Domaine de Pellehaut 2015 Rosé

June 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

Domaine de PellehaudHave you ever watched the move My Summer In Provence? Every scene that involves a meal has a bottle of Rosé. It makes perfect sense because Rosé can be incredibly refreshing and wonderfully versatile. In fact Rosé goes with a broader spectrum of foods than does white (I know I know I am generalizing). So when the temperature rises to above 20C and the grass starts to bleach out, I get a craving for rosé.

As I strolled through my local wine shop I saw a signficant increase in the number of rosés from Provence, which is classic. Prices ranged from $15-$25 which is what I expected, but then I say a lonely wine from Gascogne. Not your typical rosé hotbed and you know how I love to find great values where they are unexpected, so I grabbed a bottle of the Domaine de Pellehaut 2015 Rosé.

Price ~ $18.99

Score ~ 8.1 Over Delivers

If you follow me on Instagram (rod_phillips) you no doubt saw the photo I took of the wine. The colour is a deep rose, and the nose shows bright fruit of strawberry, raspberry. and currants, while the palate is fresh, alive and bursting with finesse and elegance. The finish shows all the fruit and is dry. It is not possible to not want more of this wine, as evidenced by my instagram photo. This is a highly shareable wine and my recommendation would be to have 6-10 bottles kicking around for when friends drop by as one will not be enough.

Grapes ~ I had to do some research for this one as the label doesn’t really tell you anything. Tannat, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec

Store Section ~ France

Availability ~ Private Stores only

Cheers

Dork UnCorked

L’Ostal Cazes 2015 Rosé Pays D’Oc

April 7, 2016 § 1 Comment

L'Ostal Cazes RoséI was so excited to taste this wine. Not only is rosé a perfect fit for recent stretch of weather, but it is one of the first 2015 Rosés to hit the shelves.

Price ~ $15

Score ~ 7.5/10 Over Delivers

The colour is a pale pink rose and the aromas are of fresh strawberries, cherries and a dash of spring flowers. The palate is lively and vibrant with the finish showing how finely balanced this wine is.

I couldn’t help but feel optimistic about what the summer will hold when tasting this wine. It just puts a smile on your face and if you have it in the backyard it will transport you to a seaside picnic in the south of France.

As for food, I had this with a simply grilled chicken that was marinated for a number of hours in lemon, lime and orange juice, white wine, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, tarragon and rosemary harvested from the backyard…. and it was perfect.

Grapes: 50% Grenache 50% Syrah

Store Section: France

Availability: Exclusive to Government Stores 

Cheers

the Dork UnCorked

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Mocojo 2014 Long Stem Rosé

March 31, 2016 § 1 Comment

Mocojo Long Stem RoseWhen I got started in the wine business, some 20+ years ago, wine choices were Red, White & Pink and BC wines considered a joke and total plonk. The industry has come a long way since then. Not only has it shaken the ‘plonk’ reputation, but it has recently produced the World’s Best Wine (Decanter  2013- Martin’s Lane 2011 Pinot Noir), is the subject of multiple export inquiries, and is now sporting almost 200 wineries. So I have to say that it is no surprise to me when I get a sample from a winery I have never heard of. This the case of the Mocojo 2014 Long Stem Rosé.

Price ~ $18

Score ~ 7.2 Over Delivers

The colour reminded me of some of my favourite Spanish Rosé (Navarra, Calatayud Grenache based), and the nose was brimming with black cherry and strawberry. The palate is fresh and has more weight than I was expecting from a Rosé.

The people at Mocojo totally nailed Rosé and I greatly look forward to the 2015 version.

This is a great pairing for ham, roasted poultry, and yes, paella. Seriously make a fried rice dish but instead of using Soy sauce, reduce some Chicken broth with the rice, add some savoury spices like Thyme, Sage, black pepper, maybe some chili flakes. Make sure you put some peas in it, definitely some chicken and if you can some shellfish.

Grapes ~ Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir

Region ~ Naramata

Store Section ~ BC

Availability ~ Private stores only.

Cheers

the Dork UnCorked

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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

Blue Grouse 2014 Gamay Rosé

December 11, 2015 § 1 Comment

It’Blue Grouse Gamay Roses coming up on Turkey season and I have penchant for wine styles that are not your run of the mill, so I thought I would give this Vancouver Island made wine a run for its money… and am I glad I did.

Gamay Noir is one of my guilty pleasures. Most famously it is the grape of Beaujolais, but in general I prefer the expressions found right here in BC. Sultry cherry, and smokey grape with layers of spice and a usually a silky spice driven finish. But here in front of me in the middle of a nasty wind storm was a rosé of Gamay.

Rosé is a favourite pairing for Turkey and the truth be told I like the idea of pairing my local raised Turkey, locally sourced veggies and locally sourced family, with a locally grown and crafted wine.

The nose is filled with ripe cranberry and strawberry and the palate is crisp and alive. The finish is refreshing, juicy and offers a kiss of spice, which makes Mom’s gravy and my wife’s stuffing sing.

Price ~ $14.99-$16.99

Score ~ 8.2 Over Delivers

Assuming I have time I will be making the drive to the Winery to grab some or you can find it in your local private liquor store.

Store Section: BC Wines, Vancouver Island Wines

Grapes: 100% Gamay Noir

 

Muga 2014 Rosé

June 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

7.1/10 ~ Good Drop & I Like ItMuga Rose

Price: $15.69-$16.99

I’m a podcast junkie. In fact I almost never listen to the radio in the car anymore, unless I’m with my kids and then I get my quota of pop songs that all sound alike and have the same theme. One of my favourites is the TED Radio Hour. The theme of a recent episode was ‘Storytelling’ and it immediately grabbed my attention. For the last number of years I have been thinking about writing a book. No not another diatribe about tasting wine in fantastic places or about the vagaries of the BC liquor system. Rather a book of fiction.

Wines, unlike other things, seem to tell me a story, either about themselves or about those who also enjoy the wine. This is why this particular podcast grabbed me. Two takeaways from the podcast were ‘tell stories about what you know’ and ‘let the subject should tell a truth about you’. No I am motivated. I seem to have greater clarity as to what and how I am to write my book. What you will find in each post from now on, is I will try to put into words the story the wine is trying to tell me and hopefully, that will also tell me a truth about myself.

The Muga 2014 Rosé gives me the impression that it is the mental floss or ‘romantic comedy’ of this illustrious winery. Muga is a great producer of top quality Rioja. Although each wine is brilliant and showing enticing finesse, they are also very serious wines. You know the type. If this wine was a colleague it would be that guy that is both brilliant, fastidious, and necessary for success, but who would feel totally uncomfortable at a music festival or in a food fight. The Rosé on the other hand shows that the winery has a soft, whimsical spot, that takes the tension away and adds some softness to an otherwise stalwart exterior. In fact, as important as the brilliant, outstanding and fastidious wines are to the winery, it is the Rosé that is the love that makes all the wines a family.

Tasting Notes: This pale pink Rosé has a classic red berry/cherry nose which is repeated on the refreshing, crisp palate. Many Spanish Rosés feature an undertone of black or white pepper spice that is not really evident here, however if you slow down, taste slowly, and let the wine caress the palate in a deliberate manner, then indeed there is just a hint of pepper.

Value: I think I got good value for my money, and I was craving a Rosado, however it didn’t blow me away and I’m not sure I would ‘camp out’ on this one. I’m already thinking of what Rosé I will try next.

Added Value: This wine is really good wine for those looking to explore the whimsical side of Rioja or need a well made wine to pair with a specific dish when the Foodies come over.

Food Pairings: I had this with some light triple cream brie and it worked beautifully. I would say that if you go with young cheeses and some fresh fruit, you will have it nailed.

Service: Chill this wine down, pull the cork and serve.

Grapes: Viura, Garnacha, Tempranillo

Store Section: Spain

Appellation: Rioja

Available: BC Liquor Stores, Everything Wine

Alcohol: 13.0%

Spring Is In The Air: A Poll

March 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hey All;

If you are here on the West Coast you are no doubt enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. For those of you points east, I’m sure you would love to be in a Spring frame of wine… or should I say mind?

It’s been a few months now since I started this blog and given the response, I thought I would ask you all to help improve it. I want to provide reviews of wines in our market that are under $20 and I want them to be fun and useful so if you could take a minute and answer the following questions that would be truly awesome.

 

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