Every time you open a news feed these days it’s the ‘Best of Lists’ and I’m no exception. This is one of my favorite wine blogs of the year. Looking back at all the wines I have written about, my favorites and picking my top picks from 2017. I enjoyed some good wine in 2017, and I would like to share some of my favourites with you. Let’s start with my favourite white wine of the year!
We are heading back to March of 2017 for this beautiful French Chardonnay. Quite the name isn’t it? Chateau Arrogant Frog is Chardonnay at its finest. Subtle nuances of oak that allow the flavour of the fruit to shine through. Another great attribute to this wine is that it comes in at about $20 a bottle. Spectacular wine at a spectacular price.
One of the highlights for me in 2017 was finally becoming a Sommelier after 5 years. I’ve worked really hard for it, and it was the source of a great deal of satisfaction.
My favourite Rose wine of the year hails from Italy!
The Pipoli Basilicata Rosato is a gorgeous refreshing Rose wine that comes from the Basilicata region if Italy, which is the instep part of the boot. Gorgeous citrus flavours with a crisp minerality and priced to please at about $19 a bottle.
I have made some great friends this year, and so blessed to call these fabulous ladies friends and family. We have enjoyed some great wine together. Getting together with them has been another highlight for me this past year.
My favourite dessert wine comes from Sauternes France.
The Chateau Coutec Sauternes comes from the southwestern part of France and from one of the oldest wine producing vineyards in Sauternes. Bordeaux wines are known for great ageing potential and that includes their sweet dessert wines. I tried the 2000 vintage, and it was awesome. This Vineyard dates back to the 1600’s, so they have been making fantastic dessert wines for a long long time. This is the perfect ending to the perfect meal. Rich flavours of apricot and honey will compliment any special occasion.
Another highlight for me in 2017 was my trip to Italy
I loved Italy, the people, the food and especially the wine. Which made it especially hard to pick my favourite red and a wine of the year. One of the criteria that I use for my one of the weeks is great wine and also great value so this one was the clear winner for me.
I stayed on a vineyard site in Italy just outside of Montalchino called Carpazo, and while there we tried the full line up of their wines. This is one that is now available in one of our local wine stores. At $16 a bottle, it is probably one of the best values I have ever tasted, I still think it’s a mistake. We would wake up each morning to beautiful fields of Sangiovese grapes, and those were the grapes used to make this wine. Medium bodied with flavours of tart cherry and soft oak, I love this wine. And because of the combination of great wine at an amazing price this is my wine of the year.
Thank you for all the support in 2017 and here’s to another wonderful year of discovering some great wines together
Here’s to a healthy happy 2018