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Jamie Goode's wine blog : Dona Berta: traditional, restrained, delicious Douro wines
There’s something very traditional about the labelling of these wines from Douro estate Dona Berta: pure and classic. This is reflected in the winemaking style, which shows admirable restraint and purity. The estate, based in Quinta do Carrenho in the Douro Superior, was established some 40 years ago by an engineer, Hernâni Verdelho, using old family [...]
Natalie MacLean: Importing Wine, Beer & Spirits for Pleasure & Profit Seminar
Saturday June 2nd, 2018 Novotel Toronto Centre 45 The Esplanade – Toronto 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Join Charles Steven Trenholme for the day-long seminar: Importing for Wine, Beer & Spirits For Pleasure & Profit, which provides insights into the dynamics of importing wine, craft beers & spirits into Canada. Charles Steven brings to the seminar 35+ years of experience working in various capacities including managing national sales agency, brand management, sommelier and as an educator. Charles Steven knows first-hand that there are still hundreds of suppliers around the world actively looking for importers to represent them in Canada, […]
The Wine Economist: Wine Economist World Tour Update: Italy, Napa, Moldova, Romania
The Wine Economist returns to the road in a few weeks. Here are some of the stops we plan during the summer months. June 2018 I’ll be speaking about “Around the World in Eighty Wines” and leading a wine tasting as part of the University of Puget Sound’s Summer Reunion Weekend Alumni College. June 8-9, 2018. […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Interesting Marlborough: Framingham
Framingham is one of the most interesting of Marlborough’s wineries, but they tend to fly under the radar a bit. They are best known for their Rieslings – winemaker Dr Andrew Hedley is a complete Riesling freak – but their other wines are serious, too. Indeed, Riesling is only about 8% of the volume here. [...]
winegoggle: Eating: Kitchen Nightmares in Hipsterville
It must have been just after the first Cape Town hipster had tragically died from beard-oil poisoning while drinking an almond latté when I first heard of the Dog’s Bollocks. I initially assumed this to be the name of one of these ridiculous shooter drinks or a vogueish new tattoo pattern. Instead, the Dogs Bollocks […]
Natalie MacLean: Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings May 26
You can access the 137 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 May 12. 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 […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : A case of 2015 reds from the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Each year, the Gimblett Gravels association – a group in charge of a special terroir in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand – makes a selection of 12 top reds. This is the 2015 edition, the latest, and it was selected by Andrew Caillard MW. These are my notes on the wines. Some I was really impressed with; [...]
The Wine Economist: Navigating the Headwinds for French Wine Exports to the U.S. Market
Sue and I recently returned from a press tour to three French wine regions — Languedoc, Roussillon, and the Loire Valley — that are benefiting from the current surge in demand for French wines in the U.S. market. As I noted last week, France is back on consumer radar, especially with buyers thirsty for Rosé […]
Grape Wall of China: First World Marselan Day! | Corks pop from U.S. to China to Germany
By Jim Boyce | The first World Marselan Day saw wine fans in the United States, Germany, Brazil, Romania, China and elsewhere open bottles from ...
Grape Wall of China: Ninth Grape Wall Challenge | Consumers judge Chinese Marselan!
By Jim Boyce | Cabernet Sauvignon dominates China’s vineyards but a growing number of people believe Marselan will emerge as the nation’s signature grape. We featured ...
My Vine Spot: A Trio of Fun & Affordable Warm-Weather Wines: Segura Viudas, Nik Weis Selection, and Adegas Galegas
Hello Friends,Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new 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 featured for this post, two from Spain and one from Germany, are easy-drinking, refreshing wines that perfectly match the warm weather season. They are also reasonably priced and very satisfying. I hope you will seek out all three, and share them with friends over a good meal. Tapas would be ideal, hint-hint. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.Segura Viudas NV Brut Rosé Segura Viudas NV Brut Rosé (SRP $10): This brut rosé from the Cava region of Spain is satisfying and refreshing. It is composed of 90% Trepat, a native variety, and 10% Garnacha. In the mouth, it’s lively and pleasing, with bright red berry fruit flavors joined by rhubarb and zesty citrus notes, closing with a somewhat creamy finish. This wine is fun, accessible, and offers excellent value for the money. Jeff Siegel, a nationally known wine writer who writes the Wine Curmudgeon, says this brut rosé is “perhaps the greatest cheap sparkling wine available today,” adding that it’s “always a value and well done.” Region: Cava, Catalonia, Spain. Other info: ABV 12%, cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Nik Weis Selection 2017 Urban Riesling Nik Weis Selection 2017 Urban Riesling (SRP $15): If you’re looking for a versatile, affordable, and satisfying Riesling, this is your bottle. Urban is the second label from Nik Weis, winemaker and third generation owner of St. Urbans-Hof in Mosel Valley, Germany. This wine is light-bodied and fresh, with bright flavors and aromatics of orange blossom, citrus pith, shy stone fruit, and underlying hints of wet rocks. There’s great balance between sweetness and acidity. Enjoy this bottle with good company and good food—especially spicy Asian cuisine. Region: Mosel, Germany. Other info: ABV 10%, screw cap enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Adegas Galegas 2016 D. Pedro Albariño Adegas Galegas 2016 D. Pedro Albariño (SRP $19): This attractive label pays tribute to Pedro Madruga, a noble warrior and feudal knight who lived in Galicia (northwest Spain) at the end of the 15th century—and who will forever be a part of the region’s culture and history. The wine is light, bright, and refreshing, with crisp acidity supporting vibrant flavors of orchard fruit and spring flowers, intermixed with a welcoming dash of sea air and sweet citrus notes on the finish. Serve chilled, and enjoy with seafood or light pasta dishes. It’s also a delightful sipper on its own. Region: Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain. Other info: ABV 13%, screw cap enclosure. Click here to find this wine.The three wines reviewed will pair wonderfully with tapas dishes—especially small bites that pack a little heat, or those that are fried—like calamares fritos or empanadas.
Jamie Goode's wine blog : The Hermit Ram Pinot Noir Whole Bunch 2017 North Canterbury, New Zealand
I’ve talked about the wines of Theo Coles here before on this blog. His brand is The Hermit Ram (although he also works on other projects), and the other night at Scotch we had this: the latest release of his Pinot Noir. I see that I scored the 2016 the same, but this 2017 may [...]
Elizabeth Smith Consulting: Greenwood Ridge Vineyards
On the drive to the kickoff event at Greenwood Ridge Vineyards for my inaugural Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association Aromatic White Wine Festival, I was nervous. It was billed as a winemakers’ media dinner and was not sure what the dress code was. I finally decided to dress neatly, but also casually and warmly, because it … Continue reading Greenwood Ridge Vineyards
Natalie MacLean: All Canadian Wine Championships: Insider View of Canada’s Top Wine Competition (Video)
You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Bev Carnahan, Canada’s National Wine Competitions, author and Judge of Join us Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 6 pm EST right here: www.facebook.com/natdecants/videos/ Click on “Get Reminder” on the page above to know when we go live. You can also click on “Follow” and “Like” buttons to know when we make updates. Listen to her stories and experiences as we taste wines together: Plus anything you want to ask Bev Carnahan. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and to find out who’s coming up next.
winegoggle: KWV Knocks 100 in Style and with Fine Wine
I had scarcely mentioned my attendance at the KWV’s recent swanky 100th birthday party in its Cathedral Cellar when I was reminded from some circles of all the bad things the KWV had apparently committed in the South African wine industry. As usual, these comments were devoid of any fact or substance, purely wishing to […]
Jamie Goode's wine blog : Air New Zealand lounge wine round up
I’m in the lounge at Auckland airport heading to Hong Kong and then Thailand. Flight delayed by a few hours, so time to try all the lounge wines. Airlines don’t have much money to spend on lounge wines because passengers chug a lot of wine while they are waiting, so it’s always interesting to see [...]