The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne founded by entrepreneur sister team in 2003, take life one sip at a time as they share the splendour of food and wine for all and the wonderful lifestyle it entails.
Bring on the Barbera...Piedmont Italy's delish baby bros!
Bring on the Barbera…the most widey planted grape in Italy's prime wine growing region of Piedmont, this Barbera delivers black fruit and plum, hints of black pepper, notes of vanilla bean and sweet soft tannins! Balanced with fine acidity, a superb wine to enjoy with food. We wonder what Chef Massimo will create as a partner? Fresh cured Italian meats perhaps, or his specialty wild boar raviolis? Hmm hmm… be sure to join us to enjoy!
This Barbera, Briccotondo Piedmont Barbera DOC is produced by the house of Fontanafredda, with a noble story that dates back to 1858 when Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy and his former mistress Rosa Vercellana purchased the estate (a former hunting preserve) in order to produce fine Barolo for his personal use. Today Fontanafredda is the single largest contiguous estate in Piedmont with 250 acres of land, 210 acres of hillside vineyards in the Serralunga, Barolo and Diane d'Alba communes. Since 1878 Fontanafredda has been producing authentically-styled Barbera and Barolo wines, earning a long standing admiration from wine critcs and wine afficionados alike.
Argentina and her wines are hot, hot, hot! Ascending to the top with great wines of great value!
Say Argentina today in the world of wine and several key words automatically come to mind.... Malbec, Malbec, Malbec... and that’s just the beginning! Although the Malbec grape is to Argentina as Shiraz is to Australia, Zinfandel to California and icewine to Canada, the 5th largest wine producer in the world is commanding a great deal of attention for a variety of her wines.
The last ten to fifteen years has been a time of incredible growth and evolution for the wines of Argentina, in which the winemaking tradition of 500 years and the adoption of new technologies and know-how have been blended. Add to this the many aspects of Argentina’s unique environment; pure water snowmelt from the Andes for irrigation, high elevation vineyards, dry climate lending ease to natural and/or organic production, a land of contrasts offering great diversity of terroir and wines, and the deeply rooted wine culture, is there any wonder why so many are saying Yes or Salud to Argentine wine?
On our recent visit to Argentina, we had the opportunity to visit a number of spectacular wineries located in the two largest wine regions; Mendoza responsible for approximately 70% of the country's production and San Juan, approximately an hour to the north of Mendoza City.
We’d like to introduce you to a winery in San Juan "on the radar" as one of the best wineries in the region which is owned by Bodegas Salentein located in Mendoza. Salentein is a spectacular winery which we had the occasion to visit prior to arriving in San Juan (details on that portion of our trip is on a separate article). We are excited to share this other important region and key winery with the help of our "supreme" guide Customer Relations Manager for both, Maria Lorena Cepparo.
Our first stop in San Juan is Bodegas Callia, an incredibly impressive winery situated in the Tulum Valley nestled between the Pie de Palo hills to the north and the Zonda Valley to the south. Among the four valleys in San Juan, the Tulum Valley is the most significant and has its vineyards planted, on average 650 metres above sea-level. We are to soon learn, the significance of altitude, of terroir and of climate through our conversation in the vineyard with the very charming and passionate Vineyard Manager Gustavo Matocq. But first, we are greeted once again by Maria Lorena Cepparo, her passion and extensive knowledge of wine, of the region and for Callia is contagious. We shortly discover that we cannot stump Lorena, she is a veritable walking encyclopedia with great personality!
Lorena will be our guide for the day, "we will start in the vineyard where you will meet Gustavo, our vineyard manager" she says, "and then from there we will have a tour, a tasting and a little lunch". Are we ready? Absolutely!
Georgia inspects the stainless steel tanks with Ariel Cavalier, Winemaker Bodegas Callia and Maria Lorena Cepparo, Customers Relations Salentein Family of Wines.
As we walk around the property Lorena explains that the philosophy of Bodegas Callia is to live in harmony with the Valley of Tulum landscape. "You'll notice that the bodges is painted the colour of sand and melds with the dunes typcial of the region" she tells us " every detail including the native vegetation that surrounds the winery was treated in such a way to respect and preserve the natural local landscape". The winery itself is a marvel, home to 8000 square metres of tanks with a capacity of 9,000,000 litres, outfitted with stainless steel tanks and modern pneumatic presses this gigantim winery is a force to reckon with, particularly for the consistent terrific tasting and quality ratio wines it produces. Very impressive!
Armand de Brignac Unveils New 'Dynastie' Collection $500,000 in Vegas
In this case, all that glitters is gold!
The Armand de Brignac Dynastie Collection
The Armand de Brignac Dynastie collection and exclusively listed at the Hakkasan Las Vegas, the new, five-level culinary and nightlife mecca at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. This collection, an unprecedented package for $500,000.00, making it the world's most extravagant bottle service experience.
Armand de Brignac ("Ace of Spades") Champagne announced the new Armand de Brignac Dynastie: an extremely rare, one-of-a-kind collection of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Champagne that includes every available bottle format, from the standard 750-milliliter bottle to the exclusive and world-record breaking 30-liter Midas. Collectively, the Armand de Brignac Dynastie amounts to over 100 bottles – 109 to be exact – of handmade, prestige cuvee Champagne
The Armand de Brignac Dynastie collection at Hakkasan Nightclub consists of nine different Armand de Brignac Brut Gold bottle sizes:
Bouteille - 750 ml (standard bottle size)
Magnum - 1.5 liters(equivalent to 2 standard bottles)
Jeroboam – 3 liters(equivalent to 4 standard bottles)
Rehoboam – 4.5 liters(equivalent to 6 standard bottles)
Methuselah – 6 liters(equivalent to 8 standard bottles)
Salmanazar – 9 liters(equivalent to 12 standard bottles)
Balthazar – 12 liters(equivalent to 16 standard bottles)
Nebuchadnezzar – 15 liters(equivalent to 20 standard bottles)
Midas – 30 liters(equivalent to 40 standard bottles)
About Armand de Brignac ChampagneArmand de Brignac Champagne, instantly identifiable by the distinctive pewter Ace of Spades insignias on its unique, paperless bottle, exemplifies unmatched winemaking expertise and a true passion for the art of Champagne. A staff of just eight people crafts each bottle of Armand de Brignac by hand at our family house, established in 1763 in Chigny-les-Roses, France. Armand de Brignac counts among its accolades a score of 98 points from world-renowned wine critic Jose Penin and words of praise from UK critic Jancis Robinson. Armand de Brignac's flagship Brut Gold cuvee was ranked No. 1 by Fine Champagne Magazine in their "100 Best Champagnes for 2010" blind tasting. Armand de Brignac is currently available in more than 110 countries worldwide.
Armand de Brignac Brut Gold and Rose at the LCBO in Vintage May 11th, 2013
Que Syrah, syrah! Colio Estate Vineyards CEV Small Lot Syrah 2010
Que Syrah, syrah...with notes of
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Napa Valley.
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Napa Valley... "Godfather of the California wine movement" and the ‘King of grapes” reign victorious with this wine.
Bold, yet supple, elegant, with velvety tannins, the wine is concentrated and rich with blackberry and cassis, combined with spicy oak elements and slight toasty oak. There is a bright acidity and a lengthy finish. www.robertmondavi.com
The late Robert Mondavi is considered the godfather of the California wine movement having founded his winery in 1966, his dream was to create excellent Napa Valley wines that would stand up to the great wines of the world. Now close to half a century later his life long dream has been realized with iconic Napa Cabs winning top awards around the world.