You can access the 112 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 April 14. 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 […]
Quinta do Montalto is an organic producer in the Lisboa region of Portugal. The family domain consists of 15.5 hectares of vines, and the current proprietor is fifth generation André Valério (pictured above). He’s taking quite an experimental approach, and is now working with amphorae (know locally as Talhas). He tells me that some people [...]
Lovely to be able to taste this – a pre-release bottle of the new vintage of Comtes de Champagne (read more about Taittinger’s Comtes here). It’s a really cracking vintage of this prestige cuvée. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 France This is quite beautiful. There’s lovely concentration of citrus fruit with some subtle hazelnut and toast, as [...]
The colonisation of the South African wine landscape by foreign powers continues, with French group AdVini doing most of the running of late. L’Avenir was first to fall in the hands of France’s fourth largest wine business, based in the village of St Félix de Lodez in the Languedoc, followed by Le Bonheur and a […]
Exploring how volcanoes and wine can be an explosively good combination in today’s Ask The Expert! For a question like this you really need an expert who has specific experience with the topic at hand. So, of course, our natural choice was to go to the experts at Donnafugata, who have vineyards around the active […] The post How Do Volcanic Soils Influence Wine? Ask The Expert! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Had a lovely dinner last night with Daniel Primack and Eric Solomon at 67 Pall Mall. We enjoyed some really nice wines, and these are brief notes from memory: I was too busy chatting to take notes (although I did manage one on my phone for the last wine). All three of us like to [...]
And he joins me live now from XXXX: Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Thomas Bachelder! Want to know when we go live? Click on “Get Reminder” on the page below: www.nataliemaclean.com/live Click on “Get Notified” at the link above to know when we go live. You can also click on the “Follow” and “Like” buttons. Watch previous episodes of the Sunday Sipper Club (SSC) and to find out who’s coming up next. Thomas Bachelder Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay 2015 Niagara, Ontario VQA, Canada […]
A short film of a day’s judging at the International Wine Challenge.
Yvon Métras Getting a visit with Yvon Métras was quite a big deal. He doesn’t normally see UK press, and regularly turns down requests for visits. One of the gang of five pioneering natural winegrowers in the region (along with Thevenet, Lapierre, Foillard and Breton), he counts Jules Chauvet and Jacques Neauport as his inspirations. [...]
More deliciously discounted wine from the tiny Red Mountain AVA in Washington thanks to Cameron Hughes! Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain AVA in Washington. The wine is aged for 28 months in 60% new oak. Just 750 cases produced. This review is brought to you by Cameron Hughes Wine. The Cameron Hughes Red Mountain […] The post Cameron Hughes Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 613 – Tannic and Tasty! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
It’s an exciting time for English wine, and in particular for English sparkling wine. The latest statistics from the Wine Standards Board show that in 2017 there were 1677 hectares cropping, and the total planting area is 2245 hectares. The average production over the last five years has been 5 million bottles a year. This [...]
Hello Friends,I recently had an opportunity to join a wine-savvy group of social media personalities and the good folks from Wines of Argentina to taste several choices before Malbec World Day on April 17, 2018. Known on social platforms as [hashtag] #MalbecWorldDay, the day commemorates President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento’s founding of the country’s first school of agriculture in Mendoza. Even though Argentina is considered a ‘New World’ wine region, this founding was on April 17, 1853. Early research efforts at the school led to the discovery of Malbec, and amongst a number of other French varieties, the grape showed promise and was well-adapted to the region. Once a key component in French Bordeaux blends, today Malbec is Argentina’s shining star.#MalbecWorldDay Tasting Lineup The grape thrives in the region; particularly in the high-altitude areas that offer ideal growing conditions. The wines produced are among the most versatile and food-friendliest out there. They are generally deliciously approachable while young, with deep berry fruit flavors and supple tannins. Appealing nuances of spice, floral suggestions, and rustic notes can add complexity. For me, Malbec has become a go-to red meat wine. I recently visited a gourmet burger shop in the city that has Malbec on tap—not only a smart move but an excellent food pairing, too. And I should know. I love to grill out back; and a juicy burger and rock-solid bottle of Malbec is simply awesome. Here are several Malbec wines I recently tasted that were satisfying and quite enjoyable. Buy with confidence. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.Familia Schroeder 2017 Alpataco MalbecFamilia Schroeder 2017 Alpataco Malbec (SRP $14): Named after an indigenous thorny bush (Alpataco) that embodies the spirit of resiliency, this wine is medium-bodied, streamlined, and well-balanced. It offers fresh red berry fruit flavors accented by violets and a dash of white pepper. Along with relaxed, supple tannins and sound acidity, this is a satisfying everyday red that won’t break the bank. I found it enjoyable on its own and with a grilled lamb burger. Region: Patagonia, Argentina. Other info: ABV 13.5%, 100% matured in stainless tanks, screw cap enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Susana Balbo 2015 Malbec SignatureSusana Balbo 2015 Malbec Signature (SRP $19): This is an affordable and incredibly delicious Malbec from iconic female winemaker Susana Balbo. The fruit is grown in the Finca La Delfina vineyard in Mendoza’s Uco Valley—at an altitude of 4,100 feet. The most expressive barrels make it into the signature series wines. This wine pours a deep opaque color. An inviting bouquet gives way to rich dark fruit flavors and raspberry preserve, joined by earth tones, fennel, and pretty floral notes. It is full-bodied and round in the mouth, with balanced acids and a medium-long, polished finish. A splash of Petit Verdot is added for good measure. With warm weather ahead, this should be your go-to wine for backyard grilling and outdoor dinner parties. Region: Uco Valley, Argentina. Other info: ABV 14.4%, matured 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% second-use French oak barrels, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Domaine Bousquet 2015 Grande Reserve MalbecDomaine Bousquet 2015 Grande Reserve Malbec (SRP $24): This is Domaine Bousquet’s signature high-altitude Malbec. It is made from fruit sourced from their pioneering vineyard that was planted in the 1990s. This full-bodied wine pours a deep ruby color with purple tones. Firm, integrated tannins frame wild blackberries, black currant and licorice flavors swirled with a dash of smoky char and earthy tones. Balanced yet robust, this wine begs for something like a well-marbled steak. I call it a “go big or go home” kind of wine you’re sure to enjoy. Region: Tupungato, Argentina. Other info: ABV 14.5%, additions of 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 5% Syrah, matured 12 months in French oak barrels, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Flechas de los Andes 2012 Gran CorteFlechas de los Andes 2012 Gran Corte (SRP $45): This wine is the result of a partnership between Baron Edmond de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault. The fruit is sourced from a high-elevation site at the foot of the Andes that was planted in 1999. Composed of 60% Malbec and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Syrah, this appealing blend is notable for its concentration and length of fruit. Rich flavors of blackberry, plum, and cassis are robust, with well-integrated oak and firm acid structure. Notes of vanilla bean and toasted spices add nuance and carry through the long, grip-filled finish. Quite a pleasure to sip, this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared; there is a good amount of potential. Region: Mendoza, Argentina. Other info: ABV 14.5%, matured 24 months in new French oak barrels, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Alta Vista 2012 Alizarine Malbec Alta Vista 2012 Alizarine Malbec (SRP $50): Situated at an elevation of 3,540 feet, the Alizarine is one of the choice vineyard areas in Mendoza. This single-vineyard bottling was introduced in 2001, making Alta Vista the first Argentinian winery to produce a single-vineyard wine. The winery owns old sites, some with vines dating to 1927. This wine pours a deep purple color. There are penetrating flavors of plum sauce, berry compote and floral perfume, intertwined with suggestions of cocoa powder and incense. In the mouth, it is richly textured with integrated tannins and ripe fruit flavors that gain on the long, fruit-driven finish. Power, purity, and concentration are balanced by a juicy, robust acidity in this first-rate wine. Region: Mendoza, Argentina. Other info: ABV 15%, matured 12 months in French oak barrels, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.Fire up the grill! Malbec is one of the top picks to welcome warmer temperatures and the grilling season.
Vineyards on the slop of Mont Brouilly I’ve just spent the weekend in Beaujolais, home to one of my favourite grape varieties, Gamay. It meant an early flight on Saturday morning, and then an early flight this morning (by early, I mean alarms going off at 0300 and 0330 respectively), but it was worth it. [...]
When I was invited to preview “An Evening of Meat” I wasn’t sure what to expect, it was billed as “… a unique and provocative dinner installation: a feast of femininity where expressive dance and indulgent food meet to thoroughly inundate all the senses…” However, I’m always game for new things and I do like immersive […] The post An Evening of Meat (and than some…) appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.
Brian Croser is one of Australia’s most well known winemakers. Brian was a very influential consultant winemaker who started his own brand, Petaluma, back in 1976. This grew and was later purchased by Lion Nathan in 2001. After the loss of his own venture, he began a new project, Tapanappa, with its debut vintage 2003. [...]
When it’s time to splurge, look to Sagrantino! 100% Sagrantino from Montefalco, Umbria, Italy. The wine was aged in lightly toasted 500 hL oak barrels for 6 months, followed by 25 hL oak barrels for 18 months followed by 12 months in glass lined cement vats and finally 12 months in bottle before release. Sample […] The post Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino – Splendid! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
\ It is that time of the year when the wine industry’s report card for 2017 hits the mail-box. And if corporal punishment was still legal it would be just the time to dust-off the cane, roll-up the sleeve and prepare to dish-out a bit of pain. For what’s going on with the poor showing […]
Leanne and I had a great time chatting about Malbec on CTV yesterday. Did you know that April 17 is Malbec World Day (#MalbecWorldDay), celebrating the flagship red grape for the wines of Argentina, as well as a blending grape in Bordeaux and other regions? You’ll find my most reviews and ratings of Malbec Wines here. The Malbec grape produces wines that stylistically fall between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with more plummy richness and roundness than Cabernet, but firmer tannins and structure than Merlot. Pair Malbec with beef, turkey, spicy dishes, tomato sauces, meaty casseroles, hamburgers, sausages, steak and […]
Leanne and I had great fun chatting about Sauvignon Blanc on CTV as a lead up to Sauvignon Blanc Day May 4. You can watch the video segment above by clicking on the arrow. You can also watch our second wine video. Sauvignon Blanc Notes: This grape originated in Bordeaux, France Sauvignon comes from the French sauvage meaning wild likely because it grew wildly and natively in southwest France (all wine vines were originally untrained weeds) Today Sauvignon Blanc is planted in many wine regions around the world The style is crisp, dry, mouth-watering with refreshing acidity. In cool […]
Week one of the second tranche of the International Wine Challenge is complete! There’s a weekend break for the judges, and then we meet again on Monday for four more days. Once again, we have been at The Oval (one of the UK’s top cricket grounds), and today we even saw some cricket, although it [...]