Naoussa Boutari Wine

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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.

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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.



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)

5 Countries That Offer the Finest Wines

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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 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.


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’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!


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

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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 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.

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


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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.


Nero D’Avola Cusumano

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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.

Wolf Blass The Entertainer – Red Blend

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Wolf Blass The Entertainer – Adelaine – South Australia

Wolf Blass The Entertainer is made of 50% Grenache and 50% Shiraz. It is medium-bodied and vibrant with  spicy, floral and fruity scents. At this price you will be charmed with this tasty red. The wine offers mouth-watering flavours of luscious cherries, plums, raspberries and spice. Made to be enjoyed now with some friends. Buy in bulk.

SKU # 676403

Shelf Price: $16.99 – $18.99

Find at BC gov’t liquor store, selected Liquor Plus stores, and EverythingWine stores.

Miopasso Primitivo

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MIOPASSO PRIMITIVO WINEMiopasso Primitivo – Puglia – Italy

Primitivo is a relative of California’s famous Zinfandel and is commonly found in the southern region of Puglia in Italy.  Expect attractive aromas of blueberry, baking spices, star anise, tea leaf and a hint of molasses. The palate shows expressive purple fruit, cola and licorice flavours. Smooth and fresh with fine tannins.   Pair with barbecued ribs or spicy sausage, hearty pasta dishes or food you’d normally pair with Zinfandel.

Available at Gov’t BC liquor stores.

SKU# 207373

Shelf Price: $13.79 – $16.79 + tax.

Syrah Mourvedre – Bertrand

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saint chinian syrah mourvedre – bertrand wineSaint Chinian Syrah Mourvedre – Bertrand – Languedoc-Rousillon

You won’t be disappointed with this attractive Saint-Chinian, Appellation. The wine is full-bodied, rich, and it offers blackcurrant, cherry, notes of coffee, and spices. It is a well-balanced, and elegant wine with a lovely finish.

Vinfication and Maturing

The grapes are picked for the most part by hand and subjected to a double sorting in the vines and in the cellar. Vinification is traditional with destemming of the grapes prior to the maceration stage which lasts roughly 1 month. The grapes are then pressed before the malolactic fermentation. One third of the wine is aged for 9 months in barrels, the rest being matured in vats to keep the fruity character of the wine.

FYI – Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the biggest wine producing regions in the world, responsible for over 1/3 of France’s wine production.

SKU # 251470

Price: $22.99 – $25.99 + tax