Norman Hardie

Norman Hardie County Chardonnay Unfiltered 2013, Georgia’s Wine Pick

I truly am a Chardonnay kind of gal. No chance of me being a member of the ABC club. Anything BUT Chardonnay especially when I get a taste of this stunning wine. My wine pick was brought to me by a good friend and fellow wine lover.
From the county, Prince Edward County, this 2013 Norman Hardie County Chardonnay Unfiltered was a knockout. What can I say… not inexpensive, but worth the $39.00 dollars.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick 

The Chardonnay came from 5 different sites, all very close to the winery, with the idea of blending to create a richness, complexity from the various terroir. It reminded me of a great Burgundy but at a bargain price. So alluring on the nose, I love that toasty brioche aroma and then it had a mouth watering beautiful citrus flavor with a hint of mineral… really yummy!

Norman Hardie Unfiltered Chardonnay

Norman Hardie Unfiltered Chardonnay

Norman Hardie Winery

On this week’s radio show…

South America Sizzles with Sensational Sips and Sights! Exploring Chile, Argentina and Peru!

We have a super lineup of guests this week. Our topic today Sizzling South America. With their red hot wines, incredible gastronomy and the exploring of what one of our favorite Globe and Mail columnist recently called the “hippest sip of the moment”, that is Pisco.

Episode 29

Listen to my wine review at 4:35 minutes into the show.

Kacaba Vineyards

Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Gris 2014, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Gris 2014

Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Gris 2014

We are talking today on the radio show about enjoying some wonderful summer sippers.

I have to thank Linda, a friend of ours for bringing over this bottle of wine last week which I had never had the pleasure to taste.Thank you Linda!

It’s a pretty wine,pinkish and coppery in colour although they call it a white wine, not a rosé but the hue of pink is due to the grape it is made of Pinot Gris,which otherwise is known to most as Pinot Grigio.

It is the Kacaba Vineyards Jennifer’s Pinot Gris 2014. Kacaba Vineyards and Winery located on the Niagara Escarpment Bench in Vineland. The fruit was hand harvested then permitted to cold soak for twelve hours to achieve its bronze and copper hue before undergoing a gently hole berry pressing.

I found this wine quite elegant.It was fruit forward with touches of pink grapefruit, some red fruit and had a refreshing acidity. Much more going on in the glass than a lot of Pinot Grigios out there. I really enjoyed this Pinot Gris!

Awards

SILVER MEDAL – ONTARIO WINE AWARDS 2015

Available at the winery or online at Kacaba Vineyards and Winery. $17.95 per bottle

On this week’s audio podcast…

Summer cocktails, beers and wines…dish it up! Lindeman’s 1000 moments of Sunshine.Sip and Sleuth to Win – $100.00 Neal Brothers Foods tote bag filled with goodies and snacks.

We are well into the throws of summer and we hope you are all enjoying a little summer fun, whether at the cottage, on a beach or maybe on your patio or wherever you are. On today’s show we are going to share with you some spectacular summer drinks, cocktails, wines, super craft beers and snacks to help make your vaca days even that much more delicious!

Episode 28

Listen to Georgia’s ‘s wine review at 3:00 minutes into the radio show.

David & Cynthia Enns

Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2012 Merlot Blend, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2012 Merlot Blend

Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2012 Merlot Blend

Happy Canada Day everyone! I am also celebrating our west coast and the stunning Okanagan Valley, with a winery situated in the desirable sub region of the Naramata Bench. The Naramata Bench boasts ideal conditions for ripening Merlot and Bordeaux varieties. And believe me this is no laughing matter, the winery Laughing Stock strives everyday not to live up to its unfortunate name! Lol

My wine is the Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2012 Merlot Blend, and what’s cool about this wine, is the winery encourages you to have a Blind Trust in the wine by not disclosing the varietals on the label.Try it and see what you think. Its a big Bordeaux style blend.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

A very intense wine with ripe blackberry, blueberry. Medium bodied and ripe tannins. Chocolate notes and a long finish.

If you really want to know the varietals are listed, they are kept under wrap and seal of the capsule.

Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2012 Merlot Blend

Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2012 Merlot Blend

$37.95 at Vintages… at the LCBO

Episode 25

Happy Canada Day! Introducing our new weekly radio segment SIP and SLEUTH To Win!

Ask The Wine Ladies…Bring on the Okanagan wines please!

First Family of Wines

De Bortoli Gulf Station Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2013, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

De Bortoli Gulf Station Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

De Bortoli Gulf Station Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

My wine pick today hails from the Yarra Valley, Australia, the company founded in 1928 is one of  “Australia’s First Family of Wines”, a group of 12 family owned Australian wineries that represent 16 Australian regions across 4 states and have collectively more than 1200 years of wine making experience.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

I discovered this wine while attending an outstanding tasting featuring 11 of the 12  Australian First Families of Wines. I decided then that it was to be a wine pick for me.

The wine is De Bortoli Gulf Station Yarra Valley 2013 Pinot Noir. I bought it for $19.95 and immediately was struck by the silkiness, the complexity and rich texture, it was medium bodied with bright ripe fruit… but not over ripe and with a vibrant acidity, intense in flavor and refreshing at the same time.I really liked this Pinot Noir, a bargain to me for $19.95.

De Bortoli Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2013

De Bortoli Gulf Station Pinot Noir 2013

VINTAGES#: 15511

I really liked this Pinot Noir, a bargain to me for $19.95. Hello to Darrin de Bortoli, 3rd generation,Darrin is the winemaker and we had the opportunity to meet Darrin for a second time at the “speed wine tasting” as they called it… lots of wine so little time. And that is my wine pick.

Listen to my wine review at 3:59 minutes into this week’s radio show.

 

On this week’s show…Calling all Dads out there.This show is for you! We have you covered for your special Father’s Day!
 
Episode 25

Today we’re going to talk about what might be some of your favourite things. How about some lip smacking delicious bold burgers or crunchy flavor filled spicy homemade tacos.  Or to quench your thirst how about a small batch craft beer chock full of flavour. No additives, all natural, just 100% pure delicious.

Or straight from the small,rugged and remote Scottish island of Islay comes the authentic premium single malt Scotch whisky,a wee dram for you lads perhaps?

And for the fine wine,food and film buff we bring you the 2nd annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival, taking place on Father’s Day weekend where you can choose from a plethora of wine tasting diners, movie premiers, short film screenings, and much more!

And finally the tables are turned on The Wine Ladies when we are interviewed by Laura Wolfe a student who is studying the art of social media and blogging. We give her our thoughts on social media!

Alright so its time now to salute all the Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day, let’s start!!!

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Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

So we always like to share some of our “The Wine Ladies” wine experiences with all of you. Last week we attended one at the beautiful Bosk restaurant located in the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto. We had the opportunity to meet James Healey who was visiting here from Marlborough. James is one of the two founders of the prestigious New Zealand winery, Dog Point Vineyard and also the former winemaker of Cloudy Bay.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

We had a great time and Nigel Sowman the head viticulturist at Dog Point Vineyard who was also there (loved his accent). As well as Richard Dittmar the VP of Trialto, the agency that represents this winery here in Canada. Between the 5 of us we had some great wine and some great conversation.

James, Nigel, (on the left) Richard on the right) and Susanne and Georgia.

James, Nigel, (on the left) Richard on the right) and Susanne and Georgia.

 Nigel Sowman, Georgia and James Healey

Nigel Sowman, Georgia and James Healey

So I am going to follow suit and fill you in on another fave of the day. I am warning you there are not that many cases available. So act fast if you like aromas like juice cherry, raspberry, touches of viloet, touch of earthy flavours and a lively acidity, complexity and good length in your Pinot Noir!

If you said yes, Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 is your wine. Premium price but coming from producers that critics are saying things like “gathering cult status” – James Haliday $49.95.

 

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

On this week’s radio show…

Discover Washington wines. Make your own wine in time for the holidays. Discover the secret anti aging ingredient and Canada’s most southerly wine region Pelee Island and Pelee Island Winery.

Episode 33

Award Winning Pelee Island Winery, Canada’s most southerly vineyards.

La Joya Gran Reserva Viognier 2014 Bisquertt Family Vineyards

La Joya Gran Reserva Viognier 2014 Bisquertt Family Vineyards, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

La Joya Gran Reserva Viognier 2014 Bisquertt Family Vineyards

La Joya Gran Reserva Viognier 2014 Bisquertt Family Vineyards

So this week I am veering into aromatic white grape territory here. I picked this up at our LCBO and thought wow, for $15.95 a bottle!

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

The wine is a Viognier and sometimes for me they can be just a touch too aromatic and over powering but for me this one hit right on the money. Aromatic yes, with typical notes as one would expect,floral, spice, white peach, with concentrations that I really enjoyed. Rich and elegant, and refreshing.From the Colchagua Valley in Chile, the wine is the La Joya Gran Reserva 2014 by Bisquertt Family Vineyards.I will seriously pick up half a dozen for the summer.

 

Listen to my wine review at 6:52 minutes into this week’s radio show.

 

On this week’s showI am Chardonnay and my day is International Chardonnay Day coming up May 21st.

Episode 22

Our subject,narrow, yet very broad, global in scope of importance to many many wine makers, and certainly wine lovers,and drinkers alike…around the world……we will be dedicating this show and honoring one of the most popular and prolifically grown white, wine grape varietals!

Here is a description of the varietal. Can you guess?

I am a white grape, of noble heritage of the species vitis vinifera.
I am planted in over 400,000 acres worldwide.
I can be made in many styles.
I am NOT finicky.
I have a club named after me…the ABC Club.
There are also numerous spas using me as their namesake, and even baby girls are being named after me.
I am so special that I have a special day that has been named in my honor, on which 1000’s of people around the world celebrate my heritage, what I am and the kind of wines I can make.

I am Chardonnay and my day is International Chardonnay Day coming up May 21st, hence our dedication to this illustrious grape here today!

California Square Chardonnay…”IT IS now HIP TO BE SQUARE”…On this audio podcast we speak wit winemaker Virginia Lambrix.

Two Sister's Vineyards

Two Sisters Eleventh Post 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Two Sisters Eleventh Post 2011

Two Sisters Eleventh Post 2011

So seeing as we are doing a little bit of a throwback today with our wine picks on the radio show,I remember a wine that we tasted when we were hosting  an event with a group of around twenty friends or so…and it was at the beautiful recently opened Two Sisters Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

The two sisters are Angela and Melissa of the Marotta family.

Located just next door to Peller Estates and it truly is a magnificent property set among about 75 hectares I think it was of red Bordeaux varietals.

We enjoyed several of their wines. However one of the stand outs for me was the Two Sisters Eleventh Post 2011 (52% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon). We learned it was also the 2014 InterVin Gold Medal award winner. Sometimes you are just really in the mood for a deep, rich, elegant yet chewy, delicious red. This wine delivered it all. The Eleventh Post 2011 sells for $39.00 at the winery, and the 11th Post by the way is a very special place in the vineyards… for the family.

The wine is very deep in colour, inky almost, the aroma was so enticing with cocoa, creamy notes of vanilla and oak; You really can’t wait to sip after you nose the wine. On the palate full bodied, cherries and black currant, toasty oak, long finish. Congrats to Two Sisters Winery!

 Our guests enjoying a toast in the stunning barrel room at Two Sisters. It was trly a remarkable visit.

Listen to my review at 4:25 minutes into the radio show.

Episode 21

Drink New Zealand and think the “King of Sauvignon Blanc”,sustainability and the meteoric rise in popularity!

Hahn Winery Pinot Noir 2013

Hahn Winery Pinot Noir 2013, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Hahn Winery Pinot Noir 2013

Hahn Winery Pinot Noir 2013

So my wine pick also hails from California, and I know you would love this wine too. I’m going with a Pinot Noir today that really delivers big and at a great price point. $18.90 in our market.And finding inexpensive Pinot noir is not that easy, this elusive grape that it is, so I am happy!

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

So from a family owned winery based in the Salinas Valley, Monterey County, this Pinot Noir is very enticing with an aroma of strawberries, hints of plum and spice, and full rich flavor with berries and cherries a hint of oak and spice. And to add to your Earth Day this winery was the first in Monterey to be certified SIP or Sustainable in Practice.My wine pick is the Hahn Winery Pinot Noir 2013. This will definitely be a standard go to Pinot for me.

Listen to my review at 4:05 minutes into the radio show.

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This week’s episode….Episode #21  (WL-04-25-2015)

A taste of Italy…Amarone,Grappa and Italian cuisine.

On this week’s radio show…A taste of Italy…Amarone, Grappa & Italian cuisine.Introducing Fabulous Finds For Foodies… Alioli Ristorante, Mississauga, Ontario

Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines

Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines 2011

Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines 2011

So my wine pick came to me via a blind tasting over the Easter holidays. Our sister Barb brought it,as she always likes to surprise and test us,  which is always fun. I truly loved this wine and we actually thought it would be around the $40.00 mark, but sells for just $19.95 in our market, a stellar wine for this price.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

It comes from south eastern Spain as well, only from the DO Alicante. The varietal is “Monastrell” or more commonly known as mourvedre. The grapes are harvested by hand from small plots of old vines. It is simply Yummy!It is deep garnet, purplish in colour, has a seductive bouquet of dark cherries and blackberry, plus a splash of leather. On the palate, full bodied, (15%) rich, with notes of licorice, more blackberry, and a long finish.

The wine is the Tarima Hill Estate Bottled Old Vines 2011.

Available in our market $19.95 per bottle

Listen to my review at 3:19 minutes into the radio show.

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This week’s episode….Episode #20  (WL-04-12-2015)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo May 5th,2015

Empanadas

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2011

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2011

Malbec World Day just around the corner, April 17th, 2015.  So I decided to go with the Malbec, one of my faves. I truly enjoy this varietal especially when it delivers like this one.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva

LCBO Vintages 279802 – $22.95 per bottle

The producer is Fabre Montmayou Winery & Vineyards, the wine, Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2011, sells here on our market for $22.95. Well worth every penny and more!

The grapes come from vines that over 60 years old, in the region of  Vistalba.

Talk about attention to detail, first it is all manual harvested, in small trays, not to damage the grapes, then the grapes are selected by bunches first, and then again grape by grape.

The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, the fining is done with fresh egg whites and then aged another 12 months in the bottle before release.

This is an elegant, complex wine with juicy notes of blackberries and cherries on the nose and that hint of violet and liquorish typical of great Malbec, and the tannins are soft, the wine is just yummy!

Hervé & Diane Joyaux Fabre

Hervé & Diane Joyaux Fabre

For this wine review

TUNE INTO THE WINE LADIES RADIO SHOW at 4:00 minutes into the show.

Episode #19 (WL 03-30-2015) Grape stomping mad about Malbec and Malbec World Day, April 17th, 2015

On this week’s radio show…We are grape stomping mad about Malbec and Malbec World Day…. April 17th, 2015!