Archive for the Classical Category

Doral Cave de la Côte – Uvavins, Vaud, La Côte AOC, Switzerland

Doral, is a hybrid grape developed as a cross between two Swiss standard white wine grapes Chardonnay and Chasselas. I was happy to have answered an honest “no” when the rep from Cave de la Côte – Uvavins asked me if I was familiar with with Doral. She offered a brief history of the grape and which concluded that the climate and geogrpaphy at her vineyard were well aligned with the needs of this newish grape. She assured me that I was not the only person out there to not know about it.   So Read more [...]

Mendoza Midrange Values: Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve & Luigi Bosca Gala 2

Luigi Bosca Gala 2, Mendoza Argentina 2009   Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina 2011   Virtually every wine region on the globe produces a range of qualities and styles of wine, but as wine consumers, we often tend to collectively label certain regions in narrow terms. Where I live, in the Province of Quebec our liquor monopoly (SAQ) stocks rows of entry level wines Mendoza, Argentina that all taste pretty much the same. And some of those wines certainly Read more [...]

Guy Rochais Château de Plaisance L’Insolent Chaume Sec, Loire, France

Guy Rochais is my kind of wine maker. A barrel-chested moustached, friendly but gruff real-life version of the French cartoon character Asterix's sidekick Obelix. He managed to humbly boast about his wines as he twisted my arm to taste through his entire flight of wines. His spell on me was also helped by the fact that he makes organic and biodynamic wine in the Loire. He grows most of his grapes in the town of Savennières, and by tradition his white grapes are Chenin Blanc. I met him at a trade Read more [...]

Sannino Herculaneum 2009 Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC Bianco, Campania, Italy

This wine is a fourteen dollar lesson in what is so great about wine. This white Lacryma Christi de Vesuvio from Sannino is a history lesson, a geography lesson a wine education and wonderful dinner mate all squeezed into a 750ml bottle. Having visited Campania, it is also a mouthful of nostalgia back to the pre-kids days when vacation meant hiking all day and drinking all night.   The history lesson starts with del Vesuvio. Referring to mount Vesuvius, the volcano that erupted and covered Read more [...]

Ravenswood 2008 Teldeschi Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, USA

Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker from the very successful Ravenswood winery has a few things he is proud of. One of them is his winemaking son, Morgan who has started Bedrock Winery. He is also very proud of the 2008 Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel – a single vineyard offering culled from Dry Creek Valley. I had the honour of tasting through a flight of his wines with him and a number of other top Montreal bloggers. You could say he was proud of the more widely distributed Vintner's Blend Chardonnay Read more [...]

Meinklang 2010 Grüner Veltliner, Burgenland, Austria

I recently attended a conference where I had the distinct honour of interacting with a full thirty-three percent of Austria's entire community of biodynamic wine producers. His name was Werner.   Mr. Michlits spoke about his Meinklang winery much like a Ph.D student of antiquities would reel off facts about the relationship of science and theology – and he makes one of the best Grüners I have tried in the last couple of years.   Citrus and floral notes sheepishly nudge the Read more [...]
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