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Jane Staples

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Familia Arizu

Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Malbec 2018

Mendoza, Argentina
188 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 91/100

An excellent representation of Argentina's signature varietal in this elegant and fullbodied Malbec. Opaque dark purple with lovely ripe damson plums, pepper and vanilla on the nose, followed by a rich palate that showcases the ripe fruit, spice and dark chocolate with nicely balanced tannins and a lingering elegant finish. Definitely a buy again selection! Enjoy with grilled steak or lamb. Or you could cellar this for up to 10 years. Tasted May 2021

Tessellae Rosé 2020

Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France
205 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 87/100

This summery rosé is easy-drinking and easy to love. It gives pretty strawberry and watermelon notes on nose and palate, with slight herbal touches. Extra-dry and light, making it a perfect patio sipper. Pair with a chicken sandwich or mild cheeses. Tasted May 2021


Kutjevo Dry Rosé 2019

Kutjevo, Slavonia, Croatia
217 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

Pale salmon pink, this rosé is crisp, delicate and seductive, with aromas of roses and strawberries. Fruity palate with ripe strawberries, raspberries and herbal touches. Refreshing acidity keeps it feeling light in the mouth. Enjoy with all your favourite appetizers, shrimp salad and Mediterranean fare. Crafted from Pinot Noir and Zweigelt varieties. Great value in this very summery rosé, will definitely buy it again. Tasted May 2021

Rioja Reserva

Marqués de Vitoria Rioja Reserva 2014

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
228 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 93/100

This flavourful Rioja has a rich ruby colour. A highly perfumed nose piques your interest with notes of ripe cherries, blackcurrants, vanilla, spice, kid leather,(think gloves) mocha and cedar. The very harmonious palate reflects these flavours with a pronounced fruity emphasis and vibrant acidity. Then there's a very long, sensuous and fragrant finish. This wine truly engages your senses from the first whiff to the last lingering drop. It's a wine you can savour with a variety of food from roast lamb or pork, duck, spicy shrimp or bouillabaisse. It's also delightful with dark chocolate or berry desserts. Aged minimum 12 mos. in French and American oak. Definitely one to remember and buy again. This vintage won the Gold Medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2020. Highly recommended! Tasted April 2021


Farnese Fantini Sangiovese 2019

Terre Di Chieti, Abruzzo Igt, Italy
237 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

I love Sangiovese and this lip-smacking, fruity version is one more example of why. Tart cherry and sweet spice aromas followed by a delicious palate full of more cherry, vanilla, sweet spice, tobacco and dark chocolate. The vibrant acidity makes it sooo food -friendly, especially with pasta or chicken in tomato sauce, or a platter of cheese and salumni. But wait! The other exciting thing about this Fantini Sangiovese is the price; less than $9! At this price, order a case. Tasted April 2021

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Memorable Wine

Perrier-Jouet Champagne on the plane home from Paris.


First Wine

Folonari Valpolicella


Current Fav Wine

Stina Plavac Mali from Croatia





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