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E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012 Shiraz/Syrah

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012 Shiraz/Syrah, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012 Shiraz/Syrah

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012 Shiraz/Syrah

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

I think we are on a French kick here today. My wine too hails from the South of France. Although from the Northern Rhone and from a very well known and respected family owned house which is E. Guigal.

This was a juicy syrah, with a syrah, of course, it was juicy! This is a medium bodied wine, not always in the mood for a heavy weight, it was perfect with my baby lamb chops.
A juicy syrah, with notes of spice and hints of earth. It had softer tannins and was definitely a crowd pleaser among all of us at the dinner table. Here in our market it sells for $28.95, from a producer you can always depend on, E. Guigal founded in 1946.

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012 Shiraz/Syrah

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012 Shiraz/Syrah

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Listen to my review at 5:02 minutes into the show

Episode 43

On this week’s radio show…Celebrities and their love of wine.

We have a great show for you today, and our topic “Celebrity Wines.”
Whether owning their own wineries or hooking up with an existing winery, famous directors, actors, musicians, around the world are getting involved in this business.
And why not?  Who wouldn’t want to own a winery?  We do! So we’ve got three special guests joining us here today, from celebrity wineries, you know them all, the wines and the celebrities.

Nothing scroogie about this wine! Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz 2008, Susanne’s Wine Pick

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

A friend brought this wine over as a gift for a recent Christmas dinner party. Loved the name of this wine, it kind of goes with the holidays. But there is nothing scroogie about this wine!This awesome Shiraz comes from South Australia and from the Ebenezer vineyard, which was first planted in the 1850’s.

Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz 2008

It delivers a big beautiful package all wrapped up with a full body, it’s rich, with ripe fruit intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries, hint of chocolate, long finish, lots of layers and depth. Good long finish and a bit of a treat…. But it’s the holidays, in our market $39.95.

Listen to my review at 5:25 minutes in the show

On this week’s radio show… Holiday Season sparkles with bubbly, glorious stemware, a variety of great value vino and luxurious limo.

EPISODE 40

Thank you for joining us, tis the season to be merry…hohoho .We have a fabulous holiday season show planned for you today, including suggestions that will sparkle with bubbly, pleasure your palate with fabulous vino that won’t break the bank.
Plus we’ll introduce you to a stunning stemware line, new to the market, hand crafted and glorious for gift giving and  “how to travel in style safe and sound this holiday season!

Meet esteemed winemaker Marcelo Papa of Casillero del Diablo

Columbia Crest Winery’

Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Ring-bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Ring Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

So for my wine pick today I enjoyed a yummy Cabernet Sauvignon last week in my backyard with a nice juicy steak. It was from Australia, from one of Australia’s greatest fine wine regions, the Margaret River, known of course for their Cabernet Sauvignon.

My find the Ring-bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, from the Margaret River. In our market $21.95

Well worth the money, a steal of a deal actually…

Full bodied, smooth, succulent with a juicy flavor of cherries, a hint of chocolate, layered, with hints of fine oak and a lasting finish.

The name Ringbolt by the way was a ship that sank during the late 1800’s in what is now known as Ringbolt Bay, located on the southern tip of the Margaret River wine region.

 EPIDODE 31

On this week’s audio podcast…

Wine World News… Hot off the Press with UK’s Wine Critic Jancis Robinson PLUS the Pacific Northwest Winning Wine Regions, BC and Oregon.

Extra, extra, read all about it! We have the latest scoop on what is happening in the world of wine. Coming to you today from one of the greatest authorities on wine worldwide. She hails from the UK and is Jancis Robinson.

You’ll hear all about what is happening in China’s vineyards. Yes they grow grapes, they make wine and in fact are the 5th largest producer of wine in the world.

We’ll chat about climate change. Is it affecting our vineyards and how? And finally we have red wine, white, rose and yellow, but have you heard of “orange wine”? And no it is not made with oranges!

We like to stay on top with what’s going on in our market here as well. So as we just recently had a Vintages release of some of the wines of the Great Pacific Northwest, we thought we would take this opportunity to share with you what is going on in two of it’s exciting regions.
Our next two guests hail from award winning wineries representing BC  and Oregon.

 

Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay

Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay 2012, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay 2012

Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay 2012

Listen to Susanne’s wine review at 5:39 minutes in the show.

I have a very rich, flavourful juicy, vibrant and delicious wine with tremendous power and delight and it is a white wine.

Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay 2012 

VINTAGES#: 421941  $29.95

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

 The Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay 2012 was just released here in the first week in August here in our market. It won’t be around for too long. The grapes were hand harvested, whole-cluster pressed and then barrel fermented in French oak. The wine aged in the barrel “sur lie” for 9 months and then bottled. The wine is rich, juicy, full bodied, with aromas of pear, apple and notes of vanilla and oak spice. Flavours of more pear, hints of lemon and a touch of brioche with a lasting finish.

On this week’s radio show…

EPISODE 30

Celebrating local summer bounty and bubbly and masterly crafted small batch spirits!

We are in the month of August, the middle of summer and as lovers of food, great food, wine and drink… like most everybody, one our most favorite things about the summer is all the fresh, amazing local produce we get to enjoy here in Ontario.

And so today’s show is all about celebrating our summer and our fresh, local bounty with a few knock out recipes, a very unique and special bubbly, and some local small batch masterly crafted spirits and cocktails.

Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Susanne’s Wine Pick.

So we always like to share some of our “The Wine Ladies” wine experiences with all of you and last week we attended one at the beautiful Bosk restaurant located in the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto. We had the opportunity to meet James Healey who was visiting here from Marlborough and James is one of the two founders of the prestigious New Zealand winery, Dog Point Vineyard and also the former winemaker of Cloudy Bay.

We had a great time and Nigel Sowman the head viticulturist at Dog Point Vineyard was also there (loved his accent) as well as Richard Dittmar the VP of Trialto, the agency that represents this winery here in Canada.Between the 5 of us we had some great wine and some great conversation.

James, Nigel, (on the left) Richard on the right) and Susanne and Georgia.

James, Nigel, (on the left) Richard on the right) and Susanne and Georgia.

Susanne with James Healey and Nigel Sowman of Dog Point Vineyards tasting theDog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

Susanne with James Healey and Nigel Sowman of Dog Point Vineyards tasting theDog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

Although difficult to choose my favourite among the wines we tasted, I also wanted to pick something that everyone could enjoy right here in our market. As I am such a fan of Sauvignon Blanc. My wine pick this week is the Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from the New Zealand region of Marlborough famously known for its Sauv Blanc. $24.95 in our market. A little more of a premium price, but well worth i. For the few extra bucks I loved the zesty lemon, and the racy acidity, the round texture and long finish, I am down, sold!

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Listen to my wine review at 3:35 minutes into the show.

On this week’s radio show…

Discover Washington wines. Make your own wine in time for the holidays. Discover the secret anti aging ingredient and Canada’s most southerly wine region Pelee Island and Pelee Island Winery.

Episode 33

Alpha Crucis TITAN Shiraz 2010

Alpha Crucis TITAN Shiraz 2010, Susanne’s Wine pick.

Alpha Crucis TITAN Shiraz 2010

Alpha Crucis TITAN Shiraz 2010

Alpha Crucis TITAN Shiraz 2010

Well okay since we are talking “make a statement” vino. Mine is a real Titan! It’s actually called the Alpha Crucis Titan Shiraz 2010 from McLaren Vale, Australia.This is a great name for a great wine! First of all “Alpha Crucis” is the brightest star in the Southern Cross constellation. The Alpha Crucis TITAN wines are so named to create the finest wines from the best areas of their vineyards which were established in 1897.

Susanne'sWine Pick

Susanne’s Wine Pick

So this full bodied wine had nuances of beautiful complexity, with ripe cherries and bright raspberry combined with savory, toast and gamey elements, with a bright acidity and softer tannins. The finish doesn’t finish for a while….Thumbs up for my wine, in vintages for $24.95

Titan, the Alpha Crucis Titan Shiraz 2010

Vintages #377069

TUNE INTO THE WINE LADIES RADIO SHOW at 3:14 minutes into the show

Episode (WL-12-08-2014) #14

Getting into the spirit of the holidays featuring Dan Aykroyd and Crystal Head Vodka.