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Tania Thomas CSW, WSET ADV

Vancouver, BC

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CSW,CERTIFIED SPECIALIST OF WINE WSET ADVANCED

First Wine
Fruity Zin's grown and vinified by my grandfather Read more

Unusual Wine Experience
At the age of 7, falling into the 500 litter oak barrel of fermenting grapes and sporting a lovely ... Read more

Current Fav Wine
Saint-Saturnin Le Clocher from sunny Languedoc

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Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Reserve Merlot 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

$14.99

    My Review: This beautifully complex full bodied and smooth Okanagan Merlot seduces with its toasted coconut & vanilla cream nose. The palate is well structured with a great depth of ripe black cherry & plum notes, supported by fine tannins. Could cellar for a few years or enjoy tonight with gourmet hamburgers. Score: 93/100

     

    Peller Estates Family Series Pinot Blanc, Okanagan, Bc 2010

    British Columbia, Canada

    $13.00

      My Review: This smooth, fruit forward, medium bodied Pinot Blanc delivers a subtle nose of apple peel, pear and pineapple. The palate is dry with a touch of lemon drops and bright acidity followed by a long, lingering finish. Great paired with shellfish or spring salads. Score: 87/100

       

      Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

      VQA BC, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

      Reviewed: March 7, 2013

      $44.99

        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

        93/100
         

        Caliterra Reserva Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc 2011

        Casablanca, Chile

        $15.00

          My Review: This light, crisp and fresh sauvignon blanc delivers abundance of citrus notes and a touch of minerality on the nose. Palate is dry with a bright acidity and aromas of ripe mangos and lime zest, followed by a long clean finish. Aromatic and versatile it would make a great match to a pan seared salmon with a splash of lemon. Score: 90/100

           

          Paul Mas, Pay’s D’oc Viognier 2012

          Languedoc, France

          $13.99

            My Review: This delicate Viognier comes from Pay’s D’oc in Languedoc region of Southern France. It displays notes of dry fruit, ripe peaches, honey and jasmine blossom. Partially aged in oak, it is well balanced and versatile. Enjoy it as an aperitif or served with reach creamy sauces, blue cheese, fruit deserts or simply prepared lobster in rich buttery sauce. Serve at 10-12 C. Score: 93/100

             

            Arc du Rhône, Côtes Du Rhône Villages 2011

            Rhône, France

            $17.00

              My Review: Delicious blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, full flavoured, big and fruit forward nose followed by a burst of red fruit, flowers, delicate spice and vanilla on the palate. Beautifully balanced with firm tannins and a touch of wood, it would make a great companion to an assortment of French cheeses or my personal favourite; match it with a duck confit and pour yourself another glass.

               

              Domaine Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune 2010

              Burgundy, France

              $32.00

                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

                 

                Speri “Sant’Urbano” Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2008

                Veneto, Italy

                $66.00

                  My Review: This is an extraordinary wine with great complexity and elegance. Made in the Veneto region of Italy with CorvinaVeronese, Rondinella and Corvinone grapes. Carefully selected best bunches from the prestigious Monte Sain’Urbano vineyards are dried for four months losing about 40% of initial weight. This created a wine with great structure, deep red color and intense bouquet with spicy aromatic and jammy notes of ripe black cherry, tobacco, smoke and leather. It has a rich palate and an impressive, soft and velvety finish. This is a truly special wine; curl by the fire, take a long sip and let all your worries melt away ……… Score: 94/100

                   

                  BellaVista Franciacorta Cuvée Brut

                  Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy

                  $49.99

                    My Review: This dry, lively, med-bodied sparkler comes from Franciacorta, one of the Italy’s newest areas for production of top-quality wines in northern region of Lombardy. It is made in a Traditional Method with approx 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Nero/Pinot Bianco grapes. This is a very nicely balanced, elegant wine with a persistent fine mousse. It delivers bouquet of white flowers, ripe pears and vanilla brioche followed by a long, tangy finish. For added pleasure serve with the lobster or smoked salmon crostini. Definite reason to celebrate ……anything !! Score: 92/100

                     

                    Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Canella Prosecco Di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Docg

                    Veneto, Italy

                    $49.00

                      My Review: Made with 100% Prosecco grapes in the northern Italian region of Veneto, this fruity sparkler with persistent, lively bubbles is sure to please. It delivers lively aromas of peach, apple, pear and citrus. Nicely balanced palate with crisp acidity and a hint of sweetness. Best served as a delicious and refreshing aperitif or accompanied by a bite (or two) of caviar for a special occasion. Score: 90/100