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Meet Emma Swain, CEO, St Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, the founding winery of International Sauvignon Blanc Day. Hurrah!

This winery actually started the whole International Sauvignon Blanc event.

Next we turn our attention to a very different style of Sauvignon Blanc, that of the award winning winery St Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery.

St Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery with CEO Emma Swain.

St Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery with CEO Emma Swain.

They are located in Napa Valley California.CEO Emma Swain will join us.Emma has been working in the wine industry for over 20 years and serves as a board member for the Napa Valley Vintners. Emma to share the Napa Valley and specifically St Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery’s interpretation of this delicious, sultry, rich Sauvignon Blanc, a blend partnered with the grape varietal Semillon.

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Listen to Emma Swain at 26:00 minutes into the radio show.

St Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery wines distributed by Von Terra Wine, Beer and Spirits.

COMING SOON to our market 2014 St. Supéry Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc – $39.95 .. We’ll let you know when it has arrived!!!

On this week’s radio show… Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day! Get Sauvignon Blanc savvy with three unique styles from three different continents.

Coming up on today’s show we are going to be celebrating a very special day in the world of wine. Saluting one of our favorite grape varietals, grown in many wine regions around the globe and growing in popularity day by day.

Sauvignon Blanc

How would you describe me, this grape and the wine that I make? Well, you are zesty, fresh and crisp. I smell like citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit and sometimes gooseberries and even cats pee! But that’s  a good thing!

And you originated in France but as you are planted prolifically in many different regions. You could only be one grape and that is Sauvignon Blanc.

Celebrate #SAUVBLANCDAY

Celebrate #SAUVBLANCDAY

This special day, International Sauvignon Blanc Day, the 7th annual, is celebrated on May 6th, as well as April 24th, as National Sauvignon Blanc Day.

There will be loads of tastings and events going on all honouring this diverse, very expressive, and delicious grape so why not join in!

And we are so on board, 100% ready to celebrate, to educate and introduce you guys to three very distinct Sauvignon Blancs all coming from diverse regions around the world, in fact from 3 different continents, all with their own unique style… France, California and New Zealand.

On this week’s Audio Podcast… Remy Pannier Sauvignon Blanc. Perfect for #SauvignonBlancDay

Kicking off in our first segment we’ll welcome a producer from the “old world” from a region that is known for Sauvignon Blanc, that dates back to the 18th century, where the grape is said to have originated and that is the Loire Valley of France.

Joining us, the Export Director of Remy Pannier, a company with its roots firmly planted in the Loire, with a fascinating history, scrumptious story and wines, Julien Cothenet will join us.

Listen to Julien Cothenet at 8:17 minutes into the radio show.

Remy Pannier Wines distributed by Eurovintage Wines & Spirits 

On this week’s radio show… 

Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day! Get Sauvignon Blanc savvy with three unique styles from three different continents.

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Coming up on today’s show we are going to be celebrating a very special day in the world of wine. Saluting one of our favorite grape varietals, grown in many wine regions around the globe and growing in popularity day by day.

Sauvignon Blanc

How would you describe me, this grape and the wine that I make? Well, you are zesty, fresh and crisp. I smell like citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit and sometimes gooseberries and even cats pee! But that’s  a good thing!

And you originated in France but as you are planted prolifically in many different regions. You could only be one grape and that is Sauvignon Blanc.

Celebrate #SAUVBLANCDAY

Celebrate #SAUVBLANCDAY

This special day, International Sauvignon Blanc Day, the 7th annual, is celebrated on May 6th, as well as April 24th, as National Sauvignon Blanc Day.

There will be loads of tastings and events going on all honouring this diverse, very expressive, and delicious grape so why not join in!

And we are so on board, 100% ready to celebrate, to educate and introduce you guys to three very distinct Sauvignon Blancs all coming from diverse regions around the world, in fact from 3 different continents, all with their own unique style… France, California and New Zealand.

 

Additional 6 Bonus Air Miles May 22nd, 2016-June 18th, 2016

 

Clos Pegase Chardonnay

Clos Pegase Chardonnay 2013, Georgia’s Wine Pick

Clos Pegase Chardonnay

Clos Pegase Chardonnay

This week Susanne and I visited the annual California Wine Fair that took place here in Toronto. Over 150 producers were represented at the Fair. We thought it would be fun to each select our favourites from the show for this week’s wine pick. There was a lot to choose from, we didn’t try everything but we found some lovely wines.

My pick this week is the Clos Pegase Chardonnay 2013, represented here in Toronto through Azureau Wines & Spirits, and available by special order. Not only is it a beautiful wine but there is a beautiful story behind the winery. In fact Susanne and I visited this winery several years ago while in Napa, California.

Close Pegasus Renaissance Fountain

Close Pegasus Renaissance Fountain

 Its a stunning spot with 20,000 square feet of caves dug into the volcanic knoll, a spectacular heritage garden and incredible architecture, in fact  according to House and Garden Magazine, Clos Pegase Napa Valley “has raised two ancient arts – architecture and winemaking- to a height that resonates with echoes of the ages”!  A must see when in Napa!

Its also a beautiful love story. So the story goes that Jan Shrem one day gave his wife Mitsuki a tiffany box and inside was only dirt and soil. She loved him so much she didn’t care what it was he gave her. He told her that he had just bought a vineyard that was 365 acres, and each acre representing everyday of the year that he would show his love for her.

Georgia at the California Wine Fair, Toronto, May 2016 tastes the Clos Pegasus Chardonnay 2013 with Mike Gilroy, SVP Sales & Marketing Vintage Wine Estates.

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   Listen to my review at 4:09 minutes into the radio show 

This 100% Chardonnay wine is made from grapes located in the cool Carneros region from the Mitsuki Vineyard and is a beautiful balance of opulence and minerality, delicious pineapple and tangerine fruit with some subtle oak… I fell in love from the 1st sip! Available through Azureau Wine & Spirits for $37.95 per bottle. 

On this week’s radio show… Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day! Get Sauvignon Blanc savvy with three unique styles from three different continents.

Coming up on today’s show we are going to be celebrating a very special day in the world of wine. Saluting one of our favorite grape varietals, grown in many wine regions around the globe and growing in popularity day by day.

Sauvignon Blanc

How would you describe me, this grape and the wine that I make? Well, you are zesty, fresh and crisp. I smell like citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit and sometimes gooseberries and even cats pee! But that’s  a good thing!

And you originated in France but as you are planted prolifically in many different regions. You could only be one grape and that is Sauvignon Blanc.

Celebrate #SAUVBLANCDAY

Celebrate #SAUVBLANCDAY

This special day, International Sauvignon Blanc Day, the 7th annual, is celebrated on May 6th, as well as April 24th, as National Sauvignon Blanc Day.

There will be loads of tastings and events going on all honouring this diverse, very expressive, and delicious grape so why not join in!

And we are so on board, 100% ready to celebrate, to educate and introduce you guys to three very distinct Sauvignon Blancs all coming from diverse regions around the world, in fact from 3 different continents, all with their own unique style… France, California and New Zealand.

 

On this week’s audio podcast…Drink New Zealand and think the “King of Sauvignon Blanc”,sustainability and the meteoric rise in popularity! Experience the “New Zealand In A Glass 2015” event taking place across Canada.

 Experience the “New Zealand In A Glass 2015” event taking place across Canada. #SauvBlancDay … Buy tickets.

In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery. Join 22 premium New Zealand wineries with over 85 wines at our exclusive annual tasting. Meet the representatives, taste their exceptional wines, and make our discoveries your own. Food stations offering small samplings will be provided to enhance your New Zealand tasting experience.Please join us!

For wine trade please see here.

On this week’s showDrink New Zealand and think the “King of Sauvignon Blanc”,sustainability and the meteoric rise in popularity!

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We explore a youthful wine region that has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity.  It is recognized the world over for its commitment to the environment and sustainability. Widely recognized as the “King of Sauvignon Blanc” which has become synonymous with this region,and has recently been awarded its very own Pinot Noir glass for one of its regions by the preeminent 11th generation Austrian glass maker Riedel. We can only be talking about one country and that is New Zealand!

To start things off .. If there’s anyone in Canada that is truly passionate about the wines of New Zealand,and instrumental in the meteoric rise in popularity of these wines it is our first guest,who is Robert Ketchin, the Market Manager for New Zealand Winegrowers Canada for over twenty years.

Listen to Robert Ketchin at 5:53 minutes into the show. 

Great fun at the International Sauvignon Blanc Day April 24th enjoying 18 Sauvignon Blanc wines with 4 delicious types of oysters at Johnson and Sons Oyster House in Toronto. Celebrations started in New Zealand and continued as they traversed the various time zones around the globe ending in San Francisco,Twitter headquarters. #SauvBlancDay

 Our first kiwi caller as they are affectionately known as … Jim Robertson and Jim will share with us a little about the brief history of this youthful region, the role Brancott Estate winery played at the time as well as the significance of New Zealand’s signature grape Sauvignon Blanc.
Listen to Jim Robertson at 21:35 minutes into the show.

We first met Jim back in 2012 and had the opportunity to speak with him on our online talk TV show.Check what Jim had to see on line here.YouTube video

 

Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Available at the LCBO $17.75 per bottle.

Brancott Estate Letter B Sauvignon Blanc. Available at the LCBO $19.95 per bottle.

Peter and Vai Yealands
We’ll then speak to James McDonald of Yealands Family Wines also in Marlborough, to explore the commitment New Zealand has to sustainability, and what exactly that is… we might even hear the story of the dwarfed sheep put to work in the vineyards!

Listen to James McDonald at 35:53 minutes into the show.

Yealands Family Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand, the most sustainable winery in the world. Watch the video here and find out why.

 We chat with Georg Riedel of the 10th generation, world renown Austrian glass maker Riedel who has been making stemware for over 300 years.

Listen to Georg Riedel at 47:45 minutes into the show.

New Zealand wine region honoured in the launch of the Central Otago Pinot Noir glass. Available in Australia/New Zealand in May 2015.

Riedel Central Otago Pinot Noir Workshop with Georg Riedel.

In March 2013, the Central Otago Winegrowers Association host a sensory workshop in the region
attendance from 11 wineries:
Alongside local media, the participants sampled the same wines from 14 differently shaped glasses
instructed to analyse the aroma, taste, and overall flavour profile, to determine the best performing glass.
two glasses stood out above the others: the Vinum XL Pinot Noir and the Vinum Extreme Pinot Noir.
The Central Otago Pinot Noir glass incorporates the best features from these two glasses

Watch the Video here

 Our last call coming from down under is Sue White,proprietor of the multi awarded and highly regarded winery Whitehaven also located in Marlborough, Sue will fill us in on some of the specifics of kiwi wines, what makes them unique, their aromatics, their taste profiles.

Listen to Sue White at 1:04 minutes into the show.

 

Sue White of Whitehaven…Totally,utterly Marlborough to the last drop!On this week’s audio podcast.