December 15, 2015 § Leave a comment
Dropped by to see Bruce Williams on Cafe Victoria today and we talked about gift ideas and some wine recommendations for Christmas Dinner. I have also thrown in a few bonuses that I should have mentioned on the show.
Wine Gifts By Personality
You know the feeling. Your standing in front of the wine shelf in your local liquor store, and there is too much choice. How do you decide which wine is right. Well it may sound cheesy but the label often gives you an insight as to the personality of the wine. Here are some wines that work capture certain personalities.
Lake Breeze Ehrenfelser – $18-$20 Private Stores only.
Ideal for the whimsical, optimistic ray of sunshine on the list.
Honourable Mentions: Cedar Creek Ehrenfelser – $16.99, Gehringer Brothers Ehrenfelser – $12
Wolf Blass Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz – $30
Ideal for tall dark and somewhat pensive and thoughtful.
Borsao Garnacha – $11.99
You the outgoing always engaging person, this is their wine.
Catena Malbec – $22
Perfect for the pensive yet authoritative person on your list.
Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay – $18-$20
This is for the classic beauty with gentle side.
I will be doing a complete post on this in the coming days.
If you are looking for a huge bang for the buck then look to single batch rum or brandy. Both are often overlooked but deliver huge value.
Flor de Cana 18 Year Old – $60
Comparably aged Whisky runs about $120. Obviously Rum and Whisky don’t share the same flavours, but the reason aged spirits are more valuable is that more of the spirit is given to the Angel Share the older it is. The Angel Share is the amount of the spirit that is evaporated each year. The evaporation leads to a slow maturing of the spirit, meaning and intensification of the flavour as well as the subtleties. In Scotland the Angel Share is 2-3%/year where as in rum producing nations the Angels Share is 6-8%. Imagine the refinement of an 18 year old rum.
Torres Reserva Familia Jaime – $120
Torres brandies are aged using a Solera system. A solera aging system is an ancient aging system used primarily in Spain and Portugal for Port & Sherry. Typically 5 rows of barrels are used to aged the brandy with oldest being on the bottom. When this year’s batch is to be bottled, the barrels from the bottom row are emptied and put into bottles. Then the brandies in row two barrels are used to refill row one barrels and so on until the row 5 barrels are filled with this year’s product. As you can well imagine this system of ageing produces remarkable brandies.
The Jaime is named after the founder of the Torres winery and is composed of the oldest Soleras meaning the brandy is at least 30 years old. A similarly aged Cognac, although uniquely flavoured, runs about $180/bottle.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye – $30
Should be hitting the shelves of your local liquor store this week. But get it quickly as there is only 1500 cases for BC and demand for 5000.
The Dork UnCorked airs each Saturday between 2 and 3pm.
May 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
I believe that it is folly to take the moment out of the enjoyment of a beverage. Often the moment marries so completely with the beverage that the beverage tastes different, not necessarily not as good, than previously. If the moment is not as memorable then it is likely the beverage will be less memorable.
I had the good fortune to sit on my deck the last few evenings enjoying a spirit and it started me thinking about which spirits have been most enjoyable on a spring evening that still shows hints of winter on the wind.
As I looked into the past and enjoyed the present it struck me that on spring evenings I have enjoyed lighter spirits that feature more citrus or brisk fruit or herbal flavours.
Specifically I’m recommending Irish Whisky’s like Jamesons or Red Breast 12, Scotch such as Macallan 12, Glenfarclas 8, or Glen Garioich 12, just a small dram and a moment to enjoy life and all is good.
If you are not a whisky liker (if that is a word) then try Pisco which is a Chilean/Peruvian young brandy, or a light Cuban, Barbadian or Puerto Rican Rican rum. You could even go with a Silver or Platino Tequila or a Tuscan Grappa, but the trick is to have the citrus, tree fruit, fresh herbal flavours not weigh you down yet have the spirit warm you up. Just a few sips, some words with the breeze and the birds and all is right. I love those moments and each season has them.
If you have some favourites let me know as I would love to hear about them.