I had the chance to taste two upscale wines from the estate with Lambros Papadimitriou. Two Olives 2010 A dark beauty withContinue reading “Kir-Yianni Estate redefines the level of greatness the wines of Greece can possess. Here are 2 outstanding reds! “
Chardonnay (Wine Introduction)
Chardonnay – the grape and the wine (Classic tasting notes: vanilla, tropical fruit, nuts, subtle apples and butter) Chardonnay is the primary white wine of Burgundy. One of the most popular wines in the world. Other than its home in Burgundy, the best Chards come from Washington State, Oregon, Ontario and California. You can findContinue reading “Chardonnay (Wine Introduction)”