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Natalie MacLean: Discover the World of Brunello Wine with Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi
Lamberto Frescobaldi Experience the World of Brunello with an unforgettable, intimate dinner with Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi, President of Tenuta CastelGiocondo – one of Tuscany’s most storied estates, owned by one of Italy’s most revered wine families. Join us Tuesday, October 24 at 7pm at Aria, 25 York St., Toronto. An evening built for true wine lovers and foodies, the Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi will lead guests through an intimate and engaging, 5-course, wine-paired dinner. Wines to include the debut of Frescobaldi’s new rosé, a Rosso di Montalcino, a vertical flight of three Brunello di Montalcino vintages, and Frescobaldi’s premium top-tier, single […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Sushi Nishimura, Tokyo, with Chablis and Assyrtiko to match
I had one of the most amazing meals of my life in Tokyo. I was lucky enough to dine at Sushi Nishimura with Kenichi Ohashi, Yamamoto Akihiko and Moto Ohoshi. This is a beautiful, small restaurant in Roppongi run by chef/owner Fumiteru Nishimura. We enjoyed a succession of amazing dishes, and compared the sushi-matching abilities [...]
Natalie MacLean: The Grapes of Laugh: How to Host a Wine Tasting or Start a Wine Club
We had such fun on The Social yesterday chatting about how to organize an informal wine tasting party at home. Click the arrow above to play the video. There are many excellent reasons to host a wine tasting party—or even to form a wine club. For one thing, wine is a social beverage—one that’s meant to be shared with friends. And it’s more fun to drink than to buy Tupperware—unless, of course, you’re drinking from the Tupperware. The only goal is to enjoy yourself and perhaps find a new favorite bottle. Although wine does lend itself to […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Tasting some Japanese wines from the Hokkaido region
Today I got to taste some Japanese wines, as part of a tasting for Yamamoto Akihiko’s www.winereport.jp publication. These wines are all from Hokkaido, a relatively new wine region in the far north of Japan that is now the most important in the country. Because of global warming it’s now possible to plant vinifera varieties here, [...]
winegoggle: The Lourensford Always Rises
When talk of Lourensford Wine Estate first started hitting the wine scene some 20 years ago, expectations were simply stratospheric. This is a magnificent old farm above Somerset-West, part of WA van der Stel’s spread going back to 1709. And if all the reports and hype were to be believed back then, Lourensford was going […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Eben Sadie shows his wines and describes his philosophy (with video)
[Eben Sadie, in a suit, in the glam surroundings of the Lanesborough Hotel in London. Fortunately even these can't keep him down. He was his usual thoughtful, opinionated self. He really cares, and he understands wine deeply. But he's also fun.] It was great to catch up with Eben Sadie, Swartland pioneer and one of South [...]
Reverse Wine Snob®: Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva – Love At First Sniff
I’m crazy for Chianti! Reviewing a recent vintage of a favorite wine available at Costco. The Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva is 90% Sangiovese and 10% other varieties (Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Chianti Rufina, Tuscany, Italy. The wine spends 24 months in barriques and 3 months in bottle before release. The […] The post Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva – Love At First Sniff appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
My Vine Spot: Unique, Appealing, and Delicious: I’m talking Nino Franco Primo Franco!
Hello Friends,Today’s Quick Sip is an appealing Prosecco from quality pioneer Nino Franco. The winery was founded in 1919 by Antonio Franco and is located in northeast Italy within the prominent wine growing region of Valdobbiadene. Eponymously named for third-generation owner Primo Franco, this Prosecco is unique in the sense that year-after-year, it is 1) produced from the same single parcel in Valdobbiadene, 2) vintage dated, and 3) built to age. A tribute to family members before him—and a way to express the vintage and inherent site characteristics—it was the first wine Primo Franco made after taking over for his father, Nino Franco.Nino Franco 2016 Primo Franco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG The fruit for this wine is grown on steep hillside vineyards, which naturally limit yields and require manual harvesting—two factors said to bolster the quality of the finished wine. Primo Franco is made from 100% Glera, a high-acid native variety that is the principal grape used in making Prosecco. It has been made for 32 vintages, and a recent thirty-year vertical tasting of Primo Franco proved just how beautifully this wine matures. This is a special and distinct wine in the Nino Franco sparkling portfolio. Limited quantities are made each year, and the wine remains reasonably priced. For further information and where you can find this Prosecco, please check out my tasting notes below.Nino Franco believes that a coupe—the glass pictured—is the perfect celebratory glass to enjoy Prosecco. Grab a bottle of Primo Franco, some glasses (preferably coupes), and sip the day with friends and an appetizing cheese & charcuterie platter. Nino Franco 2016 Primo Franco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG (SRP $29): Fresh and refined in style, this sparkling wine boasts a seductively smooth and soft mousse, and nicely rounded texture. There are upfront racy flavors of orchard fruit graced by suggestions of sweet peach and apricot. An underpinning—just a wisp—of white flowers and almond paste add complexity. Juicy acidity provides balance as well as lift, and there is a pleasant combination of crispness and creaminess in the wine’s fruit-driven finish. This wine is highly enjoyable and very versatile, having the ability to pair with a wide array of foods. And it is affordable enough to toast the night away any day of the wine week. Region: Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy. Other info: ABV 10.5%, Cuve Close (Tank) method, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.
Layden Robinson: An Amazon Kindle Mustread
Happy Pre Halloween to all and would everyone please “Like” and retweet the tweet at the link provided below. Much appreciation, Layden https://twitter.com/LaydenRobinson/status/917986804577570817 Advertisements Filed under: Layden Robinson, Madness, Writing Tagged: #TWD, Amazon, Creepy, Gore, Halloween, Horror, Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, Psychological, Retweet, Supernatural, Thriller, Twitter, Zombies
Natalie MacLean: Best LCBO Wine Reviews: Vintages Ratings October 14
You can access the 130 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 30. 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 […]
Natalie MacLean: Shiraz or Syrah? New Film Exposes the Truth
You won’t want to miss our live video chat with Rudolf McClain, Producer/Director of Merlove! Join us Sunday, October 15 at 6 pm EST right here (click on this link below): www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons on this Facebook page to get notified when we go live. Listen to Rudolf’s stories about his ability to create and deliver content in all genres including commercials, fully scripted narratives and documentaries. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and find out who’s coming up next. “Que Syrah, Shiraz” Hello Merlovers! Check out our next […]
jamie goode's wine blog: Highlights from Ribera del Duero
I popped into the Ribera del Duero tasting yesterday at Glaziers hall, and tried some wines. These were my highlights. Goyo Garcia Viadero Finca Valdeolmos 2012 Ribera del Duero, Spain From a dry-farmed 1.5 hectare plot, with red sandstone over limestone soils, 90% Tempranillo and 10% Albillo. 42 months in oak. Open aromatic nose with sweet raspberries [...]
Natalie MacLean: What are the Best Fall Wines and Food Pairings?
Lianne and I chat about terrific wines for fall with tasty food pairings. What makes for a great fall wine? – full-bodied enough to pair well with more robust dishes, such as roast beef and pork tenderloin – extra texture, mouth-feel and weight for richer sauces – even white wines, such as the buttery chardonnay, below work well with autumnal dishes – what’s the Riesling doing here? think creamy pasta sauces or roast turkey It may not feel like fall is here today, but it’s around the corner and time to think about changing our wine wardrobe. What’s your favourite […]
winegoggle: ‘n Laaste Brief vir Spatz
Ek het verlede jaar hierdie brief vir Spatz geskryf. Deur Stellenbosch Visio. Ek wonder of hy dit gelees het. Rus in Vrede, meneer Legende. Beste mnr Sperling Vir almal is jy Spatz, maar ongelukkig sukkel ek om jou met ’n mossiekuiken te vergelyk, soos wat jou Duitse bynaam beteken. Met jou kenmerkende breërand hoed, kruisbande, […]
Layden Robinson: Nick Kyrgios Walks Off in Shanghai
I don’t care how naturally talented this guy is. He is a punk and should be permanently banned from the sport of tennis. Advertisements Filed under: Layden Robinson, Tennis, Writing Tagged: ATP, Australian Tennis, Mens Tennis, Nick Kyrgios, Shanghai Open