Honouring International Women’s Day with Wine, and Women of the vine!

Zonta Celebrates International Women's Say 2019
The ladies of Zonta Club of Oakville.

International Women’s Day, or IWD is an annual celebration of women’s achievements,

On March 5th we were honoured to be the emcees for an IWD event, Zonta Celebrates in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation with funds specifically directed to the issues of women’s health.

A global celebration that is marked around the world with festivals, conferences, fundraisers and fun runs. This March 8thmarked the 108th anniversary of IWD. With the first gathering happening in 1911 in the city of New York supported by over a million people from Switzerland, Denmark, Austria and Germany. 

The mandate of IWD is to rally for gender equality and to honour and celebrate the achievements of women across the globe.  Gender equality in the wine business we thought. Hmm… how are we doing ladies, in this traditionally dominated male industry? We recently had the opportunity to explore that very question. 

Zonta Celebrates International Women's Say 2019
100 years

Zonta International is a global organization of more than 29,000 members in close to 1,200 Zonta clubs in 63 countries. Since 1919 these ladies, advocates for women’s rights, have been working together to improve the lives of girls and women, for 100 years!

Zonta Celebrates International Women's Say 2019

The Zonta Club of Oakville, one of these esteemed clubs hosted this spectacular celebration and fundraiser. It was an extraordinary evening, of passion and compassion with close to 600 guests in attendance. 

Catriona Le May Doan

The highlight of the evening was when keynote speaker two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner, the fastest women on ice Catriona Le May Doan approached the podium.

She spoke of her victories and her challenges both on the ice and off, in her past and in the present. As a woman in sport, was it a level playing field? Here’s what Catriona had to say “It was for me in my sport but in the last seventeen years, the inclusion of women in other sports and teams has made an improvement but still has a way to go”.  And for us in the world of wine, is there equal opportunity? We personally have seen a greater presence of women in our field. Back in 2002 when we started there were far fewer ladies. Fast forward many more female wine makers, viticulturists, sommeliers, marketing executives and writers are populating the business.  Plus…. do women have better palates? Ah, the $64,000 question!  We learn from Catriona that she too has a great love and appreciation for a fine glass of red wine! Besties forever!

The Wine Wall

Speaking of wine, over to the Wine Wall, what a fabulous collection of wines, wine baskets, and wine related accessories all auctioned off to the highest bid in our silent auction. A big thanks to the many sponsors and private individuals for their generous donations!

Marilisa Allegrini at La Poya vineyard, Allegrini, Valpolicella, Italy
Marilisa Allegrini at La Poya vineyard, Allegrini, Valpolicella, Italy

         For this International Women’s Day, we thought we would introduce you to one remarkable woman in our field.  

She is Marilisa Allegrini, CEO of Allegrini, one of the most respected and highly acclaimed wineries of Italy located in the storied wine growing region of Valpolicella. Allegrini is world-renowned in particular for their exceptional production of the iconic wine Amarone. She is known as the “Voice of Amarone” and has been often described as a “Wine Star”. 

 Marilisa is the first Italian woman wine producer to grace the cover of one of the most respected and famous wine magazines in the world, The Wine Spectator. Since the early 1980’s Marilisa has been traveling the world sharing her passion for both the wines of Allegrini and the region of Valpolicella. 

We had the opportunity to meet with Marilisa and asked if she would tell us a little more about the company and her role.

We learn that the Allegrini family has been involved with grape growing and winemaking since the 1500’s handing down grape growing and winemaking traditions over six generations. 

Its roots lie in a small village Fumane de Valpolicella located just north of Verona in north-eastern Italy. The family played a prominent role in the local community as one of the most important landowners, involved in agricultural work and upholding local traditions.  

The company took a proverbial giant step in growth with the 5thgeneration Allegrini at the helm Marilisa’s father Giovanni.

 ‘It was” Marilisa goes on to explain with great admiration “the intelligence and hard work of her father. An instinctive man with respect to the land and innovative winemaking practices. That was integral in leading the way to modern winemaking and earning the reputation Allegrini enjoys today. Allegrini and Amarone della Valpolicella! 

Just one example of many, he was one of the first producers to change the style and the methodology of making Amarone. Once little known, with a profile reminiscent of a port, to the prestigious and delicious wine it is today produced with dried grapes. 

            Today we discover that Allegrini’s Amarone, with son Franco as the winemaker since 1983 is considered the benchmark and the style new winemakers look to emulate. 

 Allegrini was also one of the first to develop several cru vineyards including La Poja, reviewed here below.  

As we continue to chat Marilisa emphasizes how it is all about the land. How connected she and her family are to both the history and present of Valpolicella. The company’s holdings are impressive. They include several of the villages in the original (classico) region of Valpolicella.  The company’s philosophy  is to produce single vineyard wines made with local grape varieties. 

            The tireless Marilisa, a world-traveling ambassador for Allegrini and Valpolicella. She has been credited with taking an already famous company to new heights. And as a bold and brave CEO, along with brother and winemaker Franco, they’ve taken on new challenges and exciting acquisitions! To Tuscany, first in Bolgheri and then Montalcino.  

We had the opportunity to enjoy two Allegrini wines at a recent get together.

The first one of particular pride and joy to Marilisa, with a special connection to her late father, the wine La Poja. 

La Poja is a single vineyard spectacular wine, which comes from a specific parcel of land, the prestigious La Grola vineyard in the Valpolicella Classico area. Marilisa tells us that not long before her fathers passing Giovanni acquired this parcel. A piece at the top of the famous hill of the La Grola vineyard, 2.65 hectares  “at great financial effort”. He believed so strongly in this location and the characteristics of the soil. 78% chalk and with great mineral content in its ability to produce exceptional wines with great structure and aging potential. Today La Poja is the crown jewel of “Grand Cru expression” of Allegrini. It rounds out their stupendous line up of wines including their Valpolicella, Palazzo della Torre and their iconic Amarone to name a few.

LA POJA  $110.00  VINTAGES 

La Poja, single vineyard, single varietal made with 100% Corvina. 

Elegant, rich and full bodied, seductive on the nose with intense aromas of black currant, juicy cherries, hints of spice, velvety on the palate with blackberry, cherry and hint of liquorice flavours ending with a luscious lingering finish.

PALAZZO DELLA TORRE $24.95

We so enjoyed this full bodied, delectable wine! With a seductive nose of blackberries, spice, hints of vanilla and milk chocolate, a rich intense mouth filling red wine, lots of black fruit, with hints of smoke and a chocolate-mocha flavour on the palate. We loved it!

We hope you all have the opportunity someday to enjoy the wines of Allegrini and the fruits of this amazing historic winemaking family! Hats off to Marilisa, and to all the ladies out there forging their way in this 108thanniversary year of International Women’s Day!

For more information on Allegrini wines and their availability please visit www.woodmanwinesandspirits.com

A glittering, golden evening celebrating International Women’s Day with Zonta Celebrates and Olympic Gold Medalist, Catriona Le May Doan.

International Women's Day
International Women’s Day
International Women's day 2019 Zonta Celebrates March 5, 2019.

A glittering, golden evening celebrating International Women’s Day with Zonta Celebrates and Olympic Gold Medalist, Catriona Le May Doan.

International Women's day 2019 Zonta Celebrates March 5, 2019.
Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019. The Wine Ladies were honored to emcee the event. Here with Catherine Bobesich Co Chair Zonta and key note speaker Catriona Le May Doan, Canadian Gold Metal Olympic Champion.

Oh what a night! Everyone won gold March 5th as the inaugural Zonta Celebrates, International Women’s Day (Zonta Club of Oakville) event took place. It was an extraordinary evening of passion and compassion with close to 600 guests in attendance. 

March 8th, 2019 is the 108th anniversary of International Women’s Day with events celebrated around the globe.

Celebration cake honoring 100 year of Zonta International. Cake made by The Sweetest Thing, Kerr Street, Oakville.
Celebration cake honoring 100 years of Zonta International. Cake made by The Sweetest Thing, Kerr Street, Oakville.
Sold out capacity crowd of 600 people turned out for the inaugural Zonta Celebrates event held March 5th, 2019 at the Burlington Convention Center. View from the podium.
Sold out capacity crowd of 600 people turned out for the inaugural Zonta Celebrates event held March 5th, 2019 at the Burlington Convention Center. View from the podium.

We were honored to be the emcees for an IWD event, “Zonta Celebrates” in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

 The funds specifically directed to the issues of women’s health. CEO Oakville Hospital Foundation Mary McPherson addressed the group and announced that $50,000 over the next 5 years will be raised by The Zonta Club of Oakville.
The funds specifically directed to the issues of women’s health. CEO Oakville Hospital Foundation Mary McPherson addressed the group and announced that $50,000 over the next 5 years will be raised by The Zonta Club of Oakville.

The Wine Ladies Georgia and Susanne were honored to emcee the Zonta Celebrates International Women's Day event,
The Wine Ladies Georgia and Susanne were honored to emcee the Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day event,

Zonta International is a global organization of more than 29,000 members in close to 1,200 Zonta clubs in 63 countries. Since 1919 these ladies, advocates for women’s rights, have been working together to improve the lives of girls and women, for 100 years!

Zonta Oakville ladies on stage enjoying a selfie moment. Tag us #ZontaCelebratesIWD
Zonta Oakville ladies on stage enjoying a selfie moment. Tag us #ZontaCelebratesIWD

The highlight of the evening was when keynote speaker two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner.

The fastest women on ice Catriona Le May Doan approached the podium. She spoke of her victories and her challenges both on the ice and off, in her past and in the present. As a woman in sport, was it a level playing field? Here’s what Catriona had to say “It was for me in my sport but in the last seventeen years, the inclusion of women in other sports and teams has made an improvement but still has a way to go”.   And for us in the world of wine, is there equal opportunity? We personally have seen a greater presence of women in our field. Back in 2002 when we started there were far fewer ladies, fast forward many more female wine makers, viticulturists, sommeliers, marketing executives and writers are populating the business.  Plus…. do women have better palates? Ah, the $64,000 question!  

Catriona Le May Doan, We learn from Catriona that she too has a great love and appreciation for a fine glass of red wine! Besties forever!

Speaking of wine, over to the Wine Wall, what a fabulous collection of wines, wine baskets, and wine related accessories all auctioned off to the highest bid in our silent auction. A big thanks to the many sponsors and private individuals for their generous donations!

Isabella Briatico (right) and winner the designer of the to the stage, with the beautiful diamond and gold earrings - Pink, White, and Yellow gold earrings with the appraisal at $5100.00
Isabella Briatico (designer on the right) and winner the door prize on the stage, with the beautiful diamond and gold earrings – Pink, White, and Yellow gold earrings with the appraisal at $5100.00
The Wine Wall! Simply amazing donations!!!!
Wine Wall

A big thanks to the many sponsors and private individuals for their generous donations!

For more pictures of the entire evening please visit Zonta Club of Oakville Facebook Page.

The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 With Three Remarkable Women! Follow Us At https://www.mixcloud.com/WineLadies/

International Women's Day 2019 Audio Podcast with The Wine Ladies

The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 With Three Remarkable Women! Follow Us At https://www.mixcloud.com/WineLadies/

Welcome to The Wine Ladies Taking Life One Sip at a Time, here on our audio podcast interviewing folks from all over the world about wine food and lifestyle!


We have a fantastic show for you today dedicated to all the women around the world. We honour you today ladies in celebration of International Women’s Day happening on March 8th. 
 
This is the 108th Anniversary of this very special day that celebrates the achievements, raises awareness and rallies for change for us ladies in all parts of the world and areas of life!
 
Thousands of events will take place across the globe, from concerts to conferences, to runs and festivals. It is truly a special day for us all to come together. 

On our show today we are thrilled and so proud to have the opportunity to chat with 3 remarkable women. To hear their stories, learn about their triumphs and challenges.

Our three guests on the show... Catriona Le May Doan, Kristina Shea and Marilisa Allegrini
Our three guests on the show… Catriona Le May Doan, Kristina Shea and Marilisa Allegrini
Olympic Gold Medalist in 2002 Winter Olympic Games. During her career, Catriona Le May Doan broke 13 world records. She is the keynote speaker, March 5th for Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

Our first guest…a true champion! You all know her. She has broken records, in fact over her career she broke 13 world records and won two gold medals at the Olympics. She is the fastest woman on ice. She is Catriona Le May Doan

Listen to Catriona Le May Doan at 4:26 minutes in the show.

Join us March 5th and perhaps share a glass of wine with our champion!

BID ON FABULOUS WINES IN SUPPORT OF THE OAKVILLE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.

A VERY BIG THANK-YOU TO OUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTORS TO THE WINE WALL.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR, RAPID-DOSE THERAPEUTICS 
KRISTINA SHEA

Kristina Shea
Kristina Shea

Our second guest, she too is brilliant, gorgeous, smart, an innovator in business and a supreme advocate for women, Kristina Shea.

She is the Head of Marketing & Communications for Rapid-Dose Therapeutics, a Canadian med-tech company. 

She will share with us three products that address very important needs of women today.
Such as ample sleep. There is some incredible research on this topic.
The importance of B12, with latest research on this too you will want to hear.
Plus, energy, or how to energize oneself. AS well as the importance of a good night’s sleep. How does insomnia impact our overall health?

All this deliverable in a unique and most effective way, called QuickStrip.

Listen to Kristina Shea at 16:29 minutes in the show.

MARILISA ALLEGRINI, VOICE OF AMARONE AND  CEO ALLEGRINI 

And to close off the show, another extraordinary woman. We turn to the world of wine.

Marilisa Allegrini. She is the CEO and owner of the historic wine producer Allegrini located in Valpolicella, Italy. She is the first Italian woman ever to grace the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine. Her winery was voted Italy’s Winery of the Year in 2016. She is known as the Voice of Amarone, been referred to as a Wine Star and truly is exactly that. All this in what has been traditionally  a male dominated industry. 
 We are thrilled to welcome Marilisa Allegrini to our show. 

Listen to Marilisa Allegrini at 29:40 minutes in the show.

Palazzo della Torre 2014
Palazzo della Torre 2014
Allegrini La Poja 2011
Allegrini La Poja 2011

Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day…Celebrating 108 years in 2019!

Introducing QuickStrip, the game changing delivery system.

Marilisa Allegrini at La Poya vineyard, Allegrini, Valpolicella, Italy

Meet Marilisa Allegrini, wine women extraordinare…The Voice of Amarone.

 For this International Women’s Day, 108th Anniversary celebration we thought we would introduce you to one remarkable woman in our field. She is Marilisa Allegrini, CEO of Allegrini, one of the most respected and highly acclaimed wineries of Italy. It is located in the storied wine growing region of Valpolicella. Allegrini is world-renowned in particular for their exceptional production of the iconic wine Amarone. She is known as the “Voice of Amarone” and been often described as a “Wine Star”. 

 Marilisa is the first Italian woman wine producer to grace the cover of one of the most respected and famous wine magazines in the world, The Wine Spectator. Since the early 1980’s Marilisa has been traveling the world sharing her passion for both the wines of Allegrini and the region of Valpolicella. 

We had the opportunity to meet with the dynamic CEO of what today is regarded as one of the leading producers not only in this region but also in Italy as a whole.

We asked Marilisa to share with us the story behind Allegrini.

We learn that the Allegrini family has been involved with grape growing and winemaking since the 1500’s handing down grape growing and winemaking traditions over six generations.

Its roots lie in a small village Fumane de Valpolicella located just north of Verona. The family played a prominent role in the local community as one of the most important landowners, involved in agricultural work and upholding local traditions. “It was’, as she goes on to explain with great admiration, ”

how the intelligence and hard work of her father Giovanni an instinctive man with respect to the land and innovative winemaking practices was integral in earning the reputation Allegrini enjoys today”.

Allegrini Logo

We’d like to feature one very special lady today on these pages. She is Marilisa Allegrini, the CEO of the family owned and operated Azienda Agricola Allegrini. Established in 1854 although Marilisa maintains it was many centuries before that her family was involved in making wine. It is considered a premier, and one of the most revered, award wining wineries in the historical and storied wine region of Valpolicella, Italy, also home of the iconic wine Amarone. 

Listen to Marilisa Allegrini at 29:40 minutes in the show

The Wine Ladies private wine tasting with Marilisa Allegrini.
 We had the opportunity to meet Marilisa on a recent visit to Toronto. She is a very special lady indeed, a woman of  passion, and dedication, of brilliance and of grace. Here she shared with us a little history of Allegrini, the past, present and future. We also  talked about Marilisa’s role as CEO, the role of women in general in this industry, the challenges and the opportunities. 
Allegrini La Poja 2011
Allegrini La Poja 2011
Palazzo della Torre 2014
Palazzo della Torre 2014
International Women's Day
International Women’s Day

Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day…Celebrating 108 years in 2019!

Marilisa Allegrini, the first Italian woman wine producer to grace the cover of Wine Spectator

Georgia's Wine Pick. Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015

New Vintages Release… Feb 2, 2019…Viticcio Morellino di Scansano – Georgia’s Wine Pick

So for my wine pick I have selected a stunning wine just released the week in Vintages here in Ontario. It is the Viticcio Morellino di Scansano. I love it so much I already have picked up 8 bottles for my personal cellar. In keeping with the romantic theme during the month of February and Valentine’s Day, this wine is perfect for that. After all, the wine hails from the romantic region of Tuscany in which Florence is the capital. The beautiful bottle is even appointed with a black lace filagree to complete the romantic look.

This Tuscan beauty of a wine is a blend, made with the finest Sangiovese grapes, 85%, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. It is aged in small French oak barrels for 10-12 months and and in stainless steel for an additional 3-5 months.

Truly a beautiful wine, drinking amazing right now with potential to age for upwards of 5 – 8 years.  An intense ruby red colour with seductive aroma of blackberries, and dark cherries, notes of dark chocolate with a velvety texture and good acidity, plenty to please your eyes and your palate! Perfect for Valentines Day and many more to come! Pick up a bottle or even better a few.  Enjoy today, cellar a couple and experience and enjoy again as it evolves over time!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! You aced it here to be sure with this wine.
Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.
Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.
The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically
The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically. Additionally, seven of those hectares are farmed biodynamically. Alessandro strongly believes that in order to produce high-quality wines you must first respect the land in which the vines are planted. To this end he uses no pesticides in his vineyards and fertilizes by planting things such as fava beans and barley between the rows of vines, allowing them to flower, and then plowing them back into the soil to add important nutrients. A handful of wines see some time in the smaller barriques, but the large majority is aged in large botti. The wines of Viticcio represent an important combination of traditional, time-honored techniques with modern-day technology and respect for the environment.

Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015
Viticcio Morellino di Scansano 2015 c
Duccio Dogi, Export Director FATTORIA VITICCIO
Duccio Dogi, Export Director FATTORIA VITICCIO

On the show today,  a tribute to the most romantic day of the year, that is of course Valentine’s Day.Up next, our much anticipated wine segment which most fittingly comes from one of the most romantic regions of the world, that can only be Italy!!!

We’d now like to welcome from the glorious romantic region of Tuscany,  Senore Duccio Dogi, Senore Duccio is the Sales manager for the producer Fattorio Viticcio. They have been producing wine for over 45 years among the rolling green hills of Tuscan wine country in Greve in Chianti between the historic and enchanting cities of Florence and Siena

Today Fattorio Viticcio boasts 120 hectares of estate owned vineyards among the hills in Chianti Classico and Maremma. Senore Duccio is here to tell us more about this stunning region, and the beautiful wines Viticcio produces  including a very special release for Valentines Day!

Twenty Valley Winter WineFest

Twenty Valley Winter WineFest a spectacular time!

A wonderful time at Twenty Valley Winter WineFest!

Check out highlights from the weekend here.

Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook
Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook

Leonard Pennachetti, President and CoFounder Cave Spring Cellars.

Cave Spring Cellars, The House That Riesling Built! Up Close And Personal With Len Pennachetti

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.

Listen to Len at 13:49 minutes in the audio podcast.

Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook
Niagara Icewine Festival audiopodcast Jan 2019 Facebook
Cave Spring Cellars located in Jordan Village, Niagara.

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 is a hidden historical treasure that lies within the heart of #JordanVillage. Long before Cave Spring put down roots in the village, Jordan Wines occupied the historic building. Established in the early 1920s, they produced wines made from native grape varieties. Not quite the world renowned wines Ontario has now gained a reputation for.⁣
Cave Spring is a hidden historical treasure that lies within the heart of #JordanVillage. Long before Cave Spring put down roots in the village, Jordan Wines occupied the historic building. Established in the early 1920s, they produced wines made from native grape varieties. Not quite the world renowned wines Ontario has now gained a reputation for.⁣

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.

Cave Spring Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Estate paired with @delaterrebakery Butternut Squash Galette.
Cave Spring Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Estate paired with @delaterrebakery Butternut Squash Galette.

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.

Inn On The Twenty located in the heart of Jordan Village.
Inn On The Twenty located in the heart of Jordan Village.
According to Len, "Riesling icewine is icewine off steroids!"
According to Len, “Riesling Icewine is Icewine on steroids!
Cave Spring Cellars recently chosen by the prestigious Wine and Spirits Magazine as one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2018. The only Canadian winery to have this honour.
Cave Spring Cellars recently chosen by the prestigious Wine and Spirits Magazine as one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2018 in the entire world. The only Canadian winery to have this honour.

On This Weeks The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast…The Niagara Icewine Festival 2019

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016 with Brie Cheese

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016, Susanne’s Wine Pick

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016 Susanne's Wine Pick

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW AT 4:55 MINUTES IN THE SHOW

Limoncello Audio Podcast Mix cloud

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.

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Two Hands Sexy Beast 2017

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Georgia’s Wine Pick

Two Hands Sexy Beast 2017 Georgia's Wine Pick

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Georgia’s Wine Pick

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW AT 3:20 MINUTES IN THE SHOW

Limoncello Audio Podcast Mix cloud

 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.

Two Hands Sexy Beast Cab Sauv 2017 LCBO

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Episode 77: When Life Gives You Lemons! Make Limoncello!

Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka

On this week’s Audio Podcast…Lights, Camera, Action its TIFF time in Toronto!

TIFF 2018 The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast

TIFF2018

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.

 

TIFF2018

On this audio podcast we welcome Peter Howell, THE Movie Critic for the Toronto Star for over 20 years! Peter to guide us on the most anticipated films for TIFF 2018, fill us in on his personal picks and offer some clues on how to get the most out of your TIFF experience.

On this audio podcast we welcome Peter Howell, THE Movie Critic for the Toronto Star for over 20 years! Peter to guide us on the most anticipated films for TIFF 2018, fill us in on his personal picks and offer some clues on how to get the most out of your TIFF experience.

Listen to Peter Howell’s interview at 3:10 minutes in the show.

Toronto Star

Up next Tricia Black starring in the smash hit She The People, Second City's, Toronto amazing new show. With an all female cast, this smash hit sketch show will have you laughing the whole night through. Its a definite must see.

Up next Tricia Black starring in the smash hit She The People, Second City’s, Toronto amazing new show. With an all female cast, this smash hit sketch show will have you laughing the whole night through. Its a definite must see.

Listen to Tricia Black’s in interview at 19:37 minutes in the show

She The People

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

And finally, Dan Aykroyd, alumni of Second City, Canadian international super star, member of SNL's original cast,

And finally, Dan Aykroyd, alumni of Second City, Canadian international super star, member of SNL’s original cast.

Listen to Dan Aykroyd’s  interview at 28:21 minutes in the show

Dan Aykroyd Wines

Dan Aykroyd Wines

Getting into the spirit of the holidays! Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka and Senhora do Convento Port