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    Wine Review of the Week: Sterling Chardonnay by Deborah Podurgiel

    Our Wine Review of the Week celebrates summer with this classic Californian Chardonnay reviewed by Deborah Podurgiel ...

    10 readers - By Natalie MacLean

    Amazing Value!

    AMAZING VALUE IN PINOT GRIGIO The Citra co-op in Abruzzo have been sending us decent everyday wines for as long as I care to remember, and new packing prompted me to revisit the white. And it’s as if the wine has had a make-over too ...

    9 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      A chat with KWV Winemaker Izele Van Blerk

      hiredBelly.com - - 9 readers - Izele Van Blerk One thing about the wine biz: it’s always changing—and usually for the better. It’s been a few years since I was in South Africa. But I vividly recall a visit to KWV’s hallowed Cathedral Cellar, for so many years the heart of the ‘old’ South African wine industry. At the time, the post-apartheid era was changing at a startling pace in any number of ways.

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      Billy's Best Bottles - - 8 readers - AT LAST – SOME GOOD STUFF ON THE RADIO Spanish reds keep rocking at the LCBO – they’re the new Aussie! I thought this guy looked far too commercial to be good, but what do you know! Cou ...

      Perfect Patio Pink

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 6 readers - Okay, not everyone is interested in low alcohol – or the colour pink, but if like me, you tend to over indulge in Rosé in the Summer months, here is the perfect wine. What’s more it tastes damn good, and the slight fizz adds to the fun ...

      Cave’s Great Gamay Story

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 6 readers - I’ve been drinking Cave’s Gamay ever since the winery opened and have to say it’s been an wonderful ride. Early vintages had the fruitiness/tartness of Beaujolais, and I recall a chefs’ lunch where it was pronounced to be the best partner for alfresco meals ...

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      Fab Sinky Pinot under $10

      …Yep, here’s a FAB STINKY PINOT for less than $10 Stinky, farmyard aromas are a traditional characteristic of Pinot. They’re not for everyone of course, but if you’re a fan, Undurraga of Chile has the wine for you. But there’s nothing stinky about the price! UNDURRAGA 13 Pinot Noir, Chile 358945 $9.95…

      5 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Exploring the Gruner World

      … Gruner Veltliner is to Austria what Sauvignon Blanc is to New Zealand. A refreshing white wine – the country’s playing card. The good news is the LCBO has added a few more Gruners to the Austrian section, so explore and maybe expand your white repertoire! Buy a bottle of each, open all, and get Grooving. Need I remind you that ‘open’ does…

      6 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Wine Review of the Week: Sterling Chardonnay by Deborah Podurgiel

      … Our Wine Review of the Week celebrates summer with this classic Californian Chardonnay reviewed by Deborah Podurgiel. Deborah has completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3, and is now a candidate studying for the WSET Diploma. She’s an active wine blogger in Vancouver, as well as a journalist who writes about food, wine and […] The post Wine Review of the Week: Sterling Chardonnay by Deborah Podurgiel appeared first on Natalie MacLean. …

      10 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      A chat with KWV Winemaker Izele Van Blerk

      … Izele Van Blerk One thing about the wine biz: it’s always changing—and usually for the better. It’s been a few years since I was in South Africa. But I vividly recall a visit to KWV’s hallowed Cathedral Cellar, for so many years the heart of the ‘old’ South African wine industry. At the time, the post-apartheid era was changing…

      9 readers - By hiredBelly.com

      Perfect Patio Pink

      … Okay, not everyone is interested in low alcohol – or the colour pink, but if like me, you tend to over indulge in Rosé in the Summer months, here is the perfect wine. What’s more it tastes damn good, and the slight fizz adds to the fun. Local wineries are often criticized for a lack of innovation – so I say bravo to Rockwood. Niagara College grad…

      6 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Dial In!

      … AT LAST – SOME GOOD STUFF ON THE RADIO Spanish reds keep rocking at the LCBO – they’re the new Aussie! I thought this guy looked far too commercial to be good, but what do you know! Could be the wine-of-the-year in some households. The yummy personality of Shiraz but with better dance moves and less macho. Start your BBQ and let the good times roll. RADIO BOKA 12 Tempranillo, Valencia, Spain 376145 $11.00 …

      8 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Amazing Value!

      … AMAZING VALUE IN PINOT GRIGIO The Citra co-op in Abruzzo have been sending us decent everyday wines for as long as I care to remember, and new packing prompted me to revisit the white. And it’s as if the wine has had a make-over too. It’s a delicious, delicate, refreshing Pinot Grigio with just the right feeling for everyday sloshing. A good…

      9 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Tuscan Red

      … TUSCAN RED TAKES A WALK ON THE SMOOTH SIDE Everyday Tuscan reds used to be light ‘n lean but many have taken on a more crowdpleasing personality. A gentler, friendlier feeling. Frescobaldi’s Remole has the ‘just right’ feeling for everyday meals and times. Also perfect for BBQ’d white meats. Lightly chill. FRESCOBALDI 12 ‘Remole’, Tuscany…

      5 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Cave’s Great Gamay Story

      … in Niagara Gamay. The 2012 vintage is still in the Italian camp, but this time with the more gentle feeling of Valpolicella. Excellent general purpose wine that will flirt with pizza, pork loin or poulet. Fantastic with burger too. Now in handy screw-cap. Get some, and don’t forget to lightly chill. CAVE SPRING 12 Gamay, VQA Niagara 228569 $15.75 …

      6 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Good News for Pinot Fans

      … Chile may yet become the answer to Pinot lovers prayers. Quality and affordability. This new offering from Errazuriz is an exciting mix of warm climate ripe flavours and old-fashioned earthy wine character. Great stuff for fans of rustic and hearty. I love the non-commercial character – it is what it is. Smooth palates stay away. Lamb dishes for sure, or anything in the Mediterranean camp. ERRAZURIZ 12 Pinot Noir, Chile 226696 $13.95 …

      7 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Aged Riesling fromt the Angels

      … Fans of ‘aged’ Riesling will love this new release from Angels Gate. Wonderful freshness and purity along with the herbaceous/petrol flavours that characterize aged Riesling. Not as rich as the Alsace variety – more of the purity and mineral zing of a German Mosel. ANGELS GATE 2009 Riesling ‘Mountainview’ VQA Beamsville Bench 373175 $16.95…

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      G.D. Vajra in Barolo – “clean traditionalist”

      … Giuseppe Vaira was caught in a fight when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t the sort of meet-you-at-the-bike-racks kind of thing. No, it encapsulated what might happen only to the son of a winemaker, or even the son of a Barolo winemaker. He was classmates with two other kids who were also from wine families. One said proudly that he…

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

      Burgundy hit by hail — again

      … rules sometimes disallow nets. Further, some skeptics of nets say that they reduce the amount of light the plant receives. It is very sad news that will undoubtedly make some growers re-think pinning their financial hopes on the roulette of Mother Nature. And it will likely reduce the crop from some of my favorite appellations, which will compound the problem of rising Burgundy prices. The post Burgundy hit by hail — again appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog. …

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

      World wine consumption: USA up, France down

      … The OIV, an international wine organization based in Paris, released their annual report of the state of the wine world last week. In it, they showed the US market becoming the largest in the world for the first time. Even though this got some play last week, we already broke out the foam fingers a couple of years ago when another organization…

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

      Opus One: The Evolution of an Icon Pt. 2

      … Rick Bakas When I told some friends I was going to visit Opus One on my birthday they scoffed. “Ooooh, GOD! They are sooo pretentious there!” they said. “Don’t forget to kiss the ring on the way in”. I brought my Mom and Mrs. B along for the ride because, hey, it was my birthday. Not sure…

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