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10 Best Petit Verdot Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Petit Verdot

10 Best Petit Verdot Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is most famously associated with the Bordeaux blend, and is added to the blend to increase the tannin, colour and flavour. You’ll find my Top 10 Petit Verdot reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Petit Verdot: 1. It usually only makes up 1-3% of the Bordeaux blend, which also includes the grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The exception is Chateau Palmer, in which it is 6% of the blend due to the vineyard’s microclimate. 2. Petit Verdot can be a problem vine, as it ripens late in the season, if at all. It has... learn more  

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Recipe: Blue Cheese Hamburger with Red Wine Pairing

Recipe: Blue Cheese Hamburger with Red Wine Pairing

In celebration of National Hamburger Day, pair this savoury recipe for Blue Cheese Hamburger with the full-bodied red wine, such as Shiraz, Cabernet or Malbec. Please feel free to share this on social media with the hashtag #nationalburgerday Prep time: 30 minutes Total time, including cooking: 2 hours and 30 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef 2 ounces of crumbled blue cheese ¼ cup of minced fresh chives 1/8 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon of coarsely-ground black pepper ¾ teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of dry mustard 6 hamburger buns   Directions:... 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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Video: The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

Video: The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

The hosts of CTV’s The Social and I shared lots of scandalous laughs this week pairing wine and chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Click on the arrow above to play the video.  What’s you favourite pairing? We love chocolate not just for its taste, but also for its sensual texture. Cocoa butter, one of its main ingredients, melts close to body temperature, so sliding a piece into your mouth and feeling it seep out to coat your tongue can almost be orgasmic. Maybe that why’s the eighteenth century Venetian womanizer Giacomo Casanova drank chocolate daily as an aphrodisiac. Sadly, scientists have... learn more  

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A full-bodied, generous BC Pinot Noir with luscious aromas of fleshy ripe black cherry, spice and smoke. Layers of pleasure. Pair with veal or roast chicken....

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Full-bodied with black fruit and smoke. Juicy and mouth-watering. MINE: Wynns Coonawarra Estate The Siding 2012 is a juicy, mouth-watering and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra, South Australia. Look for rich blackberry, dark fruit, light herbs, cedar and savoury spice on this smoky red. Tannins are grippy and this purple-crimson red is a great cellaring candidate. Drink now and for the next 10 years. OTHER: Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review: This wine has Ribeye written all over it. Classic mentholated Coonawarra Cabernet with lots of crushed black cherry, black currants, spice, and hit of black raspberry. Just stunning. 92 points. OTHER: Perry rated this wine as 91/100. OTHER: Lise Charest Gagne rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: I held on to this bottle on purpose as an experiment and tasted in in Feb 2019. I was pleasantly surprised to find loads of juicy dark berries (black currant), balanced acidity and a boldness that didn't revolt. Some interesting herbs like spearmint and identifiable cedar oak influence without feeling like campfire smoke surrounded me. Such a great example of Coonawarra Cab grab a bottle from this area for yourself and the biggest glass you can! OTHER: Colette Martin rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: Appearance : Deep Ruby, clear Aroma: Lots of ripe red and dark berries, currant leather and sweet tobacco and dried herbs. On the palate big red fruits, cedar, leather, tobacco and baking spice with a hint of vanilla. Nice balance of acidity and tannins, structured, medium long finish with lots of ripe berries and spice and tobacco. Wonderful value wine and fresh still for a 2012. OTHER: Colin McKone - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: Dark ruby in colour with aromas of black cherry, plum, raspberry, smoke and mint. It is felled bodied with well balanced acidity and tannins. On the palate you get luscious flavours of ripe red fruits and black pepper. This will be an excellent pairing with a juicy steak or a BBQed rack of ribs. Tasted on March 11, 2018. OTHER: Nicole Lewis rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: A pleasing Australian Cabernet Sauvignon that veers on the fruit-forward side and yet, there is spice and smoke. A big wine with acidity to stand up and keep ones interest. A great wine for BBQed meats. Reviewed on March 11, 2018. OTHER: Simon Chen rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: It has already developed some secondary aromas of cigar box, wet forest. On the palate, it still has the new-world fruits but not over the top. Med body and med finish. It can definitely go for another 5 years. OTHER: Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: Big and bold, uber juicy, balanced. Ripe raspberry, blackberry, spicy. Great acidity, medium plus tannins, savoury, eucalyptus. Pairs well with rack of lamb or gourmet burgers. Tasted 2012 vintage in March 2018 decanted 1h. 90 points. OTHER: Restrained, leaner cabernet of intense blackcurrant/cassis fruit scents and flavours with a pretty solid cedar overlay. Sits in the palate medium weight, maybe even a touch 'lean' in a way and certainly finishes with a slightly watery but also nicely tannic chew, a dichotomy of sorts. Big word for saying that it's a wine almost a whole, but feels like a bit of cellar time might just be the blessing. It's a good, restrained wine for the price, offering a sense of elegance. Drink: 2019-2025. Score - 90+ (Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au, Aug. 1, 2018)....

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