Kuei Hua Chen Chiew – Feng Shou – Chinese Happy Wine

 

Kuei Hua Chen Chiew – Feng Shou – Chinese Happy Wine

Kuei Hua Chen Chiew - Feng Shou - Chinese Happy Wine

Happy Wine – Dessert Wine

A wine lover is not satisfied with drinking the same wine every day, no matter how expensive and precious it is. Variety is the spice of life! I am a wine adventurer,  I like to sample products that are not main stream and that  I never heard of, and sometimes you can find some unusual and surprising wines… Kuei Hua Chen Chiew Feng Shou –  Chinese Happy Wine. It is a Chinese dessert wine infused with the Osmanthus flowers.  It is made from the indigenous Longyan grape variety grown in the  Zhuolu County in China. It has an interesting light, bright orangy/pinkish colour.  The nose is fragrant with sweet apricot, peach, and a hint of flowery Jasmine , from the Osmanthus flowers,  and some minerally notes. It offers a mix of sweet and bitterness mouthfeel, ripe dried apricot flavours with good acidity. It is simple, unique, enjoyable, and fun!  Enjoy it chilled after the end of a nice meal. This wine is well-suited as an apéritif cocktail such as a ‘Happy Spritzer’. In a wine glass add a few ice cubes, pour 3 oz of Happy Wine and top-up with soda water, et voilà!

SKU #897397  –  $10.99 + tax – Available at BC Liquor stores and selected private stores.

 

longyan-grape

Longyan Grape

It is a late ripening variety; its firm pulps and steady stems mean that berries won’t fall off that easily during storage. Due to this reason, in ancient China, when the storage conditions of fresh fruits were not as satisfactory as today, Longyan was favoured by producers and consumers. Similar to Gewurztraminer, when Longyan grape matures, its skin turns red. The average weight of each berry is 7 to 8 grams (5 times heavier than that of Cabernet Sauvignon), and a good sugar and acid balance gives Longyan a pleasant taste as a table grape. As this grape is widely planted and easy to source, in 1979, China Great Wall Wine (which belongs to COFCO) chose Longyan to produce the very first dry wine in China, the ‘Great Wall Dry White’. The wine was produced in Huailai, Hebei Province, which is an important producing region for the grape. Excerpt  from China Decanter emag. For more information visit ChinaDecanterMag page.

China has emerged on to the global wine scene with unprecedented speed in recent years, both in terms of production and consumption. Currently, it is one of the top 10 wine-producing countries in the world, both in terms of area under vine and of volume produced. It is a good time to explore and discover the wide range of Chinese alcoholic beverages.

Cheers!

1000 Stories Zinfandel

 

Wine Of The Month

1000 stories zinfandel wine

1000 Stories Zinfandel Mendocino, California

1000 Stories is made – like craft spirits and beer – in small lots, each unique and expressive of Winemaker Bob Blue’s interpretation of the fruit, vineyards and barrels whose singular qualities came together to create something new. Each batch offers an opportunity for discovery. Maturing 1000 Stories in new and used bourbon barrels from some of America’s finest bourbon distilleries lends nuance and enhances Zinfandel’s signature red fruit and spice notes. Zinfandel ultimately is a hearty red grape whose structure and flavors successfully stand up to – and riff on – the intensity of bourbon barrels. For 1000 Stories, fruit from heritage Mendocino Zinfandel vines dating to the 1880s is enhanced in the blend by Zinfandel from some of California’s most exciting emerging AVAs for the variety.

Flavours Profile

A harmonious balance of aromatic red fruit scents, and complex dark fruit flavours. A touch of Petite Syrah adds bold black and white pepper spice. Rounded out with a pleasing layer of smokiness derived from the bourbon barrel aging. Pair with pork sausage or grilled meat. It is a ‘Love At First Sip‘ kind of wine.

SKU#149636 – Shelf price $29.99 + tax ( $2 off until March 3 )

Available at BC Liquor stores, EverythingWine stores, and selected private stores.

 

Painted Wolf ‘Guillermo’ Pinotage

Wine Of The Month

 

Painted Wolf ‘Guillermo’ Pinotage, Swartland, South Africa

Painted Wolf ‘Guillermo’ Pinotage - The Wine DetectivePainted Wolf Guillermo is very much a handmade wine. Guillermo is the most exciting Pinotage that I have tasted in a few years! It has a deep garnet colour, and it is full-bodied. The wine is rich, and intense with good ripe blueberry, dried fruit, exotic spice, and soft vanilla notes. It has ripe but manageable tannins and a long lingering finish. Enjoy with or without food, you decide. Suitable for cellaring for 2 to 3 years. Pair with roasted venison.

Pinotage

The first grape developed in South Africa, a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. It was created by professor Abraham Perold in 1925, and the first commercial plantings were made in 1943, but became widely accepted only in the 60s. The name Pinotage is a combination of its two parents, as Cinsaut was then known in South Africa as Hermitage.

Listing Price: $28.99 + tax

SKU# 813881

Availabe at EverythingWine stores in BC and Britannia Wine Merchants store in Calgary .

Literary Wine Lovers

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LITERARY WINE LOVERS

 

I would like to share my reading list on the subject of wine.

1. The Accidental Connoisseur by Laurence Osborne

What is taste? Is it individual or imposed on us from the outside? Why are so many of us so intimidated when presented with the wine list at a restaurant? In The Accidental Connoisseur, journalist Lawrence Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of some answers. Weaving together a fantastic cast of eccentrics and obsessives, industry magnates and small farmers, the author explores the way technological change, opinionated critics, consumer trends, wheelers and dealers, trade wars, and mass market tastes have made the elixir we drink today entirely different from the wine drunk by our grandparents.

2. The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

If you’re getting your morning jollies reading about the amazing collapsing Ponzi schemes of investment wizard Bernie Madoff, you’ll love The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Story of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. It’s all there: fraud on a grand scale; apparently smart people who should have known better committing serial stupidities; rich people doing pratfalls in public. It’s like a bottle full of schadenfreude; what more could you ask from a wine book? It makes you wonder about those wine experts!

3. Judgement of Paris by George M. Taber

The only reporter present at the mythic Paris Tasting of 1976—a blind tasting where a panel of esteemed French judges chose upstart California wines over France’s best—for the first time introduces the eccentric American winemakers and records the tremendous aftershocks of this historic event that changed forever the world of wine. The Paris Tasting of 1976 will forever be remembered as the landmark event that transformed the wine industry. At this legendary contest—a blind tasting—a panel of top French wine experts shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over France’s best. You might also want to read ‘To Cork Or Not To Cork’ by the same author.

4. The Wine Savant by Michael Steinberger

A savvy and opinionated tour of the contemporary world of wine. Today’s dynamic wine culture calls for a different kind of wine book. The Wine Savant is just that: punchy, polemical, and brimming with insights to educate and entertain beginning wine drinkers and seasoned oenophiles alike.

5. Bacchus & Me by jay McInerney

Jay McInerney on wine? The best-selling novelist has turned his command of language and flair for metaphor on the world of wine, providing this sublime collection of nontraditional musings on wine and wine culture that is as fit for someone looking for “a nice Chardonnay” as it is for the oenophile.

Santé!

 

 

Wine – But Not As We Know It

orkney wineWine But Not As We Know It

Wine is defined by the European Commission as the ‘fermented juice of grapes’. This definition excludes many types of wine such as ancient Chinese rice wine. A recent addition to the multitude of world wine is Chinese fish wine. The wine, for which the official Chinese news agency Xinhua claims orders have already been received from a number of neighbouring countries, is said to be nutritious and contain low alcohol.
In 2001, the Orkney Wine Company was established in Scotland after getting grants from the local council and the Highland Fund. The plan was to make wine with fruit and vegetables; a whisky and carrot blend was the first planned for commercial consumption. All their wines and liqueurs are made in the traditional way using fruit, flowers and vegetables, which are fermented whole resulting in high levels of anti-oxidants and maximum flavours. Only the finest natural ingredients are used, with as much as possible grown in Orkney. Turnip wine anyone?
Santé!

White Porto Mojito

 

 Wine Cocktail – White Porto Mojito

White Porto Mojito - The Wine Detective

Tis’ the season…to add some pizzazz to your holiday party! If you’re already feeling eggnog’d out just thinking about the holidays, and want to celebrate with something other than regular wine, try this delicious White Porto Mojito. This wine cocktail is easy to make and budget friendly. Use soda water or Perrier for a less sweet cocktail.

Recipe for about 13 people.

  1. Fill a large pitcher halfway with ice.
  2. Pour in a bottle of Taylor Fladgate White Porto.
  3. Slice a lemon and put the pieces in the pitcher.
  4. Tear up 1 or 2 sprig of mint and put in the pitcher.
  5. Add a 1 L bottle of tonic water.
  6. Stir for about 10 seconds.
  7. Garnish with a slice of lemon and mint. (pomegranate seeds would look very festive)

Cheers!

How To Keep An Open Bottle Of Wine

 

FaLaLa… Tis’ the season of festive parties. Wine will be served, and what to do with the left over?

left over wine

HOW TO KEEP AN OPEN BOTTLE OF WINE?

I am asked the question, frequently. Left over wine has never been an issue in my house. A Bacchus commandment “Thou shall finish an open bottle of wine”.  In the event that you have some wine left at the end of your party, here are some tips on how to seal your open bottle and where to store it to get an extra day out of your left over.
  • „White wines will last 1 or 2 days depending of the style.
  • „Red wines will last about 3 days depending of the style.
  • „Full-bodied wines will retain flavour and freshness better than lighter wines.
  • „Younger wines will retain flavour better than older wines.
  • „Refrigerate, left over wine, will help to preserve its lifespan. You should refrigerate white and red. Don’t forget to pull out red wine about 30-40 minutes before serving.
  • Reduce the amount of oxygen in the bottle by putting left over into a smaller bottle. Use an air tight closure, it helps slow down oxidation.

vacuvin_wine_saver_white

 

Try a wine saver gadget. The 2 most popular ones are:
1 – VACUVIN ( a vacuum sealer ) from $18.00 to $22.00
2 – PRIVATE PRESERVATIVE ( gas) from $16.00 to $20.00

 

 

 

FREEZING LEFT OVER WINE

How about freezing left over wine?  The experiment had good results according to the ‘Shopping Bag’ and a few other web sites. The wine tasted as good as the one day left over wine. They said that the wine tasted fine. Unfortunately, they don’t talk about the type of container used for the experiment. Have fun doing your own experiment, and let me know the result.

COOKING WITH LEFT OVER WINE

Using a bit of wine in sauces and stews enhance flavours. In restaurants, we use cheap wine for simmering dishes such as lamb shanks, and we use quality wine for sauces. I always have a bit of left over white and red in my fridge. The left over will last about 2 months. You can freeze wine in an ice tray. It is really practical, you take only as many cubes as you need. You can keep chicken and beef broth the same way.
Cheers!

Naoussa Boutari Wine

Wine Of the Month

naoussa boutari red wineNaoussa Boutari Wine – Macedonia, Greece

 

History Of Region

Naousa (or Náoussa) is a town in the hills of Macedonia, northern Greece. In 1971 it became Greece’s very first wine region to be given its own official appellation title, and served as a model for the Greek appellation system.During the 19th Century, Naousa wine was found in well-to-do households across Europe as local producers were able to get around the high taxes and bans on winemaking imposed in much of mainland Greece by the ruling Ottomans. However, an outbreak of phylloxera in the early 20th Century led to many of Naousa’s vineyards being ripped out. In the 1960s, vines were replanted with phylloxera-resistant rootstocks, and more-modern viticulture and winemaking techniques saw a resurgence of Naousa wines. The arrival of the Naoussa appellation (a PDO) in 1971 precipitated significant improvements in both viticulture and winemaking.

The grape

Xynomavro is a dark-skinned grape variety widely planted in northern Greece and, to a lesser extent, the Macedonian Republic.The variety is highly regarded in its native Greece as the finest red wine the country has to offer. With its characteristically high tannin and acidity, Xynomavro is structurally one of the biggest red wines in the Mediterranean, and indeed Europe.

(Info via wine-searcher.com)

Tasting Notes

The Boutari wine is a good entry level to Naoussa wine style. It offers rich aromas. Medium to full-bodied with ripe red fruit, spices and soft tannins in the finish. Pair with barbecue, ripe yellow cheeses, sausages, smoked cold cuts, pasta with spicy red sauce.

Shelf price $17.49 ($2off at BCLDB until Nov 26). Available at selected private stores.

Cheers!

 

Hayes Ranch Red Blend

Wine Of The Month – Hayes Ranch Red Blend

hayes ranch red wine blend

Founded in 1883, Wente Family Estates is the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country, owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family.

The Hayes Family was a true California ranching family whose livelihood depended on the land. The Wente Family Estates winemaking team carries on the Hayes family tradition by crafting bright, delicious wines from premier California vineyards.Harvested from select vineyards in California, whose topography, soils and climate provide optimal growing conditions.

Hayes red blend tasting notes: Medium-bodied and fruity on the palate with blackberries, tart cherries, strawberries, raspberries, dark chocolates and pepper.

Aailable at EverythingWine stores, The Strath in Victoria, and other selected private stores.

Artisan Bistro in Broadmeed, Victoria also offers this red.
Shelf Price:$15.49 (price may vary)

Feteasca Alba Jidvei Sec

Feteasca Alba Jidvei Sec – The Wine Of The Week

 

feteasca alba jidvei sec wineFor The Avid Wine Explorers

The Feteasca Alba wine is ideal to be enjoyed at any occasion, especially with friends and family at home or in the city with barbecue food and picnic. This wine is full-bodied, fresh and has aromatic characters.

Feteasca Alba Grape
This is an ancient Romanian grape with more than 2000 years of history. The Feteasca Alba (White Maiden in English) is grown especially in Banat, Moldova and Transilvania. The wines are either dry or semi-dry, with a balanced alcohol content (11.5-12%), good acidity, and feature a velvety, natural finesse. It is the most popular Romanian grape variety, over 23000 hectares of land being cultivated with it.

JIDVEI Winery
Jidvei is the most famous Romanian producer of premium dry and medium dry white wines. Based in the heart of Transylvania, Jidvei’s vineyards spread on more than 2500 hectares alongside the Tarnave River, which gives its wines their Denomination of Controlled Origin. Situated at an altitude between 300 and 500 meters above sea level, most of the plantations have a Southern exposition, thus the sun rays and chalky soil, make up the perfect conditions for vine-growing.

Area Of Production: Romania, D.O.C Tarnave
In the heart of Transylvania, at Jidvei, there is an ancient castle, built between 1570 and 1580, that became the symbol of some of the best Romanian D.O.C (Denomination of Controlled Origin) white wines.

Shelf price: $12.49 + tax  –  Available at BC Gov’t liquor stores.

Santé!

5 Countries That Offer the Finest Wines

five wine countriesGuess post and image by Emily Johnson (unedited)

Wine is one of the best things to have happened to mankind and nowadays, wine making in nothing less than an art in countries like France, Spain, Italy and U.S, who also happen to be the largest wine producers in the world. So, if you like attending wine testing events to give your palate a distinct and royal taste from the varieties of wines available then let’s explore the top five countries all around the world that have mastered finesse in wines and are popular for their refined wines all over the globe.

Italy

Italy is famous for a lot of things and this includes wine too! The famed Chianti wine comes from Tuscany, Italy where it is made from a conventional method of crushing grapes with feet and wine is put into underground cellars made from rocks. Tuscany also lets out many wine tours for wine lovers and you can sometime plan a short visit to the grape vines there and immerse yourself in this quaint wine paradise.

France

The French destination Bordeaux is the one to explore for wine tasting and touring. Table wines from Bordeaux are really famous and the town itself is replete with Gothic church structures and tripping to chateaus is the way to experience wine ecstasy. It is one of the best places that produce finest wines from France to making it an ideal compliment to your family meals and parties!

Spain

Spain’s Catalonia and Barcelona are the regions that produce amazing white wines and sparkling cava. Barcelona is actually Catalonia’s capital and is blessed with a wonderful combination of modern and ancient aura. Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes found here are dominating ingredients in red wine while Macabeo and Parellada are used in white wine. Hence, both red wine and white wine are finely created in these two Spanish regions and if you are ever looking to witness the whole making process, plan a wine tour to Catalonia and Barcelona for sure.

United States

When looking for the best wine places in United States, Finger Lakes is surely the perfect one to begin with. It is the largest wine making destination and is located in New York. Around 100+ wineries are situated in Finger Lakes and offer a range of varieties from Chardonnay to Vidal Blank. For wine touring, start with New York Wine & Culinary Center and then explore the special wine trails of Cayuga and Seneca. There are also farmhouses located at this upstate side of New York and a whole trail of wineries are just waiting to be found around this splendid region. The relishing wine tasting and a quaintly backdrop will surely make your trip worth remembering!

Argentina

Making its entry in the list of largest wine producers, Argentina has emerged as one of the superior wine making countries in the last decade. The popular of all are the incredible Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Mendoza is the wine destination to go for in Argentina and is well-known for wineries offering sample tasting tours. But pre-booking is inherently important if you are tripping to Mendoza and you can also visit the Vines of Mendoza for a brief introduction to the wine locations that can be found here.

Therefore, these stunning regions from all around the world have made our ideas of finest wines as truly possible. These are the places to add in your bucket list especially for wine connoisseurs and if you are on a spree to taste the best wines in the world.

Author’s Bio:

Being a scrumptious foodie herself, Emily writes about her food experiences and on international cuisine related topics like Mexican candies to keep her audience updated about latest food happenings.

 

Régnié Beaujolais – Maison Des Bulliats

Wine Of The week

regnie beaujolais maison des bulliats wineRégnié – Maison des Bulliats, Grand Cru du Beaujolais, Burgundy

Régnié is an appellation for red wines in northern Beaujolais, France, covering land immediately east of the village of Beaujeu.  Once a part of the Beaujolais Villages appellation, years of lobbying by the region’s growers saw the area confirmed in 1988 as the tenth Beaujolais cru. Régnié wines are some of the lightest of the Beaujolais crus, and are sweet-scented and structured, with refined tannins.

La Maison des Bulliats is a small family run vineyard producing Régnié, a delightfully light, fruity and well structured red from the Gamay grape variety. This Beaujolais offers fragrant aromas and flavours of cherry, raspberry and a hint of spice. The original vines of the region were planted by the Roman governor Reginus from which the cru and local village derive their names. This Grand cru is a terrific food wine. Pair with turkey, ham, or soft cheese. Suggestions: Serve cool at 14-15°C on opening.

SKU 137760

Shelf Price: $19.99 + tax

Available at BC liquor stores, EverythingWine, and other private stores.

Monile Valpolicella Ripasso 2010

CANTINE SALVALAI – MONILE VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO 2010 – ITALY

Cantine Salvalai - Monile Ripasso Valpolicella

Deep ruby red colour. The nose is of ripe fruit, jam cherries and sweet spices. A big mouthful of intense fruit characters, raisin, spices, smoke, and a hint of earthiness with a good finish. A great food wine. Pair with meat & pasta dishes, grilled or stewed red meat, it can also be served with moderately aged cheese, and game.

PRODUCTION
At the end of the first fermentation , the wine used to make Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC, is placed in contact with the marc and dried grape juice of the same variety already used to make Amarone. Such contact leds to a second fermentation lasting 6 to 12 days and gives the wine extra fragrance, color, alcohol content and body. After Malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for about 10- 12 months. in Slavonian oak barrels (80%) and French oak tonneaux (20%), before being left to refine in bottles for another 6 months.

Shelf Price: $24.09 + tax

SKU# 147249

Available at selected private wine stores.

Judeka, Cerasuolo Di Vittoria DOCG

 

Wine Of The Week

 

cerasuolo di vittoria docg judeka wineJudeka, Cerasuolo Di Vittoria DOCG, Sicily – Italy

Sicily, Vittoria DOCG status was granted in 2005. A modern wine in a land of tradition. Sicily, new wine makers have grown up in a world very different, with resources, knowledge and objectives signs of our times, but with a mentality forged in an age where the concept of work has undergone a radical transformation, inside and outside.
This red is a blend of 60% classic Nero d’Avola (fruity) and 40% Frappato (delicate and floral). Medium-bodied with a bright ruby hue. A fragrant nose that exposes muddled aromas of dried cherries, juicy strawberries, and subtle vanilla notes. On the palate, it offers pomegranate, and raspberries with soft tannins. Attractive and easy drinking.

Shelf Price: $ 27.59 + tax

SKU# 749085

Available at Signature BC gov’t stores and selected private stores.

Salute!

Nero D’Avola Cusumano

Wine Of The Week

nero d'avola cusumano wineNero d’Avola IGT – Cusumano – Sicily – Itlay

I find that in general the wines of Sicily are an awesome group of wines for people who love something different. The warm climate ensures fruity, full, higher alcohol wines, and that’s a winning bet for good quality wines. The Cusumano average age of the vines is fourteen years. The wine has gone through malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, and a period in contact with the lees for at least five months. This Nero d’Avola is medium to full-bodied and dry style. Slightly earthy with good ripe berry fruit, and mocha flavours. Pair with roast beef or lamb.

Meet the grape

Originally from a small town called Avola in south east Sicily, this black (nero means black) grape is so under the radar. This highly respected grape is also called Calabrese, and it grows superbly in Sicily. It is also a super blending grape with the ability to age and gives firm structure. Merlot makes a great partner and produces fine and elegant wine.

SKU # 143610

Shel Price: $16.49 – $19.49 + tax

Available at BC gov’t liquor stores and selected private stores.