Bonterra Chardonnay

Bonterra Chardonnay 2017, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Bonterra Chardonnay 2017

Bonterra Chardonnay 2017

So I am happy to share with everyone my wine pick today, which has been a favourite of mine for quite some time.   To be honest at first I didn’t even realize it was organic. I just knew I loved it! A bonus biodynamic!

From Mendocino, California, my pick is Fonterra Chardonnay 2017 $19.95 in  our Ontario market.

Bonterra which means “good earth” 

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

Listen to my wine review at 3:33 minutes in the show.

Because of Mendocino’s climate and the hot,dry summers a great diversity of cover crops are part of the landscape. The 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, buttery and nutty, mouth filling and with a crisp acidity and aromas and flavours of tropical fruit, lemon. It is a delectable journey on the palate and with a long standing

Bonterra Chardonnay

Bonterra Chardonnay

On this week’s Audio Podcast…Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day May 4th, 2018.

EPISODE 68

Coming up on today’s show we are going to be celebrating a very special day in the world of wine. Saluting one of our favorite grape varietals. It is grown in many wine regions around the globe and growing in popularity day by day.

How would you describe me this grape???

I am zesty, fresh and crisp. I smell like citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit and sometimes goosesberries and even cats pee!!  But that’s  a good thing.  And I originated in France but am planted prolifically in many different regions.

I could only be one grape  and that is Sauvignon Blanc!

And the special day is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, coming up on May 4th. There are lots of tastings, events going on all honouring this diverse, very expressive, and delicious grape!

And we are so on board,100% ready to celebrate, to educate and introduce you to two very distinct Sauvignon Blancs. which  come from two different wine growing regions.

#SAUVBLANCDAY

La Crema,Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Pascual Toso Limited Edition Malbec

Pascual Toso Limited Edition Malbec- Susanne’s Wine Pick

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

Malbec is the heart of the Argentine wine industry and continues to be the global wine ambassador.

Pasual Toso Limited Edition Malbec

Pasual Toso Limited Edition Malbec

Celebrate Malbec World Day April 17

Susanne’s Wine Pick

This Malbec has aromas of plum and blueberry with spice and peppery notes. Dry with good aroma replays. Structured with soft tannins and a solid fruity finish.

Las Barrancas is in a stunning location with premium quality soils, ideal climate and environment, located in Mendoza, in the district of Maipu within the Mendoza River highland. In the area, at around 750 meters above sea level, more than 400 hectares belong to Pascual Toso.

It is a heterogeneous terroir, an uneven piece of land going down 7 meters, where stretch soils with bare rock in which grapes stand up with all its quality, to deeper soils with green coverage.

Las Barrancas possess excellent conditions for climatic agriculture, with warm days and fresh nights, low humidity relative and high heatstroke what is translated in vineyards with excellent quality of fruits and sanity. The water for irrigation comes from the snow of the Andes mountain trough the main River of the county, “Mendoza River”. Organic matter is very scarce due to the quick decomposition it goes through because rains are not heavy and there is intensive cultural activity. Although the soils are of similar origin, various textures may be found in small areas.

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Ogier Heritages Cotes Du Rhone AOC Rhône

Ogier Heritages Cotes Du Rhone AOC Rhône, Susann’e Wine Pick

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Susanne’s Wine Pick

Ogier Heritages Cotes Du Rhone AOC Rhône.

A delicious blend of Grenache and Syrah.Medium ruby garnet colour; dry, medium-bodied, soft and rounded with raspberry, tobacco leaf, plum and vanillin aromas and flavours.

 

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

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

155TH ANNIVERSARY

SINCE 1859, OGIER SHINES FROM CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE TO MAKE WINES OF EXCELLENCE AND SHARE THE LIFESTYLE IN RHÔNE VALLEY. IN 2014, FOR ITS 155TH ANNIVERSARY, OGIER PURCHASES A FARM AND A MAGNIFICENT TERROIR OF SAFRES NEXT TO A SENSITIVE NATURAL SPACE, THE SALTY POND, LOCATED ON THE MUNICIPALITY OF COURTHEZON. AT THE HEART OF THIS PROTECTED NATURAL ECOSYSTEM, A NEW WINE MAKING CENTER, IMAGINED BY DIDIER COUTURIER, WILL TAKE PLACE AND WILL BE THE NEW CRADLE OF OUR WINES OF EXCELLENCE.

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On this week’s Audio Podcast..French wine and chocolate truffles, the perfect Valentine’s experience.

Yealands Family Wines

Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2015,Marlborough,New Zealand, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Yealands Family Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Yealands Family Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Susanne’s Wine Pick

The Marlborough wine region in New Zealand is widely recognized as the “King of Sauvignon Blanc”.

New Zealand, is recognized the world over for its commitment to the environment and sustainability.
Yealands Family Wines is considered the most sustainable winery in the world!

In the glass this straw coloured wine offers classic grassy, gooseberry and melon aromas; the palate is dry, medium bodied; crisp citrus and ripe melon flavours and a refreshingly crisp finish.

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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.

Gassier Sables d’Azur Rosé 2015, Susanne’s Wine Pick

Gassier Sables d'Azur Rosé 2015

Gassier Sables d’Azur Rosé 2015

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

Gassier Sables d’Azur Rosé 2015

So for me, especially with the hot days we’ve been having, I am gravitating to rose. My wine pick today is from the Cotes de Provence, the largest appellation in Provence, of course known for rose. Almost with 90% of its production is pink and a bright pale pink, known to be fresh, a hint of spice and floral notes.

Listen to my wine review on the radio show at 4:21 minutes in the show.

My choice is the Sables d’Azur Cotes de Provence 2015, rose, by Gassier, beautiful, salmon copper colour, fresh, crisp, dry, beautiful tones of fresh strawberry and peach, elegant, delicate, a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and syrah, lovely, delicious, all for $15.95 yum!

On this week’s radio show…A salute to the glorious grape and beyond, from the table, to the fortified spirit, to the jewel of Spain, Rioja

We’ll start with our salute to the glorious grape, but beyond the grape as a table wine rather the role it plays in a variety of spirits of which there are many. Examples such as Pisco from Peru, Cognac from Cognac, Grappa traditionally from Italy…or as a  fortified wine like Port from Portugal and of one of the jewels of Spain, Sherry.

J Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2013, Paso Robles, Susanne’s Wine Pick

J Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2013

So this week I went with a red wine today too. My pick is from Paso Robles, situated on California’s Central Coast. Georgia and I visited this winery a couple of years ago. We headed down the coast after shooting our show in Napa Valley.

So J, for Jerry Lohr, has been around since 1974, a hugely successful brand, one of America’s most known wineries, they have two wine centers now, one in San Jose and of course the one we visited. J Lohr is actually one of the few family owned estate-focused wineries of this size.

To the vino, you know me pretty well, how often do I gravitate to Merlot? Not that often right? So this time I did and I was super happy about the J Lohr Osos Merlot 2013 $21.95 I cracked open when I got home!

So this Merlot actually has a substantial dose of Malbec in it, no shrinking violet this wine, bright, seductive aroma of plum and blueberry, full juicy dark fruit flavour and a lengthy finish. PLUS 2013, they are saying is was an extremely strong vintage for Paso Robles!

 JLohr Los Osos Merlot 2013 $21.95 

Listen to my review at 5:05 minutes in the radio show.

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On this week’s Audio Podcast…

Lavish lifestyle with prize Pitars Prosecco, Preferred Magazine and Executive Chef from OVEST.

Coming up on our show today, one of Italy’s many claims to fame, is of course their very own sparkling wine, growing in popularity day by day. Not only is it a wine, but it is a place, and it is a grape and there is a bit of confusion out there about this delightful and delicious bubbly and that is Prosecco.

Episode 46: Pitars Prosecco;Nicola Pittaro, Danylo Mielnik, Carlo Greco

There is much more to this bubbly, with an interesting history, than many might know. So in our first segment we are excited to share with everyone today a very special winery, located in the Friuli region in northeastern Italy, the wine Castel Pitars winery.

Pitars Winery

Here is a wine producer that dates back to 1510, steeped in tradition, now run by four brothers producing an exciting array of wines, along with their Prosecco, wines of indigenous grapes, international varietals and unique blends.

Pitars family

Pitars Wines imported and distributed exclusively by VDF Importers of Fine Wines.

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

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This week Georgia 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.

Susanne enjoys glass of the Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay 2013 at the Toronto California Wine Fair.

 Listen to my review at 7:10 minutes in the show on episode 

I picked a Chardonnay, mine is from the esteemed region well known for their Chardonnay and that is of course Russian River Valley, in the Sonoma Valley. My wine is the 2013 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay. Just  released in Vintages April 2nd – $29.95 Vintages # 421941

Clos du Bois has been making wines for 4 decades now combining the best of California wines that are both fruit forward with the elegance of the French resulting in wines that are both elegant yet approachable. And this wine certainly is that.

Delicious from the 1st sip as well, with hints of citrus oranges and lemons, beautifully balanced acidity and a lovely long finish. I say a resounding YES to this wine!

On this week’s radio show… Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day! Get Sauvignon Blanc savvy with three unique styles from three different continents.

EPISODE 45

Coming up on today’s show we are going to be celebrating a very special day in the world of wine. Saluting one of our favorite grape varietals, grown in many wine regions around the globe and growing in popularity day by day.

Sauvignon Blanc

How would you describe me, this grape and the wine that I make? Well, you are zesty, fresh and crisp. I smell like citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit and sometimes gooseberries and even cats pee! But that’s  a good thing!

And you originated in France but as you are planted prolifically in many different regions. You could only be one grape and that is Sauvignon Blanc.

Pitars Winery

Pitars Prosecco DOC, Susanne’s Wine Pick

My discovery, the Pitars Prosecco DOC made from a fourth generation, historic and stunning winery located in Friuli. This Prosecco  is lively with zesty fruits and floral notes and  of course, BONUS  its affordability at just  $17.25 per bottle. It’s pretty exclusive too as its not sold through the LCBO but is available exclusively by the case (6) here in Ontario through www.VDFwines.com.

So I an kicking Spring off is style with my Pitars Prosecco!

Spring fever is finally upon us and I wanted to kick of the season in style! What better way to celebrate than with a beautiful glass of bubbly. Although I do enjoy a glass of Champagne from time to time its not always in my budget. Therefore,I searched out for one of the most popular bubblies out there and that is of course Prosecco.

We know, this sparkling wine must come exclusively from one of two wine growing regions in north eastern Italy.

The two regions are  Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. In fact the name comes from the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste. It is also the name of the wine and was until recently the name of the grape. Due to a change in regulation in 2009  the “Glera” grape which is a long standing synonym for Prosecco was officially recognized as the proper grape name used to identify this iconic Italian export.

$17.25 per bottle (case of 6). Available through VDF Wines & Spirits.

My discovery, the Pitars Prosecco DOC made from a fourth generation, historic and stunning winery located in Friuli. This Prosecco  is lively with zesty fruits and floral notes and  of course, BONUS  its affordability at just  $17.25 per bottle. It’s pretty exclusive too as its not sold through the LCBO but is available exclusively by the case (6) here in Ontario through www.VDFwines.com.

So I an kicking Spring off is style with my Pitars Prosecco!

TUNE  to listen to my review at 5:20 minutes in the show. 

Episode 44

 Here we are again, on the cusp of the 6th Annual #MalbecWorldDay coming up on April 17th on which there will be tons of tastings, events and parties all going on around the globe, honoring this luscious, spicily rich, very delish red grape!
We’ve decided to honour the Malbec grape once again, as well as the country that has become synonymous with Malbec, just as Shiraz is to Australia, Sauvignon Blanc to New Zealand and Carmenere to Chile, Malbec is to Argentina!