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Jane Staples

Jane Staples Certified Sommelier

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27 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 89/100

With Spring around the corner, I'm drinking more Rosé and this is my latest happy Rosé discovery. Bright sunset orange/pink colour. Semi-dry with fresh blackberry aromas, mainly blackberry and plum on palate. The fine acidity really takes this up a notch and makes it very food-friendly. Pair with savoury appetizers...black olive tapenade, chorizo salami, hard cheeses... Mediterranean fare. Excellent quality at this price point, so I'll trot right back to buy this again soon! Tasted March 2020.

57 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 92/100

Fragrant and ruby-red, with red fruit(plum), espresso and pepper aromas. A blend of Pinot noir, Zweigeltrebe and Frankova varietals. Crafted using organic viticulture, from hand-picked grapes. Complex palate offers tart cherry, plum, sous bois, mocha, white pepper and spice. Excellent acidity and soft tannins, with a long, peppery finish. A very enjoyable wine that pairs well with roast dark meats, venison, turkey and mature cheeses. Tasted June 2019, in Ostrava, Czechia.

Dalmatian Coast

Dalmatian Coast Dingac Kiridzija Plavac Mali 2017

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
59 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 91/100

Fragrant with notes of plum, dark fruit, regional herbs, dark chocolate and vanilla. Opens up beautifully and becomes more fruit-forward. Dry with soft tannins. Excellent balance and juicy acidity make it very versatile with food. Plavac Mali reminded me of Pinot Noir, but more full-bodied and even more fragrant. A tip for remembering this wine varietal: Plavac means "blue" in Croatian and "Mali" means small; a reference to the small bluish grapes characteristic of this varietal. I enjoyed this with seafood, both grilled octopus and scallop carpaccio. Wines made by Dingac are highly recommended. Tasted Nov. 2019

73 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 92/100

Exactly 2 years ago I tasted the 2016 vintage of this exquisite Alsatian Riesling. It's still one of my favourite white wines and if anything, I like the 2018 even better. Extremely delicate, dry and medium-bodied, it feels like nectar on the tongue. If you ever wondered what angels drink, then this would have to be it! Lovely notes of peach, lemon zest and wetstone throughout, with white florals coming through on the long finish. Perfect balance and mouth-watering acidity. Pair this with white fish , chicken or shellfish. Could age up to 5 years. It's not often you find this quality in a wine at this price point, but that's just another accolade for Alsatian wines. I'll be buying this again, soon, probably 2 bottles next time! Tasted January 2020

Riserva Ducale

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2016

Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy
92 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 92/100

A favourite amongst Chianti lovers, this gem from the Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. gives fragrant cherry, plum, violet and tobacco, along with hints of white pepper and herbs. Soft tannins, balanced acidity and lovely lingering rosemary on finish. Crafted from a blend of 80% Sangiovese with 20% Cab and Merlot. Enjoy with Osso Buco, pasta Bolognese or mushroom risotto. Tasted Jan. 2020

Jane Staples

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Memorable Wine

Perrier-Jouet Champagne on the plane home from Paris.


First Wine

Folonari Valpolicella


Current Fav Wine

Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir!

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