Change Leads The Way

Canada's 23rd prime minister

Canada got a new leader this past week, as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was sworn in as our 23rd Prime Minister.   I think for the most part Canada is very excited about the change, and we should be.  A sea of red swept Atlantic Canada, so this week I dedicate my wine blog to change, and some beautiful new red wines.


Here’s a fantastic new wine I tried this past week.  The 2011 Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon.  This vineyard is 130 years old, and commands the famous Penedes wine region.  This wine features gorgeous intense wine flavors of plum and coffee flavors, and has a nice silky palate.  A fantastic wine at a fantastic price, comes in at about $22.


Canada has not only captured the world’s attention with its new leadership, it’s also leading the way with some great wines.  This Thirty Bench Red from Beamsville Ontario is a great example.  Built around Cabernet Franc this wine has great structure, rich fruits and hints of cedar and smoke.  A great Canadian wine that I thoroughly enjoyed.


The first time I ever tried a Rosso wine was in the Summer of 1995 when I had the pleasure of visiting Francis Ford Coppola’s vineyard in the Napa Valley   I loved it  His was a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah  He suggests you try this wine with Mama Coppola’s meatballs   It’s also a great pizza wine   So when I tried this Rosso last night, I was excited   Especially to learn the Rosso di Napa won double gold at the San Fransisco Wine Chronicle Wine Competition.  This is a gorgeous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah   This wine was full-bodied , tasty,  it had great structure  and paired perfectly with the beef tenderloin I had last night.   It just became available here in Nova Scotia and comes in at a wonderful price around the $20 mark.  It’s  my new favorite wine of the week !


Here I am with my friends Rayell and Evelyn   They are both wine Sommeliers   And tomorrow my education to become a wine Sommelier continues    On Sunday I start the beer and spirits portion of the CAPS program.  We kick start the program with a Cicerone, which is a Sommelier of beer.

I will tell you all about that next week!  Til then Cheers





1 Comment

  1. ronald m ryan says:

    another great blog Darlene. Thanks

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