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jamie goode's wine blog: A day in Adelaide: Big Table, Lady Burra, Shobosho, Pink Moon
It’s nice to be back in Adelaide. I spent a few days here last July, and it’s a very liveable place, a little scruffy around the edges, but a great place to eat, drink and wander around. I had a day in the city yesterday. I began by wandering through the Central Market, where there are [...]
Traveling Wine Chick: Hudson-Chatham Winery in Troy, New York
A lifetime ago, when I was a community college professor who knew nothing about wine, I was contemplating a move to New York. I interviewed for a job at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. I stayed overnight there and thought it was such a great little city. I jumped at the opportunity … More Hudson-Chatham Winery in Troy, New York
The Wine Economist: Wine Tourism in Mendoza: Rethinking Best-Practices with the UNWTO
The Wine Economist will take a break for the next two weeks while Sue and I travel to Mendoza, Argentina for the second Global Wine Tourism conference organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and hosted by the Argentina Ministry of Tourism. It will be great to return to Mendoza and to have a […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Niagara Riesling: some treats from Cave Spring, Flat Rock and Vineland
On my mini-trip to Niagara last week I got to try a few very nice Rieslings that served to remind me just how well this grape variety does in Niagara. I tasted some Cave Spring Rieslings at dinner with Angelo Pavan (pictured above), then squeezed in a quick tasting of some older Rieslings with Ed [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: What’s the role of emotion in the perception of wine?
One of the aspects I didn’t cover much in my discussions of perception in I Taste Red, is how emotion affects the perception of the world around us. When we are consciously aware of things around us, we create a model of the world that is a seamless, unified representation that includes input from all the [...]
winegoggle: Kanonkop Breathes Fresh Air into Older Wines with Recorking Service
I was wondering when someone in South Africa was going to do the recorking of older vintages, as the case is in Europe, Australia and America. Kanonkop the first, and not the last. Check out their press-release: In a bid to assist loyal customers to enjoy and keep its premier wines for longer, Kanonkop Wine […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Champagne Piper-Heidiseck’s new Cuvée Essentiel Extra Brut, and a review of their Vintage 2008
Last night I drank (with help, of course) two Champagnes. One was the impressive new Cuvée Essentiel, and the other the 2008 vintage, from Piper-Heidsieck. It’s a house I associate with forward, generously toasty wines, so it’s nice to see the Essentiel, which is a bit more serious and well defined. Champagne Piper-Heidiseck Essentiel Cuvée Réserve [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: Gamay 33, Metrat Fleurie La Roilette Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2015
Metrat is underrated as a Beaujolais producer. I visited him last year, and really loved the wines. This is one of his best, a Fleurie that comes from a special Lieu Dit, La Roilette. The crus of Beaujolais have a fair bit of soil variation, and there are some especially privileged sites, and now growers [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: DeMorgenzon DMZ Syrah – Smoking!
The DeMorgenzon DMZ Syrah, simmering with succulent smoked meat! 100% Syrah from Stellenbosch, South Africa. The wine spends 12 months in a combination of French oak barrels, 3000L oak foudres and cement tanks. It has a residual sugar of just 1.5 g/L. SRP of $15 and available for as low as $12. Ready to buy? […] The post DeMorgenzon DMZ Syrah – Smoking! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
jamie goode's wine blog: For food and drink at the airport, forget the lounge, and let’s rethink the flight experience
I had a good experience in Toronto airport this evening. Arriving quite early, I got through security, and then wandered around Terminal 3. Because I was flying WestJet (saving my client money!), there was no lounge access. This forced me to check out the various food and drink options in the terminal, and I found [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: Stunning new releases from Domaine Queylus, Niagara, Canada
I’ve written about the wines of Domaine Queylus before. This winery, headed up by Thomas Bachelder, is making some of the most distinctive wines in the Niagara wine region. I met with Thomas and winemaker Kelly Mason to taste through the 2014s and the soon to be released 2015s. These are really impressive wines, and [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Fat Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon – Discover Drinkability
You can’t ask for much more than this from a $10 bottle of wine, the Fat Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon available at Lidl. BULK BUY! 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa. The wine spent a whopping 26 months in oak barrels (10% new French, 20% second fill and 70% third fill). It has a residual […] The post Fat Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon – Discover Drinkability appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
jamie goode's wine blog: Exploring the wines of Ontario, Canada
Yesterday I took part in a session for LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) product consultants, focusing on Ontario wines. This was held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the vineyards (we started off at Jackson-Triggs, went to Cave Spring, then finished at Flat Rock.) These consultants are the people who work in the government liquor stores as [...]
My Vine Spot: Pretty in Pink: Rosés from Les Andides, Domaines Paul Mas, and Villa María
Hello Friends,Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine writer, and someone who appreciates the liquid expression of place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. The world of wine offers endless opportunities to learn and taste new things.The wines selected for this post are value-driven rosés—sparkling and still. Just because summer is coming to an end, it does not mean you should retire these beauties. Add pink to the beautiful spectrum of colors that autumn brings. After all, drier-style rosés are some of the most versatile and food-friendly wines available. Their refreshing taste, uplifting flavors, and bright acids are perfect for Thanksgiving—particularly with glazed ham, turkey, and all the sandwiches you will enjoy days later. And add a bottle or three to any holiday party or social gathering that’s heavy on finger foods. For further information and where you can find these pink wines, please see my tasting notes below.Les Andides NV Crémant de Loire Brut RoséLes Andides NV Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé (SRP $10): Here’s a very delightful brut rosé for the money. It is fresh, energetic, and fun to drink. Red summer berry flavors are underpinned by subtle orchard fruit and dried rose petals. A persistent stream of tiny bubbles cleanses the palate, and racy acidity makes it versatile with a wide range of foods. Think Sunday brunch fare and party appetizers. I believe this wine is a Lidl US grocery store exclusive. Lidl is a European discount grocer that’s opening myriad stores in the U.S. If there is a Lidl near you, I recommend finding this wine. Not only would this sparkler perform well on your Thanksgiving table, but a bottle of bubbly goes a long way in making holiday shopping and entertaining less stressful. Region: Loire Valley, France. Other info: N/A. Click here to find this wine.Arrogant Frog 2016 ‘Lily Pad Pink’ RoséArrogant Frog 2016 ‘Lily Pad Pink’ Rosé (SRP $9): From Jean-Claude Mas, a mover and shaker in France's Languedoc wine region, this rosé is a pleasing refresher for every day, anytime enjoyment. It offers a pleasant combination of fresh cherries, ripe strawberries, citrus zest, and candied red fruits—redolent of Jolly Ranchers—over crisp, food-friendly, crunchy acidity. I enjoyed a glass with bacon wrapped shrimp while waiting for some burgers and ribs to finish on the grill. Mid glass, I concluded that this rosé had enough oomph to be a great match for the burgers and ribs as well. And it was! Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Other info: ABV 13%, 100% Syrah. Click here to find this wine.Villa María 2016 Private Bin RoséVilla María 2016 Private Bin Rosé (SRP $15): Villa Maria is an award winning producer famous for their satisfying and value-driven Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines grown on the South Island in Marlborough, New Zealand. They also make an agreeable rosé that hits the spot and is made predominantly from Merlot. Its profile is indicative of the warmer climate of Hawke’s Bay—a region on the east coast of the North Island. Medium watermelon in color, this wine is fruit-driven with aromas and flavors of ripe strawberries, hard red candy, tangerine, and a dusty, sweet-like spice, underscored by fresh, brisk acidity. It has a bit of body, but the wine’s bright character provides a welcoming lift. This is a nice bottle to have poolside, in the picnic basket, or at the beach. It is also a good match for grilled foods such as links, veggies, and pork tenderloin. Region: Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand. Other info: ABV 12.5%, screw cap enclosure. Click here to find this wine.
jamie goode's wine blog: A major award for I Taste Red
I’m so thrilled that I Taste Red, my latest book, has just won an a major award. Last night, at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards, it was successful in the Wine Book of the Year category. Unfortunately, I had to fly to Canada for some work yesterday so I wasn’t there. But my [...]
Natalie MacLean: Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings September 16
You can access the 91 wines that I reviewed for as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches. You can also see my wine reviews for September 2. If you are a Paid Member, you can add my wine picks to your custom shopping list with one click and access that list on your smartphone to find the stock for each wine in your closest LCBO store. These are just some of the benefits of supporting out wine community as a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before […]