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Ever since the first time I watched the movie Sideways, I have wanted to try a bottle of Sea Smoke. Their Botella Pinot Noir (vintage unknown) was featured at the seriously over served double date dinner for Myles, Jack, Stephanie … Continue reading
People often ask me, “What is your favourite red wine?” Syrah, hands down. But, not just any old Syrah. It has to be well made – and this one is. You. Must. Drink. This. Alban Vineyards is located in Edna … Continue reading
We visited the tasting room for this graceful Pinot Noir in tiny Carlton, Oregon in August 2016. The Chehalem Mountains AVA where the grapes for this wine are grown is located entirely within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, just south … Continue reading
Cabernet Franc, Les Muriers, Anjou Villages AC, Loïc Mahé, Loire Valley, France, 12.5% abv. 2013, US$20
These are a few of my favourite things. From a site located in the western part of Savennières and north of the Loire River, Brittany native Loïc Mahé grows bio/organic grapes on shale soils and makes unfiltered wines fermented with natural … Continue reading
Although Jerry Lohr may have started out small in the 1970s, you could hardly say he stayed that way. Today, his Californian wine empire encompasses vineyards in three regions (Monterey, Paso Robles and Napa) growing grapes on 3,633 acres and … Continue reading
Here’s another Spanish white for your sipping pleasure. On the eyes, medium lemon with aromas of nose-tingling rocks and salinity with lemon zest. On the palate, dry with medium plus juicy acidity and flavours of citrus – lemon, pomelo, pink … Continue reading
Pinot Noir, Ayoub Estate Vineyard, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley AVA, Oregon, US, 2013, 12.8% abv.
Talk about tiny – there is no tasting room at the Ayoub Estate Vineyard located just outside of McMinnville in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but they’re more than happy to make you an appointment to come to the kitchen to taste. … Continue reading
Looking for something that tastes good and won’t kill your wallet after you pay for the Thai food delivery and your tom yum goong? A trustworthy effort from the Upper Bench Winery from just outside of Penticton, this Riesling is … Continue reading
Chardonnay, Upper Bench Winery, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 2013, 13.7% abv, C$22@winery
My mother loves this wine, so I was honestly trying to save my second bottle for a dinner with her. But then it got busy at work. And I deserved it. Sorry, Mom. This great little homegrown Okanagan beauty is … Continue reading
What a lovely wine. Grown on classic slate terraces peppered with decades old organic vines at 320 m in southern France, this is a GSM you really must try. The Grenache and Syrah are grown on north and east facing … Continue reading