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Rid your ol wine buying habits & discover something new!

Posted by Debbie

Friday, March 14th, 2014
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Whether you say it as Californ-I-eh, or sing Cal-iiiiiii-fornnnnn-yaaaaa, the word California denotes sunshine, and in the wine world – big bold wines. Chardonnay, red Zinfandel (or if you prefer the pink blush kind instead), Cabernet Sauvignon are all wines synonymous with this west coast state. At the LCBO Vintages this week, you will find loads of California wines that will remind you that spring is around the corner.

California cover Vintages MagazineSometimes these big wines can have a hefty price tag.  When I was on the mission to spend less than $100 for this blog, I did not include any California wines in my shopping cart this time around.  Instead….here’s a tip – for approx. $70, pick up a ticket to the California Wine Fair where you can enjoy endless sips of 100s of California wines.  This annual event quickly sells out and in my opinion is always worth every penny.  Winemakers from all regions of the state tour across 9 cities in Canada to showcase their latest wines.

This release introduces us to wines from not-often-heard-of regions in Ontario – Georgian Bay & South Coast (aka Dover). As I always like to discover Canadian wines, I made sure that I sipped & made notes on these featured wines….and put an impressive red wine in my shopping cart (see below).

And in the name of discovering new wine regions, I encourage you to pick up a bottle of wine from Israel.   Israel makes wine??? You better believe it…and be ready to be impressed. Here’s an idea – next time your friends are over, open a bottle & serve it ‘blind’ (wrap the bottle in tin foil to cover up the label).

Cheers & Enjoy!
-Debbie

 If I only had a $100, I would buy these wines at LCBO Vintages
March 15th

Domaine de VaugondyDomaine de Vaugondy Brut Vouvray

Loire, France
$15.95 (Vintages 154567) 12% alcohol

Celebrate spring with some bubbly! And at this price you won’t get anything better than this.  Made with Chenin Blanc grapes, this dry, crisp sparkling wine is refreshing, while making a statement – it doesn’t get much better than this…at this price.  Serve chilled for a springtime brunch, or put a splash of cassis for Kir Royal or orange juice for Mimosas.  Whichever is your pleasure, this sparkling wine is the an incredible right price, you’d think it should be $30+ a bottle.  Enjoy!

 

13 Torrontes Passion white winePasion 4 Torrontes Joffré

Argentina
$14.95 (Vintages 361063) 13.6% alcohol

Looking for something to help you snap out of the winter blues? Pour a glass of this white wine – it is springtime in a glass!   Fresh floral aromas will bounce out of your glass with refreshing acidity in this sparkling wine that makes this crisp white wine a joy to sip on its own or to have with Edamme beans or a simple plate of sushi.

 

Quail's Gate ChardonnayQuail’s Gate Chardonnay

Okanagan, British Columbia
$20.95 (Vintages 377770) 14% alcohol

“Start the car!” Grab some of this incredible BC white wine & run! At this price, they are giving this big buttery Chardonnay away.  With every sip, all I could think of is that this white wine would be great with artisan cheeses – hard & soft.  Classic, easy drinking & delicious.  Do I really need to say more?

 

Burning Kiln Strip Room Merlot Cab FrancBurning Kiln Strip Room Merlot/Cabernet VQA 2012

VQA Ontario
$24.95 (Vintages 327700) 13.9% alcohol

Dust off the snow & fire up the BBQ.  This red wine is begging for a steak, burgers or even pork chops straight from the grill.  Loaded with smoke notes, full bodied aromas of overripe red & black fruit, this is a dynamite red wine from Ontario!

 

Tabor Earth Series Shiraz

Israel
$22.95 (Vintages 356709) 14.2% alcohol

Don’t even notice the fact that this wine in Kosher, rather, note that it is from Israel!  This is definitely something different & will undoubtedly spark conversation around the dinner table at your Easter feast or next dinner party.  BIG red wine with aromas & tastes of warm spices, pomegranates & dark chocolate.  There are a number of red wines from Israel in this Vintages release and they are all worth a try. I visited the wineries 4 years ago and I was super impressed by the wines….now it is your turn to try them!

Grand total: $99.75 – with a quarter to spare!

 

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Great Wine Picks from Ontario & France For Your Easter Weekend

Posted by Susan

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
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Easter weekend arrives early this year, the last weekend of March, and the March 30 LCBO Vintages is right on cue, with a special feature including a bevy of Ontario wines to serve with your ham, turkey or prime rib. To get you started, try the always delectable 13th Street Premier Cuvée sparkling wine, a fine, focused effort from the 2008 vintage.

 

With ham or turkey, you have a choice of wines, including Chardonnay from Thomas Bachelder or Le Clos Jordanne, or single vineyard Pinot Noir from Le Clos Jordanne or Peninsula Ridge. With prime rib or ham, give the Featherstone Cabernet Franc from the great 2011 vintage a whirl.

 

Looking for a grand finale to the Easter meal, enjoy Fielding Estates’ luscious yet balanced Vidal Icewine, winner of a silver medal at the Canadian Wine Awards. The main feature, showcasing Southern France, also offers a fine sparkling wine from the Languedoc, Domaine J. Laurens ‘Le Moulin’ Brut Blanquette de Limoux. Made in the same method as champagne, with the second fermentation in bottle, Blanquette de Limoux is recognized as the first sparkling wine made in France – earliest references date back to Benedictine monks in the 16th century.  If you’re feeling adventurous, buy a bottle of both the Blanquette de Limoux and the 13th Street sparkler, and compare!

Southern France Shines Through

The remainder of the Southern France feature comprises mostly red wine blends, from appellations such as Minervois, Côtes de Roussillon, Corbières and the Côtes du Languedoc, most offering great value in the $15-20 range. This area of France is quite fascinating, with influences from southern Bordeaux, the Mediterranean and northern Spain. French melts into Catalan, fields of lavender rush to meet the sea, and vineyards climb the rocky hills. It’s a region of innovation and ancient history, stretching back to the Romans. With somewhat looser rules in its appellations, the Languedoc was one of the first regions in France to create tasty, relatively inexpensive wines for export naming the grape varieties on the label. You will finds blends that combine varying concentrations of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and/or Mourvèdre, such as the Cave de Roquebrun “La Grange des Combes’ Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun (awarded 4 stars by Decanter World Wine Awards), the Château de Treviac from Corbières near the Spanish border, and the Château Saint-Roch Chimères, included in our selection.

 California Wine Fair Comes to Ottawa April 5, 2013

The general release also offers some great value, including a couple of California red wines—Irony ‘Small Lot Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon and the unique Langtry Guenoc Petite Syrah.  Reminder – the California Wine Fair stops in Ottawa just after Easter (April 5 at the Westin) and in Toronto the following week  (April 8 at the Fairmont Royal York). Erasmo is a fabulous Cab/Merlot blend from Chile, while Otazu is an award-winning wine from Spain. Don’t miss Luigi Righetti’s ‘Campolieto’ Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore from the 2010 vintage – it’s fabulous and one of our choices. I just opened a bottle of 2005 that was divine, so pick up a few bottles of this wine—a great deal at $16.95—to enjoy now and to cellar.

 

Cheers and Enjoy!

Susan

Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet 2011

AP Coteaux du Languedoc, France
$12.95 (Vintages #525287) 12.5% alcohol
Load up the wagon with this great value white wine! Straw-hued, it’s fragrant with white flowers, citrus zest and a touch of crisp green apple. Dry, clean and tangy, with a fine silky texture, the flavours of lemon/lime and green apple replay right through the tasty, palate-cleansing finish. A lively sipper or a great wine to pair with fish or seafood.

Château Saint-Roch Chimères 2010

AOC Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, France
$18.95 (Vintages #119354) 14.5% alcohol
This is a big, flavourful red wine blend—Grenache, Syrah and Carignan—a bold wine offering intriguing aromas of blueberry, smoked meat, dried herbs, tar and earth. Dry, full bodied, the intense flavours of berries replay, mingling with elusive notes of sweet spice and dark chocolate. Displaying well-integrated tannins and oak, it’s loaded with flavour and finishes with a peppery flourish. Serve with herbed rack of lamb.

The Good Earth Dry Riesling 2010

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$19.95 (Vintages #324244) 11.3% alcohol
Owner Nicolette Novak isn’t kidding when she includes the word ‘good’ in the name of her winery – there’s nothing but good food and wine at Good Earth. This Riesling is a fine example! Deftly crafted by young winemaker Dré Glass it’s a finely balanced dry, mid weight white wine where clean, tangy acidity is married with lovely aromas and flavours of pithy citrus and crisp apple. A fine mineral edge enhances the keen, lively texture and carries through the lengthy refreshing finish. Serve it with lobster with lemon butter, or with ham.

Irony ‘Small Lot Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Napa Valley, California
$19.95 (Vintages #25106) 14.5% alcohol
The quality of this red wine makes me glad the Indelicato brothers came back to their roots after ‘escaping’ (their words) the family farm! Dense and dark, this outstanding, finely balanced dry wine offers lovely aromas of ripe dark fruit, cedar, spiced vanilla and fragrant dried herbs. Dry, full bodied,  it’s a warm, approachable and intensely flavourful wine displaying well integrated oak, fresh acidity and velvety tannins married to a core of sweet spiced cassis, blackberry and plum. Great fruit-filled finish! 

Luigi Righetti ‘Campolieti’ Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2010

DOC Valpolicella, Italy
$16.95 (Vintages #695890) 13.5% alcohol
Ruby, semi-opaque this fine, compelling red wine blend offers totally alluring aromas of sweet ripe dark fruit, vanilla, incense and chocolate-coated cherries. Dry, medium-full bodied, you couldn’t ask for a more balanced wine. Well-integrated oak, ripe tannins and fine acidity create a velvety texture that wraps around full-flavoured, concentrated black berry and plum-flavoured fruit that glides through a yielding finish. Since you’ll want to taste it right now, buy at least one other bottle for the cellar!

Grand Total: $88.75

 

 

 

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Six sure fire signs of spring

Posted by Susan

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
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Without skipping a beat, a sign of spring is the arrival of the annual California Wine Fair.  This always quickly sells out. Ottawa is April 5 at the Westin Hotel and Toronto is April 8 at the Fairmont Royal York. The Fair features 130+ wineries offering 400 wines!  This year  features some of the new trends in the California wine industry.

Can’t wait until the California wine industry arrives in town?  Then this weekend’s LCBO Vintages March 16 release highlights California wines, focusing on pioneering winemakers who made a mark on the industry, starting in the mid 1970s, with their keen attention to quality. These determined winemakers combed their focus on matching key grape varieties to ideal soils and new hillside sites with single-minded attention to viticultural practices and innovative winemaking techniques.

Recognition came in 1976, when Château Montelena’s Chardonnay and Stag’s Leap founder Warren Winiarski’s Cabernet Sauvignon won the Judgement of Paris in their respective categories. This LCBO Vintages release provides the opportunity to savour some of these iconic wines, from Château Montelena Chardonnay to Duckhorn Merlot, Ravenswood Zinfandel, Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon and Inglenook ‘Rubicon’ Cabernet Sauvignon. These iconic California wines are priced beyond my budget of an assortment of wines that total max $100 for this blog.  I do however recommend that you consider splurging!

Another sign of spring is the focus of the clean fresh white wines produced in Europe’s alpine regions—Austria, Alsace, Germany, Hungary and Italy. Look for some fabulous Rieslngs and Pinot Gris. The general release delivers great value wines.  Others worth noting beyond my list below are: the perennial value, Château Hauchat ($14.95), Pierre Henri Morel’s absolutely fabulous Côtes du Rhône-Villages ($15.95), Torre Quarto’s ‘Bottaccia’ produced from Puglia’s little-known but delicious Uva di Troia ($14.95) and an outstanding value from Spain, Piñol’s Grenache blend, Ludovicus ($13.95).

Given all the great values, here are my top picks and there are 6 wines just under my $100 set limit!

Cheers and Enjoy!

Susan

 

If I only had $100, I would buy. . .
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, March 16, 2013

 

Balthasar Ress ‘Hattenheimer Schützenhaus’ Riesling Kabinett 2011

Rheingau, Germany
$17.95 (Vintages #735241) 10.0% alcohol


Straw/green, this is a fabulous Riesling displaying subtle, complex aromas and flavours of mineral, citrus, stone fruit and herb. Dry, a touch spritzy, the fruit and herb notes are framed by fine acidity and the underlying minerality.

 

Cave de Hoen ‘Heimberger’ Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace NV

AOC Alsace, France
$16.95 (Vintages #168948) 12.5% alcohol
This dry, pale salmon sparkling wine made in the traditional method, displays a fine effervescence that persists on the palate. Delicate aromas and flavours of red field berries—cranberry, currant and raspberry—dominate, while lively acidity carries the flavours through a crisp, palate-cleansing finish. A great wine for sipping at Easter, or to be paired with salads, fish or white meats.

 

Malivoire Riesling 2011

VQA Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
$15.95 (Vintages #277438) 10.5% alcohol
Finely crafted, this is a clean, lively white wine offering an attractive floral fragrance, along with aromas of citrus, orchard fruit and mineral. Light-medium bodied, a touch of residual sugar is paired with clean, refreshing acidity. Great balance and lovely flavours of lemon-lime, ripe apple and mineral right through the finish. Enjoy with pan-fried halibut or roast chicken or pork.

 

Rockway Vineyards ‘Small Lot Reserve’ Red Assemblage 2010

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$16.95 (Vintages #321893) 14.0% alcohol
High-toned aromas of ripe dark fruit, spiced rose and a touch of roasted red pepper lift from the glass of  this blend of the Cabernets and Merlot. Dry, on the full side of medium bodied, this red wine is round, smooth, balanced and flavourful. Quite lush dark berry and plum flavours wash across the palate, supported by the subtle structure of well-integrated tannins and fine acidity. Notes of sweet baking spice and toasty oak garnish the fresh, round, fruity finish. Deftly crafted and an excellent value. 

 

 

 

Château Hauchat 2010

AOC Fronsac, France
$14.95 (Vintages #123489) 13.5% alcohol
This fragrant, dry, medium-full bodied Merlot-domianted red wine is a remarkable value! There’s complexity on the nose—red and black fruit, spice, vanilla and mineral. On the palate, there’s a fine marriage of firm tannins, plum and cherry/berry fruit, and fresh acidity, while lovely spicy notes and nuances of mineral and toast carry through the dry finish. A few bottles are in order for meals featuring robust red meats.

Nuova Cappelletta Barbera del Monferrato 2010

DOC Barbera del Monferrato, Italy
$16.95 (Vintages #719518) 14.0% alcohol
This is a reliably good producer known for its commitment to biodynamic agriculture. The red wine doesn’t disappoint, with lovely floral aromas, red fruits, spice and a touch of vanilla. Dry, medium bodied, sweet spice and vanilla replay, combining with flavours of red berries and kirsch. The wine is subtly yet firmly structured and beautifully balanced, offering a touch of warmth on a long mouth-watering finish. A great choice for mushroom arrosto with roast pork.

 

Grand Total: $99.70

 

 

 

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California Wine Fair coming to Ottawa & Toronto

Posted by Susan

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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The California Wine Fair is visiting Canada this spring with stops in Toronto (April 8, the Fairmont Royal York) & Ottawa (April 5, Westin Ottawa).  Always a sell out, we recommend that you don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a huge assortment of the newest wines & styles coming from the west coast wine regions.

Cutting-Edge California trends

To prep you for the California Wine Fair, March is the feature month for California wines in the LCBO.  To kick it all off, this weekend’s LCBO Vintages release focusing on ‘Cutting-Edge California’ trends. The Wine Institute of California has identified some of the evolving trends, including emerging regions and varietals, as well as more extensive use of environmentally friendly practices, such as dry farming, which relies only on rainfall and fog.

The new generation of California winemakers and grape growers is strongly committed to sustainable agriculture, which has become a common approach for California producers determined to preserve the quality of their vineyards and the state’s water resources. California is blessed with a wide range of growing conditions thanks to its varied topography, proximity to the Pacific Ocean and diverse soil conditions. As a result, grapes produced from international varieties such as Riesling Gewürztraminer, Merlot and Tempranillo are now appearing on California wine labels, while lesser known regions such as Mendocino and Napa’s Lake County are introducing wine from varieties long grown in California, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

Must try California wines ….

I’d recommend in this release to seek out the classic Chardonnays, a Gewürztraminer from Monterey County, a unique blend of Viognier, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino from Paso Robles.  When it comes to red wines, try the organic Pinot Noir from Bonterra, Napa classics such as Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, or a Vintages favorite, Liberty School Syrah.

… there are Italian wines featured too!

The secondary feature of this release draws attention to the native grapes of Italy’s southern mainland and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, including wines produced from white grapes varieties such as the well-known Verdicchio, and from red wine varieties such as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Nero d’Avola, Cannonau di Sardegna (Grenache) and Italy’s noble southern grape, Aglianico.

Other wines to consider adding to your shopping cart – a lovely Pinot Gris from Malivoire, a fabulous Gamay Noir from Tawse, an award-winning Alsatian Pinot Blanc from Jean Geiler (only $14.95!), as well as Piñol’s Ludovicus, a Grenache blend and outstanding value at just $13.95.

There were so many great wines in this release that it made it difficult for me to keep within my $100 budget —I am over by 75 cents – no pennies required!

Cheers and Enjoy!

Susan

 

Vina Robles White 4 2010

Paso Robles, California
$18.95 (Vintages #313460) 14.2% alcohol


This assemblage of Viognier, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino offers great complexity and style. It’s perfumed and aromatic, displaying floral notes, passion fruit, citrus, mango and stone fruit. Dry, medium bodied, creamy and rich in texture yet lively on the palate, the harmony of the fruit flavours replays and amplifies through the crisp finish. Lovely integration, balance, flavour and texture. Enjoy as a sipper or with light fare.

 

 

 

Bonterra Pinot Noir 2010

Mendocino County, California
$19.95 (Vintages #317685) 14.1% alcohol
Here’s another great example of the flavourful organic wines Bonterra has been producing for years. Enticing aromas of red cherry/berry fruit, sweet spice and a touch of toast rise from the glass. Dry, silky, the luscious core of ripe fruit mingles with notes of milk-chocolate-coated cherries and vanilla, the sweet spice and toast replaying. A very approachable wine, balanced and flavourful, it has the heft to pair with roast beef tenderloin with root vegetables.

Aldiano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Riserva’ 2008

DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy
$17.95 (Vintages #61706) 14.0% alcohol
Inky, opaque and intensely aromatic, this is a stunning wine and a great value. Notes of plum, blueberry, pipe tobacco and vanilla tease the nose. On the palate, it’s dry yet velvety, mid-full weight, rich in dark fruit that’s framed by fine-grained tannins. There’s a freshness complementing the ripe fruit, while notes of espresso bean and a hint of earth linger on the finish. Serve with meat-based pasta.

Konzelmann Heritage 2010

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$24.95 (Vintages #149179) 14.0% alcohol
Here’s finely crafted assemblage of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot offering alluring aromas of fully ripened red and black fruits, baking spice, pepper and a whiff of smoke. Dry, medium-full bodied, the texture is velvety, the tangy flavours of black cherry, cassis and raspberry mingling with notes of spice, dried herbs and toasty oak. Soft ripe tannins and fresh acidity underpin the ripe fruit, lending fullness to a persistent warm finish graced with notes of spice and pepper. Pair with rare roast beef. It’s sold out at the winery, so don’t miss this opportunity!

 

Barossa Valley Estate ‘E Minor’ Shiraz 2010

Barossa Valley, Australia
$18.95 (Vintages #295907) 14.5% alcohol
Classic Shiraz from a reputable and reliable producer equals great value! Savour the high-toned aromas of black berry, kirsch, smoke, crushed pepper and sweet spice. Dry, full bodied, the wine offers a rush of intense, concentrated dark fruit and black pepper, along with a subtle earthy quality and notes of char. This is a big, powerful, well-balanced wine, well structured with a lasting fruity-filled finish.

Grand Total: $100.75

 

Got the urge to splurge?

Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Napa Valley, California
$56.95 (Vintages #932400) 13.9% alcohol
This is a powerful, complex cellar-worthy wine, inky purple and enticing with its layers of aromas and flavours—hints of menthol, lavender, dried herbs, cedar, cassis, black cherry and smoke. Dry, full bodied, firmly structured, it displays a clean tangy texture and a concentrated core of full-flavoured fruit. Finishing dry and long, it’s your wine of choice for rare red meats.

 

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Wine & Cheese with a TWIST!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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Chances are we have all been invited to a wine and cheese party. Not only is it a relatively simple way to entertain friends, neighbours or even clients – a glass of wine and a chunk of cheese are a classic pairing. With a wide variety of wines to choose from along with an array of soft, creamy, hard and even blue cheeses, there is a different taste sensation waiting to be enjoyed.

Which wine goes with which cheese?

The best way to figure this out is to experiment. My rule of thumb is the flavour of the cheese guides you to determine whether you may enjoy a light wine or a full bodied wine. Cheeses with mild taste such as young Cheddar, Feta, Goat Cheese, Parmesan, Havarti and Brie would be best with a glass of crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris or light bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir or Gamay. When you bite into a chunk of cheese with bold aromas and tastes such as Gouda, Gorgonzola, blue cheeses, Stilton or older cheeses that are hard and crumbly, be sure to have a glass of heavier white – oaked Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc – or full bodied red wines – Merlot, Shiraz, red Zinfandel or red blends. With a great cheese and wine combo, you are in for a delicious treat!

What is a Wine & Cheese with a TWIST?

Go beyond just having wine and cheese on hand and have winemakers and cheese makers at the event too. Maybe even a cheese Sommelier!

“It is so fascinating to meet the people who make the wine and cheese we all enjoy.” comments Amanda Jackson who regularly attended Savvy Company’s wine tastings and cheese classes and now organizes them at Savvy Company. “Adding the people who make the wines provides more learning and a great atmosphere, they always have interesting stories and want to share their knowledge with you. After all, they produce their own wines for us to enjoy.”

Savvy Company is hosting two Wine & Cheese with a TWIST events that will take place in small venues and there will be a limited number of tickets available to make sure that each ticketholder has plenty of opportunity to chat with each of the winemakers who are coming from their boutique wineries in Prince Edward County and Niagara.  We invite you to join us in Rockcliffe Park on Tuesday January 29th or Westboro on Wednesday January 30th.

See the full list of Ontario wines that will be showcased those 2 nights.

 

And more winemakers are coming to Ottawa at these events:

LCBO’s Taste Ontario! – Monday February 11 at the National Art Gallery $65. To buy tickets call the LCBO on 1-800-266-4764

California Wine Fair – Friday, April 5th at Westin Ottawa. Tickets go on sale February 1st on  www.calwine.ca

Don’t be shy…ask winemakers ANY questions!

Winemakers are some of the most interesting people and they enjoy meeting the people who buy their wine.  Here are some conversation starters:

How was this year’s harvest?

In the fall of 2012, Winemakers in Ontario broke records and started picking grapes earlier than ever – in some cases 3 to 5 weeks earlier than they have in the past 40 years.

What is happening at the winery right now?

With the cold snap this week, many have started to pick the grapes left on the vines for icewine

How did you become a winemaker?

Be ready to chat for awhile with this question! They may bend your ear for a bit with the story.

What is your favorite drink after work?

Watch out, the answer might be beer!

Some SAVVY wine tasting tips…

At these fun walk-about wine tastings, it can be overwhelming with so many bottle of wines open to try.

Be selective – You don’t have to try every wine. Decide ahead of time to taste a certain grape varieties (Riesling, Merlot, etc) then discover the differences from winemaker to winemaker.

Spitting is OK – Sommeliers do it all the time! By spitting, you’ll be able to taste more wines during the event. At each table, wineries will always provide a spittoon. If it is not there – don’t be shy & ask for it!

Dumping your wine is fine –Remember that this is a wine TASTING. There is no need to finish all of the wine in your glass. When you’ve tasted enough, it’s perfectly ok to pour the remaining wine into a spittoon. Rest assured that the winemaker won’t take it as a signal that you didn’t enjoy the wine, rather it’s a sign you’re ready to move on to taste the next wine.

Refresh with water – take a break from sipping wine and have a glass of water. This will give you a chance to relax and reflect on the great wines that you have and the water will refresh your palette.

Most of all….have fun!

-Debbie

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