De Morgenzon 2011 DMZ Syrah: Dark and Earthy from Stellenbosch

South Africa is one region I’ve had so little of, a real shame as good friends of ours are right smitten with the region. They’ve both traveled there and have fallen in love with the country and its wines. I make a point of providing a South African wine whenever we’re sharing a meal together. This one is…

Gadais Pere et Fils Vieilles Vignes 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

So you might be thinking “what the heck does all that gobbledygook in the title really mean”? While the title of this post is a mouthful the wine certainly is not, more on that later. Let’s decipher the title a bit so we can better understand what is going on here. First, this wine comes from Muscadet, a subregion of…

Domane Wachau 2015 Gruner Veltliner: the Pride of Austria

If Riesling is the twinkle in a German’s eye then Gruner Veltliner is definitely the glimmer in any Austrians. It is Austria’s claim to fame since Roman times and now considered indigenous to the region. Of the many Austrian regions the Wachau Valley is considered one of the best, though quality varies between producers. As with…

Kruger-Rampf 2014 Munsterer Kapellenberg Kabinett Riesling

Aside from Chardonnay, of all the white grape varieties I’ve had Riesling nearly the most. Oddly, I’ve never blogged about it. It is light, refreshing, usually low alcohol, and very food friendly. It goes wonderfully with spicy food as the sweetness balances out the heat. I’m not a big fan of sweet wines but I do like Riesling when there is…

Oregon: Doing the Willamette Valley with Two Kids

I’m diverting from my normal post format here and taking part in the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #25. I’ve been reading the Drunken Cyclist blog for a while now and noticed this challenge come up from time to time. I never really thought about taking part until reading this month’s theme of Travel. I figured this was one subject I…

Adega de Moncao Non-vintage Vinho Verde: Thirst Quenching Deliciousness

Spring has sprung around here, or more like summer really. Due to El Niño we’ve had an unusually mild winter and really hot spring, making it feel like we missed the gentle transition we’re used to. Naturally with this hot weather I’ve moved away from big bold red wines and have started thinking about drinking…

Borgo di Colloredo 2010 Aglianico Terre Degli Osci

Aglianico is said to be the “Nebbiolo of Southern Italy”. To fully understand this comparison you need to know a bit about Nebbiolo. The most famous grape variety of the northern Italian region of Piemonte it is used in the highly sought after wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is said to have an essence of “tar and roses”, rustic…

Chateau Grand Terrier Des Eyriaux 2011 Bordeaux

My local wine shop’s buyer has recently been trying to bolster the French section of the store. Ever since trying the 2006 Chateau Haut-Mayne I’ve had a hankering to find other Bordeaux to sample and was thrilled to hear more would be coming in locally. They brought this in for an event they poured at but decided to sell…

Tommasi 2012 Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo: A “Baby” Super Tuscan

Everyone is searching for the next big up-and-coming wine region to get into. Often when this exciting new region is discovered there is an influx of investment trying to get a proverbial “piece of the pie”. Many famous regions have been through this, from Prosecco in northern Italy to Willamette Valley in Oregon to the…

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: from Paso Robles

My reviewing habits tend to be pretty scattered. Looking back over past few years of reviews there is a frequent switch between regions and varieties. Rarely do I drink wines from the same producer back to back but these past few weeks I did just that. It was more coincidental than purposeful as I bought this waiting for the…

Liberty School Zinfandel 2012: a Hope Family Wine

I do most of my wine learning by reading online content. I have a some favourite tried-and-true writers but it is nice once in awhile seek out new and fresh perspectives. Recently I stumbled upon the blog of Canadian wine writer Krista Lamb. I enjoy her style of writing, a mix of stories and reviews, a style…