Archive for the Pairings By Wine Type Category

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, (http://www.doqpriorat.org/eng/index.php ) 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 [...]

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 [...]

Pisano RPF Tannat 2007, Progreso, Uruguay

So your cellar is stocked with wines from Uruguay right? Chances are if you do have a Uruguayan bottle it is from Pisano. A quick and unscientific survey shows they are about the largest producer brand available outside the borders of Uruguay. I actually had two bottles of their wine this weekend along with 2007 Pisano RPF Tannat I also drank a bottle of the RFP Merlot/Tannat. The thoroughbred Tannat bottle came sealed with cork, whereas the blend used a foam cork alternative. As much as I found 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 Kavaklidere Lal Rosé, Turkey

There is something about the 2011 Kavaklidere Lal rosé from Turkey. With all the talk about natural wines, this wine seemed wild. Gracefully wild, but wild none the less. Born of a grape that isn't harvested anywhere but in Turkey, Çalkaras?, this rosé has a colour that reminds me of the flesh wild trout my dad would infrequently catch back when fish swam in the wild. The pink was so vibrant – this rosé brought me way back.   On the Nose: the Kavaklidere Lal rosé leads with fruit, Read more [...]
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