Wine Picks

    • Top 6 Wine New Year’s Resolutions

      Every New Year, I make—and break—several resolutions about exercise or housecleaning. However, I also make a resolution or two about wine, which have always been easy to keep because they’re fun. Here are a few of my favorites that you can try this year. 1. I resolve to try something new It’s easy to get into a rut with wine and buy the same brand every time.

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    • Q&A: Jean-Marc Roulot

      I met up with Jean-Marc Roulot recently. Not only does he make the excellent wines at Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault but he has pursued a parallel acting career, with 52 credits to his name includ ...

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    • Back on the Bicycle!

      I did not include Cono Sur Viognier in my Holiday shopping guides because I’d already mentioned it several times throughout the year. But with a new vintage on the shelves I feel it’s time to remind everyone of this wonder wine. While the newly arrived 2014 is as amazingly good as all the previous ones, it is ...

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  • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 26 Jan 2015

    … your significant other!) Miki “This is the Life” Winer Wine: Port 2006 Type: red, sweet, fortified Vineyard: Two Rivers Winery Buy local or find it at Wine.com Velvet, port goodness! Smooth, rich, lucious texture. Sweet but with some tawny characteristics. Brian The “Timeless” Winer It fills the glass with the dark and rich red I like so much…

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  • A Must for Savvy Fans

    In case you have not been reading, Chile is the new star in Sauvignon Blanc. Producing wines that bridge the austerity of the original Sancerre, and the herbaceous/fruity quality of the Kiwi edition. While under-cutti ...

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  • Vancouver International Wine Festival: Australia Redux

    … to Wynn’s in Coonawarra) is forever etched in my memory (and, hopefully, my hard drive). All this by way of saying that the Vancouver International Wine Festival (Feb 20 to March 1) is almost here. Tickets this year are selling faster than ever before, so if you have your heart set on anything in particular, best hurry. A marked shift has taken place…

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  • My Cave Red!

    … Okay this is not a cheapie, but it is on sale! And comes in a screw cap. 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 ‘best partner for alfresco meals’. More recent vintages…

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  • Inexpensive Hearty Red

    … WITH AN ADDED TWIST! This is for fans of rich, hearty, plummy reds. The little ‘extra’ you get with the South African edition is charred/smoky BBQ flavours. Nobody has been able to explain the reason for this feature – so just enjoy. For me ...

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  • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 19 Jan 2015

    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: Riesling Type: White Vineyard: Ravines Wine Cellars Buy local “Bright-intense appearance, with full aromas of fruity. A medium-full bodied White with fruity flavours.

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  • One of the Best Local Reds

    … The Italian Spirit in Local Gamay Charmes Gamay tastes of Italy. Many local Gamays do. Earthy flavours, and lots of gusto. Shades of those hearty Barberas that produce a ferocious appetite for hunks of meat – or a killer lasagna or Bolognese. Solid wine and price. One of the best local reds at the LCBO. CHATEAU DES CHARMES 12 Gamay Noir, VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake 57349 $13.95 …

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  • Next NYU wine class starts Feb 4

    … Make good on your new year’s resolution to learn more about wine and sign up for my next wine class at NYU. It’s open to all adult learners and, fear not, there are no grades so you don’t have to worry that your parents will be disappointed if they were to see a bad grade on your transcript. The course meets six consecutive Wednesday evenings…

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  • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 12 Dec 2015

    … 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: Chenin Blanc Type: White Vineyard: Torre Di Pietra Vineyards Buy local Golden apple on the intro is pronounced in this dry…

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  • Steady Sauvignon Award

    … I’m starting the year with a shout out to an LCBO steady performer. For about six seasons now Francois Lurton’s Sauvignon Blanc has delivered high quality, at a reasonable price. In my books that kind of performance deserves recognition. The current 13 vintage is bone dry, super refreshing with just enough herbaceousness to please the fan…

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  • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 05 Jan 2015

    … 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: Syrah Type: Red Vineyard: Alamosa Wine Cellars Buy local 2010 Syrah from our home vineyard, continues to prove that Rhone…

    Khristine Claud/ The Vineyard Trailin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Billy’s Best BUBBLY picks

    … Pretty soon it will be time to sabre or unscrew or pop the cork to usher in the new vintage year. I toast you all! There’s lots of great bubbly under $20. I posted these recommendations in December as a warm up to the holiday shopping list, but here are my bubbly picks again to DOWNLOAD. Happy shopping. P.S. Love this sign on an pub in guess where? Ireland of course! Post Tags: Sparkling Wine About the Author …

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  • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 22 Dec 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: Fiestarita Type: White Vineyard: Fiesta Winery Fredericksburg Buy local A semi-sweet white wine with hints of tangerine…

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  • Champagne SALE!

    … you.) http://billysbestbottles.com/bubbling-up-for-the-party-season/ http://billysbestbottles.com/local-sparkling-picks-and/ http://billysbestbottles.com/dry-traditional-sparklers-from-spain/ To appreciate, and get value for money with Champagne, you may want to consider the advice of one Clive Irving. “ If you want Champagne as your first…

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  • HOLIDAY WINE Shopping List

    … Here you go. Billy’s Best Bottles shopping list for the holidays. White, red and sweet. Slainte! Download it here. HOLIDAY WINES 2014 …

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