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Tania Thomas CSW, WSET ADV

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First Wine

Fruity Zin's grown and vinified by my grandfather
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Unusual Wine Experience

At the age of 7, falling into the 500 litter oak barrel of fermenting grapes and sporting a lovely ...
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Current Fav Wine

Saint-Saturnin Le Clocher from sunny Languedoc


Pinot Noir's around the world

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Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan, BC 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia


    My Review: Well balanced, elegant and velvety, this rich Okanagan Pinot Noir delivers black cherry and a subtle whiff of forest floor on the nose, followed by a racy palate with soft tannins and a wild berry flavours. It is nicely balanced with a touch of oak and a long finish. Works well with a range of foods; a pulled-pork sandwich, roasted chicken or a grilled sockeye salmon. Score: 92/100


    Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012

    Okanagan Valley, Canada


      My Review: The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia’s region of Canada is one of the most northerly wine growing regions in the world, not always blessed with stellar summers. The exceptionally warm season of 2012 with its hot and dry summer allowed for much longer ripening season and produced much riper, fruit expressive wines. This is an elegant and complex; medium bodied Pinot Noir with the ripe strawberry nose and the palate bursting with plum and earthy notes, nicely balanced with lively acidity and smooth tannins. Delicious with BC’s grilled sockeye salmon and delicate morel mushrooms. Score: 94/100


      Gray Monk Pinot Noir 2011

      Okanagan Valley, BC VQA, Canada


        My Review: From the sun-drenched vineyards overlooking the Okanagan Lake in a cool climate region of British Columbia comes this light-bodied red. Fresh and vibrant palate with excellent acidity, fine tannins and flavours of tart cherries and raspberry, a touch of herbal notes and leather on a smooth finish. Serve slightly chilled with BC’s cedar-planked salmon to enhance its delightfully smoky taste. Reviewed July 20, 2014. Score: 90/100


        Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

        VQA BC, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

        Reviewed: March 7, 2013


          My Review: Stewart Family's pinot passion is undeniable. The winery grows eight clones of pinot noir in its estate vineyards and is Canada’s largest producer of premium Pinot Noir. Rich and complex, it reminds of a classic red Burgundy. Elegant and fruit forward with intense ripe red fruit on the palate and a touch of spice & truffle, it is my absolute favourite. Pair it with a wild mushroom risotto for a extra special treat. Score: 96/100


          Domaine Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune 2010

          Burgundy, France


            My Review: Bursting with ripe black cherry, raspberry and violets, this delicious Village Pinot Noir is vinified with fruit from 40 year old vines. It has a beautifully expressive, aromatic cherry nose, substantial minerality on the palate and shows great complexity. For a great match; serve with Bourgogne snails, roasted chicken or ripe creamy Brie. Ready to drink now through 2015. Score: 92/100


            Bouchard Ainé & Fils Pays d’Oc Pinot Noir 2010

            Pays d’Oc, France


              My Review: This intense, pocket-friendly Pinot Noir comes from the sunny Mediterranean wine growing region of Pays d’Oc. Vinified with 100% Pinot Noir grapes, it is bright ruby red with jammy ripe cherry and black currant nose. It displays well structured palate with soft tannins, abundance of fruit and a touch of vanilla followed by a long, smooth finish. Enjoy it with cheese fondue or a creamy risotto. Score: 90/100


              Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

              Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States

              Reviewed: November 23, 2013


                My Review: This full bodied, fruity Pinot Noir comes from the vineyards planted on one of the highest sites in California’s Monterey County. Cooled by the fresh coastal air and warmed by consistent sunshine, the area is ideal for pinot growing. Rich, dark and concentrated, it’s bursting with black cherry and ripe plum flavours with a touch of earth and spice. Tannins are soft, ripe and well integrated. Finish long and smooth. My favourite pairing; wild mushroom & black truffle risotto. Delicious!! Ready to drink now, could age for the next 6-8 years. Score: 93/100


                Mirassou Winery Pinot Noir 2012

                California, United States


                  My Review: Mirassou family has a six generation long tradition of wine making in the sun-drenched hills of Monterey and Sonoma Counties in California’s Central Coast. Their Pinot Noir is fruit forward, light bodied with the abundance of ripe cherries and strawberries, hints of vanilla and a touch of toast. Try slightly chilled with rosemary roasted chicken or matured pungent cheese. Score: 86/100

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