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Jane Staples

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Stina Plavac Mali Majstor 2016

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
11 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 93/100

This ripe and luscious Plavac Mali was my favourite wine of the year. It is crafted from hand-picked grapes grown on Croatia's beautiful island of Brac, along the Dalmatian coast. Bright garnet red and fragrant, it is known as the "King of Croatian Reds". Highly aromatic with notes of plum, dark fruit, regional herbs, dark chocolate and vanilla. Bursting with flavour, it opens up beautifully and becomes more fruit-forward mid-palate. Polished, soft tannins, silky smooth mouthfeel and perfect acidity make it exceptionally versatile with food. Lingering plum, herbs and mocha on the lengthy finish. I have so far enjoyed it paired with grilled octopus, scallop carpaccio, roast duck and roast turkey; it was excellent with each of these dishes. It was the ideal accompaniment to our Thanksgiving dinner. I have to say, if I could wring this empty bottle out and extract a few more drops, I would! Highly recommended! Available @croatia_unpacked Tasted Oct. 2020

Coronica Teran 2016

Istria, Croatia
19 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 90/100

A smooth and luscious mediumbodied red from Croatia’s Istria peninsula, which shares the same latitude as Piedmont and Bordeaux. The nose shows ripe dark berries; blueberries and ripe raspberries, plums, prunes and slight smoke. These notes are repeated on the palate along with hints of cinnamon and cloves. Finely balanced and harmonious, with soft tannins, good structure and a great acidity. Ripe berries and sweet spice linger on the elegant finish. Excellent pairing with venison, game or pasta in tomato sauce. Tasted Oct. 2020

Alazanis Valley Off Dry

United Stars Alazanis Valley Off Dry 2018

Alazanis Valley, Kakheti, Georgia
32 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 89/100

Made from Georgia’s indigenous Saperavi grape varietal, this is a semi-sweet wine with ripe dark berry aromas- strawberries, blueberries and cherries – and a smooth, well-balanced fruity palate with polished tannins. Very pleasant overall, to pair with spicy curries or to sip after dinner with crisp shortbread cookies. Tasted Sept. 2020

United Stars Mukuzani Dry 2015

Kakheti Pdo, Georgia
35 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 88/100

This dry red wine is crafted from Georgia's indigenous Saperavi grape varietal, grown in the Kakheti region. The nose opens with ripe dark cherry and blackberry aromas, followed by a palate giving dark berry, vanilla, oak and smoke, with grippy tannins. I'd serve this with game, roast duck or spicy barbequed ribs. Decant 1 hour before serving. Tasted Sept. 2020

Villa Blanche

Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Chardonnay 2019

Igp Pays D’Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
36 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 89/100

A fullbodied, rich Chardonnay from IGP Pays d’Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. On the nose, apple, vanilla, sweet spice, toast and lime. The palate gives lime, ripe pineapple, guava and slight smoke, with a very creamy mouthfeel and lingering lime zest on finish. I'd pair this with grilled scallops or squash risotto. Great value here and worth picking up for that turkey dinner that's coming to a house near you soon! Tasted Sept. 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

Stina Plavac Mali from Croatia

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