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10 Best Petite Sirah Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Petite Sirah

10 Best Petite Sirah Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Petite Sirah

There’s nothing petite about Petite Sirah. The robust red grape is also known as Durif and is mostly grown in Australia and California to produce full-bodied red wines. You’ll find my Top 10 Petite Sirah reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Petite Sirah: 1. Petite Sirah it should not be mistakenly spelled as Petite Syrah, which is a small berried clone of the Syrah grape variety from the French region of the Rhône Valley. However, Petite Sirah still has a familial connection to Syrah, as it is a cross of a Syrah pollen-germinating with a Peloursin plant which is... 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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Produced by Guy Mardon, Proprietor, this lovely light French Sauvignon Blanc with lemon freshness won a Gold Medal at the 2014 Concours des Vins du Val de Loire. Pair with vegetarian dishes. MINE: Notes of vibrant lemongrass, chives and asparagus. Very refreshing. OTHER: Martha Kelly AIWS - CS rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: This cool climate Sauvignon Blanc has flavours of ripe grapefruit, gooseberry, nettles, and stony minerality that carry through on the lively, refreshing finish. Pair with goat cheese, or creamy vegetable soup or seafood bisque. Drink now, or keep until 2016. Date tasted: October 2014. OTHER: Courtney Flood rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Smells can be deceiving... this wine gives first wave of a rich fruity aroma of pineapple, gooseberry, fresh peach, followed by the lemon and flint that hints at the true heart of the wine. The palate is full lemon-lime minerality that and a rush of mouth-watering acidity, and a hint of grassiness. This is a wine that demands to be paired with food. I paired this wine with a fried goats cheese salad with baby arugula, candied pecans, and dried figs and balsamic vinaigrette. The wine complemented the tanginess of the cheese and the bitterness of the greens, and contrasted the richness of the fried coating and candied nuts. OTHER: Jean-Luc Mardon, vigneron. OTHER: Domaine du Pré Baron is a member of the Terra Vitis organization. This group of French wine producers is committed to growing high-quality grapes without the use of chemical treatments. They employ many of the principles of sustainable agriculture, organic viticulture and biodynamics. From the famed Touraine, this Sauvignon Blanc will deliver characteristic notes of lemon citrus, grass, asparagus and gooseberry with a snappy, driving acidity and a saline mineral note. Ideal for seafood dishes (Vintages Panel, updated)....

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Madison's Ranch 2016 Chardonnay is an oaky, toffee-laden, buttery Napa Valley Chardonnay with ripe red apple and vanilla, creamy, weighty on the palate wrapped up with more toasty oak and balanced with good acidity to give it a lift. Chill and pair with smoked fish on baguette....

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In my ongoing quest to find the world's best bargain bottles, I select new wines weekly that represent the best value under $20. These are wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost ...

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