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