Paul Mas 2014 Grenache Noir

February 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

Paul Mas Grenache NoirGrenache can be so freakin’ delightful. Brimming with fresh raspberries, cherries and spice, and if from Europe, an earthy-spicy undercurrent that is both seductive and luxurious. The other thing about Grenache is that is usually used as a blending grape to tame the wild boldness of Syrah. To this end wines that feature Grenache are often under priced for the value they deliver. The Paul Mas Grenache Noir is just such a wine.

Price ~ $11.29

Score ~ 7.2 Over Delivers

The Paul Mas Grenache Noir has a wild side. Under the flavours of ripe raspberry, blackberry and cherry is some delightful earthy, leather and black pepper spices.

When sipping this wine on its own it lacks a little depth which I am willing to forgive for the price but is easily made up when having with a nibble of cheese (Cheddar) or a creamy pasta, roasted or grilled chicken. When paired with food the flavour sing to the heavens, and that makes me smile.

Grapes ~ 100% Grenache

Store Section ~ France

Availability ~ Both government and private stores.

Cheers

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Grao Vasco Dao 2012

January 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

I don’t know about you but I have two realitiesGrao Vascoes in my life. One, a glass of wine with dinner is a simple enjoyment that not only makes the food taste better, but slows the day down and brings a harmony to it that just isn’t there otherwise. Second is that this is the time of year that I lament going to the mailbox. Which bill is arriving today? It is the time of the year where I come to grips with the real cost of the holiday season. To that end I revel in
the beauty of oft forgotten wines that some may call cheap,
but I call inexpensive.

The price of a wine isn’t always a good indication as to its value. Consider the impact of the plummeting Canadian dollar on the price of produce. The price of tomatoes has skyrocketed in recent weeks, but that doesn’t mean the quality of the tomato has increased.

One of the great shelters of world wine value is Portugal. Often over shadowed by Spain, France and Italy, this little country on the Western side of the Iberian peninsula offers some killer wines for under $10. Grao Vasco Dao 2012 is just one of those wines.

Price ~ $8.79

Score ~ 7.6/10 Over Delivers

A blend of classic Portuguese grapes (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrochiero), this wine is easy going and is simple, but simple in the best way, like how clarity of mind makes things simple. It has good fruit, is well balance and offers decent structure making it ideal for chicken, pasta, even steak or a roast of beef.

My favourite part is the velvety texture combined with dried and fresh fruit flavours while having just a kiss of rustic reality. I know this sounds odd, but it is like leaving the city for the cabin on the lake and how the cabin on the lake has its own rustic beauty.

Store Section: Portugal

Availability: Market Wide

Cheers

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Wolf Blass ‘Grey Label’ 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz

December 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

WB Grey Label ShirazWhen I say the word Shiraz what do you think of? Probably Yellow Tail right? I have a very clear recollection of the Aussie wave that hit our shores in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Every Shiraz coming into the market seemed to fit a very thin taste spectrum. I remember thinking that could be a big mistake. As it turned out, like most things, people tired of the same flavour and body and started to migrate to Malbec thus insuring the rapid decline of Australian wine fortunes in BC.

The fact is that only those Shiraz’s manufactured to taste the same year after year do. 99% of Shiraz made in Australia is not manufactured and actually reflects the region and winery it comes from.

I know that the Grey Label is outside of the $20 but holy crap does it represent a great value. Close your eyes here comes some dorky terms – very well balanced, bright acidity, dense flavours and aromas from start to finish. This is the whole package and thoroughly enjoyable.

Price ~ $29-$33

Score ~ 9.3/10 Best Buy

Unscrew the cap and let this wine breathe for a few minutes (10-15) and you will be well rewarded. Stick your nose right in the glass and take a deep breathe. What you will notice is the scent of blueberry, blackberry, ripe plum, black cherry, black pepper, violets, lavender, and just a hint of cured meat. I know, I know it seems like there couldn’t be all that, but there is.

The palate is bright yet full and ripe and the finish is juicy with just a kiss of spice and sultry smoke.

Grapes ~ 100% Shiraz

Store Section ~ Australia

Availability ~ Both government and private stores.

Food ~ Roasted or grilled lamb, Duck, even Turkey, Aged Cheddar.

Acknowledgements: Stacey Brennan, Pam Sanderson, Ernest Sargent, Brianna Kirby, Jami Wood, Karin Kallio, Angela Phillips, Patti Raffle.

Cheers

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Show Notes: Episode 9 – Christmas

December 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Episode 9 – Link to Podcast

Segment 1 ~ Grannies Shortbread.

Chef Travis from the Pendray Restaurant at the Gatsby Mansion talks about what is new including his Grannies shortbread recipe, Christmas afternoon tea, and the grounds surrounding the Gatsby Mansion.

Segment 2 ~ Christmas Morning

Recommended Cream Liqueur for 2015 Christmas is the Forty Creek Cream. Made in Grimsby, Ont. with real Canadian Whisky & real Canadian Cream.

Recommended Brandy for Brandy & Egg Nogg is the Torres 5 Year. In my opinion it is the best brandy of the entry level brandies.

Recommended Rum for Rum & Egg Nogg is the Kraken Black Spiced Rum.

Segment 3 ~ Christmas Breakfast

Here are a few choice Prosecco for your Christmas morning Mimosa.

Terre Prosecco ~ $18 (private stores only)

La Marca Prosecco ~ $16

Some Budget sparklers for Mimosa.

Henkell Troken ~$12

Segura Viudas ~ $13-$15

Jean Louis ~ $11-$13

Segment 4 ~ Christmas Dinner Wine Pairings

White

Gehringer Brother’s Ehrenfelser (BC)~ $13-$14

Prospect Winery Riesling  (BC) ~ $12-$13

Selbach Oster Riesling (Germany) ~ $16

Blue Grouse Gamay Rosé (Vancouver Island) ~ $15

Hester Creek Pinot Gris 3L (BC) ~ $45 (bottle equivalent $12)

Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay (BC) ~ $19-$20

Red

Casa Viva Pinot Noir (Chile) ~ $14-$16 (private stores only)

Simple Life Pinot Noir (Italy) ~ $13

Gabbiano Chianti Classico (Italy) ~ $17-$20

Seven Deadly Zins (California) ~ $20

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel (California) ~ $18

Ca’ Montebello Barbera (Italy) ~ $18 (private stores only)

Buy of the Week

Sileni 2014 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Thanks for listening. Tune in next week when it is all about Sparkling Wines and the best known hangover cure.

Cheers

the Dork UnCorked

Wine Gifts For Every Personality

December 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

There are loads of wine choices on the shelf, the hard part is actually deciding which one is the right one.

What are some ‘pairings’ based on the personality you are buying for. I hope this helps and Merry Christmas.

Gentle, quiet, pensive

Must be soft, but not to soft. Quiet in its unfolding of it personality and much more to it if you let it wash over you.

Wolf Blass Grey Label 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz ~$30 (Australia)

Cameron Hughes Arroyo Secco Chardonnay ~$25 (California)

Extroverted, alternative

Doesn’t hold back in terms of fashion, or desire for flavour. Seeks out and loves to stroll down the path less travelled.

Seven Deadly Zins ~$23 (California)

Tahbilk Marsanne ~$19 (Australia)

Whimsical Optimistic

Always a smile and loves to dance.

Ca’Montebello Barbera ~$17 (Italy – private stores only)

Aveleda Vinho Verde ~$15 (Portugal – private stores only)

Brooding and Reserved

A little stormy, angst, a classic brooding artist struggling to find their voice.

Apollonio Squinzano ~ $22 (Italy- private stores only)

Lurton Les Fumees Blanches ~$13 (France)

Strong Silent Type

Person of few words but those few words, and resulting actions convey calm strength in the face of adversity.

Fabre Montmayou Malbec Reserve ~$24 (Argentina – private stores only)

Guigal Crozes Hermitage Blanc ~$28 (France)

Outgoing Joker

Witty, funny great with one liners and can be counted on to add comedic levity to any situation.

Borsao Garnacha ~$12-$13 (Spain)

Sileni Sauvignon Blanc ~16 (New Zealand)

Methodical, Reserved, Sophisticated

Stylish, quiet, worldly and never, ever quits.

Chateau Pey La Tour ~$17-$19 (France)

Chateau La Gravelle Muscadet ~$16 (France)

An Old Soul

Seems to have wisdom beyond their years.

Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza ~$20 (Spain – private stores only)

Charton Et Trebuchet Bourgogne Chardonnay ~$22 (France)

Inspiring Through Action

Doesn’t really need to say too much, leads by example.

R Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc ~$23 (BC, VQA)

Blue Grouse Gamay 2014 Rosé ~ $15-$17 (Vancouver Island)

Smooth, Elegant

Doesn’t really walk, kind of glides. Confident and has a gentle, silky voice.

R Bodega Atamisque Pinot Noir ~$30 (Argentina- private stores only)

Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay ~ $18-$20 (BC, VQA)

If there is someone that I haven’t really covered please let me know either through the comments or via e-mail at dorkuncorked@gmail.com

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The Entertainer 2012 Red Blend

November 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

What makes some people incrediblethe entertainer red blend accountants, lawyers, plumbers and entertainers? I don’t have the answer, but I do know that everyone who is fantastic at their jobs brings a special quality. Let’s face it every task can be broken down and learned, but some people just inject a little bit of
inspiration and magic in each step. In the wine world one of the great entertainers was Wolf Blass.

If could be argued Wolf Blass is introduced the beauties and simplicity of wine to more people than anyone else. First he crafted very easy to enjoy wine. Then he made himself available to anyone who wanted to learn more. Finally he tirelessly entertained consumers around the world and made wine approachable to everyone.

When I saw this wine I read the back label and found that it is an homage to Wolf Blass himself and so I jumped at the opportunity to try it.
Hopefully it entertains the palate as much as he entertained the world.

Price: $17-18

Notes: The wine pours into the glass a dark purple with cherry red hues. The nose betrays the juicy, fruit forward, hedonistic wine this turned out to be. Aromas of juicy red and black berries, pastry and hints of smoky
pepper join a rich, textured palate to make a very enjoyable glass.

I would highly suggest this wine for a romantic comedy movie night or when you have friends over for light and enjoyable evening. It speaks well to fun loving nature of Wolf himself.

Score: 7.5/10 ~ Over Delivers

It pairs really well with mild cheeses, hot dogs, grilled chicken and
mashed potatoes, and plenty of comfort foods.

Section: Australia

If you have the opportunity to try this wine, please let me know your thoughts.

Cheers

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