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Georgia’s Wine Pick…Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Beringer Knights Vally Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

So this past week we were celebrating my other sister Barb’s birthday. I was looking for something super special to serve at our family celebration. My sister is extraordinary and so she deserved a wine that is extraordinary made by an extraordinary winemaker, Laurie Hook.

Extraordinary women of wine. Laurie has headed up the wine making team at Beringer for the past 13 years. Beringer is one of the first wineries in Napa Valley, dating back to 1875. My wine pick is the Beringer Knights Vally Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Full bodied, seductive nose of ripe blue and black berry, full intense fruit flavor, good acidity and lasting finish… hmm hmm good!

Georgia’s Wine Pick…Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Georgia’s Wine Pick…Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

 Listen my review at 5:15 minutes into the radio show.

Yes, the Chinese New year is just around the corner, it is celebrated on February 8th…and so 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 .

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Pillitteri Estates Winery Icewine the perfect pairing for celebrating!

Yes, the Chinese New Year is just around the corner and is celebrated on February 8th and so 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.

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! 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.

Meet Mark Beringer, 4th generation winemaker Beringer Vineyards… On this week’s radio show


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!

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

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

Icewine, Canada's Nectar of the Gods

Icewine, Canada’s Nectar of the Gods

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and are ready to welcome all that 2015 has to bring! And what a way to start off the year as Canadians! With huge Congratulations to our Juniors in hockey for bringing home the GOLD in the World Junior Championship! Way to go team!

Yes you were there Georgia, and what excitement!!!

Yes you were there Georgia, and what excitement!!!

We  think we can safely say Canada is hockey…and hockey is Canada!!!

But do you know what else is Canada? Something that consistently brings home the gold, also known as liquid gold! Its our Icewine! Ooh yea, got that right, that delectable, luscious, seductive dessert wine also known as the Nectar of the Gods!

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Icewine, Canada's Nectar of the Gods

Icewine, Canada’s Nectar of the Gods

On this week’s radio show we explore all that is our iconic Icewine.

This special wine that literally put Canada on the world-wide wine map! What makes it so special, how its made, and no we don’t put the grapes in a freezer, but some do,a commercial freezer that is…so we’ll learn all about it, the risks, the rewards, and the amazing taste profiles!
And to help us do all that and also chat about some of the other award winning still wines coming out of this region…  Joining us today, 3 guests from different wineries, all located in our beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake and stops on our Shimmer of Gold Icewine Tour coming up January 25th.

 We are going to  start off by welcoming Stacey Mulholland from  Canada’s  most awarded winery Jackson Triggs…founded in 1993, a must see and experience winery. Listen to Stacey on the show at 7 minutes eleven seconds into the show.
Winemaker Marco Piccoli.

Winemaker Marco Piccoli.

1st winery stop: Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate.Canada’s most awarded winery and have been named “Best Canadian Winery” an unprecedented number of times in international and domestic competitions. Meet winemaker Marco Piccoli.

Two Sisters Vineyards

Two Sisters Vineyards

Then we’ll welcome Adam Pearce, the winemaker for Two Sisters Vineyards, one of the newest kids/wineries on the block in Niagara… a sister duo, Melissa & Angela Paoliceli, this winery garnering  huge accolades right out of the gate on Adam’s wines, and with an award winning chef in their restaurant at the winery Kitchen 76 where we will be stopping in for a superb lunch on our tour!! Listen to Adam on the show at 19 minutes fifty one seconds into the show.
Angela Marotta & Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli, Proprietors

Angela Marotta & Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli, Proprietors

2nd  winery stop: Two Sisters Vineyards.  Niagara’s newest premium winery. VIP wine tasting and enjoy a delicious local lunch at the winery.
Pillitteri Estates Winery

Pillitteri Estates Winery

And to top off this trifecta… From the largest estate icewine producer in the world, revolutionary in producing some of the world’s most rare icewines…Charlie Pillitterri, the CEO of  family owned Pillitteri Estates Winery will join us… to chat about the world wide thirst for this specialty wine Today they produce over 13 different styles of Icewine, far more than any other winery in the world.
Charlie Pillitterri, the CEO of  family owned Pillitteri Estates Winery

Charlie Pillitterri, the CEO of  family owned Pillitteri Estates Winery

Listen to Charlie on the show at 35 minutes eighteen seconds into the show.
3rd winery stop: Pilliterri Estates Winery.Enjoy this stunning wintery in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake and meet proprietor Charlie Pillitteri.Experience a VIP cellar experience.
We’ll close off the show with a special guest. The proprietor of Strada West Eat and Sip House, located in Niagara Falls,  where we  celebrated Susanne’s birthday. It was a great night,so much fun, we’ll chat with Tom Roberto, the proprietor of this “have to be in the know” place to go, its where the locals go! Everything home made and delish! Listen to Tom on the show at 49 minutes twenty eight seconds into the show.

Join us Jan 25th for The Wine Ladies Shimmer of Gold Icewine VIP Tour.

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