Valentines Day 2016: Episode 15 Show Notes

February 6, 2016 § 1 Comment

What are you going to do for Valentine’s Day this year? Share a romantic morsel or two at home after the kids go to bed. Perhaps enjoy an evening with some chocolate and a glass of wine? Maybe you are planning on going out for dinner. Episode 15 is all about Valentine’s Day, the best wine values for the occasions above.

Link To Podcast

Segment 1 ~ Shout Outs

Vancouver International Wine Festival – Feb. 20-28, 2016

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is the largest and best attended this side of the Missippi. Harry Hertsheg and his team put on a phenomenal week that includes tasting seminars, winemaker’s dinners and, of course, massive tastings for both consumers and trade.

There will be close to 200 wineries participating which give you a chance to taste over 800 wines.

Click on the link above for details.

Wine Folly – The Essential Guide to Wine by Madelaine Puckette and Justin Hammack

This book is a colourful and easy to follow guide to wine that is used by the trade and those looking to get a greater understanding on the world of wine. I highly recommend it.

Segment 2 ~ Wine & Chocolate

It may seem counter intuitive to pair chocolate with wine, but the right pairing can make the sirens sing.

Classic Pairing

A classic wine pairing for chocolate is a Port of Tawny Port.

For a Tawny Port look for the Penfolds Club 24 from Australia. About $22/bottle and only found in private stores it is a great value. If you like Fruit & Nut, Almond or Hazelnut infused chocolate, this combination is a winner. Another fantastic option is the Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny ($37)

Chocolate seems to have been made for port. A couple of Port’s that over deliver for the price are the Quinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage ($27/bottle) and the Graham’s 6 Grapes ($24/bottle).

Port and Tawny Port are fortified wines which mean they higher alcohol levels than table wines, so if you are looking for some pairing for some table wines lets start with those that go best with Dark Chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Pairing

Dark Chocolate loves Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage (hybrid grape of Pinot Noir and Cinsault).

Here are some of my faves for Dark Chocolate that are currently available:

Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia) – $18 available in most government and private stores.

Pey La Tour Bordeaux (France) – $18 available in most government and private stores.

The Den Pinotage (South Africa) – $14 available in private stores only.

Milk Chocolate

For milk chocolate I tend towards juicier wines with soft tannin and a sweeter finish. Although the best pairing for Milk Chocolate is a Port. Here are a couple of table wines for your pleasure.

Apothic Red (California) – $16 available in both private and public stores.

Dream Wines Red Blend (California) – $17 available in both private and public stores.

Segment 3 ~ Special Wines Just for the Two Of You

I know the purpose of the blog is to find the best values under $20, but sometimes you just want to share a special bottle of wine, and Valentine’s Day seems to be the perfect occasion to share something special with someone special. Here are a few choices.

The Colour of Valentines- Rosé

Blue Grouse 2014 Rosé ($18) is made right here on Vancouver Island and is truly a great find.

Celebrate with Bubble

One of the most romantic wines on the market is the Veuve Cliquot (just have your partner say the name and you will know what I mean) – $75 Sparkling Wine or Champagne Section in both public and private stores.

If $75 is out of your price range try the Perseus Sparkling Chardonnay ($22), made in the Okanagan and one of the best Sparkling wines on the market.  Available in private stores only.

The King of Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the most noble of the noble grapes and here are a couple that are sure to please when the light do down low.

Beringer Knight Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $35 – California section in both public and private stores.

Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $25-$30 – BC VQA section found in only select government and private stores.

Segment 4 ~ What To Expect When You Are Dining Out On Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest of the year so if you are thinking of a quiet, slow paced meal, I’m afraid that likely isn’t going to happen. Restaurants will be crowded and to that end many restaurants use a seating system for Valentine’s Day.

Usually the seatings are at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. The most romantic and leisurely paced is the 9pm.

If you are planning on going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, then you should call now.

Here are some classic venues here in Victoria that have fantastic food, a romantic ambience and great wine lists.

Il Terrazzo (click the link for details) – Italian inspired. Incredible Wine List, for the best choice let Rob or your server help you make a choice.

Brasserie L’Ecole (click link for details) – French, Belgian inspired. Outstanding Wine List, for the best choice ask Mark.

Cafe Brio (click link for details) – Mediterranean inspired. Fantastic wine lists, for the best choice check with Greg.

Camilles (Click link for details) – West Coast inspired with a huge BC wine list.

Zambris (Click link for details) – Italian inspired with a brilliant wine list. Each server is well trained on the best wine for each dish, but if you can, ask for Frances.

In addition to the above here are a few other great options that you may not have thought of.

Spinnaker’s Gastro Pub – one of the best settings in the city and it is home to the Spinnaker’s Brewery.

Bodega – one my favourite places to steal away for a romantic morsel or two. Spanish tapas with a totally Spanish wine list.

Bubby’s Kitchen – this wonderful neighbourhood bistro in Cook Street Village has a great wine list (Ca Montebello Barbera is a true jewel) and awesome food.

Best Buy of the Week ~ Paul Mas Grenache Noir

This wine is truly a steal at $11. Generous fruit, well balanced and well made, but best suited to have a nibbly with a glass or have it with dinner.

 

 

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§ One Response to Valentines Day 2016: Episode 15 Show Notes

  • Greg Conner says:

    That was a good episode Saturday and I really have enjoyed your posts – Simple Life 🙂 comes to mind. I am writing for a couple of reasons. One is I have the official app for the Van Wine Fest and if you are coming to the event drop by our booth (WineInsider) and check it out. I think it lots of value for Trades as well as consumers and would love to show it to you.

    Second and more importantly, we (my wife and I) are planning do do an event in the fall called “UnWined” it is a fund raiser for Make a Wish BC and I think we have settled on the University Club as a venue. We will be pairing wine with various donated items (art, travel, sports events, etc.) all with a goal of raising money to grant wishes to children with serious medical conditions.

    Simone works part time as the Vancouver Island Coordinator for Make a Wish and we want to step up our game, as while we grant 20 +/- wishes a year on the island we actually only fund an average of four and that needs to change. More and more need out there and we want to make a difference and I hope you will give me some time to talk about how you might give me some advice on wine donations (there will be great PR) or even get involved. Make a Wish is really a most magical charity as my family can say from personal experience and the more we give that to children and their families who need the joy it brings the better for all of us.

    The Unwined event we did in Vancouver last fall was a big hit and would be nice to re-create here.

    drop me a line or give me a call if you would like to chat further.

    Greg Conner 250-882-7278

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