Júlia Florista (1883-1925): Flower seller during the day, Fado singer at night. A true bohemian soul known in the old streets of Lisbon and taverns alike for her breathtaking fado singing. Her life and death had all the ingredients of a fado song… (Although short lived she left us 2 precious vinyl records named: “Espirito Fado”). We dedicate these wines to her memory.
Fresh and fruity, with aromas with tropical fruit and citrus in the foreground. On the palate, enjoy flavours of passionfruit and citrus, with refreshing minerality on the finish. Serve with grilled fish or seafood.
“Porta 6 a 90 POINTER”, claims Decanter Magazine is from the region of Lisboa. It brings great taste, super value, and street art all together.
On this week’s audio podcast…Ancient Vines,Historic Wines, Antiques, Beringer Vineyards, Taylor-Fladgate Port plus a great new find, Porta 6.
Victoria Ivanyushkina, will be calling in from the UK.Victoria is the Director of BinCellar Limited and fills us in on our latest discovery.
Our radio show “Taking Life One Sip at a Time” is an radio audio podcast. On the show we share with the audience our passion and sense of adventure for delectable and fascinating foods, wine, spirits and lifestyle discoveries. Our motto “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine. Living life large and with integrity intertwined with a variety of guests from around the globe.Chatting with celebrity chefs and winemakers, exotic food purveyors, artists, musicians, sports personalities, lifestyle advocates and fashion icons be sure to tune in for an hour of lively topical and educational conversation.
Add a little sparkle to Easter with Girls’ Night Out Sparkling and chocolate. Join us as we explore the pairing of these two delectable treats. Two of life’s greatest pleasures, wine and chocolate come together in a blissful union! Perhaps not quite so mainstream as wine and cheese, but definitely as delish, or decadent if not more!
Just in time for the Easter holiday! In studio to shed some light on this delectable duo, Doug Beatty Vice President Marketing of the highly successful Girls’ Night Out wines from Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario and Colio Estate Wines as well as Marketing Manager Alison Modesto who will reveal the woman’s point of view.
Check out the Girls’ Night Out Face Book Fan Page too for great offers, contests and more. Just like you! Only $14.95 (with deposit) and available at any one of 14 Wine Region of Colio Estate Retail Boutiques or an LCBO store near you.
Did someone say sparkle? It’s time to bring out the glitter (and sequins), grab your friends, and get ready to flaunt it with this wine that’s both elegant and bubbly — just like you!
What should I pair it with?
Perfect for all of your celebrations, you can up the glamour factor and serve this festive favourite with a tray of oysters or steaming hot bowl of mussels.
Taste: Bursting with crisp apple and citrus, lively in the mouth with tropical notes and a racy tartness that compliments the playful bubbles.
Blog post first published April 20,2011
The Wine Ladies on CHCH TV Morning LIVE with Annette Hamm.
Happy Easter Everyone! Watch the episode here!
Original airdate March 23, 2013
As we know Easter is a time when family and friends get together usually surrounded with some wonderful dishes, and in many cases delicious wines of course.We thought we’d share with everyone a couple of wonderful dishes, our second office…from our office away from the office home Wholefoods Market in Oakville…. always freshest, organic foods, delicious recipes… thank you to France, Chef Ron and the whole crew! Our Good Friday or Sunday Easter brunch to include a Citrus Glazed Salmon with Fresh Herbs, Lamb Shepards Pie topped with mashed potatoes, a selection of cheese and a choice of Vanilla or Chocolate Bunny cakes! What a cornucopia of delicious treats.
With these plates we’ve selected a range of wines, from $12.00 to $20.00, nothing here is over the $20.00 mark, all super value wines, versatile and with an international flair!
Well nothing says celebration like a glass or two of bubbly, from Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine. Its also a wine that is perfect for a table that has a large variety of dishes as it is one that is very versatile and will compliment a bountiful Easter table with many foods and flavours. We found one doesn’t have to break the bank too.With a nod to our own back yard, we’ve got a sparkling here called Lily CEV Signature Series, by Colio Estate Wines in keeping with the theme of Easter…
Lily CEV Signature Series -Limited Edition wines,VQA sparkling wine by Colio Estates Wines
Price: $17.95. Can be purchased at the Colio Wine Boutiques ( 14 locations across Ontario, one in Hamilton, two in Burlington) as well as the LCBO store locations.
Tasting/info:100% Riesling, also a very versatile grape variety with notes of fresh apple, lemon and a creamy finis start the party off right
Winery/Region: Colio estate Wines first opened their doors in 1980, one of the first to get their winery licence after prohibition. Located in lesser known region of Lake Erie North Shore, in Ontario. The region has the same latitude as Tuscany in Italy.
On Good Friday many folks choose to eat fish for today and we have here a magnificent Citrus Glazed Salmon, marinated in fresh orange and orange zest sauce, then baked and with herbs including parsley and chives.
Our wine pairing for this magnificent dish include a selection of two (2) white wines, the Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Chile, Fielding Estate Winery Riesling 2011 plus for the red wine lover at your Easter table form California, the Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2011.
Here we’ve brought in a super value Sauvignon blanc, we’ve just returned from Chile, and although the country may be long and skinny, it is big and fat on flavour and great value! This Sauvignon Blanc pairs great with this preparation, with notes of juicy grapefruit, fragrant citrus, good acidity with a touch of herbal notes, a natural for the salmon.
Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting/info: Sauv Blanc pair great with this preparation, with notes of juicy grapefruit, fragrant citrus, good acidity with a touch of herbal notes,a natural for the salmon.
Winery/Region:Founded in 1880, stunning property in very important Maipo Valley.The grapes from Casablanca region of Chile, one of the finest producing regions in the world for white wines.
Fielding Estate Riesling 2016
Tasting/info:Will also pair lovely with the salmon, shares the wonderful citrus notes, a little peach, delicious, also good acidity.We do Riesling really well here, Fiedling is located in Beamsville, Niagara.
Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir
Tasting/Info:New California appelation Pinot from this Sonoma based winery.The wine is supple, smooth, slightly soft Pinot with cran-raspberry fruit and dried herbs
Moving onto the next dish, one of the more popular dishes for Easter often involves lamb, whether a leg roasted, rack or like we have here Whole Foods favourite, fresh Lamb Sheperds Pie, sauteed with onions and fresh herbs,thyme parsley, cheese and topped off with a mound of mashed potatoes. Our selection includes a Malbec from Argentina as well as a Carmenere from Chile, having just come back from those regions we are Mad about Malbec in Mendoza and Crazy for Carmenere in Chile.
Callia Alta Malbec 2012
Tasting/info: Medium bodied, smooth, clear deep ruby colour, blackberry, plum,hints of oak and spice.
Winery/Info: Callia, is located in province of San Juan,Argentina, it is one of the wineries of Salentein Family of Wines with properties in Mendoza. San Juan 2nd largest wine region in Argentina after Mendoza.
Another awesome wine pairing with the Lamb Shepherds Pie is the “hottest” grape to come from that long and skinny country Chile, the Carmenere. Our pick the MontGras Reserva Carmenere 2011. Our recent trip to Chile included a visit to MontGras.
MontGras Reserva Carmenere
Tasting/info:The Mont Gras Properties, have vineyards in 3 major Chilian wine regions, this one from Cochagua, known for producing high quality Carmenere and Syrah.The vineyards are protected by coastal mountain range and Andes, ideal meditteranean climate, rich in color, aroma, taste with soft round tannin. The wine is spicy, medium body, fruity, ripe fruit sweetness,with hint of vanilla, and toasty flavours.
And if you are feeling in the mood for something French, back to those mediterrean climate varietals and wines, we have here from the Cotes du Rhones just released beginning of this month
La Coterie 2009 Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages
Price:$16.95. Available at the LCBO. A Vintage released March 2013.
Tasting/info:From the village of Seguret, grapes grenache and syrah. Medium weight, bodied, with raspberry and blackberry fruit with spicy notes, round on the palate, good length, good fruit,with touch of herbal notes. Great with lamb once again|
Onto “les fromage….” brought in 3 today, courtesy of cheese spcialist Sandra from Whole Foods Oakville, all Canadian and all very different,Comfort Cream, Blue Haze and a hard grainier cheese the Toscano.
Comfort Cream made in Niagara by the Upper Canada Cheese Company. Camenbert-style soft white bloomy rind cheese with silky creamy golden interior,intense buttery palate, and long tangy finish. Delish with the Wolf Blass Chardonnay
Wolf Blass Chardonnay, Australia
Tasting/info: Everyone knows Wolf Blass, one of the most successful brands, great value, reliable and excellent with this cheese.Full bodied, rich, tropical fruit, rich with buttery oak aromas,hint of spice, echoes creaminess of the cheese.
A little blue goes great with a little sweet! Icewines are beautiful with this cheese and the Inniskillin Vidal Icewine is an excellent choice.
This is a smoked blue cheese, made from cow’s milk, that is produced by the the monks at the Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac in Quebec. Blue Haze is aged 10 weeks at the Abbaye then it is shipped to Provincial Fine Foods in Toronto. There it is packaged in Cryovac to set the curds and it is held for 4 weeks to firm. After that, it is transported to Hansen Farms in Cayuga, Ontario for smoking. The journey is worth it. The result is a smokey rind that transitions into a creamy salty and sweet center enhanced by the special tang and flavor of the blue veins. It all comes together so nicely.
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2011
Tasting Notes/info: The 1989 vintage of this Icewine won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at Vinexpo and put Canada on the global wine map. Delicious creamy peach, candied citrus peel and honey flavours. Delectable with raspberry mousse, pear tart or an assertive cheese such as Gruyère. A little blue goes great with a little sweet! Icewines are beautiful with this cheese.
Monforte Toscano, produced by Monforte Dairy located in Stratford pasteurized, sheep firm, natural rind, pressed, cooked.
Speri Pigaro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015
Tasting/info: Medium bodied, fruity, ripe fruit, cherry, bit of spice. Smooth tannins,savory, rich, complex ripasso style – “repassed”literally, adding unpressed skins of Amarone, giving further body, intesity, flavour. Awesome with this cheese reminds us a bit of peccorino from Italy. region: Valpoliceela in Veneto, up to 70% corvina grape Classico (original Val zone, superiore min alc 12%
Onto the Wine Ladies withthe biggest sweet tooth, bigger than those Easter Bunnnies! I love cake! And here we have two gorgeous Easter cakes, almost too pretty to cut into…all natural ingredients, handmade Whole foods bakery…
Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine 2008
Tasting/info: Most people think of icewines being made out of typical white grapes, Vidal and Riesling but here we’d love to share with you an incredible icewine made with Cabernet Franc grapes.Soft crimson in colour, our Cabernet Franc Icewine displays alluring aromas of raspberry and plum with hints of figs. Full bodied, the intense flavours of berries and rhubarb marry with a touch of pepper and spice on the extended silky finish.
Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay
America’s #1 selling Chardonnay for 20 years and counting! Handcrafted from 100% Jackson Estates grapes. The grapes grown in the Kendall-Jackson vineyards along the cool coastal growing regions of Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, and Mendocino County. Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is fruit-forward, divinely complex, approachable and exceptionally food-friendly. Perfect for Easter celebrations!
Randy Ullom shows The Wine Ladies the Chardonnay.
Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish. — Randy Ullom, Winemaster
In 1993, Randy was hired by Jess Jackson.
When Jess made the first vintage of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, his goal was simple: He believed that regardless of where you live – whether it be Sonoma County or South Carolina – everyone deserves a great “affordable luxury.” To him this was the great American wine. In 2017, Randy reached a milestone – 25 years working for the Jackson Family – in the same year Kendall-Jackson celebrated 25 years producing America’s number-one selling Chardonnay.
Originally published April 18th, 2014
Join us on this week’s Audio Podcast, International Women’s Day 2018.
We have a fantastic show for you today. And its all in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 coming up on March 8th. International Women’s Day was officially launched in 1911. As a result, 100 years later IWD is celebrated around the world. And therefore,1000’s of events take place honouring women everywhere for their various achievements.
We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of three extraordinary women. Two of which are in one of the most exciting and delicious businesses in the world, the world of WINE. Yes, it’s true! Therefore, we may be a little bias due to this world of wine being ours. And one other in the traditionally male dominated world of politics. You will want to meet THIS Mayor, she is a definite force!
Our esteemed guests on the show are as follows. First of all, Margo Van Staaveren Winemaker and General Manager of Chateau St. Jean. Up next, breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling! Mayor Bonnie Crombie. Finally its back to vino with Marilisa Allegrini, owner of Italy’s 2016 Winery of the Year.
Join us on this week’s Audio Podcast, International Women’s Day 2018.
We have a fantastic show for you today all in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 coming up on March 8th. International Women’s Day was officially launched in 1911. Therefore, as a result, 100 years later IWD is celebrated around the world hence 1000’s of events take place honouring women everywhere for their various achievements.
We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of three extraordinary women, two of which are in one of the most exciting and delicious businesses in the world. Yes, it’s true, we may be a little bias due to this world of wine being ours. And one other in the traditionally male dominated world of politics. You will want to meet THIS Mayor, she is a definite force!
Our 1st guest… Margo Van Staaveren Winemaker and General Manager of Chateau St. Jean.
Chateau St. Jean is located in Sonoma Valley. This year will be Margo’s 38th harvest at Chateau St Jean. Margo was named Winemaker of the year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2008 and we’re looking forward to learning more about Chateau St. Jean, Margo’s wines and Margo’s story on getting in the biz as a woman. How was her journey to achieving such success, including challenges perhaps and some great advice for upcoming female winemakers.
Please listen to Margo Van Staaveren at 4:42 minutes into the show.
Breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling!
There has definitely seen a shift in the wine business over the last 10-15 years with a greater presence of women. We attend may events from the weekly wine tastings, the winemakers we meets and to the Export Directors and the various media we would say at least half are women, if not more. And just a side note women been proven to be superior tasters? Or is the jury still out on that?
In our second segment of the show, we shift our gears to women in politics!
This Mayor is one of the most charismatic, loved and respected Mayors of today in our fair province of Ontario The Mayor of the 6th largest city in all of Canada, the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie. Mayor Crombie was elected in 2014 and will share with us a little about her experience as a female politician, her ascent and what she stands for. Great story ahead from Mayor Crombie.
Please listen to Mayor Bonnie Crombie at 17:28 minutes into the show.
To close off the show its back to vino with Marilisa Allegrini, owner of Italy’s 2016 Winery of the Year.
Marilisa is a global ambassador for the iconic wine region of Veneto. A voice for the women today in this business traditionally dominated by men, the “voice of Amarone”. Marilisa will join us and share her story of this historic winery going back six generations. We will explore her philosophy, her challenges and her greatest accomplishments.
Please listen to Marilisa Allegrini at 26:56 minutes into the show.
Three amazing women, three perfect candidates to celebrate and honour International Women’s Day!