This weekend Nat and I headed off to spend a couple of days walking the Abel Tasman Track, a stunning route at the top of the South Island. To do the 60 km path properly takes three to four days, and you carry all your stuff with you, staying on camp sites or in huts. [...]
By Rebecca Meïr-Liebman of Chef & Somm I’ve tasted thousands of wines – perhaps even hundreds of thousands – from all over the globe yet, until now, none had been Armenian. So when I was invited by the Vine and Wine Foundation of Armenia (VWFA) to explore Armenian wine culture, I was thrilled to say yes! There is a great energy here, with new wineries, wine bars, and wine shops popping up everywhere, many of them owned by Armenians who, returning from abroad, are investing heavily in this renaissance. Chances are many of us might not be able to point […]
Fontanafredda Vineyard Priya & Alex, A Vine Romance It was a whirlwind visit for Danilo Drocco, winemaker at Fontanafredda in Barolo, Italy. He swept into Toronto for a lunch and dinner, only to rush back to the vineyard the following morning as they are deep into harvest season and as he said, “My job is to talk about Nebbiolo, but more importantly, to make Nebbiolo.” Alex was especially thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with Danilo as the 1974 Barolo was the first ‘big’ (read “expensive”) bottle of wine he had ever purchased as a gift for his father. […]
Just been looking through my notes from the recent tasting put on by The Wine Society, which is one of the very best places to buy wine in the UK. Here’s my choice of 12 whites. I’ll select some reds, too, later in the week. Santa Venere Vescovado Guardavalle Bianco 2016 Calabria, Italy 13% alcohol. This intriguing [...]
Daily drinker alert! Two highly recommended wines under 12 bucks each. These reviews are brought to you by 90 Plus Cellars. First up is the 90 Plus Cellars Classic Series Chianti Riserva, Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy. The wine spends 1 year in bottle and another 2 years in bottle before release. It has an SRP […] The post 90 Plus Cellars Classic Series Chianti Riserva and Cotes du Rhone – Everyday Values appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Leanne and I chat about about my new online wine course that launches in January. Registration closes next weekend. Do you want to feel confident about wine in 2018? You can find out more about this very personal and interactive series of live video wine workshops here.
I’ve spoken of my love of Adi Badenhorst’s Dassiekop before: it’s one of my favourite Chenins. I brought a bottle to New Zealand and shared it with friends. It was lovely. AA Badenhorst Dassiekop Steen 2015 Swartland, South Africa This is thrilling. Powerful and spicy with citrus and pear and white peach. Lovely lemony brightness under the [...]
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’Tis the season to be jolly, especially now that one is again allowed to pursue, catch and kill that most delicious creature known as the crayfish. Some also call it the West Coast Rock Lobster, while we locals prefer the Afrikaans name “kreef”. Or for the scientific types, Jasus Lalandii The crayfish season opened last […]
The Awatere Valley, Marlborough For the last week I have been in New Zealand. It’s my fourth trip here this year, and it will also be my longest ever: I’m staying here until the beginning of February. Yes, that means I will have my first ever warm Christmas! I’ve never spent Christmas outside the UK before. [...]
Leanne and I chat about what happens to our perception of wine when we fly, as well as other travel-related tips with wine. My dream flight begins with the wine selection: “We’d like to direct your attention to the wine list in the seat pocket in front of you. You’ll note we have a fine selection of first-growth Bordeaux at the rear of the plane (using the double-arm, two-finger signal), 40-year vintage port is being decanted in the middle aisles and, for our first-class passengers, a vertical of Chateau d’Yquem 1945 through 1960, at the front of the plane. At […]
It’s a term we often hear associated with winemaking, but what the heck does it mean and why is it so important? We hope you’ve been enjoying our Ask The Expert series here at Reverse Wine Snob! Today we delve into a bit more technical question: “What’s The Big Deal About Brix?” To help us […] The post What’s The Big Deal About Brix? Ask The Expert! appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Sponsored Post While Mulled Wine is known by many names and enjoyed the world over–the Swedes call it Glogg; the Chileans Candola and the Dutch Bisschopswijn–this heart and tummy-warming beverage is best known for its British heritage. Mrs. Beachley’s Mulled Wine pays homage to the 1861 classic “Beeton’s Book of Household Management“, the go-to manual for how to run a home in Victorian England. In that book and in the 150 years since its publication, a wealth of usage occasions and mulled wine pairing ideas, have emerged. Whether you enjoy Mrs. Beachley’s out of a thermos at the outdoor rink […]
Photos: Santa Margherita By Melanie Lloyd Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Alberto Ugolini, a passionate and knowledgeable brand ambassador for Santa Margherita, from his home in Italy. With the holidays around the corner and Prosecco’s ever-increasing popularity, it was great timing to talk about this festive sparkling wine. Question: The sale of Prosecco has been increasing globally for the last several years. What contributes to this success? Alberto: There are several factors that fuel the success of Prosecco. The first, and most important, is its flavour profile. Prosecco is a joyful and vibrant sparkling wine. It has delicate bubbles, […]
2015 was a very successful vintage in Margaret River, by all accounts, and this Bordeaux-style blend from Moss Wood is quite beautiful. It’s also relatively inexpensive for the quality. While you can drink it now, it should age really well. Moss Wood Amy’s 2015 Margaret River, Australia A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot [...]
Yes, our latest Trader Joe’s find is a food wine and that’s a wonderful thing. 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy. The wine is made in the Ripasso style where the the wine is fermented with the leftover dried grape skins from production of Amarone. It is then aged for […] The post Pasqua Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore – A Fab Food Wine appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
By Tania Thomas There is nothing that welcomes your guests and says Christmas like soul-warming aromas of slowly simmering red wine with sliced oranges and mulling spices; cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and cloves, star anise, cardamom, and ginger. Considered as a traditional holiday treat in the Old World countries, mulled wine has been warming people’s hearts for centuries. Very first mentions date back to the Roman times. Apparently, Cesar liked his wine heated and spiked with herbs and exotic spices. Mulled wine become especially popular during the Middle Ages warming up long winter evenings, especially around Christmas time. Mixing it with […]
Me, David Shaw, Emily Harman, Natalie Christensen, Greg Sherwood I had a big birthday recently. I’m not going to bore you with some intense post on time, ageing and pseudo-profound thoughts on how age brings more than it takes away, and that we are just playing a role, and we pass the baton on – [...]
Good enough for a special occasion, cheap enough to drink every day! Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Merlot and Syrah from the Red Mountain AVA in Washington. The wine is aged in 60% new French oak. Only 2,000 cases produced. This review is brought to you by Cameron Hughes Wine. The Cameron […] The post Cameron Hughes Red Mountain Red Blend – A Wine To Wow appeared first on Reverse Wine Snob®.
Recently, Canada’s top wine writers and sommeliers gathered in our nation’s capital for a comprehensive tasting of the wines from one of Italy’s best wine producers, Fontanafredda. Here are our impressions and tasting notes. Jennifer MacDonald Havers Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen The weather may have been rainy, but spirits were bright on a Sunday afternoon as we had the opportunity to celebrate Barolo and learn of one of the gems of Piedmont, Fontanafredda. Alberto Frea, the brand ambassador for Fontanafredda, walked us through the extensive family history of the winery as well as some of […]