Archive for the North America Category

Kunde Family Estates Chardonnay, 2011, Sonoma Valley, USA

I first tried a previous vintage of the Kunde Family Estates Chardonnay from the Sonoma Valley about three or four years ago. A Quebec based agency was trying to bring into the province, I can't remember if they were aiming for Private Import or for placement on store shelves. I was really blown away by the taste and value back then, and upon tasting this bottle that I sourced while travelling in Arizona I was happy to say my memory was spot on. Why this wine hasn't made it onto the shelves of the Read more [...]

Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010, Russian River Valley, California

 I am not a wine drinker who looks for alcohol content on my bottles very often, but when sizing up a Napa Valley or Sonoma County Pinot Noir the alcohol by volume measure usually foreshadows the imminent drink. The 2010 Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley shows a middle-weight 13.5% which suggest cooler temperature and, in theory, some acidity. I pulled this wine out to match with a steak salad with arugula for greens, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Read more [...]

Château Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2010, Washington State, USA

Everybody has an opinion and a set of preferences about various wine regions, and for me Washington State's lowest hanging varietal for offering consistent quality and value are the Columbia Valley Rieslings. That is not to say other wines, mono varietal and blends, can't offer great value – from my sampling they simply aren't doing so as consistently as the Rieslings. The Château Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2010 offers good balance of sugar and acid. In terms of residual sugar, it sits Read more [...]

2011 Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State

Washington State makes a wide range of Styles of Riesling. Degrees of residual sugar seem to be the factor that most easily defines that range of style. The 2011Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling falls a bit towards the sweet side of the middle. Oddly enough: The Asian Imagery on the label made this wine a natural fit for my Chinese New Year meal. But of course wine drinkers are never swayed by a label...   Nose: Lime and apple in equal and strong proportion.   Gulp:Two Read more [...]

LCBO vs. SAQ Compared and Contrasted: the bottleDJ take

My fellow blogger, and friendly acquaintance, David Pelletier from www.lesommelierfou.com has cornered the market in comparing pricing at the two largest liquor monopolies in Canada, Quebec's SAQ and Ontario's LCBO. Those terms are only slightly sexier than the fully expanded Société des Alcools du Québec and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario names. David's head-to-head comparisons have value, and tend to show that when comparing apples to apples on pricing, the LCBO may offer slightly better Read more [...]

Salmon Run Riesling 2010, Finger Lakes, New York State, United States

I have met two people from the Finger Lakes in the last year, who both admitted that they do come from a wine region, but according to them, “Oh my gosh the wine isn't great.” Strange, that's not what I hear from the grape vine. Here in Quebec, Finger Lakes wines (#FLX on twitter) are hard to come by, so on my last run South of Border (New Hampshire, not Tijuana!) I picked up a bottle of 2010 Salmon Run Riesling for educational perusal.   Riesling has taken on a life of it's own, and Read more [...]
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