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Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

So okay, I’m looking at a winemaker, a lady of course, in keeping with our radio show’s theme today… Extraordinary women of wine , food and politics! She has been with this winery since 1986…. Now that’s having legs, excuse the pun… and for the last 13 years has been the head winemaker… The winery… one of the first wineries in NapaValley.. dating back to 1875 is Beringer…. And the winemaker is Laurie Hook. My wine pick the Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon (V)

Cabernet Sauvignon

—VINTAGES#: 352583

$37.95

Susanne and I had a chance to taste this wine with Jerry Comfort, ll a number of years ago, and it left an indelible impression on my palate… so here it is again.

From Sonoma’s Knights Valley full bodied, seductive nose of ripe blue and black berry, full intense fruit flavor, good acidity and lasting finish… hmm hmm good!

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Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne

Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

So for my wine pick this week, obviously a champagne. One of the most celebrated and recognized Champagnes in the world.I actually selected this Champagne for a couple of reasons..

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

First of all of course, because  I love it. Its often my go-to bubbly, it is elegant, very sophisticated  beautiful fine bubbles and a gentle mousse. Fruity with notes of citrus and a touch of mineral and I love the toasty aroma, and the hint of brooch. So delicious, so seductive on the palate. The Champagne is Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Pinot Noir/Chardonnay.

The other reason, there’s quite a story behind this Champagne house that was founded in 1772.

It’s a tale about a remarkable lady who at the tender age of 27, tragically was widowed and left at the helm, or in charge essentially of running this Champagne house. Defying all the odds she took over the reins, bold, confident, the 1st businesswoman of the century many say… she lead the charge, she invented the riddling process, still used today, she created the first vintage Champagne, and to a great extent thanks to Barbe Nicole, Veuve Cliquot is a brand so well known all over the world, an image of great quality, of great taste elegance and when you need to bring a bottle of bubbly to a special occasion or dinner, you just know the host will be very happy when she sees the yellow-orange label of Veuve Clicquot! Perfect paired with potato chips too!

Veuve Cliquet

Veuve Cliquet

Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne

Pinot Noir/Chardonnay—LCBO#: 563338 $67.95 per bottle

Celebrate Champagne Day Oct 24th,2014 with a bottle of Veuve Cliquot and a shiny saber to open it with flair!

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“Happy #ChampagneDay! Celebrate the unique sparkling wine that only comes from Champagne.

Introducing Veuve Clicquot RICH a new champagne dedicated to mixology!

Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay

Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay

Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay

No brand new discovery to share with everybody. But instead this week I’ve decided to share with everyone one, for a couple of years now, of my tried and true favourites. I never ever tire of it. It always delivers a mouthful of joy, sip after sip! It’s not an everyday wine, it’s a little pricey Monday-Friday however well worth the $26.95, when you feel like a treat.

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Georgia’s Wine Pick

The winery is Sonoma Cutrer, California of course…. and the wine is The Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2012… an award winning wine, first introduced in 1981… made from grapes from distinct vineyard lots, it is full bodied, rich rich…with flavours of citrus and peach, a creaminess but with beautiful acidity and long finish…. forever on my palate! wonderful wine!

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 

—VINTAGES#: 608653

$26.95

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Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay 2013, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Château Ksara

Château Ksara Réserve du Couvent 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Château Ksara Réserve du Couvent

Château Ksara Réserve du Couvent

So in keeping with our theme today “off the beaten track” or a little out of the ordinary lets say… my wine pick comes from a place that most people wouldn’t ordinarily think of as a wine growing region… it actually comes from one of the oldest regions of wine production, over 5000 years!

And not only that but the producer of my wine pick has been making wine for over 150 years, it is the oldest,largest and most visited winery in this country.

So what is my wine pick?   For $15.00 bucks!  What a find!

A Syrah blend, 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet   Franc  it had beautiful intense berry fruit on the nose, was  medium bodied and had a long finish, just tasted and felt great on the palate from beginning to end… And the wine is the Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2011 Syrah blend. Producer Chateau Ksara from the country of Lebanon! Now that’s extraordinary!

Château Ksara Réserve du Couvent 2011

Syrah Blend

—VINTAGES#: 443721

$14.95

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Di Bernardino Pecorino 2013, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Georgia enjoys a meal at home of grilled eggplant, Ontario field tomatoes and Parmesan shavings. Perfect with the Di Bernardino Pecorino 2013.

Georgia enjoys a meal at home of grilled eggplant, Ontario field tomatoes and Parmesan shavings. Perfect with the Di Bernardino Pecorino 2013.

This week’s wine pick I discovered while at the bar waiting to be seated for dinner.

A delicious white wine, something off the beaten track. Surprise.The glass placed before me… as I swirled, notes of peach, and touches of lemon and mango… so seductive, then when I tasted, nicely crisp, delish with apple, lemon and a hint of yellow plum, mouth filling and simply yummy. Went great with my thin crust white pizza with wild bison sausage

My great find is from the producer Di Berardino, the 2013 Pecorino.

Pecorino is also the name of the grape.From the region of Abruzzo Italy, situated on the Adriatic coast, Price point $24.00 local here in Ontario. And by the way 100% organic!

Di Bernardino Pecorino 2013

Di Bernardino Pecorino 2013

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Episode #4.Healthy Living from the plate to the glass!

Healthy living, from the plate to the glass to the strong and sexy body!EMERGE Lifestyle and Fitness.

181 Merlot Lodi by Delicate Vineyards

181 Merlot Lodi by Delicate Vineyards, Georgia’s Wine Pick

181 Merlot Lodi by Delicate Vineyards

181 Merlot Lodi by Delicate Vineyards

Well seeing as we’re going to be starting off today’s radio show with a wine film that took place in California. I was feeling a little badly about the lowly regarded grape Merlot in our first film today (Sideways). Therefor, I picked a California Merlot. Now I must confess I don’t usually gravitate automatically to Merlot, but I did come across one this week that I really liked. It’s owned by Delicato Vineyards in the Lodi appellation of California.

181 Merlot Lodi by Delicate Vineyards

And their tag line is “Not all vines are created equal”. The 181 refers to the vine stock which is “the most coveted vine stock in Bordeaux. So how did I like it? I truly did. It was rich and elegant. It had ripe fruity plum and cherry notes, hints of spice and great finish.Great Merlot buy for $16.95

And so although the grape was dumped on in the hit movie Sideways by Miles, we say don’t be such a snob Miles,, pick a bottle up tonight for TIFF!

Noble Vines 181 Merlot from Lodi, California

LCBO#: 226530 – $16.95

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Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

We both decided to pick a wine related to the radio show today. My wine pick will pair fab-u-lously with my new found yummy burger, a lamb burger full of big flavour. My Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 from Sonoma County is a superb partner! With lots of layers of blackberry and cassis, hints of spice and good concentration. Hello heaven!

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Georgia’s Wine Pick

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

VINTAGES#: 331603

$22.95 per bottle

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Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 1er Cru 2011

Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 1er Cru 2011 Chardonnay, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 1er Cru 2011 Chardonnay

Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 1er Cru 2011 Chardonnay

I recently had a dinner party and one of my guests brought a surprise wine in a paper bag. We do this sometime and we call it our mystery wine game! Upon opening the bottle it had an immediate aroma that was very alluring and sensual with spicy notes on the nose, of green apple and white peach. On the palette,it exhibited good weight, beautiful bright acidity. This subtle old world chardonnay without heavy oak, reminded me of past wines I’ve tasted from the Montrachet family of wines. The average age of the vines is 20-30 years, the grapes are hand harvested and the wine is made with native yeast.  Loved it!

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Georgia’s Wine Pick

Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 1er Cru 2011 Chardonnay — VINTAGES#: 233593 – $26.95

 As reviewed on The Wine Ladies weekly radio show Taking Life One Sip At A Time. Episode #2 All about Mexico.

This week The Wine Ladies take you on an excursion of everything Mexican! From the spirit of Tequila, exploring the truths and busting open the myths, why are all tequilas mescal but not all mescal tequilas? What is the best way to enjoy this drink, either neat, on the rocks or in specialty cocktails? Recipes, and tips on how to best enjoy tequila from the stemware, to chilling, to swirling!  And what constitutes authentic Mexican cuisine, from the words of a native of Mexico City, you will hear about the ultra key ingredients and staples of this cuisine. So recognized is Mexican cuisine  that Mexican food was recently classified an “irreplaceable cultural heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. The stretches of stunning beaches along the Mayan Riviera, the ultra-cool town of Playa del Carmen, and the amazing beachfront condo development “The Fives” in Playa del Carmen will be explored and finally from a 5th generation Mayan learn about the mystery and history surrounding Tulum, one of the most visited ancient ruin sites in the world. Be sure to tune in!

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Vina San Pedro 2012 Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir

Vina San Pedro 2012 Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir, Chile. Georgia’s Wine Pick.

At my hacienda there seems to be loads of entertaining going on this summer. An abundance of lighter foods going on my grill. So on the hunt for a terrific value Pinot Noir. I come across the Vina San Pedro 2012 Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir from Chile.

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

Coming from the Leyda Valley appellation which has quite the reputation for incredible value wines. This Pinot Noir delivers big time. On the nose bold red fruit and a hint of tobacco, while on the palate fresh berries and good acidity and gentle tannins everyone seems to love this everyday wine. All for $12.50 here locally, you can’t go wrong.

 LCBO #: 358929 $12.50

As reviewed on The Wine Ladies weekly radio show Taking Life One Sip At A Time

On this show The Wine Ladies explore the country of Peru and its capital Lima, regarded as one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. From the huge bio diversity of the landscape including the coastal region, the Andean region and the Amazon comes an incredible fusion cuisine. You’ll also discover Pisco,  Peru’s national drink, a grape spirit, a wonderful elixir that is made with grapes from vast, green vineyards that flourish in the heart of the arid deserts of Peru. This traditional spirit dates back hundreds of years and is the new rising star at the bar! Pisco Sour anyone? Peru a land of gastronomy, spectacular landscape, incredible people and of course Machu Picchu!

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Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012

With a nod to Canada Day my wine pick hails from a winery of great distinction, known not only for their superb, award winning wines but also for their innovation and commitment to our land, our soils, our environment.  Southbrook Vineyards located in Niagara-on-the-Lake is Canada’s first winery to have its vineyard certified as a biodynamic winery, taking organic practices one step further. Southbrook’s philosophy is practiced throughout, from the biodynamic, organic vineyard into the winery. Credos to Southbrook!

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Georgia’s Wine Pick

Still feeling the love for Chardonnay My Wine pick is Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012

Vintages: 172338 Price: $22.95

Perfect for our barbecues, this Chardonnay delivers big and pure! With tropical aromas that include, one of my faves, pineapple, with notes of apple and pear, a touch of vanilla and oak spice. Rich with good acidity and lively on the palate. a delicious Chardonnay, medium bodied and perfect partner for whatever I put on the grill, particularly my sister’s recipe for grilled chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese soaked in fresh herbs from my garden!

“Yoga in the Vineyard” event there July 27th

Such a fan are we of Southbrook Vineyards, that we are repeating our “Yoga in the Vineyard” event there July 27th, 2014! Feel free to see LINK here to see us downward-dog among the roaming sheep and possibly join us! Very cool, serene and delish experience!

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Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience…

Vinyasa & Vino

Mountain pose among the sheep and vinous air

Enjoy a journey of award winning organic, biodynamic wines

Sip and savour together, deliciously inspired wine and lunch

The Wine Ladies Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience