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Happy Chinese New Year. Year of the Monkey.

Happy Chinese New Year. Year of the Monkey. Pillitteri Icewine the perfect pairing for celebrating!

Yes, the Chinese New Year is just around the corner, it is celebrated on February 8th. We thought it would be fun and really interesting to do a show on the celebration of the holiday and also explore a little about the Chinese culture, cuisine and wine .

STAY TUNED FEB 5th for the radio show! What is your Chinese Zodiac ? Will this year bring you wealth, health and love?

EPISODE 41

Pillitteri Estates Winery 

Icewine the perfect pairing for celebrating!

 It just so happens that one of the most coveted and prestigious beverages enjoyed on this holiday and other days throughout the year in China happens to be Canadian!
Often referred to as liquid gold, it is our iconic Icewine! And Pillitteri Estates Winery is one of the most prestigious and largest producers and exporters of Icewine to China, so naturally we spoke with them all about it.

We invited Charlie Pillitteri, CEO and President of Pillitteri Estates Winery located in NOTL to join us, Pillitteri is the largest producer of estate Icewine in the world and the largest exporter of Icewine to China in the world… he’s has a fascinating story to tell, so Charlie will join us as our first guest.

Other radio guests include John Gao and Franklin Feng of Pillitteri Estates Winery and Schelling Yeh of the Great Mountain Ginseng Company.

Other radio guests include John Gao and Franklin Feng of Pillitteri Estates Winery and Schelling Yeh of the Great Mountain Ginseng Company.

2016 Year of the Monkey

2016 Year of the Monkey

The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

Click here to find your Chinese Zodiac sign and fortune for 2016.

Pillitteri Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Pillitteri Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Sauvignon

Pillitteri Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Sauvignon

So for my wine pick this week I tried something very special this past weekend from one of our local wineries here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. As you know back in January we had our annual Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tour and visited Charlie Pillitteri of Pillitteri Estates Winery.

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

 Pillitteri Estates Winery is the world’s largest estate producer of Icewine.

We had a beautiful tasting of Charlie's  wines in their stunning barrel room.

We had a beautiful tasting of Charlie’s  wines in their stunning barrel room.

Pilletteri Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Sauvignon

Although there were many fine wines,the Pilletteri Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 was a standout in my opinion. Charlie, gave me a bottle and well this weekend I tried it again. It proved to be a stunner once more!.

Pilletteri Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Sauvignon

Pilletteri Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Sauvignon

Full bodied, barrel aged, appassimento style Cabernet Sauvignon.Notes of cedar, dried fruits with a meaty and eucalyptus finish.  Age 10-15 years, smooth firm tannins.Definitely something for a special occasion. Available at the winery $78.20. www.Pillitteri.com

Listen to my review at 2:58 minutes into the radio show.

Drink New Zealand and think the “King of Sauvignon Blanc”,sustainability and the meteoric rise in popularity!

EPISODE 21

On this week’s audio podcast…Icewine, Canada’s Nectar of the Gods!