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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

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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!

Fabulous Finds For Foodies, Aureole, Las Vegas.

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Vidal Icewine 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

On our recent trip to Las Vegas we discovered our latest Fabulous Finds For Foodies. The restaurant is Aureole, located in the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.It is part of the incredible Charlie Palmer Group, a two time Michelin Star recipient and Wine Spectator Grand Award winner for its wine list every year since 1999!

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

One of my favorite courses is dessert.I was not disappointed when much to my delight an incredible orange cream semifreddo flambe was paired with something from back home. So a nod to Aureole Wine Director Harley Carbery for adding this Icewine to the list! The Jackson-Triggs Reserve Vidal Icewine 2012 is my wine pick today!

As always, so luscious with seductive aromas of tropical fruits, mango, apricot and papaya. Rich on the palate with that wonderful acidity to balance this delectable wine, we sure know how to make our signature wine here in Niagara and Jackson Triggs, Canada’s most awarded winery does it fabuloso!

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Vidal Icewine 2012

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Vidal Icewine 2012

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Vidal Icewine 2012

Available at the winery.

$39.95 per bottle

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Episode #18 (WL 03-22-2015)

Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas… wine and dine scene extraordinaire!Our Fabulous Finds For Foodies… Aureole Las Vegas by Charlie Palmer, Mandalay Bay.

On this week’s audio podcast…Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas… wine and dine scene extraordinaire! Our Fabulous Finds For Foodies… Aureole Las Vegas by Charlie Palmer, Mandalay Bay.

Girls' Night Out Sparkling

Girls’ Night Out Sparkling for the Oscars!

Vina Santa Rita, Chile.

Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011

Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011

So the new year is upon us and it might be a time for some us to do a little budgeting. We  may have stretched ourselves a little bit. But not to worry, no need to put away the wine glass or cut back on a good glass of wine… we’ve got delish budget wines to the rescue!

So for me, we had a lot of folks over at my place during the holidays. 14 to 15 people for dinner for quite a few nights. So I found myself a great deal, that everybody loved… and when I unveiled it and told them the price… their jaws dropped!

My find from Vinas Santa Rita… the Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011, from the Maipo Valley in Chile… $13.95. We actually stayed at this incredible property at the Casa Real hotel, hundreds of acres of stunning vegetation, hundred year old trees, just beautiful! The winery founded in 1880 produces amazing wines of terrific value!

This Cab a blend of the best Cabernet Sauvignon barrels in the vintage, aged in French and American oak… concentrated rich flavours, hints of spice, of oak and with soft tannins… big juicy berry flavor Go and get yourself a bottle, delish for $13.95 in our market.

 

Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

LCBO # 253872

$13.95

During our trip to Chile in 2011 we stayed  at the Casa Real Hotel located at Vinas Santa Rita.We enjoyed a lovely picnic one day with food and wine journalists from the country of Chile.

On this week’s radio show… Episode #16 (WL 01-12-2015) Icewine… Canada’s Nectar of the Gods!

we explore all that is our iconic Icewine, this special wine that literally put Canada on the world-wide wine map! What makes it so special, how its made, and no we don’t put the grapes in a freezer, but some do,a commercial freezer that is…so we’ll learn all about it, the risks, the rewards, and the amazing taste profiles!
And to help us do all that and also chat about some of the other award winning still wines coming out of this region…  Joining us today, 3 guests from different wineries, all located in our beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake and stops on our Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tour coming up January 25th.

Wines of Germany

Wegeler Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Wegeler Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett

Wegeler Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett

Wegeler Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2012

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

First of all Riesling is synonymous with Germany, the noble grape varietal that can be made in such a variety of styles from bone dry to beerenhauslese levels where the sweetness is only matched by the beautiful acidity which also lends itself to terrific aging as well.

This Riesling is medium-dry, very light in alcohol, only 7.5% but big big on flavor and finesse! On the nose a seductive aroma of apple and peach, with that hint of petrol that I love in Rieslings with a floral note, beautiful and on the palate rich ripe fruit with racy acidity, love it.

Produced by Weinguter Wegeler making wines since 1882 now in its 4th generation.

Wegeler Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2012

VINTAGES 378083: $25.95

 I recently attended a delightful reception at the beautiful home of the German Consul, Mr. Walter Stechel. Here we share an authentic homemade German cookie he made himself.

 I recently attended a delightful reception at the beautiful home of the German Consul, Mr. Walter Stechel. Here we share an authentic homemade German cookie he made himself.

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Episode #15 (WL 12-22-2014)

TOP 3 Tips to survive the holidays!The Wine Ladies Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions and 2014 in review!

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

Persuasion Dragon Blend 2010

Persuasion Dragon Blend 2010, Georgia’s Wine Pick

Persuasion Dragon Blend 2010

Persuasion Dragon Blend 2010

I had the opportunity recently to enjoy Persuasion but alert to fellow Ontarions, it is only available at select restaurants for now…

For more info on where to find Persuasion or if you are a licensee and would like to offer this wine on your list contact Bill at Noteworthy Wines

$38 suggested retail

So we are talking major celebrity guests on this week’s radio show. Dan Aykroyd joining us on the show this week. So continuing along the vein of celebrity, my wine pick is actually a celebrity wine.This celebrity is also a Canadian. An entrepreneur, a business maven, marketing genius, and known for handing out money. Well if the pitch is right that is! The celebrity I am talking about is Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den. Her wine is called Persuasion Dragon Blend 2010. A red of course.  It is a blend of Russian River Valley AVA Cabernet Sauvignon and Chalk Hill AVA Merlot. It is made at the family owned winery Thomas-George Estates of California. Persuasion is deep purple in colour, is full bodied, has soft tannins and is mouth filling rich in ripe fruit flavours, spice and notes of oak. Be sure to decant as the wine is unfiltered and could throw a little sediment.
 Arlene Dickinson 

Arlene Dickinson

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Episode #14 (WL 12-08-2014) Getting into the spirit of the holidays featuring Dan Aykroyd and Crystal Head Vodka.

 

Join us on this week’s Audio Podcast, International Women’s Day 2018

Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errazuriz

Viña Errázuriz Concagua Costa Shiraz/Syrah 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

So just recently we had the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of “the Berlin Tasting:, a legendary and ground breaking tasting that showcased the wines of Chile like never before, beating out iconic wines such as Chateau Lafite and Chateau Margaux. As a nod to this accomplishment and this event, the founder of which is Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errazuriz.

I thought I would delve into Errazuriz’s wines, one of their reds… And in the mood these days for Syrah, I thought I’d check out the  Viña Errázuriz Concagua Costa Shiraz/Syrah 2012 and so glad I did!

For $24.95, bright, violet-red in colour, wonderful complexity, comes from a single vineyard. The Manzanar Vineyards not far from the sea. This coastal syrah has a bold fruity, seductive aroma of red cherries and raspberries with hints of black pepper.I love this in my wines, it is juicy with fin tannins and has promise to age. I’d buy half a dozen an enjoy as times goes by. Delish.,

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick 

Viña Errázuriz Concagua Costa Shiraz/Syrah 2012

VINTAGES#: 387910

$24.95

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Episode #13 Prepping for the holidays with celebrity fashion icon Jeanne Beker.

 

 

Episode #12

The 10th anniversary of “The Berlin Tasting” with Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errázuriz

Bonterra Chardonnay 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Bonterra Chardonnay 2012

Bonterra Chardonnay 2012

So I am super happy to share with everyone my wine pick today… because it has long been a favorite of mine…and to be honest at first I didn’t even realize it was organic, I just knew that I loved it… like a bonus biodynamic!

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

From Mendocino, California, my pick is the Bonterra which means “good earth” Chardonnay. Because of Mendocino’s climate, hot, dry summers, rich soils suitable for great diversity of cover crops, 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 and buttery and nutty, mouth filling, and with a crisp acidity and aromas and flavours of tropical fruit, lemon, it’s a delectable journey on the palate, and with a long standing finish. Just hits the high note time after time!

Bonterra Chardonnay 2012

VINTAGES#: 342436   

in our market $19.95

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Episode #12

The 10th anniversary of “The Berlin Tasting”

Nakedness of nature! Discover Southbrook Vineyards’s Biodynamic wines & delicious raw foods at the Om Juice Bar.

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Nakedness of nature! Discover Southbrook Vineyards’s Biodynamic wines & delicious raw foods at the OmJuice Bar.

 

Spanish Map

Cordero Di Montezemolo Arneis 2013, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Cordero Di Montezemolo Arneis 2013

Cordero Di Montezemolo Arneis 2013

My wine pick this week was discovered at a fabulous Italian restaurant in the heart of Yorkville. In the mood for something off the beaten track… not that I am a member of the ABC Club….”anything but Chardonnay”. I love Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blancs, two staples, but when we saw this wine on the list we thought,this is a great producer located in Piedmont. The vineyards have a long history located in the commune of La Mora, in fact the earliest beginnings date back to 1340!

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

Cordero di Montezemolo, Arneis 2013

Under the same name until 1941 when the countess passed and willed the property to her grandson who is the father of the current owner Giovanni Codero di Montezolo, who together with his children continue to personally manage the vineyards and take care of the fruit. And a superb they do!

To the wine! The Cordero di Montezemolo, Arneis 2013 from the region of Langhe in Piedemonte has an intense bouquet of peach and flowers, so inviting with a crisp, dry long finish. Absolutely delicious and a  different variety to enjoy for a change, well made, complex. Try it, you will love it! I know I did!

Cordero Di Montezemolo Arneis 2013

In our market available through the Profile Wine Group

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Episode #11

WOW, no bull roar here with the wines of Navarra, Spain

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Locaboire Wine Tour of Prince Edward County Vineyards with The Wine Ladies at Rosehall Run

Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir

Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir

Rosehall Run Vineyards does it again with another prestigious award at the 2014 International Wine and Spirits Competition….a Silver! And I’d like to make sure our readers and listeners know about this wine too!

The wine is the Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir 2011, VQA Prince Edward County… composed of estate-grown Pinot Noir from two of Rosehall Runs vineyards from grapes that were planted 12 and 13 years ago and the wine aged for 14 months in French oak.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

Lots of red fruit, cherry on the palate with hints of spice, a touch of oak and subtle tannins. I’m planning on pairing this up with my turkey and cranberry family dinner, accompanied by one of my specialty mushroom appetizers! Doing wat Dan does best, the Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir 2011. $39.00 a super wine of superb quality

 Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir 2011

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Episode #10

A “sweet” show …exploring anything and everything having to do with one of life’s greatest pleasures

…that is chocolate!

The 4th Annual Luxury Chocolate Show Toronto is coming up, its incredible. Always an extravaganza and celebration of  this delectable treat… with fine chocolate samplings, incredible vendors, demos and of course the Chocolate and Wine Salon, hosted by The Wine Ladies featuring local and international wines and a selection of spirits too.
On this show we learn a little about the history, and the allure of this magical cocoa plant, how its grown, how its made, best enjoyed,with which wines, and  learn a little about its many health benefits as well from the Doctor in the house!
So starting off… Joining us Joey Cee, the founder of Luxury Chocolate Show, as well as the Toronto Chocolate Festival started in 2005, as a 10 day and now expanded to a 23 day event…. he is a formidable force in so many ways, multidimensional beyond belief…in entertainment, music, magazine publishing, creator of various other festivals, Joey Cee at the top of the show

Next up we’ll be talking wine and chocolate pairings, AND sweet and savoury Chocolate dinners!

Sommelier Rebecca Meir-Liebman and her husband Chef Eyal Liebman, founders of L is for…., offering exquisite private dining experiences and Chocolate Dinners, we’ll chat with this dynamic, hugely talented  duo about a very special Wine and Chocolate dinner happening Nov 8th, and we will be there, can’t wait!

Also a very special feature of the show is the Chocolate and Wine Salon that we’re going to be hosting… one of the wineries who will be pouring that day is one of our faves, we love Lynn and Dan Sullivan, the owners of Rosehall Run… from the wine region of Prince Edward County, a beautiful quaint region, a culinary hot-spot with amazing wines, and we’ll be chatting with Lynn in just a bit

And to pair with Lynn’s wines and others, BRIX chocolate… with the cocoa sourced specifically to produce amazing chocolate to pair specifically with a variety of wines… the founder of BRIX, Dr. Nick Proia, a wine lover and lover of chocolate will join us, and finally  to close off the show, also being poured in our salon, “Amarula” that delectable, luscious liqueur from South Africa, it comes from a fruit, that “drunkens” the elephants! We will welcome Nicole Oliva from Peter Mielzynski Agency here in Toronto to tell us about that

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Rosehall Run JCR Chardonnay 2011, Susanne’s Wine Pick.