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Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2019 by darmyers

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Probably my three favourite words in the English language.     I’m not talking about mere eating and drinking for sustenance,  i’m talking great pleasure from a perfect pairing of delicious food and savoury wine.  I am hosting a wine tasting this evening, and one of the things I’m doing is bringing charcuterie boards with a variety of meats, cheeses and breads.   Nothing complements cheese and crackers like a good glass of wine.

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I know I featured a sparkling wine last week, but sparkling wines are so versatile especially when it comes to food.   I am serving a new one tonight by Zonin.  If that name seems familiar  to you, one of the reds was my #1 wine of 2018.   96 Point rating under $20!

 

From the same Vineyard, comes this wonderful Prosecco.

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The Zonin Special Cuvee Prosecco is the perfect way to celebrate special moments with friends, or to enjoy with any meal, especially with the appetizers.  Zonin has created an easy to drink Prosecco with fresh flavours of melon and citrus.  This particular Prosecco is dry and not sweet which makes it even more versatile.   The best part, it’s only $19 a bottle.

Tried a new wine last night with my friends, brand new to this market.

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This is a big wine , and I loved it.  This is the perfect comfort food wine, and as me and my friends are enjoying it, all I could think of was steak!   I am looking forward to enjoying this particular wine with a steak.  Francis Ford Coppola says “Winemaking and Film-making are rwo great art forms.  In both cases you have to start with top-notch raw materials , whether it’s the land or the script “. 

Like the name suggests, this wine offers big bold flavours.  It’s a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah and 2% Petite Sirah, and here in Nova Scotia it sells for $24 a bottle.

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Not sure what you’re having this evening for supper, but I think I’ve talked myself into a steak.

Have a great week, till next week, Cheers

Darlene

 

 

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The 5 Best Wines for Valentine’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9, 2019 by darmyers

This coming Thursday is a day when lover’s celebrate, it’s Valentine’s Day 2019.  My love is wine.. and kitty cats.  We all celebrate in our own way… Don’t judge!  LOL

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Lots of wine will be purchased for this coming Thursday.  Wondering which wine to get your loved one?  Let me help.  No matter if you drink white, red or sparkling, there’s something on this list for you.

  1. Bolla Prosecco DOC

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If you would love all the flavours and sparkle of Champagne, but don’t want to subject your pocketbook with that kind of money Champagne can cost, Prosecco is your answer!    This particular Prosecco is made by Banfi, in the Veneto region of Italy.   It’s less than $20 per bottle and is a great way to start in the evening and is a great complement to your appetizers .

2.  White #1- Pinot Gris

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Some people like their white wines with a crisp and tartness.   I love Pinot Gris, and this one from Kim Crawford in New Zealand is close to perfection.   I had a glass of wine with my friend Joan recently and this wine is what she served, and it was just delicious .   Chris flavours of melon and pear, this is a great wine if you are serving shellfish or any kind of fish this Valentine’s Day.   Comes in at $23 a bottle.

3.  White Wine #2- Chardonnay

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Some people like their white wines with a creamy smooth this, and for that we go to Chardonnay, the number one planted white grape varietal in the world.   This particular wine hills from down under, in Australia, and is less than $19 a bottle.  It’s Rich, with lovely flavours of butterscotch and is a great wine for Valentine’s Day if you’re serving lobster, chowder, or chicken.

4.  Red Wine #1- Pinot Noir

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Oregon, in my opinion, is making some of the best Pinot Noir wine on the planet.  This wine, Copper Cane Pinot Noir, Is the result of some California wine makers heading up to Oregon to make a supple Pinot Noir with vibrant flavours.  Pinot Noir is at it’s best when grown in a cool climate environment and that’s exactly the conditions Oregon produces, very similar to Burgundy France.   A treat at $35 a bottle

5.  Red Wine #2- Cabernet Sauvignon

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If you’re serving anything in the red meat department this coming Valentine’s Day, I suggest you try one of my favourite steak wines, Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon out of California.  This Cabernet is so good, many wine critics feel Cabernet Sauvignon  done to this quality of standard, we should be paying 40% more.   So the $38 price point is actually a steal of a deal.   It’s a beautifully Rich Cabernet Sauvignon with flavours of toasted oak, Winter spice and rich dark fruit.

This is me when people ask me how much wine I drink.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, and until next week, Cheers

Darlene

Saying Good-bye to January, The Month with 74 Days

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2019 by darmyers

 

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I saw this meme around the 24th of January and thought it was very fitting.  Is it just me or does January feel like the longest month of the year.   Some people were talking of having a dry January, and I was thinking, ‘I don’t think so’.  You took away my shiny lights, my pretty Christmas tree, all my decorations, but you are not taking away my wine.  I did find some pretty good wines, which was the highlight of the month.

Gabbiano chianti

This came close to being the wine of the week.  It was an awesome Reserve Chianti Classico from Castello di Gabbiano and I got to enjoy the 2014 vintage which is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot.  It’s full-bodied and luscious with notes of tobacco and leather.  Because it spent some time on oak, but only 10% new oak, the flavors were subtle, not oaky.  A great wine to accompany a steak, or prime rib or any big hearty meal of your favorite comfort food.  It’s $24.99 a bottle and a great wine.

Malbec

I almost didn’t open this, because I wanted to save it to share with my friend Mair, who loves French Malbec.   And low and behold, what did her and her roommate Sharon bring down to our gathering last night, this particular wine!  The Le Gouleyant Malbec from the Cahors region of France is a spectacular buy, and on sale currently here in Nova Scotia for just $15.99 a bottle.  A great time to stock up on this very nice wine.  The Vigouroux family has been a pioneering force in Cahors, making wine there since 1887.  This easy to drink fruit-driven wine is easy on the palate, soft tannins, and nice lasting finish. Since Argentina has adopted Malbec as its official grape, I still love to try a French Malbec now and again, and this one didn’t disappoint.

And now for my wine of the week….

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My friend Amber at the NSLC hit it out of the ballpark when she recommended this wine.  It’s a new listing to the Port of Wines section at the NSLC and it’s fantastic! I love a GSM and this particular one is from Spain.  GSM stands for Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, unless it’s from Spain, when its called Garnacha, Syrah and Monastrell.  It’s my new favorite and I’m telling everyone about it.  It has such a rich deep color, when you look at the inky  purple you would almost think it was a Malbec.   Gorgeous flavours of red plum, licorice, and berries combined with good structure but soft on the pallet, makes it my most enjoyable wine of the week.

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Hello February, I’m glad you’re here.  And for all my wine drinking friends that are going to enjoy the big sporting event tomorrow, have fun

Till next week, cheers

Darlene

 

The Writer’s Block Wine Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2019 by darmyers

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I started blogging about wine almost 8 years ago!   Every Saturday, pretty well 52 weeks a year, I write a wine blog.   I’ve always been very adventurous when it comes to trying new wine, however week after week and year after year, sometimes I hit a wall.  A writer’s block wall.   This wine blog was initially named “Who Knows”,  (LOL) and then I realized most people won’t read a wine blog called Who Knows!   And although I’m kind of stumped as to the theme of this weeks wine blog, I do have some new wines to share with you!

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If you love Pinot Noir as much as I do, but feel there should be a hefty price tag attached to it, this wine is the answer to your prayers.   A light bodied, easy to drink Pinot thats big on flavour.   Nice flavours of cranberry and spice, this food friendly wine is priced under $13 a bottle.  Great wine at a great value.

And now for my wine of the week……

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I took a purple cowboy to a party last weekend.  I love the story behind this wi e, because the creator of this wine is a lady called Terry Wheatley.   And this lady knows a thing or two about Cowboys, both her husband and son are champion rodeo  cowboys.  Terry is also a breast cancer survivor, and started the ‘Tough enough to wear Pink’ campaign.  The wine is named after the band of purple cowboys, a legendary group of winemaking cowboys.   The wine is from Paso Robles California, and the Tenacious Red is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.  In a word, Delicious!

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I’m hoping I’m a little more inspired next weekend.  Till next week, Cheers

Darlene

Storm Wine

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2019 by darmyers

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There’s a storm brewing, a major snowstorm expecting to hit Eastern Canada this coming Sunday evening.  Some areas are expected to get 60 – 80 cms of snow.  You’re going to need to stock up on wine, as it will take a while to shovel out from that one.

Help is here.  Here’s a few great wines to help you weather the storm, as I’ve had the opportunity to try a few new ones over the past couple of weeks.  To start, I have a couple of Cote du Rhone wines to tell you about.  My Welsh friend Mair lives wine from the Cote du Rhone region.

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Any time grape harvesting is done by hand, you are getting a better quality grape which in turn means a better quality wine. That’s the case with the Chateau du Trignon Cote du Rhone, of which I tried the 2016 vintage.  This beautiful blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre comes in under $20 yet contains appealing aromas of strawberries and raspberries, and subtle spicy notes on the palate.  It’s such a tasty wine at a really good value.  And speaking of tasty Cote du Rhone wines…

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Unlike the previous Cote du Rhone, this Saint Cosme 2017 is 100% Syrah, not a blend.  The spicy notes of the Syrah are evident on the palate along with flavors of full-bodied fruit and tobacco.  A great wine for roasted meats or a BBQ, this wine is sold here for $30 a bottle.

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This Mascota Cabernet Franc is a fantastic value and came close to being the wine of the week.  At only $17.48 a bottle, Cab Franc is usually seen as a blend in regions like Bordeaux France, but this stand alone from Argentina hits it out of the ball park with flavor and good value.  It’s a perfectly balanced elegant wine that will have you wishing for more storm days.

And now for my wine of the week…..

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If you’re in the mood to treat yourself this weekend, but still not break the bank, I loved the Chateau le Puy from Emilion from the Left Bank of Bordeaux.  This Merlot dominant blend has been given 94 points by Decanter Magazine and it’s still only $34 a bottle.  That’s a great price for such a quality wine from one of the best wine regions in the world.  It’s considered to be one of the best values to come out of the Bordeaux region, because if you have a look around the Bordeaux region in your wine store, they can easily vary from $100 to $1000 in that section of the wine store.  This wine is plump and juicy and all around delicious.  Hmmmm, this could be this week’s storm wine for me.

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True story.  I hope you are not too hard hit by the storm.  Till next week, Cheers.

Darlene

Quirky Wine Labels, Delicious Wine

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2019 by darmyers

I do love an interesting wine label.  Sometimes you’re going to get a not so great wine inside, other times it’s a great wine.   Nothing starts a conversation at a social get together faster than a quirky wine label.  True story.   Bring a bottle of wine with an interesting label, and the questions will start pouring in.   It’s happened to me a few times.

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Here is a picture of my very first new wine for 2019.  It comes from Verona, Italy, the home of Romeo and Juliet.  It’s a Merlot dominant blend, with Corvina and Croatina, a grape I thought I was trying for the very first time, until I found out it’s also known as Bonarda.  Both Corvina and Croatina are grapes widely used for blending in parts of Italy. And even though you may be on the wine budget in January, this wine is only $17 per bottle.

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This wine I’ve written about before as it was one of the pleasant surprises I found at the Festival of Wines back in September.  This wine featuring the face of the mighty lion is a delicious Pinotage from South Africa, and it’s a delicious full bodied wine  that comes in under $16.

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The bottle featuring the giraffe, is the dry red blend, also coming in under $16 per bottle.   I can’t seem to find online what’s in the blend, but it was easy to drink and very pleasant, and a great price point.

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How often do you see an elephant riding a bicycle?   This interesting wine is a Zinfandel out of the Puglia region of Italy, normally where Zinfandel is called Primitivo.  Another unique fact about this wine is that it is fermented and aged in American oak, which is unusual for Italian winemakers.  It comes in at $20 a bottle and is a great dinner wine.

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You are never going to believe the price point on this French wine.  It’s under $14 a bottle and so good and so easy to drink.  It was a Christmas gift from my friend Sandra, and it was so good, I will be buying it again and again.  The winemaker says this 2017 version of the La Vieille Ferme Red Wine is the best in 30 years.  Apparently it was one of the driest growing seasons, with optimal harvest conditions and a small yield, which in the wine world means better quality.  It’s a blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah and was kept in both vats and large oak barrels for only 10 months, so it’s not an oaky wine.  Great wine at a great value is a great way to kick off a new year of wine.

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I drank that wine after my handsome nephew won his second game 2 – 1, at our Ice Jam Hockey Tournament where these underdogs were undefeated after 2 games.

Till next week, Cheers

Darlene

 

2019 Wine Trends

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2019 by darmyers

At the beginning of every year since I started blogging about wine, I’ve talked about the upcoming trends we can expect to see  in the wine world.  A couple of years ago, I mentioned wine in cans, and lo and behold found this…

And the experts are saying wine in a can is continuing to grow, seeing a 43% raise in sales.  So let’s see what else the experts are saying about the wine world in 2019.

  1.  Italian wines will continue to see explosive growth.

Italy has recently surpassed France as the #1 wine producing region in the world.  They have gone back and forth in the past, however, Italy had a massive frost in 2017 which saw them produce 23% less wine that year.  In 2018 they took the crown again.  Italy is growing because they are producing delicious wines in all price points.  There is something for everyone in the Italian wine section.

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I’ve written about it before and continue to enjoy this Ripasso, which has been given 96 points, and comes in under $20 a bottle.  Because of the quality of wine coming out of Italy and the competitive price, Bordeaux has had to step up their game, which I’m happy to say, they did!

2.  You’re going to see an increase in Bordeaux wine.

Although considered a classic, Bordeaux wines can be hefty in price.  While scrolling through the list of Bordeaux wines at our local liquor store, one thing that jumps out are the prices.  $500 – $2000 is very normal to see in the Bordeaux section.  But stiff competition for good wine at decent prices have forced Bordeaux wine producers to come to the table with some competitive prices.

And here’s a great example, which my friend Mair shared with me ladt night.  The Chateau Courteillac Red comes from a vineyard 20 minutes away from the famed (and pricey) region of St. Emilion and boasts one of the highest elevated vineyards in the region.  This Bordeaux is Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, so easy to drink and is now priced at $15 a bottle.  How’s that for a reasonable priced Bordeaux wine.

3.  Nights In, Not Nights Out 

This trend has been growing for years.  People are entertaining at home, hosting their friends.  It’s expensive to eat and drink out, so people are opting to buying better quality wine at a fraction of the price you pay for it in a restaurant.  As a Sommelier, I’m also seeing more and more people host wine tastings in their home, as opposed to going out to a tasting.

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And my wine of the week this week is a spectacular white wine…

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The Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin from Burgundy France is Chardonnay done so well.  It’s light and crisp and showcases the extraordinary terroir of Chablis.  Its finesse is marked by excellent acidity and a long aging on the lees.  Lees are leftover yeast particles and add a wonderful texture to both white and sparkling wines.  The longer the aging on these lees, the better the texture.  I loved this wine, I thought it was spectacular and here’s another fine example of a reasonably priced Bordeaux wine, coming in under the $30 mark.

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While the weather outside can be frightful this time of the year, it doesn’t seem to bother me.

Happy New Year, here’s to a fabulous wine-drinking 2019

Darlene