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10 Best Viognier Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Viognier

10 Best Viognier Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Viognier

By Lesley Quinn With a gold like colour, luscious tropical fruit tones and a full body to pull it all together, Viognier is a bon-viveur’s dream wine. If done properly a good Viognier can be like a late summer walk through a peach orchard. Aromas permeating the warm thick air with pungent ripe fruit. And although it’s decadent, somehow it still leaves you feeling refreshed as most Viogniers are vinified to dryness. But if done poorly a Viognier can be flabby and flat and feel like you’ve decided to take up coconut oil pulling again. Let these 10 great Viogniers be your next buy and these 5 facts about the grape be the talking points you share as you... learn more  

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Instant Spiced Apples Recipe Paired with Icewine

Instant Spiced Apples Recipe Paired with Icewine

The Apple of my Wine Get ready to bust out the BBQ, because its finally grill season. Mmm, I can practically taste the sizzle of tender steaks and juicy ribs, waiting to be devoured. Nothing says spring is here like a backyard BBQ. Best enjoyed with your friends and family over burgers, sausages and Canadian Cheese. Just don’t forget to leave room for dessert, or a scrumptious snack, like Spiced Apple with Canadian Brie. This light snack is sure to be a hit with its simple ingredients locally sourced from the farm. Slice up some apples with a dash of... learn more  

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Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies ...

Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies

We chat about how Hollywood's most memorable characters, from James Bond to Hannibal Lector, have always had a little help from the wine bottle. How wine is portrayed in the movies is often revealing about our wine culture. Sit back, open a good bottle and ... learn more  

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Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

This is what elegance and restraint tastes like from Australia: French grammar school, Australian graduate studies by the consummate gentleman winemaker Peter Gago. This wine was matured for a year in French oak, 26% of which was new. Lovely aromas of mint ... learn more  

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The Wrath of Grapes: How to Cure a Hangover

The Wrath of Grapes: How to Cure a Hangover

Do your eyelids creak when they open? Has your tongue been scrubbed with sandpaper? Is the Little Drummer Boy playing on your cerebral cortex? At this time of year, we make merry in haste and then repent in waste, the next day. Thousands of years ago, man discovered alcohol; the next day he discovered the hangover. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about what causes hangovers but not what cures them. Their effects are as immutable as Newton’s law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Of course, the only way to avoid a hangover is not... learn more  

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This robust Californian cabernet has that classic signature of black fruit, smoke and toasty oak all wrapped into a supremely satisfying package. MINE: The winery, in Geyserville, first made wine in 1974. Sonoma cabernet always has a terrific blend of fruit richness and spicy depth. OTHER: Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: Very balanced aromas of black cherry, red cherry, dark chocolate, and baking spices. The taste is juicy black cherry with very nice structured tannins. A wine made for a tender, rare Filet Mignon. OTHER: Lori Kilmartin - WSET3 Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: This is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc from the Alexander Valley. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, coffee and a touch of smoke. The Merlot adds some extra fruit flavour and helps smooth out the tannins while the other varieties add layers of complexity. Full body and a long cherry/cassis fruit finish. This would pair beautifully with a medium rare roast beef dinner. Tasted May 30, 2016. OTHER: Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: Quite a big boy, this one. Inky purple, spiced blackberry/currant stirred up with hints of vanilla, smoke and licorice. The tannins shout out at first, then fade to the background as the fruit takes over. Smokey black currant and alcohol finish. Crying out for a ribeye steak or gooey smoked bbq ribs - yum! OTHER: Since the release of their first wines in 1974, Clos du Bois has been a benchmark of Alexander Valley Cabernet. From the much-lauded 2014 vintage, this has plenty of that characteristic Clos du Bois richness: big and intense on the nose with lots of black cherry, blackberry, new leather and mocha. It is refined, firm and textured on the palate with a long, fruit-driven personality. Enjoy with rare steak. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2016)....

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Serve at 18 degrees with meats and cheeses. Juicy with attractive mouth-watering acidity with savoury notes of dried herbs and red and black fruit. Elegant wine for many dishes. Really worth trying. Great price. Some spice and smoke on the finish....

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