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Mas Igneus Barranc Del Closos White 2011, Catalonia, Spain

I find wines from off the beaten path intriguing. The Mas Igneus Berranc Del Closis White is a Priorat, which is not by itself off the beaten path – it is the fact that it is a white Priorat. According to the Priorat DOCG website, ( ) only six percent of grape production is for white wine grapes. My feeling is that in terms of export wines, the number is even lower than that six percent. Here in Quebec, our monopoly currently lists 48 Priorats, and only one Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Domaine du Vissoux Martine et Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches 2011, Beaujolais, France

This Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches is a very complete wine. In fact, it comes from a winemaker with a very complete list of Beaujolais AOC, Primeurs, Crus, Crémants and even light spirits. It is nice to see somebody make something so well when he also makes many varying bottles.   On the Nose: Light wood, orchid and strawberry/raspberry/blueberry. The wood was perfect, the floral notes specifically orchid and the fruit ripe. Really good start. Into the Gulp; round Read more [...]

Château Pizay Morgon 2011, Beaujolais, France

I love it when a concise wine title tells you so much, the 2011 Château Pizay Morgon, right away identifies the specific grounds in Morgon produced the wine. No elaborate titles or trickery. As time changes, this is a wine that you can reliably use to set your watch to.   On the Nose: Raspberry, stone fruit and some notes of black pepper.   The Gulp: Very clean and fresh strawberry, with discreet tannins. A wonderfully satisfying wine that you can enjoy without feeling you Read more [...]

USA Vs. Canada Wine Pitched Battle: Château Saint Jean Reserve and Norman Hardie Chardonnay

Château Saint Jean Reserve Chardonnay 2007, Sonoma, California, United States   Norman Hardie Chardonnay 2009, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada   Following the highly entertaining and bizarrely officiated Canada v. USA Olympic Women's soccer semifinal, I have pitted highly reputed Chardonnays from both countries against each other in rematch. I promise to be no more biased than the FIFA appointed ref Christina Pederson, and not allow my true patriot love effect my judgement Read more [...]
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