Monthly Archives: October 2013

TINY BUBBLES: JEAN DALBRAY CHAMPAGNE

The quality of the initial still wine, the selection of the yeast best suited to the style of a particular Champagne House, tiny bubbles and the persistence of the bubbles are what separates Champagne, both vintage and non-vintage from the … Continue reading

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Wine to the Wise Oct. 18, 2013: Punto Final Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Single Vineyard. It sounds impressive doesn’t it? It is supposed to convince you that the wine is worth a lot and that it is going to be a better choice than a similarly priced wine without a single vineyard designation. … Continue reading

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Wine to the Wise Oct. 16, 2013: Indesio Pinot Grigio

Me and a lot of cork dork colleagues of mine get together and lament about the explosion of Faux Grigio’s on the market. By Faux Grigio we are referring to the mass number of Pinot Grigio’s that have no business … Continue reading

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Wine to the Wise Oct. 15, 2013: Chateau Pilet 2010 (Bordeaux)

I’m by no means an expert on Bordeaux. In order to be considered an expert it seems that one needs to be able to recited far more facts and figures about Bordeaux and its wines than is required for any … Continue reading

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Wine to the Wise Oct. 13, 2013: Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir

  It’s no secret that there are hundreds of wine competitions around the world. Most of them only linger as a footnote on a the bottom of a sell sheet, but a few of them make wise wine consumers and … Continue reading

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Wine to the Wise Oct. 12, 2013: Jean Louis Blancs de Blancs

There is something inherently happy about sparkling wine. It dances upon the palate and tickles the nose, while also featuring flavours that are bright and full of sunshine. I have a feeling that if everyone had one glass of sparkling … Continue reading

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Wine to the Wise Oct. 11, 2013: Quinta da Prelada

There is a ton of literature out there talking about how important it is to give time to yourself, to relax and quieten your mind. I have been a long time subscriber to this wisdom and my wife and I … Continue reading

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Wine to the Wise: Starling Lane Celebration Brut

This is a story that I feel saddened to tell. Most of you are likely familiar with Starling Lane Vineyards off Old West Saanich Road. Either you have enjoyed their wine, been to a wedding on their property or have … Continue reading

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Wine to the Wise: Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

I have to say that I was very skeptical about this wine when it was first presented to me. First it came on the heels of the release of their Apothic wanabe and it was being presented by a company … Continue reading

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Icon Wines – Are They Necessary?

Over the summer I was fortunate to attend a tasting of Penfolds Icon, Luxury & Bin Series Wines. This wasn’t any ordinary tasting. The wines on offer were some of Australia’s most sought after and admired wines. Add to this, … Continue reading

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