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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.

      Another Side of Viognier

      Billy's Best Bottles - - 6 readers - The Viognier grape usually produces a rather pretty, semi rich, semi-expensive wines, but here’s a dandy, everyday edition. Refreshingly bone dry, mildly flavoured and with the frank char ...

      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.

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      Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 20 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: Merlot Type: Red Vineyard: Whitewater Hill Vineyards Buy local This big, rich Merlot starts with a spicy nose…

      1 readers - By Khristine Claud/ The Vineyard Trail

      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). The B.C…

      7 readers - By Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.com

      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…

      2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      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…

      4 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      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…

      1 readers - By Khristine Claud/ The Vineyard Trail

      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 - By 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…

      1 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      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…

      2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 06 October 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 Portal Colheita Type: Red Vineyard: Duoro Portugal Buy local “Okay, okay – I went for the points here! It’s difficult…

      6 readers - By Khristine Claud/ The Vineyard Trail

      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…

      2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      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…

      7 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Thinking Rustic

      …With the approach of fall, a drinking man’s thoughts turn to rustic reds. Such as those of the Bairrada region in Portugal. The producer, Alianca, has been sending us gutsy Bairrada for as long as I care to remember, but I got nervous when I saw the new gold-gilt label. Fortunately no worries – it’s as rustic, honest and everyday as always…

      3 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Nicest Summer White

      …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 alfresco on a sunny day. As with most Muscat wines, the feeling…

      6 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      A Different Chardonnay

      …The experience of Sauvignon Blanc is so entrenched in our expectations from NZ whites that it’s hard to imagine other experiences. Which is not a bad thing when looking for Chardonnay with a brisk, zingy, refreshing bite. And moderate alcohol. Sileni is not non-oaked, but it feels that way, and is perfect for aperitif, and for seafood appetizers…

      5 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Classy White

      …NYARAI is the virtual winery of Steve Byfield, who’s very skilled at creating small batch wines at rented spaces – in this case at Coffin Ridge (near Owen Sound). All his wines have a clarity of expression that I love and this Viognier is wonderfully understated, and classy. A true and true local. Aperitif or seafood partner. NYARAI CELLARS 12 Viognier, VQA Niagara 378414 $21.95…

      2 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles