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    Wine around $20: Copain Syrah Tous Ensemble

    The signature characteristic for syrah from the Northern Rhone is an alluring savory character with a note of black olives. This Copain Syrah, “Tous Ensemble,” 2011, comes from three vineyards in Mendocino County and sees nine months in neutral oak. It’s in the Northern Rhone vein, favoring restraint instead of anything over the top–no “gobs” of anything here.

    9 readers - By Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog

    Pinot Pop Star

    COMMERCIAL-STYLE PINOT has a PURPOSE Here’s a wine that we all need to know about. Not because it’s great, but for its potential to be perfect in many situations. Such as ‘crowd-pleasing’ family and friends at big gatherings. It’s also a great fo ...

    7 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Judging by the Juice: 2014 Okanagan Preview

      hiredBelly.com - - 7 readers - Grapes being harvested in Oliver, BC. (courtesy BCWI) Fancy yourself a wine geek? How about this? This week I went to one of the more unusual tastings in which I’ve participated. The idea was to bring the excitement of the harvest right to Vancouver—for those of us city slickers who aren’t able to make it to the Okanagan (or elsewhere). The B.C.

      Nicest Summer White

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 6 readers - ANOTHER CANDIDATE FOR NICEST SUMMER WHITE IN THE WORLD (Yes… still celebrating ‘summer’) Symphony is a Calif clone of Muscat so expect a wine that’s “seductively aromatic” to quote the back label. Another good descriptor on the back label is “delightful”, especially when sipped al ...

      Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 06 October 2014

      The Vineyard Trail - - 6 readers - Explore a new wine this weekend! Whether you’re into dry, sweet, red, white, Italian, French or even “Hops”, consider trying our suggestions below! Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks Tom Joe “Hops ‘r Better” Winer Wine: 2009 Portal Colheita Type: Red Vineyard: Duoro Portugal Buy local “Okay, okay – I went for the points here! It’s difficult to pick wines from areas that you are unfamiliar wi.

      NIAGARA’S MOST CONSISTANT ‘SUPER STAR’ RED

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 4 readers - The Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot) was one of the first red wine successes in Niagara. A French guy, JL Groux, working at Hillebrand Winery, set the standard with a wine called Trius. He made believers of even the most sceptic, and I remember taking Trius to Ireland and wowing restaurant colleagues.

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    • Amazing $12.50 Pinot!

      … MUST GET! While Chile’s strength is with the warm-climate, big reds, some producers are crafting appealing Pinots. At amazing prices. Leyda is not only inexpensive, but scores for mature flavours and some of the ‘farmyard’ character beloved by fans of red Burgundy. Think earthy and raunchy – Fall day romp in the woods. And as you might expect…

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    • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 27 Oct 2014

      … Explore a new wine this weekend! Whether you’re into dry, sweet, red, white, Italian, French or even “Hops”, consider trying our suggestions below! Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks Tom Joe “Hops ‘r Better” Winer Wine: Muscat Canelli Type: White Vineyard: Whitewater Hill Vineyards Buy local Delightful floral nose reminiscent of honeysuckle…

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    • Happy 60th Toro!

      …, but that’s all fixed, so now you can pour Toro and still look ‘cool’. The ability to combine refreshment with heartwarming flavours and feelings – and great drinkability, are the features that made me love Toro for at least half of its lifespan. Think log cabin, pick-up truck and other heartfelt experiences. Produced from the Garnacha grape which is also responsible for most of the similar wonderful experiences in Cotes du Rhone wines. TORRES 13 ‘Sangre de Toro’, Garnacha, Catalunya, Spain 6585 $12.95 …

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    • Super Local White $12.95

      … Here’s a SUPER-PLEASANT LOCAL WHITE FOR $12.95 Fall is ‘local season’ at the LCBO I’ll be posting my favourite finds over the next few weeks. Starting with this delish white from Hinterbrook, a relatively new winery on Niagara’s Lakeshore. I’ve previously mentioned their Sauvignon Blanc – which is part of this blend, along with Chard Musque…

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    • Judging by the Juice: 2014 Okanagan Preview

      … Grapes being harvested in Oliver, BC. (courtesy BCWI) Fancy yourself a wine geek? How about this? This week I went to one of the more unusual tastings in which I’ve participated. The idea was to bring the excitement of the harvest right to Vancouver—for those of us city slickers who aren’t able to make it to the Okanagan (or elsewhere…

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    • Pining for Piedmont

      … Each September, Kato and I escort a group to one of the world’s great red wine regions, Piedmont in the NW of Italy. This hilly region, with stunning scenery, is home to the three great Bs – Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera, which flow like water at local cantinas, osterias and restaurants. And in the garden of our hotel, and probably most bedrooms…

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    • NIAGARA’S MOST CONSISTANT ‘SUPER STAR’ RED

      … The Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot) was one of the first red wine successes in Niagara. A French guy, JL Groux, working at Hillebrand Winery, set the standard with a wine called Trius. He made believers of even the most sceptic, and I remember taking Trius to Ireland and wowing restaurant colleagues. JL moved…

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    • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 13 Oct 2014

      … Explore a new wine this weekend! Whether you’re into dry, sweet, red, white, Italian, French or even “Hops”, consider trying our suggestions below! Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks Tom Joe “Hops ‘r Better” Winer Wine: 2009 Reserve Syrah Type: Red Vineyard: Bridlewood Estate Winery Buy local We visited Bridlewood Winery in July 2014…

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    • Wine around $20: Copain Syrah Tous Ensemble

      …” of anything here. It’s not that California syrah has to ape France; it’s just that Wells Guthrie of Copain favors that style, as do I. I poured this wine at an event recently and it was very well received; I bought it again for $24 and it was a superb transition to fall with richer foods and cooler weather. And at $21.60 on the case, it is one heckuva a good wine for the price. Find this wine at retail The post Wine around $20: Copain Syrah Tous Ensemble appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog. …

      9 readers - Tyler Colman/ Dr Vino's wine blog
    • Light & Easy

      …TAKE A WALK ON THE LIGHTER SIDE: PINOT NOIR Silver Bay is about as light as you can get in Pinot, and certainly easy drinking. At room temperature I did not care for the slight sweetness, but after chilling, I could not stop gulping the stuff. Perfect for family events, dips/snacks and all popular foods. But it must be chilled. I believe…

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    • New Star for Thanksgiving

      … Pinot Grigio is usually crowd-pleasing and a bit plain. The wine equivalent of easy listening music. However, some producers push the envelope and substitute personality for plain. Cono Sur delivers a PG with delicious fruitiness and charm. The potential to not just like, but love. And the potential to be a big hit at your next party, or family…

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      … Explore a new wine this weekend! Whether you’re into dry, sweet, red, white, Italian, French or even “Hops”, consider trying our suggestions below! Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks Tom Joe “Hops ‘r Better” Winer Wine: 2009 Portal Colheita Type: Red Vineyard: Duoro Portugal Buy local “Okay, okay – I went for the points here! It’s difficult…

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    • My New American GF

      …MEET MICHELLE, MY NEW AMERICAN GIRLFRIEND A softish, fruity, sparkling that’s a must-try for fans of Prosecco. Really easy drinking/crowd-pleasing for parties and family gatherings. And better value than some Prosecco that have started to over-charge. DOM STE. MICHELLE ‘Michelle’ Brut Sparkling, Washington State 363341 $16.95…

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    • Pinot Pop Star

      …COMMERCIAL-STYLE PINOT has a PURPOSE Here’s a wine that we all need to know about. Not because it’s great, but for its potential to be perfect in many situations. Such as ‘crowd-pleasing’ family and friends at big gatherings. It’s also a great food partner for almost all party-style foods. Expect a very strawberry, very lighthearted, and very…

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