December 8, 2017

Tapaculo Merlot

This Merlot is a brilliant showcase of its estate background. To us, one of Merlot’s finest qualities is that it makes a truly versatile and excellent food wine. It can pair with a lot of food, from the leftover pizza you have from last night or a delicious filet mignon off the grill. Merlot can do it all. This one is a great example, with a medium body, round fruit flavors and silky tannins

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December 1, 2017

Magnifico Cuvee Bianco

Sometimes, a name really does say it all. The wines of Magnifico are nothing short of magnificent. They span Italy, from Tuscany, to Sicily and beyond. These beautiful wines showcase the best the country has to offer, which, by the way, is quite a bit, when it comes to wine. This blend is classically Italian, with crisp and refreshing notes. With some subtle and well-balanced tropical fruit flavors, this wine showcases quite a bit. With a refreshing finish of minerality, this is a great pair for fresh salads or seafood

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The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf is an annual celebration. A bright and brambly version, with light tannins and a subtle, minerally underpinning to the flavors of black raspberry, mandarin orange peel and fig.  Here's my take on this new Holiday drink.

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November 17, 2017

Free run Paperbark Chardonnay

From a fifth-generation winemaking family in southern Australia’s historic Barossa Valley region, Paperbark wines are as loveable as their namesake, an Australian tree with peeling bark and fluffy white flowers. 2016 Paperbark Chardonnay is a pale yellow in the glass, sharing aromas of ripe peach with notes of tart citrus. This barrel-matured wine’s palate is medium bodied, with notes of nougat and spice from wild fermentation, and a hint of vanilla from oak aging

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This Sauvignon Blanc was very ordinary and came from a Groupon deal from the Splash wines distributors.  This light aromatic wine is not a stand out from most other sauvignon blanc wines.  The taste is ordinary and should be used as a compliment to food as oppose to a great stand alone wine.  Wine connoisseurs stay away, beginners its good to learn and build your palate on.  Check out online reviews on Groupon wines to get more details about the distributors​​​​​​​ 

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November 10, 2017

Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2013

Purple-colored, the nose offers up plum and black cherry notes with a touch of black pepper. The palate is soft and round with ripe, saturated berry flavors. Finishes spicy and full with chewy tannins

Founded in 1883, Trapiche is one of Argentina's best-known wine brands. Located at the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza, they own more than 3000 acres of vineyards ranging from 600 meters to over 1200 meters. Chief winemaker, Daniel Pi's goal and vission is to represent the richness and diversity of Argentina's terroir. Trapiche is dedicated to creating the best Malbec wines in the world as exemplified by the winery's most successful project, The Single Vineyard Malbec Series

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There is something inherently special and charismatic about Tuscan wine. Some say this is instilled by the vine, while others are charmed by the balance and full-flavor. What wins us over is the wine's proven food-friendliness. The contrast of tart cherry, plum, and strawberry flavors fuse with earthy notes of oregano, smoke, and tobacco, making it a wonderful dinner companion. Non-vintage Villa Amoroso Toscana Rosso hits every flavor note we expect, leaving us to want nothing else, except for maybe a few more bottles

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Vidal Blanc grapes are grown from a hybrid of Trebbiano and Seibel varietals. This year, we covered the vines in bird netting to protect the grapes, and cooler summer temperatures let the grapes spend more time maturing on the vine. As soon as we picked the grapes, we chilled them and fermented them to ensure a delightful finish for this light-bodied and slightly sweet wine

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Glass vs Crystal: The primary difference between crystal vs. glass is that crystal glass contains anywhere from 2-30% minerals (lead or lead-free). The key feature of crystal wine glasses is that the minerals strengthen the material, making it possible to produce durable but thin wine glasses.  My take is when, why what would be your personal preference when it comes to these two glasses.

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Colour:  Clear with a light green hue.
Aroma:  Delicate stone fruit aromas. 
Taste:  A melange of tropical fruit with elegant
pear and guava flavours followed by floral notes.                                                                                                      

Medium- bodied and well-balance with a lingering aftertaste.

Maturation potential: The wine is ready to drink now,
but will develop further over the next two years.

Food pairing: Excellent served with starters, vegetable dishes
and salads, seafood, poultry and pâtés

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