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Júlia Florista (1883-1925)

Portuguese wine Júlia Florista launches in Ontario, follow up to Porta 6. Easter wines under $9.00!

Júlia Florista

Portuguese wine Júlia Florista launches in Ontario, follow up to Porta 6. Easter wines under $9.00!

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.

Júlia  Florista White Blend

Julia Florista White White Blend

Júlia Florista White Blend

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.

Limited Time Offer Until April 1, 2018

Júlia Florista

Júlia Florista

Júlia Florista Red Blend

Júlia Florista Red Blend

Júlia Florista Red Blend

Bright ruby, aged color with pale gold and tawny tones. Fruit aroma, vegetal hints. Medium body with elegant spices and delicate finale.

Limited Time Offer Until April 1, 2018
Porta 6

Brand new to our market, a new Portuguese wine called Porta 6!

“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.

EPISODE 38

Victoria Ivanyushkina, will be calling in from the UK.Victoria is the Director of BinCellar Limited and fills us in on our latest discovery.

Listen to Victoria Ivanyushkina at 42:52 minutes in the show

Porta 6, Vr Lisboa Regional Blended Red

Porta 6, Vr Lisboa
Regional Blended Red

About The Wine Ladies Audio Podcast

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.

Listen to the Audio Podcast here

Girls' Night Out Sparkling

Add a little sparkle to Easter with Girls’ Night Out Sparkling and chocolate.

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!

Girls Night Out Sparkling Wine, Easter, The Wine Ladies TV

Girls Night Out Sparkling Wine, Easter, The Wine Ladies TV

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.

Girls Night Our Sparkling

Girls Night Our Sparkling

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.

Sparkling

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

Girls’ Night Out Sparkling for the Oscars!

CHCH TV Easter Wine and Food Pairing, with Annette Hamm March 23

Our Easter Wine and Food Pairings The Wine Ladies CHCH TV Morning Live

The Wine Ladies on CHCH TV Morning LIVE with Annette Hamm.

CHCH TV Appearance Easter Wine and Food Pairings.

CHCH TV Appearance Easter Wine and Food Pairings.

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

Price: $14.95. Available at the LCBO

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.

Curtis Fielding crowned Grape King

Fielding Estate Riesling 2016

Price: $19.95. Can be purchased at the winery or the LCBO

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.

Not always white wine with fish…. for the red wine lover, we have a California Pinot Noir from Chateau st. Jean                        

Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir

Price: $19.95, 

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.

Our recent trip to Argentina included a trip to Callia in San Juan province. Here vineyard manager Gustavo Matocq explains the terroir that delivers such a beautiful Malbec.

Callia Alta Malbec 2012

Price:$10.90. Available at the LCBO

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

Price: $11.95 Available at the LCBO.

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

Price: $15.95. Available at the LCBO.

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

Price $49.95 Available at the LCBO and at Inniskillin in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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

Price: $12.95. Available at the LCBO. Vintage release March 16th, 2013.

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

Price: $99.95  Available at Inniskillin in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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.

Our beautiful wardrobe courtesy of reknowned Canadian Designer Ross Mayer

The Wine Ladies in the newly renovated kitchen at Kendall-Jackson, Sonoma.

Perfect for Easter Dinner. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

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!

Available at the LCBO in Ontario for $19.95 per bottle

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.

Our Easter Wine and Food Pairings The Wine Ladies CHCH TV Morning Live

Originally published April 18th, 2014