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Lesley Quinn Certified Sommelier

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Memorable Wine

2003 Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay by Peter Michael

First Wine

A Hawk's Bay, NZ Pinot Gris

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Rudi Pichler Smaragd Terrasen Riesling 2012

Wachau Valley, Austria


    My Review: The scent of white peach is so alluring in this wine I am tempted to inhale it through the nose rather than actually drink it. However on the palate it becomes slightly smoky and the slate soil the grapes were grown on becomes more apparent, leaving me relieved I didn't just smell it. The wine has a intense refreshing bite to it, like when you put a lemon wedge in your mouth, although not as tart. Texturally this Riesling would be a delicious match for Sashimi. A silk party for your mouth. Score: 91/100


    Domæne Gobelsburg Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 2007

    Kamptal, Austria

    Reviewed: August 19, 2008


      My Review: Ahh Grüner Veltliner is there any other wine so refreshing? Don't let the hard to say, "never heard of" aspect of this varietal scare you away. This wine is everything you love about NZ Sauvignon Blancs minus the ammonia smell. Delightfully light with notes of grass, and pink grapefruit, this is a great vegetable wine. So go get a Grüner! Score: 89/100


      Open Riesling Gewürztraminer 2011

      VQA, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada

      Reviewed: June 22, 2012


        My Review: This is a perfect beach wine (can you tell I am dreaming of summer already) With it's screw cap and low alcohol level you can enjoy it in the sun without risking a bloated feeling. A beautiful floral nose, and scrumptious white peach on the palate makes it ideal as a starter wine but if you want a tasty pairing idea I enjoyed it immensely with a spinach salad with mixed berries and some walnuts. Score: 86/100


        Vina Ventisquero Pangea Syrah 2006

        Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile


          My Review: A very dark and full bodied wine, that should be savoured. Rich plum, blueberries and black cherries mingle with black pepper. The terroir of the Apalta is apparent in a stoney chalky note. But what really grips you is the espresso note and the velvety tannins. It will only get more intense with age but drinks very nicely now. Try it with a rich game dish like Elk, or Bison. I mean if you are splurging on the wine may as well splurge on the meal too. Score: 91/100


          Pol Roger Brut

          Champagne, France

          Reviewed: June 22, 2012


            Domaine Saint-Romain Apremont "Selection Perret" 2012

            Savoie, France

              My Review: In the mood for a wine off the beaten path? Try this wine made from the rare grape Jacquère from the Savoie (Savoy) region of Eastern France found below Alsace. The nose has amazing flint scents with just a dash of lemon, and the palate provides fantastic minerality with a hint of peach. A clean easy drinking wine that would be delicious with a fresh trout, or the traditional Savoie dish of fondue. Score: 93/100


              Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Riesling 2010



                My Review: The slightly sweet yellow apple start with a fresh and tart green apple finish are very enjoyable to be sure but what I really love is this Riesling's texture. So heavy and oil like on the beginning it covers your entire mouth you wonder how it can disappear so quickly and leave your palate so cleansed by the end. The wine has enough body to work with a creamy appetizer like the Crimini and Chantrelle muchroom orzo I enjoyed it with. Score: 92/100


                Lachini Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2008

                Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States


                  My Review: This Pinot Noir was delicious! It proved to me why people refer to Oregon as being as good as Burgundy. Ripe cherries,and a hint of earth, with a finish so well balanced it kept you coming back for more and more. It paired with all our main courses beautifully (duck breast, sablefish, & tenderloin) and was good enough to be our dessert, although that didn't stop us from ordering it. Although not a everyday drinking wine at $43.95 a bottle of Lachini Pinot Noir is great for a special occasion. Or for a dinner party you want to impress at but have no idea what the food will be. Happy drinking! Score: 90/100


                  Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

                  Alexander Valley, California, United States


                    My Review: A special occasion wine at almost $80 a bottle, and a great addition to the cellar if you are a collector. This wine is a gorgeous shade of dark purple and surrounds you with beautiful dark cherries and blackberries on the front, and just a hint of dill from the 25 months spent in oak. Since the wine is a splurge you might as well go big or go home and enjoy it with a Filet Mignon. Score: 92/100

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