A Tale of Two Malbecs

When most people think about Malbec, Argentina comes to top of mind.

But what many people do not realize is that the Malbec Grape – known originally as Cot, Cot Noir or Auxxerois, is native to an area in Southwest France known in modern times as the Cahors region

This area is located South East of Bordeaux  and in the grand scheme of things, has become somewhat of a little known region.  The wines that are produced here must be made with 70% Malbec, and allow a small amount of blending of the other Bordeaux Continue reading “A Tale of Two Malbecs”

Top 3 Wines to Melt Your Cares Away

It has been a loooong week for me.  Filled with excitement, and a tonne of hard work as I get closer to launching my new business.  At the end of it I find myself exhausted, and my mind spinning with a million and one different ideas.  With all of that spinning I recognize the need to take a time out.  A pause to calm my mind, and rest a little.  It’s at times like this that a bubble bath is just what the doctor ordered.

It’s pretty rare that I take the time to have a bubble bath.  I think like most busy women, it gets pushed off.  But really, I should do it more.  There is something about taking a pause, lighting some candles, breathing deeply, closing your eyes and soaking in a sea of scented bubbles that helps create calm and clarity.  Some people meditate, some exercise, if I can… I bathe.  No truly relaxing bubble bath experience is complete without a glass of wine.

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Champagne was made for Celebrating…

With party planning and the holiday season right around the corner, we often turn our thoughts to times of celebration with loved ones over festive beverages like rum and eggnog and sparkling wines.  What better way to celebrate than with Champagne!

When planning your purchasing of a great bottle of bubbles, there are a few things to consider, but most importantly remember that most sparkling wines taste great with EVERYTHING!  Christmas Brunch – think a great bottle of Prosecco or Champagne.  Finger Food Christmas Party with tonnes of flavours… Turkey or Ham roast dinner that you just spent all week preparing with 50 different side dishes… give all of that hard work the wine it deserves and spring for a bottle of savoury Champagne.  Then of course there is New Years Eve and you realise maybe you need a few extra bottles.  You get the picture… special events deserve special wine.  The reality is that sparkling wine is very food friendly, and was made for celebrating with friends and family.  There is no better time to indulge than when surrounded by those you love.  Champagne is a culturally accepted luxury. Continue reading “Champagne was made for Celebrating…”

Vinho Verde – Conde Villar 2015

A Wine Review and Tasting Note

4/5 Stars

Conde Villar Vinho Verde Loureiro 2014 on Vivino

Best Vino Verde I have ever had!  We had the pleasure of tasting this in our WSET 3 class last night, and it had me longing for a hot summer day. There are few wines on market at this price point of under $20 that are as enjoyable.

I must admit that Vinho Verde is not a wine that I typically think to pick up very often, but this one made me change my mind!  I had found too many of these to be a little flat on flavour characters, and a little too 2 Dimensional, but not this one!  If you like wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Soave, Gavi, Pinot Grigio… you will enjoy this. Continue reading “Vinho Verde – Conde Villar 2015”

Some Thoughts on Pinot Gris

A Wine Profile and Review

There are two names for one grape variety in the world of wine, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio.  However the wine styles associated with these names can taste quite different.

Unlike grapes for Pinot Grigio that tend to be picked earlier in the season to make highly acidic, neutral, green fruit profiled wines, grapes for Pinot Gris style wines are left to hang and mature to a greater depth of ripeness.  What does this mean to the wine drinker?  Well it is the difference between eating a partially green acidic tomato from the vine, and one that is left to mature into a rich red fruit that has fuller flavour and ripe sweetness.  If Pinot Grigio were a person they would be a lanky teenager with braces, and Pinot Gris would be their sophisticated much older sibling sporting a pant suit and patent heels. Continue reading “Some Thoughts on Pinot Gris”