Cono Sur 2015 Bicicleta Pinot Noir

March 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir2015 is the most anticipated vintage in recent memory. The world over 2015 was one of the best vintages, so as I was strolling through the ‘candy’ store looking for a Pinot Noir I spied a 2015 and grabbed it.

The reason we are seeing 2015 light bodied red wines from South America, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia is because the growing season is opposite to ours in the southern hemisphere. Medium and full bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz & Malbec will likely appear in a couple of years. Expect to see 2015 whites and rosés from the northern hemisphere in the next few months.

The Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir has consistently over delivered for as many vintage as I can remember, so my expectations were kind of high. Not only was I expecting a strong showing due to consistency, but add on the 2015, and I was expecting a lot.

The good news this wine does totally over deliver for the price. Amongst Pinot Noirs of this price range, this would easily be in my top 2. I’m not so sure the quality of the vintage showed through as much as I was expecting, but given my overall enjoyment of the wine I would say the 2015 is a testament to the truly high quality for the price of previous vintages.

Price ~ $11

Score ~ 7.7/10 Over Delivers

The nose shows cherry, cola and strawberry, while the palate has a lovely silky texture. As for the finish there is some fresh cherry and black pepper just to entice you into a second glass.

I would pair this with a nice gouda cheese, grilled or roasted poultry, pasta marinara.

Grapes ~ 100% Pinot Noir

Store Section ~ Chile

Availability ~ Both Private and Public Stores.

Cheers

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Picks of the Pros Sparkling Wines: Jami Wood

December 31, 2015 § 1 Comment

The last in the Picks of the Pros Sparkling Wine series comes from Jami Wood. Jami runs the James Bay Spinnaker’s Store and has her finger on the pulse of the industry. She always has some magic in her store and these are items that she would pick for herself for New Year’s 2016.
Joie Plien de VieJoie Plien de Vie Brut $24.34 +tax

A Rosé bubble from BC. What could be more fitting for issuing in 2016. Made in the classic method using Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this bubble is all about fresh strawberries, citrus and living life like there is no tomorrow.
Adami Credazzo ProseccoAdami Credazzo Prosecco $36.39 +tax

The top of the line when it comes to Prosecco.

Fresh melon and peach are displayed with vibrant abandon and finish refreshing and clean. Ideal for prawns, lobster or fresh salads.
Deus Brut de FlandersDeus Brut des Flandres $32.47 +tax and includes 2 Champagne Glasses

Guess what this is a beer! Yup a very unique and wonderful beer. It is first crafted in Flanders Belgium then shipped to the winery that makes Dom Perignon to be finished.

The bubbles are very much like champagne; tiny, vibrant and almost creamy. The flavour shows citrus, brioche and some hops. A great description is Duvel meets Dom Perignon.

Picks of The Pros Sparkling Wines: Pamela Sanderson

December 30, 2015 § 1 Comment

Pamela is not only an accredited Sommelier, but was the Sommelier at the Empress prior to becoming the General Manager of Cascadia Liquor Stores.  She is indeed an influencer and has a keen palate for value.

Montelvini Prosecco1Montelivini Prosecco ~ $14.99 +tax

I Love this Prosecco for both quality and value, doesn’t hurt that it comes in a nice package.

Nicely balanced, fresh with a hint of tree fruit character make this a staff favourite at Cascadia.

 

Unsworth Charme de LilleUnsworth Charme De L’lle ~ $21.99 +tax

From the Cowichan Valley, delicious Charmat Method sparkling from Unsworth Vineyard.

Our local look alike to a good Prosecco….

 

Cave de lungy RoseCave de Lugny Cremant de Bourgogne Rose ~ $25.35 +tax

Traditional method from Bourgogne, France.  Made with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay.

Perfect balance of soft fruit flavours and fresh acidity, total crowd pleaser.

Thanks again to Pamela Anderson of Cascadia.

Cheers

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Picks of the Pros: Stacey Brennan, Hillside Liquor Store

December 29, 2015 § 1 Comment

Stacey has been the General Manager of the Hillside Liquor Store since it opened and has justifiably earned the reputation as being on the best buyers and palates in BC. What follows are her picks for New Year’s 2016.

Tsarine ChampagneTsarine Cuvée Premium Brut Champagne ~ $64.99 +tax

Tsarine Cuvée Premium Brut Champagne (beautiful bottle!) champagnes second oldest house,
It was made in honour of the Russian Empire in 1730, the swirl bottle represents the St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Medal Winner 2010. “Fine and delicate bubbles with notes of lime flowers and lemon balm, bitter orange and quince- fresh and crisp!”

Cipes BrutSummerhill Winery Cipes Brut ~ $23.49 +tax

Summerhill Winery Cipes Brut- Gold BC Wine Awards 2015 & sparkling wine of the year All Canadian Wine Awards 2014. “Aromas of Apple, lime, pear, almonds, and grapefruit. Crisp acidity, a soft creamy mousse and long finish.”

DP David LynchDom Perignon David Lynch Limited Edition 2003 Champagne ~ 199.99 +tax

Dom Perignon David Lynch Limited Edition 2003- “aromas start sweet, bright, mineral and floral- followed by candied fruit, plants, camphor leaf and dark hints of spices and licorice root. The palate is at first mild and delicate, then confidently mineral and persistent with a refined bitterness and saline tang” $199.99 + tax

Picks of the Pros: Ernest Sargent- Everything Wine

December 28, 2015 § 1 Comment

What the pros would pick for themselves for New Year’s 2016. Today’s installment comes from Ernest Sargent the Vintage Room Consultant at Everything Wine in Langford.

Here’s my picks – not a Champagne among them…

Conde de HaroMuga Conde de Haro Brut Cava ~ $28

For me, as I was only allowed to pick one (close runner up is the Henriot Rosé Champagne ($80)),  it would be the Muga Conde de Haro Brut Cava. This is the best Cava I’ve tasted in a long time.  Beautiful balance between the apple, apple skin and citrus flavours with a touch of honey thrown in.  What puts this one over the top for me is the long and complex finish.  An absolute winner!!

Road 13 Sparkling Chenin BlancRoad 13 2011 Sparkling Chenin Blanc ~ $40

For my family (because they deserve the best), my favourite of the many quality sparkling wines that are now coming out of BC, the 2011 Road 13 Sparkling Chenin Blanc.  I love the fresh fruit on this wine that pairs so nicely with the acidity and the slight touch of yeast.  A top quality wine from one of BC’s best wineries and if I give it my family, chances are I’ll get some too.

Blu Giovello ProseccoBlu Giovello Prosecco ~ $21

For my friends – the Blu Giovello Prosecco from Piera Martellozzo.  This Extra-Dry Prosecco, beautifully presented in its unforgettable blue bottle, has just a touch of fruity sweetness but carries enough acid to give it balance.  It showcases the classic peach and citrus flavours you get from the Glera grape.  A fun wine to share with fabulous friends.

Ernest Sargent

Ernest is an ISG accredited Sommelier and all round brilliant guy. For me Ernest has proven his eye for real value on a number of occasions.

Show Notes: Episode 10 Sparkling Wine & Hangover Cures

December 26, 2015 § 1 Comment

Episode 10 is all about Sparkling Wine as New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. The show was broken into 4 segments. In each segment we speak to a category of sparkling wine starting with Champagne and ending with Budget or Value options.

What would a New Year’s show be without touching on famous hangover cures. I have added some bonus content here given that we were a little pressed for time on the show.

Episode 10 ~ Link to Podcast 

Direct links to each segment: Champagne,  BC Sparkling, Prosecco, Global Bubbles, Value, Hangover Cures, Best Buy

Segment 1 ~ Champagne

Sparkling wines are made all over the world often using the same methods as they do in Champagne, however unless the wine is made in the appellation (AOC) of Champagne the wine can not bear the most famous of sparkling names. Below is a list of recommended champagnes that can be found in most stores.

Veuve CliquotVeuve Clicquot ~ $62-$65

One of the first global businesses run by a woman, Madame Clicquot’s champagne is bright and crisp, filled with apple and citrus flavour along with the taste sensation of lightly buttered toast.

DYK – the orange/yellow colour of the label reflects the colour of yolks of the eggs laid by the wineries chickens. Each morning Madame Clicquot would have two eggs and found that the colour of the yolks were unique to her farm, thus the colour would clearly distinguish her champagne.

BollingerBollinger ~ $70

Bollinger is made famous by being the champagne choice of James Bond.

Flavours leaning more to fresh pear, melon and citrus, this is a very clean and lively wine with a texture of velvet. The finish show hints of walnuts and baking spice.

TaittingerTaittinger ~ $57 (currently on sale)

Delicious scents white peach, pear and acacia flowers greet the nose, while the palate is treating to refreshing, almost creamy, wash of fruit and brioche.

Moet ChandonMoet and Chandon ~ $62-$65

Makers of the world famous Dom Perignon, the Moet and Chandon Champagne features apple, pear, white peach with floral tones and some delicious brioche on the finish.

Segment 2 ~ BC Sparkling Wine

Perseus Winery LogoPerseus Sparkling Chardonnay ~ $21-$22 (Private Stores Only)

Fresh, alive and an incredible value. Bright apple and citrus greet the nose while the palate is velvety and fresh with hints of honey and white flowers. I really loved this wine.

Cipes BrutCipes Brut ~ $23-24

A classic BC Sparkling wine that is aged with energy of a pyramid (if you haven’t visited the Summerhill Winery you really should). Baked apples and pears, hints of caramel and honey, with a wonderfully vibrant yet creamy mousse (bubble).

Stellar's Jay BrutStellar’s Jay Brut ~ $27-$29

Crafted originally by one of the true pioneers of the BC Wine industry, Harry McWatters, this wine is bright, lively and shows pear and white peach with just a hint of brioche.

Blue Mountain BrutBlue Mountain Brut ~ $30 (Private Stores Only)

Citrusy aromas and palate with a wonderfully elegant mousse. The finish is bright and citrusy with just a kiss of honey toast.

Segment 3 ~ Prosecco

La Marca ProseccoLamarca ~ $17 (currently on sale, Dec. 2015)

Sweet apples, grassy, pear are the hallmarks of this very approachable, straightforward Prosecco. In many ways this embodies the reason why Prosecco is so popular – it is simply about enjoyment and simple carefree lifestyle.

Nua ProseccoNua Prosecco ~ $16-$18 (Private Stores Only)

Harder to find but a deliciously crafted Prosecco that should be on more shelves than it is.

Apple, pear, orange blossom with a whimsical, refreshing bubble that delights every time.

Terre ProseccoTerre Prosecco ~ $17-$19 (Private Stores Only)

Pear, citrus and acacia flower with a wonderful kiss of honey on the finish. The palate is lively and vibrant. This is a classic Prosecco that makes a great Aperol Spritz as well as a crowd pleasing pop for New Year’s Eve.

Segment 3a ~ Global Sparklers

Here are some brilliant Sparkling wines from all over the world.

WB Sparkling WineWolf Blass Yellow Label Sparkling Wine (Australia)~ $13 (On Sale Dec. 2015)

This is sunshine in the glass. Primarily Chardonnay this is bright and feels like a summer morning. Baked apple, bright pear and melon, with a honeyed finish. Perfect for a New Year’s Eve BBQ.

Zinck Cremant d'AlsaceZinck Cremant D’Alsace (France) ~ $21-$24

Made primarily with Pinot Blanc, then some Pinot Noir and Chardonnay this wine shows biscuits, apricots and white flowers. The palate shows an elegant mousse and a honey toast finish. Delish!

Mumm Napa PrestigeMumm Napa Prestige Brut (California) ~ $21-$24

This wine is at the top of my list and I have to thank Roger Kershaw for that. If there is a man on the island that loves ‘champers’ and sparkling wines more, I don’t know who that is.

The wine shows baked apple, fresh pear and white peach with hints of acacia flowers. The palate is fresh and alive and the finish has toasty hints with a touch of baking spice.

Toso BrutToso Brut (Argentina) ~ $16-$18

Did you know that Argentina is one of the world’s largest producers of sparkling wine? Well it is and only a few have the production necessary to be able to export. Toso is one.

Bright fresh apples, pear and melon, with a crisp palate of refreshing finish. This wine is all about vibrant expression.

Segment 4 ~ Value Bubbles

New Year’s is often associated with sparkling wine, but if all you need is a bottle pop for the sake of popping here are some great wines all under $15 that are delicious and great buys.

Henkell TrockenHenkell Trocken ~ $13 (On Sale December, 2015)

As much as people like to downgrade well known brands in terms of quality, Henkell Trocken has stood the test of time and is still one of the most enjoyable, affordable, bubbles on the market.

Bright pear and baked apple, a well balanced palate that finishes clean and alive.

Jean LouisJean Louis ~ $12-$13 (Private Stores Only)

This little french bubble is ideal for mimosa’s and any time you need a toasting wine. I have literally recommended this wine to hundreds of wedding clients.

Baked apple and pear, delightful refreshing palate, with the kiss of honey on the finish.

Segura Brut Reserva.jpgSegura Viudas Brut Reserva ~ $13 (On Sale December, 2015)

A classic Cava from Spain. Baked pear, with melon and a hint of orange blossoms. Crisp, lively and very refreshing, this wine is be used to toast the New Year in more countries around the world than almost all others on this list.

Segment 4a ~ Hangover Cures

The fact is that there is not perfect hangover cure although one has been sought for thousands upon thousands of years.

What we do know is that hangovers are caused by 1) your body coming off of alcohol, 2) dehydration, 3) a significant reduction of Vitamin B in your system.

Some people swear by a greasy breakfast the next morning or what is called the hair of the dog (a Caesar like cocktail). Neither really do much more than make the symptoms a little less painful.

It used to be said that if you have a couple of spoonfuls of olive oil prior to drinking that you would slow the absorption of alcohol into the system. Partially true but the alcohol is still going to get in.

The best practices are preventative. First drink in moderation and make sure you eat and hydrate throughout the session. Second is to limit sugary drinks and foods as sugar causes inflammation and just makes a hangover a truly nasty experience. Third, and this is a tip from the pros, take a multivitamin prior to the session. Make sure it contains Vitamin B. Then take one the morning after. Doing all three of these things limits the pain and suffering of ringing in the New Year and anytime a session gets out of hand.

Best Buy of the Week ~ Perseus Sparkling Chardonnay

I trust you have a safe and wonderful New Year and please send us any comments or feedback you have.

Happy New Year

the Dork UnCorked

 

 

 

 

Perseus Sparkling Chardonnay

December 24, 2015 § 3 Comments

Truth be told I am a bubble head (as if you didn’t know that already), and I firmlImage result for perseus sparkling winey believe that the world would be a better place if everyone enjoyed a glass of sparkling wine a day.

I was in a bit of a funk the other day and my spirits needed lifting so I endeavoured to find a sparkling wine that would put a smile on and in my mouth and a skip in my step. Enter Perseus Sparkling Chardonnay.

Price ~ $21-$22

Score ~ 8.6/10 Over Delivers

The packaging isn’t all fancy and it comes with a classic beer cap instead of a big cork with a cage around it. Simply pop the cap off and immediately your spirits will lift.

The aromas (scent) is brimming with fresh apples, bartlett pears and hints of citrus. Isn’t this the combination aromatherapy uses to bring one’s energy up… I see a trend here, alas I digress.

The mousse (the head if you are a beer drinker) is made up of thousands of tiny bubbles that dance upon the palate while also making the texture a little softer and creamier. The juicy, citrus flavours come alive and heighten the senses.

As you can tell I truly loved this wine and will be making a regular around the house.

Grapes ~ 100% Chardonnay

Store Section ~ Sparkling Wine

Availability ~ Limited, Private Stores including Everything Wine, Metro Liquor, Spinnakers, Cork & Barrel and Caddy Bay Liquor.

Cheers

the Dork UnCorked

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