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Hurray, it’s May! We Canadians are getting primed for the warmer weather – hopefully no socks this casual Friday, eh? Rose and I had a blast tasting this release. Lot of interesting and mainstream picks. Vintages is showcasing Kiwi wine and “Next-Generation German” wines.
Next-generation is in reference to the sons of established German winemakers taking over for the family business. These young Germans are making some tasty wines, BUT our recommendations come with a warning – we may have been swayed by the German “hunk” factor as there were pictures of them in the Vintages release catalogue. Go on www.vintages.com to check them out and if you like what you see head over to the “Next Generation Riesling Wines of Germany Tasting” on May 21st at the St. James Cathedral from 6:30 – 9:30 to meet them face-to-face and taste their wares!
It’s Thanksgiving time – one of our favourite holidays that’s always made better with lots of vino on the table. It just makes those gatherings all the more festive! The Vintages feature this weekend is “Sonoma Has It All” (their last release featured Thanksgiving and we were too busy to taste). Sonoma is the Napa Valley’s close competitor these days, seeing their wine industry mature and blossom. Unfortunately, so have the prices of their wines – making most of them ineligible for this list. Log onto www.Vintages.com, read all about them and then if you’re interested head to your nearest LCBO and pick one or more up … HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
383612 LA CHIARA GAVI DI GAVI 2013 (PIEDMONT, ITALY) $15.95
Fresh citrus, binned apple, stone, racy acidity, very well balanced.
Yellow plum, lemony acidity, clean and refreshing!
FERRATON PÈRE & FILS SAMORËNS CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2012 (RHÔNE) $14.95
Lush berry notes followed by a hint of licorice and black pepper. This wine is smooth and tastes way more expensive than it is! Score: 88-90 (Jeb Dunnick, www.erotbertparker.com)
681688 CHÂTEAU CROZE DE PYS PRESTIGE MALBEC CAHORS 2010 (SOUTHWEST, FRANCE) $17.95
Blueberry & coffee notes here along with hints of leather. It’s from S. France, a Malbec = big and bold.
382846 CHÂTEAU GOUBAU LA SOURCE 2010 (BORDEAUX) $19.95
We just love saying this name – “GooBow” – sounds pretty Podunk and it’s from Bordeaux no less! Despite the Chateau’s goofy sounding name (in Frenglish), this is a very tasty wine. Smooth, black fruit with well-balanced acidity and tannin. Score: 90 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast)
383588 ROTLLAN TORRA AUTOR CRIANZA 2010 (SPAIN) $19.95
We both agreed that this smoldering stunner is the ultimate candle light wine! Dark berries, violet notes, dark chocolate and smoke lingering on a finish to boot! Smooth, sultry, sexy!
ALP Rose & Karen
PS – Don’t forget you can always find the Vintages Value List on www.cetoblog.com
We are anticipating a lot of “Out-of-Office” alerts for this release, signalling vacation, fun and lots of Rn’R. We do hope you are all enjoying this cooler than average summer. This weather makes drinking wine of all colours particularly amenable. We’re still waiting to hear the din of cicadas – the sure sign of summer’s peak.
We’ve got some great picks from across the wine spectrum for cool nights, hot days and celebrations of doing NOTHING!
We are grappling with the promise of spring and it looks like this weekend will deliver near-normal spring weather. Hallelujah! It’s Mom’s Day Sunday – get her a bottle if she tipples AND flowers!
Vintages is offering wines from Chile & Argentina this release and we enjoyed most of them, so they are predominant. As well, the rosés are on the shelf – perfectly pink pleasures that pair well with most foods or on their own and really get you in the mood for the summer to come …
369058 Gratien & Meyer Brut Crémant De Loire (France) $18.95
New to Vintages, this is an excellent sparkler that’s quite dry with a surprising sweet lift on the finish. Apples and floral notes abound.
Vintages has some spectacular French wines on offer this weekend. We are going to recommend a few sparklers to set off your occasion and then uncork or cellar some fabulous Bordeaux reds at great prices. We didn't taste the whole release as we had ample wines to recommend from France. The list will have you saying, ""Plus du vin s'il vous plait!"
362558 Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Quality Brut Champagne $54.95
OK – this is well over the usual Vintages Value List price threshold, but this presents great value. This champagne is full of flavor: quince, candied orange peel, citrus notes. It leaves an oily mouth feel and tastes great. (Score: 92, Alison Napjus, winespectator.com)
180323 Domaine J. Laurens Le Moulin Brut Blanquette De Limoux (Méthode Traditionnelle) (Midi, France) $17.95
Orchard fruits – apple, pear, soft mouth feel with more apple on the finish. Absolute delight!
369082 Reinhartshausen Riesling Brut Deutscher Sekt (Rheingau, Germany) $17.95
This sparkler is very dry and very spritzy. Look for peach, pear and graphite notes.
168559 Conde De Haro Brut Cava 2010 (Rioja, Spain) $19.95
Fresh apple and yeast aromas and flavors and a subtle oily mouth feel. Great value here!
Spirits - Liqueurs
317206 Sortilége Prestige (Quebec) $49.95
Wow – we were really taken by this Liqueur made of 7 year Old Canadian Whisky & Pure Maple Syrup. Not overly sweet - flavors of candied/burnt sugar and a hint of toasted nuts. Crème Brule would pair well with this number.
307363 Château Le Grand Moulin Grande Réserve 2010 (Côte de Bordeaux, France) $16.95
Beautiful fragrant aromas followed by flavors of dark plum, menthol, savoury spice and earth notes.
368159 Château Lamartine 2010 (Côte de Bordeaux, France) $16.95
This is 85% Merlot and 15% Cab. Sauv., so it is smooth. There are distinct cherry notes with spice and leather in the background. It presents a lovely, long finish.
365874 Château Donissan 2010 (Bordeaux – Listrac-Médoc, France) $17.95
Blueberry jam, cherry, earth and spice!
365882 Château De Monbadon 2010 (Côte de Bordeaux, France) $18.95
Aromas of eucalyptus followed by flavors of plums and spice, tannins have some grip. This wine should rest for the next 4-5 years. Score 90 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast)
365908 Château Le Bourdillot Séduction 2009 (Bordeaux - Graves, France) $18.95
This offers a very pretty nose then an earthy, chewiness on the palate. SMOOTH This is a great value. Vintages has brought it in as a “Wine-of-the-Month” and they buy a large parcel for this promotion and usually get good pricing as a result of the large buy. These savings are passed onto you and you are getting a great value here!
738120 Château Haut Selve 2010 (Bordeaux – Graves, France) $21.95
This is a great cellar starter or, if you are a seasoned collector - a reasonably priced wine to lie down for 3-6 years. The nose is full of freshly peeled parsnips and the palate full of dark fruit and vanilla. The tannins are in your face, ergo the recommendation to let it rest and develop for a few years. (Score: 90, Roger Voss fr. The Wine Enthusiast)
365791 Château De Maison Neuve 2010 (Bordeaux – St. Émilion, France) $23.95
TOTAL smoked meat thing happening here. A nose and a sip will take you to Schwartz’s in Montreal. This would pair well with cured meats and flavourful hard cheeses. (Score: 91, Beppi Crosariol fr. The Globe and Mail)
This year the enRoute Best New Restaurant awards will include a People’s Choice Award and you can vote for your favourites from the 35 restaurants on the short list at EatandVote.com.
enRoute Magazine is looking for the best of the best new restaurants (opened between June 2012 and June 2103, a restaurant that “advances the Canadian culinary identity … where the overall dining experience will have a lasting and significant impact on our restaurant culture.”
If you like bacon, nutella and deep fried goodies, the food at this year's CNE are going to make you very happy... especially if you like them all together in one dish. Yup, the Ex’s tradition of blending trends into one item continues with things like the Cronut Burger, Nutella Fries and the All-Bacon Canuck Burger.