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Up next on this week’s audio podcast we welcome just awarded the 2017 Niagara Lifetime Achievement Award, President and Co-Founder Cave Spring Cellars, Len Pennachetti. Although much too young for this honour it however shows what he has accomplished and given to the area.
Cave Spring Cellars goes back multiple generations starting with Len’s grand-dad Giuseppe Pennachetti. He came to Canada from Fermo, Italy. At that time he followed his love of wine and in time planted the native Labrusca grape. He however knew much more was possible!
Cave Spring Cellars is known for being among the first to plant the vitas vinifera grapes Riesling and Chardonnay. The vineyards are situated on one of the finest slopes of the Beamsville Bench. Len and his father founded Cave Spring Cellars in 1974 and planted these noble grapes in 1978.
Believing in the marriage of wine, food and hospitality, Len together with his wife Helen Young expanded the company to include On The Twenty Restaurant in 1993. In 1996 they and later added accommodations to the equation with building of Inn On The Twenty.
J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016
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 2016 $22.95 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.
Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
So my wine pick today comes from TWO HANDS WINES , founded in 1999 by two guys at a friends engagement party. That actually is when they decided it was time to make their own wine and market it to the world.
Fast forward, they are in the Barosaa Valley and have done extremely well. In November 2012, Two Hands was named in the Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 for the 10th year in a row. An achievement apparently that no other winery can boast.
Kind of liked the name of this wine, Sexy Beast. I figured when I tasted this Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia, maybe the name came from the way in which the oak and tannins in this wine are being tamed. Or wrestled down by the intense deep purplish colour, abundant red fruit, cassis and notes of chocolate…and minty spice. Mouth filling, a beast of a wine, coming in at 16% alcohol, wow… yummy! Sexy Beast is part of the Picture Series of Two Hands Wines.
Lights, Camera, Action its TIFF2018 time in Toronto!
Its just a few more days ( September 6th-16th) before movie madness will strike our fair city! Yes, thousands of actors, film fanatics, directors, writers and red carpet celebrities will descend upon us for the 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival… a.k.a. TIFF2018.
The future is here and it’s female! Second City presents She The People – a sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City!
Tickets on Sale now! https://bddy.me/2LsQfuL
Just docked at the LCBO in time for summer time, the La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii.
Amazing time sailing Blue Hawaii style with our Captain and Piano Man David Johanns. Super beautiful night, started with a worrisome squall.. rain.. lightning….turned into a beautiful sail!
Great friends, beautiful food, wine, BBQ and entertainment!
You gotta try the Blue Hawaii wine cocktail beverage. Flavours of coconut and pineapple, lightly carbonated and well-balanced. Low in alcohol so easy to drink all night long. Only $10.50 per bottle. Limited time at LCBO so pick it up before its gone!
La Vida En Colores Blue Hawaii
LCBO#: 549584 | 750 mL bottle
Low in alcohol but high in flavour. Striking bright blue colour. Forward and aromatic with pineapple and coconut aromas in the forefront. On the palate, it is lightly carbonated with well-balanced sweetness and flavours of fresh coconut and ripe pineapple. Light, refreshing with a delicate sweet finish.
About the Sailing Vessel ORENDA
Today we are learning so much about the stunning wines and unique and glorious landscape of the various wines regions of Germany. We’ve taken you on a Rhine River Cruise and an adventure for your palate of Germany’s great grape, Riesling and more.
Coming up next on this week’s audio podcast, Erni Loosen, award winning winemaker of
Dr. Loosen. A family affair for over 200 years here to share his story, perspective and his wines.
A family wine business for almost 200 year Erni was almost taken in by the ruins and becoming an archeologist. It was about 30 years ago that he first took control over the estate. Well the world of wine, German wines and the beauties of the Mosel Valley are certainly grateful he picked vines instead of rock formations!
Erin Loosen was named Decanter Magazine’s Man of the Year” in 2005, and WINE Challenge’s“White Winemaker of the Year “ in 2005
New to the LCBO
Two thirds of the worlds vineyards of Riesling are planted in Germany.
Meet Erni Loosen in person at the up coming Riesling & Co, A Night In Berlin event, June 20th at the Arcadian Loft, Toronto.
Wed Jun 20 2018
7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)
Wines of Germany presents Riesling & Co. 2018 ‘A Night in Berlin’
Experience the diverse styles of Germany’s world class wines, Berlin style!
HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT
100 German Wines to try…
- Sparkling Wines Including German SEKT
- Dozens Of Rieslings From Dry And Racy To Elegant And Fruity
- Smooth And Silky Pinots: Noir, Gris & Blanc
- Spicy And Floral Gewurtztraminer
- Silvaner, Kerner & Muller-Thurgau
Delicious food pairings for German wines:
- Asian Flavours – Sushi, Thai, Chinese & Korean
- Modern Twists On Traditional German Favourites – Flammkuchen, Schnitzel & Wurst
- An Array Of Cheeses, Charcuterie & Breads
Live Music by DJ VAMOS
Graffiti swag wall by ASHOP Street Art
Don’t leave without your piece of the wall!
Please drink responsibly and travel safely. Take uber, a taxi or public transit. TTC: Queen Station
Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018
Join the Rosé revolution!
Coming up on the show today, we celebrate International Rosé Day! Yes, as of a couple of years ago Rosé was awarded its very own day. In fact now there are three 3 International Rosé Days!!! It seems wine lovers around the world are increasingly seeing the world through rosé-tinted glasses. They are embracing #RoséAllDay with consumption skyrocketing in popularity.
Gone are the days of super sweet and sappy roses. Now when you think pink, think crisp, dry with a zippy acidity, well made, with a range of seductive aromas. Including the likes of red berries, peach, citrus, violet, melon, hibiscus and more depending on where it’s made.
For our second perspective on rosés made in France we turn our attention to the Rhone Valley. Our focus is more specifically the appellation of Ventoux. The Ventoux vineyards actually developed and expanded during the Avignon papacy. This papacy was 1309 -1376. The kings of France drank these wines over the centuries.
Our producer Ogier founded in 1859 is situated in the southern Rhone in the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This literally translates to “new castle of the Pope”. Ventoux is enjoying a positive affect of climate change now due to the warmer climes. They are producing wines of deeper colour and body.
Ogier’s Ventoux rosé comes from the best vineyards.
The vineyards are part of the appellation in the South East of the Mont Ventoux mountains. In a recent interview with Associate Winemaker and Brand Ambassador Raphael Pommier we learned that the beautiful acidity his Ventoux wines enjoy along with the full body is due to the positioning of the vineyards. Raphael’s desired culinary partner to enjoy with his Ventoux are grilled veggies doused with olive oil, zucchini, tomatoes and lamb. All prepared with a healthy rub of fresh Provencal herbs was among his top picks, and ours!
Joining us will be Raphael Pommier, Brand Ambassador and Associate Winemaker for Domaine Ogier. Founded in 1859 located in Chateauneuf du Pape, Raphael will share the story of Ogier and fill us in on his Ventoux rose from the Appellation Ventoux Controlee.
Fresh and crisp, this rosé is full bodied, with aromas of fresh berries, hints of pink grapefruit and slight nuances of violet, dry on the palate with red berry flavours and smooth finish.
Made with a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault
Celebrating International Rosé Day #RoséAllDay June 22nd, 2018
Join the Rosé revolution!
Starting with from France mais oui!
The birthplace of rosé going back over 2600 years. Monsieur Julien Cothenet is Export Director for Remy Pannier. Remy Pannier has been producing wines since 1885. They are located in the Loire Valley and are the producers of one of the top two selling rosés in Canada.
The Loire Valley is the second largest region for the production of Rosé wines, just after the Cotes de Provence but unfortunately they are not as well known, explains Julien.!!!