Bonterra Chardonnay

Bonterra Chardonnay 2017, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Bonterra Chardonnay 2017

Bonterra Chardonnay 2017

So I am happy to share with everyone my wine pick today, which has been a favourite of mine for quite some time.   To be honest at first I didn’t even realize it was organic. I just knew I loved it! A bonus biodynamic!

From Mendocino, California, my pick is Fonterra Chardonnay 2017 $19.95 in  our Ontario market.

Bonterra which means “good earth” 

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

Listen to my wine review at 3:33 minutes in the show.

Because of Mendocino’s climate and the hot,dry summers a great diversity of cover crops are part of the landscape. The olive trees, a variety of poppies and even strands of lavender can be seen among the vineyards. Perfect for biodynamic farming. This is reflected in the taste in the glass!

It is a rich wine, buttery and nutty, mouth filling and with a crisp acidity and aromas and flavours of tropical fruit, lemon. It is a delectable journey on the palate and with a long standing

Bonterra Chardonnay

Bonterra Chardonnay

On this week’s Audio Podcast…Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day May 4th, 2018.

EPISODE 68

Coming up on today’s show we are going to be celebrating a very special day in the world of wine. Saluting one of our favorite grape varietals. It is grown in many wine regions around the globe and growing in popularity day by day.

How would you describe me this grape???

I am zesty, fresh and crisp. I smell like citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit and sometimes goosesberries and even cats pee!!  But that’s  a good thing.  And I originated in France but am planted prolifically in many different regions.

I could only be one grape  and that is Sauvignon Blanc!

And the special day is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, coming up on May 4th. There are lots of tastings, events going on all honouring this diverse, very expressive, and delicious grape!

And we are so on board,100% ready to celebrate, to educate and introduce you to two very distinct Sauvignon Blancs. which  come from two different wine growing regions.

#SAUVBLANCDAY

La Crema,Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

La Crema,Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

La Crema,Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

La Crema,Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

So my wine pick comes from sunny California, which is where we were around this time a couple of years ago,in Sonoma County.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

Strolling through the LCBO at the latest vintages releases, which I always love to do, like a kid in a candy shop, I came across what was one of our favorite wines and tastings rooms we visited in Healdsburg, and that was La Crema.

It was ruby  red in colour, seductive aroma with red cherry, strawberry and raspberry, fruit balm, lovely and hints of spice, a little earth and touch of well integrated oak plus a long finish! I really enjoyed this Pinot Noir

Listen to Georgia’s wine review at 4:47 minutes in the show.

La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015  $34.95

La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

On this week’s Audio Podcast…Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day May 4th, 2018.

EPISODE 68

Coming up on today’s show we are going to be celebrating a very special day in the world of wine. Saluting one of our favorite grape varietals. It is grown in many wine regions around the globe and growing in popularity day by day.

How would you describe me this grape???

I am zesty, fresh and crisp. I smell like citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit and sometimes goosesberries and even cats pee!!  But that’s  a good thing.  And I originated in France but am planted prolifically in many different regions.

I could only be one grape  and that is Sauvignon Blanc!

And the special day is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, coming up on May 4th. There are lots of tastings, events going on all honouring this diverse, very expressive, and delicious grape!

And we are so on board,100% ready to celebrate, to educate and introduce you to two very distinct Sauvignon Blancs. which  come from two different wine growing regions.

#SAUVBLANCDAY

Ama Waterways River Cruise

Join The Wine Ladies this Nov 2018 for a Rhine River Cruise For Wine Lovers.

River Cruise For Wine Lovers

Rhine River Cruise For Wine Lovers

Join The Wine ladies on this wonderful

RHINE RIVER CRUISE FOR WINE LOVERS

Uncork local traditions, savour intense flavours and enjoy palate-pleasing adventures during AmaWaterways Wine-Cruise.

Concierge Travel Group

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ENJOY A 7-NIGHT RIVER CRUISE FROM BASEL TO AMSTERDAM

Dive deep into the history and wine regions of the Rhine River. Explore charming villages like Riquewihr and Breisach as you sale along towards Strasbourg. Visit the historic university town of Heidelberg and continue to Rudesheim. Enjoy an evening walk in Koblenz and cruise to Cologne where you’ll admire its imposing cathedral. Conclude your cruise in the vibrant city of Amsterdam.

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Join these two charismatic and entertaining Wine Ladies as they sail along the beautiful Rhine River from Basel in Switzerland to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Along the way join them on private excursions, special tastings to compare old and new world wines, a chocolate hunt in Switzerland of course. There will be plenty of shopping too along the way as we visit stunning towns with excellent shops and markets just perfect for holiday gift shopping! Castles from ancient empires and steep vineyards sprout up from every angle, which makes cruising on the Rhine River feel like entering a scene out of a storybook. Wind through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, diving deep into the history and wine regions of this vital waterway.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

LORRAINE SIMPSON

CONCIERGE TRAVEL GROUP

A Travel Leaders Consortia

ldsimpson@me.com 905-401-2995

For MORE INFORMATION take a look at the website http://www.conciergetravelgroup.ca/wineladies.html

The Wine ladies Audio Podcast, International Sauvignon Blanc Day #SauvBlancDay May 4th, 2018

Coming Up Next On The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast.International Sauvignon Blanc Day May 4th, 2018, #SauvBlancDay

International Sauvignon Blanc Day 2018

International Sauvignon Blanc Day 2018

COMING UP NEXT ON THE WINE LADIES AUDIO PODCAST

TAKING LIFE ONE SIP AT A TIME
France has the pedigree, California the size and New Zealand has the personality.
Today we explore two of the important Sauvignon Blanc Regions, France and New Zealand.

The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast

Our radio show “Taking Life One Sip at a Time” is a radio blog on which we share with the audience our passion and sense of adventure for delectable and fascinating foods, wine, spirits and lifestyle discoveries. Our motto “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine and to live life large and with integrity is intertwined with a variety of guests from around the globe. Chatting with celebrity chefs, celebrity winemakers, exotic food purveyors, artists, musicians, sports personalities, lifestyle advocates and fashion icons be sure to tune in for an hour of lively topical and educational conversation.

Listen to the Audio Podcast Here

STARRING OUR ESTEEMED GUESTS

Export Director Julien Cothenet of Remy Pannier, a company with its roots firmly planted in the Loire, with a fascinating history, scrumptious story and wines.

Listen to Julien Cothenet at 5:44 minutes in the show.

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Remy Pannier, Sauvignon Blanc.

Remy Pannier, Sauvignon Blanc.

Kyle Thompson, winemaker for Saint Clair Family Estate located in Marlborough. Since their first vintage in 1994 Saint Clair Family Estate has won awards every single year.

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Winemaker Kyle Thompson, Saint Clair Family Estate, Sauvignon Blanc Day 2018

Winemaker Kyle Thompson, Saint Clair Family Estate, Sauvignon Blanc Day 2018

Saint Clair Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc.

Saint Clair Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc.

Pure, iconic and vibrant, New Zealand has set the standard for New World Sauvignon Blanc. With a distinct, lush style and explosive flavours, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is recognised globally as a true category of its own.

Marlborough has mapped its place internationally as the ‘it’ location for New World Sauvignon Blanc, however, New Zealand offers over 11 regions and 50,000 acres (21,400ha) planted of this exciting variety.

This International #sauvblanc day we celebrate #nzwine and the iconic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that lets the world know that we Kiwis always punch well above our weight.

The Wine ladies Audio Podcast, International Sauvignon Blanc Day #SauvBlancDay May 4th, 2018

The Wine ladies Audio Podcast, International Sauvignon Blanc Day #SauvBlancDay May 4th, 2018

Bonterra Chardonnay 2017, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

La Crema,Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Ask The Wine Ladies

Ask The Wine Ladies. I love bison meat but don’t know which wine pairs with it,can you help?

Double Bison Sirloin

Double Bison Sirloin

DEAR THE WINE LADIES,

I would love to surprise my husband with a fabulous homemade dinner made with one of his favourite meats bison. I am not too familiar with this meat. Leaning toward a ribeye and wondered if you have any suggestions on which wines might pair well. Any ideas on how best to prepare and perhaps even source these meats? I live in a rural area so there’s not too much availability in my neck of the woods.

– JACQUELINE
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Ask The Wine Ladies- Please submit your questions to info@thewineladies.com

DEAR JACQUELINE,

We too are fans of the various meat alternatives such as bison, becoming increasingly more popular in restaurants and more available in butcher shops. Bison (often used interchangeably with buffalo meat) is known to be leaner and less dense than beef and is widely accepted as one of the tastiest and healthiest all-natural alternatives to the traditional meats.

When it comes to wine pairing, because bison has considerably less fat than beef, wines with less tannin will make for a better match. WHAT IS TANNIN? Tannins come from the skins, stems, and seeds of the grapes. As well as from the oak barrels the wine may have been aged in. That dry sensation you feel in your mouth when drinking a red wine is due to the tannin in the wine. The more tannic the wine, the more you will pucker up and feel the sensation.

The reason the level of tannins are relevant when it comes to pairing red wines and meat is that tannins cut through the fat of the meat. If one is enjoying a fattier cut, such as a juicy fatty rib eye steak, opt for a big Napa Cabernet for example. As bison is a high protein, lower fat alternative, a better choice would be a red wine with softer tannins such as a Pinot Noir, Malbec, a softer Syrah or perhaps a Tuscan Sangiovese.

As far as availability goes, upon a little investigative work, we learned of a company based in Montreal that markets high quality bison. The bison is raised without the use of any chemicals, hormones or steroids. Norfolk Bison ships across Canada and offer a wide range of wild game products. There is also one recipe we would like to share with you called the “Double Bison Sirloin; Michael Jordan’s style” that includes a touch of truffle oil and would pair beautifully with a silky Pinot Noir.

For more information, visit northforkbison.com.

Ask The Wine Ladies

Ask The Wine Ladies….What exactly is vin cuit?

vin cuit

vin cuit

DEAR THE WINE LADIES

My brother-in-law and his wife just returned from a holiday in Provence and brought back a unique wine called “vin suit”. What exactly is vin cuit? I know “cuit” means“ cooked,” but I always thought it was a bad thing if a wine was described as “cooked.”

CHELSEA
Ask The Wine Ladies

Ask The Wine Ladies – Please submit your questions to info@thewineladies.com

DEAR CHELSEA,

Yes, you are right in saying if a wine is being described as “cooked” it is definitely not a positive. What is cooked wine? Essentially, wine that has been damaged by heat either during transportation or during its storage. One potential sign of a cooked wine could be a cork possibly pushing itself through the capsule after it has expanded due to the heat. If the wine no longer has a fresh fruity flavour, but rather a flavour that seems stewed, baked or burnt, then you have a “cooked” wine. Vin Cuit on the other hand is quite a different story. It is rarely found outside of France. It is most commonly available in the south of France in the glorious wine region of Provence, where it originated.

After the harvest, usually sometime in October, winemakers begin the annual tradition of making Vin Cuit. Over a fire of oak wood, they place a huge cauldron filled with the juice from select pressed grapes, usually Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. The juice is then cooked for about ten days with a constant watch over so as not to boil. The liquid is reduced by as much as half and leaves a concentrated level of sugar. The juice then ferments, with a majority of the sugar being converted to alcohol but not all resulting in a high sugar as well as fairly high percentage of alcohol in the wine. Final step is the aging of the wine in oak barrels for up to two years. Vin Cuit is considered a dessert wine and apparently pairs beautifully with Roquefort cheese and foie gras. There is only a very small production of Vin Cuit as you can imagine and quite a find.

THE WINE LADIES

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Frogpond

Sip and cycle through Niagara Wine Country with The Wine Ladies! Join us Sunday, June 3rd! 

Niagara-on-the Lake bicycle wine tour with Grape Escape Wine Tours.

Grape Escape Wine Tours

Grape Escape Wine Tours

Sip and cycle through Niagara Wine Country with The Wine Ladies! 

VIP Lunch & Winery Bicycle Tour.
 Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
What better way to see Niagara Wine Country than by bicycle? Experience wine country through beautiful trails, along the Niagara Parkway and into many of the wineries in the area!
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$125.00 plus hst
Space is limited to 14 guests.
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6Na Presidential Limousine Services logo

Your tour includes:
Luxury limo to and from Niagara wine country provided by 6Na Presidential Limousine Services.*
Bicycle, helmets and refreshment.
Delicious catered lunch at one of the wineries.
Visit 4 award winning VQA wineries with wine tastings. ( a minimum of 12 wines will be enjoyed)
Special The Wine Ladies gift.
Prizes, prizes and more prizes.
Complimentary pick up of any wine purchases made throughout the day
Space is limited to 14 guests.
* Pick up of all guest will be at 9:00am at the Burlington GO Station. A luxury limo bus will be provided for all guests. Return will be 4:30 pm form Niagara-on-the-Lake back to the Burlington GO Station.

**Bicycle tours are conducted rain or shine – please dress for the weather!

Itinerary

  • 9:00am – pick up by limo bus Burlington GO Station.
  • 11.30am – Wine Tour & Tasting
  • 1.00pm – Lunch
  • 2.45pm – Wine Tasting
  • 3.30pm – Wine Tasting
  • 4.30pm -pick up by limo bus  and return to Burlington GO Station

iGrape Escape Wine Tours owner Richard Mell

Grape Escape Wine Tours owner Richard Mell

Listen to Rich Mell at 34:30 minutes into the show

On this week’s radio show…

Episode 33

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Inniskillin.

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015 at Inniskillin.

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015

Grape Escape Wine Tour, 2015

Ask The Wine Ladies – Can you recommend a bicycle wine tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake?

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On this week’s Audio Podcast With The Wine Ladies…Episode 67: Malbec World Day 2018.

Malbec World Day, Heart of Argentina, April 17, 2018

Malbec World Day 2018, Heart of Argentina, April 17, 2018

Grape Stomping Mad

Grape Stomping Mad About Malbec event


Grape Stomping Mad About Malbec

Looking back at this time of the year, great memories start to flood back to one of our best and most fun events The Wine Ladies created for our guests. We do have an adventurous and fun loving group of friends and followers. Grape Stomping Mad About Malbec event. (2013)
Beautifully pedicured feet were deep purple when we left that night! Fabulous Malbecs, great food and literally so many of the guests, great sports!  They took off their shoes and jumped in and stomped the grapes! What a night, we have to do it again!

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On this week’s Audio Podcast With The Wine Ladies…

MALBEC WORLD DAY 2018.

FOLLOW US HERE, You won’t want to miss this Episode.

Episode 67: Malbec World Day 2018

Look out wine world!!!! The 8th Annual Malbec World Day is celebrated with tons of tastings, events and parties going on around the globe. A salute to this luscious, spicily rich, very relish, red grape!

 This year once again we are doing our part to participate in the annual Malbec World Day on April 17th!

So honouring the Malbec grape once again, as well as the country that has become synonymous with Malbec, that could only be Argentina, we have two guests that will join us today, both producing amazing Malbec!

Our first guest on the show Julian Orti, Export Director, Pascual Toso.

We’ll begin with one of the oldest and most prestigious wine producers in Argentina, it is quickly becoming one of the leading quality wine brands in the country, the winery is Pascual Toso.

Julián Orti Pascual Toso Winemaker

March Madness Malbec #PascualToso #WINWINE #MalbecWorldDay

Preparing to celebrate Malbec World Day 2018 in style with Pascual Toso Malbec and Empanadas!

Preparing to celebrate Malbec World Day 2018 in style with Pascual Toso Malbec and Empanadas!

And to our second guest, so many are seduced by and drawn to this beautiful country.We’ll welcome back, he’s a favourite returning guest of ours Dr. Gary Glassman.

Dr. G is an endodontist, a wine lover and proud co-owner of a vineyard located in the heart of the Tiera de Malbec, Lujan du Cuyo in Mendoza, the winery is Flaneur. Gary to give us an update on his wines as well as offer us a few tips on wine and oral health. It is GOOD news folks!!!

Wines now available in Ontario through Da Capo Wines.

Dr.Gary Glassman.

Dr.Gary Glassman.

Los Flâneur Malbec

Two Malbecs, the same vintage the difference is the altitude the grapes were grown in.

Please checkout our full feature article on Dr. Gary Glassman, celebrity endodontist turned winemaker. (As seen in Power Boating Magazine)

Passion turns to Purpose, Celebrity Endodontist turned winemaker!

Dr. Gary Glassman - Los Flanneur, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Dr. Gary Glassman – Los Flanneur, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina.

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Passion turns to Purpose, Celebrity Endodontist turned winemaker!