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Natalie MacLean: Randall Grahm: A Californian Blend of Wine, Wit and Wisdom
Join us on the Sunday Sipper Club, July 23 at 6 pm eastern (Toronto/New York time) We’ll be joined by a special guest winemaker, Randall Grahm, owner of Bonny Doon Vineyard. Click the arrow above to watch a teaser video of what we’ll be discussing. Tune in here: www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page above to get notified when we go live. You’ll find upcoming and past Live Tasting Videos here. Bonny Doon Randall Grahm Randall was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended the University of California at Santa […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Mr Glover Wilde Vineyards Agent Field Blend 2016
I tried this with its creator, Ben Glover (previously of Accolade, now focusing on family business Zephyr and other projects), in Scotch Bar in Blenheim a few weeks ago. I’d just been speaking at a biodynamic and organic conference and I’d urged New Zealand producers to take a few more risks and make the odd [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: Two orange wines from Spain
Last night I drank two orange wines from Spain. Both different in style, but both very good. The first, a distinctive Albillo, was on the list at the brill Morito. The second was a Macabeu in a distinctive ceramic bottle, which was purchased at Furanxo, a lovely Spanish deli and bar in Dalston. Alfredo Maestro Lovamor Albillo [...]
Natalie MacLean: Video: A Sensory Journey Through Austrian Wines
This spring, I attended a stellar tasting of Austrian wines at Toronto’s Alo, named Canada’s Best New Restaurant by several publications. In the video above, Birgitta Samavar of the Austrian Wine Marketing Group, explains why the country’s iconic grape, Gruner Veltliner, is a white wine unlike any other. This is a sampling the wines we tasted, but you can access more than 300 Austrian Wine Reviews here, along with those of our team members at Ottawa-based tastings. The dishes that Alo presented to pair with the wines were simply spectacular. These pictures tell a thousand words (and sensory sensations). […]
Natalie MacLean: Natural Born Beauty in a Bottle: Wachau Wine
By Rebecca Meïr-Liebman of Chef & Somm One of the most wonderful aspects of wine is that it allows us to travel the world without leaving home. From anywhere in the world, we can taste the terroir of Bordeaux, Sonoma, or the Mosel, especially when we successfully pair the cuisine of a particular region with its wine. But can we truly grasp the complexity of a wine and its terroir without actually going there, without touching the land, breathing the air and getting to know the regions’ style, tradition, and philosophy? At the risk of coming off as elitist, I […]
Natalie MacLean: A Wine Waltz through Austria’s Weinviertel Region
By Rebecca Meïr-Liebman of Chef & Somm In North America, many of us are entranced by commercialism, shopping, the latest must-have piece of tech, and novelty. Sometimes, it feels as if we’ve lost touch with our history and our past. This is especially true you have an opportunity to compare and contrast our values with those of another culture, as I have recently. Then you gain insight into a culture that very much holds on to, and celebrates, its history, music, art and architecture, fashion and food. This contrast became vivid when I visited Austria, courtesy of the Austrian Wine […]
Grape Wall of China: Sommeli-eh? Canada launches sommelier contest for China
By Jim Boyce | Did you know that Canada has over 650 wineries? Or that the province of Ontario produces two-thirds of the nation’s wine? ...
Natalie MacLean: Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings July 22
You can access the 94 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 July 8. 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 […]
The Wine Economist: When is a Wine Tourist Not a Wine Tourist? Lessons from Cyprus
We were sitting on the terrace at Nelion Winery, perched on the famous Paphos-Troodos road, talking with winemaker Marinos Ioannou and tasting his excellent wines. (We loved a dry red made from the indigenous Ofthalmo grape variety and brought home a bottle to share with friends here). A Happening Place Nelion was kind of a happening place […]
winegoggle: Time to Loosen-up the Wine Borders
Going through the reading matter about Cape Town’s new wine district, I was surprised at how relatively simple it all sounded. Producers from Constantia and Durbanville get an idea. Apply to the Wine and Spirits Board’s Demarcation Committee to check out the possibility of creating a district based on the regional, geographic similarities between Constantia […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Grower Champagne: Vouette & Sorbée Brut Nature Fidèle NV
Champagne Vouette et Sorbée is one of the star growers in the Aube, in the south of the Champagne region. Bernard Gautherot was persuaded to begin making his own wines by Selosse back in 2001, and the first release was in 2004. Based in Buxières-sur-Arce, he has 5.5 hectares in the Côte des Bar, which [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: Video: in the spectacular Mosel region with Ernie Loosen
The Mosel is one of the most remarkable wine regions of all. Here, I’m in the vineyards with Ernie Loosen, visiting the Erdener Prälat and Urziger Würzgarten, before heading back to the winery for a tasting. The steep slopes are quite terrifying.
Reverse Wine Snob®: Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine – Something Special
The Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine has a whole lot of good things going on! The Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese from Columbia Valley, Washington. It spends 15 months in French oak. The Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine is […] The post Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine – Something Special appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
jamie goode's wine blog: A couple of lovely Kiwi Pinots: Ma Maison and Yealands
Continuing my journey into the wonders of Kiwi Pinot, here are two lovely bottles recently consumed. The first was new to me. The second, Yealands, wasn’t a surprise: I always like these wines, and they are underpriced. Ma Maison Cuvée Two Richards Pinot Noir 2014 Martinborough, New Zealand 14.5% alcohol. A blend of equal parts Abel, 667 [...]
jamie goode's wine blog: Gamay 32, François Rousset-Martin J’en Suis Gaga 2015
I had this wine on Wednesday night at the fab Westerns Laundry. It’s a Gamay from the Jura, but is labelled as Vin de France. François Rousset-Martin grew up in Burgundy where his father was a medical microbiologist at the Hospices de Beaune. But the family had some vines in the Jura: 12 hectares in [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Zuccardi Q Tempranillo – An Eye Opener
Mendoza channels a little Ribera Del Duero with the Zuccardi Q Tempranillo. 100% Tempranillo from Santa Rosa Vineyards, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is aged in French and American medium toasted oak barrels for one year and another year in the bottle before release. SRP of $20 and available as low as $16. […] The post Zuccardi Q Tempranillo – An Eye Opener appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.