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Jane Staples

Jane Staples Certified Sommelier

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12 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

This 100% Melon de Bourgogne from the Loire shows lovely bright tropical fruit on the nose. Lots of citrus lemon and tropical fruit on the palate along with good acidity, which lingers on the finish. An excellent pairing for shellfish, lobster and white fish. Very fine with our Moules Marinere last night. Currently on sale at SAQ, $14.45 plus 500 bonus points - it's all good!


Bodega Toro Winery Centenario Malbec 2019

Mendoza, Argentina
90 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 87/100

An edgy, robust Malbec from Argentina’s famous Mendoza vineyards. Shows lots of ripe plum and dark raisin fruit along with smoke and a touch of mocha. Grippy tannins. The Malbec varietal is one of my favourite full bodied reds because it’s so flavourful and versatile with food. Great match for grilled lamb, BBQ ribs, burgers or Mesquite potato chips. Keep this one on hand for all those upcoming barbeques! 87 pts. Tasted May 2020

155 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.

185 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
187 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

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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