malbec for the weekend

March 20, 2009

5

I haven't spent enough time with Malbec. Everytime I open a bottle I'm surprised by how much I enjoy it. Malbec is found in Bordeaux blends, southwest France, and is becoming extremely well known as a notable variety in Argentina.

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what the sfursat?

March 12, 2009

0

I am in love with this wine. It feels wrong to say that - this is definitely a masculine wine. He's suave and refined, layered, complex and elegant, but he's manly. Flavours are there firm, bold and unapologetic. It's a good thing too, there is nothing to apologize for.

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one of wine’s best kept secrets

March 6, 2009

1

Without fail, this is the varietal that gets the most knowing smiles when I talk to sommeliers, restauranteurs and other wine connoisseurs. The conversation usually ends with a wink and a smile, finger pressed to lips. They don't want the secret to get out - aromatics, complex flavour profiles, lengthy beautiful finishes AND built to age, all for under 20 bucks? It's one of wine's best kept secrets.

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what’s the freakin’ deal with tannins

March 1, 2009

0

You'll read tasting notes that call tannins round, angular, bitter, green, young, ripe, sweet, soft.. pick an adjective I'm sure it has been stuck in front of the word tannin in a tasting note somewhere. Ok, well "polka-dottted" probably hasn't been used, but there are a lot of marketing folk out there hungry to sell more wines, it's only a matter of time. So what are tannins really and what does it have to do with wine?

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Sunshine from Sonoma

February 20, 2009

3

There is a lot of oak in this glass, but I think it's not over used. This clocks in at 15% alcohol, and it's there this isn't a wine for the faint of heart. This ain't no fragile pinot this is a big strappin' wine.

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The Promis of Tomorrow

February 16, 2009

0

I was on the hunt for something italian - my bolognese sauce has an almost sweet savoriness to it, definitely rich and lots of tomato so acids are pretty high. I was thinking a barbera, but wasn't sure what I would find at the LCBO.

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Deep Dive on Acidity

February 10, 2009

0

thought I would dive into one of the big mysterious elements of wine structure for me: Acidity. I often hear it associated with "freshness" and "liveliness" or "refreshing qualities" - that doesn't work so well for me. I want to get into it a little more, understand it technically.

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