Thymiopoulos Vineyards

ATMA White 2015 – “The Cinderella of Greek grapes”.

ATMA White 2015

Latest wine find from the region of Naoussa in the hills of Macedonia in Northern Greece. In fact Naoussa became the first wine region in Greece to be given its own official appellation title and was used as the basis for the entire Greek appellation system. The classic Naoussa wine is made from Macedonia’s flagship red-wine grape xyinomavro although my wine pick is a white wine, albeit made with this red grape along with the Malagousia white variety.

ATMA White 2015

Described as ‘the Cinderella of Greek grapes’ by some, nearly an extinct variety, it was revived in the 1970’s and is now used extensively in many of the best selling white wines. Beautiful brightish golden in colour, it has a vibrant and seductive nose with light floral notes and those of peach and exotic fruit. On first swirl reminded us of a Torrontes grape or briefly of Viognier, both aromatic varietals as well.On the palate fresh and long and quite full of expression with a lingering aftertaste.

Atma White 2015

$17.40 On line at LCBO

Producer: Thymiopoulos Vineyards

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Georgia’s Wine Pick 04/12/2017. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve

 

Georgia and Susanne at the Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates with head winemaker Randy Ullom 

 

 This week The Wine Ladies explore one of California’s iconic wineries, one of the most successful family owned wineries in California,  and producer of the #1 selling Chardonnay in North America for over 25 years, Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates.

 

One hundred percent barrel-fermented Chardonnay with the richness one wants from California. Plenty of sunny fruit and lively freshness. Creamy and round with notes of buttered toast and tropical fruits. Try with char-grilled corn on the cob, or with grilled chicken.

 

 

 

 

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Georgia’s Wine Pick 03/18/2017.Negrar Ripasso Val Classico Superiore Doc

 

 

Valpolicella is a wine that comes from the region of Veneto, located in the north-east of Italy, home of the “big gun” Amarone and of Romeo and Juliet! When a Valpolicella is classified as a Classico and done in the ripasso method. The methodology of “ripasso” greatly concentrates the bouquet, flavours and texture. How? “Ripasso” literally means “re-passed”. After the fermentation process when producing an Amarone, the unpressed skins of the dried grapes are then used for the production of Valpolicella. These dried grape skins add body, character, complexity and a boost of alcohol strength.

 

Our Negrar Ripasso Valpolicella Classico is dark ruby red in colour, is seductive in the nose with lush blackberry and black liquorice notes and a hint of mint. Full bodied with a touh of vanilla the texture is rich and with a good finish.

 

 

Join us every Wednesday for Women, Wine, Wednesday’s with Jazz at the Anchor Bar for 1/2 price wines by the glass and the bottle as selected by us, all night jazz and prizes.  

 

Laroche Viognier De La Chevaliere, Ogier Heritages Cotes Du Rhone AOC,The Wine Ladies Wine Picks

Laroche Viognier De La Chevaliere, Ogier Heritages Cotes Du Rhone AOC,The Wine Ladies Wine Picks.

Montgras Antu Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.

 

My wine pick today hails from the Maipo Valley, Chile, it is a Cab Sauv, sells for $17.95 and is worth every penny and then some!  


Montgras Antu Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.

 

Listen to my wine review on the radio show at 3:02 minutes.

Produced by the winery Mont Gras, they make great wines over there, also super value for the price points, I’m sure this is not my first time that one of their wines have come up for me… but here is a winner!

Deep ruby red, Juicy, powerful, yet elegant, blackberry and blueberry and hints of black pepper on the nose, mouth filling, with more black berry, cherry, touch of oak, soft tannins, so delicious, with a long finish.. just got my bbq repaired, and Antu Cab coming back with my up-coming steak on the grill!

 

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

 

 

 

So my wine pick today comes from TWO HANDS WINES , founded in 1999 by two guys at a friends engagement party. That actually is when they decided it was time to make their own wine and market it to the world.

Fast forward, they are in the Barosaa Valley and have done extremely well.In November 2012, Two Hands was named in the Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 for the 10th year in a row, an achievement apparently that no other winery can boast.

 

 

My pick is the Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

 ($27.95 – VINTAGES #219469)

 

Listen to my review at 3:40 minutes in the radio show.

Episode WL 05-11-2016


Kind of liked the name of this wine… Sexy Beast…I figured when I tasted this Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, maybe the name came from the way in which the  oak and tannins in this wine are being tamed…. Or wrestled down by the intense deep purplish colour, abundant red  fruit, cassis and notes of chocolate…and minty spice. Mouth filling, a beast of a wine, coming in at 16% alcohol, wow… yummy! Sexy Beast is part of the Picture Series of Two Hands Wines.

 

 

 

 

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Clos Pegasse Chardonnay 2013

 

This week Susanne and I visited the annual California Wine Fair that took place here in Toronto. Over 150 producers were represented and we thought it would be fun to each select our favourites from the show for this week’s wine pick. There was a lot to choose from, we didn’t try everything but we found some lovely wines.

My pick this week is the Clos Pegase Chardonnay 2013, represented here in Toronto through Azureau Wines & Spirits, and available by special order. Not only is it a beautiful wine but there is a beautiful story behind the winery. In fact Susanne and I visited this winery several years ago while in Napa, California.

 

Renaissance Fountain

 Its a stunning spot with 20,000 square feet of caves dug into the volcanic knoll, a spectacular heritage garden and incredible architecture, in fact  according to House and Garden Magazine, Clos Pegase Napa Valley “has raised two ancient arts – architecture and winemaking- to a height that resonates with echoes of the ages”!  A must see when in Napa!

Its also a beautiful love story. So the story goes that Jan Shrem one day gave his wife Mitsuki a tiffany box and inside was only dirt and soil. She loved him so much she didn’t care what it was he gave her. He told her that he had just bought a vineyard that was 365 acres, and each acre representing everyday of the year that he would show his love for her.

 

Georgia at the California Wine Fair, Toronto, May 2016 tastes the Clos Pegasus Chardonnay 2013 with Mike Gilroy, SVP Sales & Marketing Vintage Wine Estates. 

   Listen to my review at 4:09 minutes into the radio show episode WL 04-23-2016

This 100% Chardonnay wine is made from grapes located in the cool Carneros region from the Mitsuki Vineyard and is a beautiful balance of opulence and minerality, delicious pineapple and tangerine fruit with some subtle oak… I fell in love from the 1st sip! Available through Azureau Wine & Spirits for $37.95 per bottle. 

 

 

La Crema Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2013

 

 

So my wine pick comes from sunny California, which is where we were around this time last year,in Sonoma County.
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.

So one of the new releases is the La Crema Pinot Noir 2013 Sonoma Coast
I wanted to get that feeling back, so I picked up a bottle and voila! Memories flooded back! This is my kind of Pinot Noir!

It was bright red in colour, seductive aroma with raspberry, cherry and strawberry, fruit balm, lovely and hints of spice, a little earth and touch of well integrated oak. I really enjoyed this Pinot Noir. Thank you to the winemaker, who is Canadian! Elizabeth Grant-Douglas is a Niagara Falls native and translplanted herself into Sonoma County wine country!

 

Price in our market $31.95 and also half bottle $17.95

Tune in April 14th and listen to my wine review at 3:51 minutes in the show

 

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Remind everyone to check out our visit to the La Crema tasting room in Heidleburg,  One Sip at a time, The Wine Ladies La Crema Winery Episode 2.

 

Episode WL 04-13-2016

 

 

 

Domaine Lafage Cuvee Centenaire 2014

  

 OMG, I really like this white wine. A departure from the more common varietals, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris. All that I enjoy as well, this wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc, majority about 80% I think it is, and the remaining being Roussanne.
 
 It comes from southern France, the wine is the Domaine LAFAGE, Centenaire, from the Cotes du Roussillon, as in Longuedoc-Roussillon, I have gone back and bought this wine at least four times now. It sells for $19.95 in our market locally in Ontario and worth every penny.


 
It is elegant, it is fresh and crisp,  with an inviting aroma of  peach and floral hints and the flavour was full, it was clean, had citrus notes and a grassy hint, refreshing, satisfying, really yummy.

Domaine LAFAGE, Centenaire,

 

Listen to my review at 3:35 minutes into the show  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2011

 

 

I really liked this wine, I liked it more each time I had it, and shared it with a few of my friends and they really liked it too!

So what was it? Well a Tempranillo, the grape, most associated with Spain, best known as the chief grape of red Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine, but in this case it came from Argentina!

 

Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2011 in our Vintages locally, sells for $19.95 

Distributed through Dionynsus Wine & Spirits

It was full bodied, very smooth, juicy with seductive notes of leather, chocolate and slight nuance of tobacco.

Very delicious. The grapes are sourced by the way from select old vines on their Santa Rosa estate in Mendoza, drink now, or if you can wait, lay down for a few years. Really delish!

 

  

Listen to my review at 5:22 minutes into this week’s radio show.