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Monique Sosa

Monique Sosa Accredited Sommelier

Cave Spring Cellars Pinot Noir 2016

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
110 days ago

Monique scored this wine: 89/100

A smooth and blissful cranberry and spice Pinot Noir. Loving the lingering tart cranberry flavours. Enjoy this light red with gourmet BBQ’d chorizo sausages. Tatsed July 2018 by @sommsosa.

123 days ago

Monique scored this wine: 88/100

A 'charming' crowd-pleasing Charmant-method (like Prosecco) bubbly with peach, apple nectarine notes. It's simple fresh, fruity and floral. Enjoy with pineapple cilantro lime shrimp cocktail. Tasted June 2018 by @sommsosa | bespoketastings.com

Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2016

Marlborough, New Zealand
123 days ago

Monique scored this wine: 89/100

A zesty fresh basil, cherry and funky earthy Pinot! Aromas showcase intense fruit and earthy minerality while the palate reveals juicy mouthwatering tart cherry flavours. Enjoy this light-medium bodied Pinot with seared duck breast. Tasted June 2018 by @sommsosa | bespoketastings.com

124 days ago

Monique scored this wine: 84/100

Bizarre. Aromas are mild-moderate depending on your swirl action. You'll find faint notes of plum and spice aromas but the palate is telling a different story. Flavours of plum and ash (yes, ash!) are most prominent with a lingering metallic minerality note. What's most disappointing is its medium-light body and lack of balance (acidity, flavours and tannins). Tasted June 2018 by @sommsosa | bespoketastings.com

7 Year Gran Reserva

Anciano 7 Year Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2008

Valdepenas, Spain
124 days ago

Monique scored this wine: 89/100

A Gran Reserva for under $13? My first thought was, is this wine for real? Its got inviting fruit, floral and mocha aromas followed by a mouthful of tasty cocoa-cherry, mild baking spice and leather flavours. It's easy drinking with mild tannins and a great balance of puckering acidity. Enjoy with bbq lamb chops. Tasted June 2018 by @sommsosa | bespoketastings.ca

Monique Sosa

Wine Blogger

Memorable Wine

I have yet to find one. However, I can tell you what my most memorable dram was! That is the 25yr Highland Park. It is just out of this world good!


First Wine

Hmmm. Probably something from Beringer. It was one of the few bottles that somehow made it to the hot humid shores of Belize.


Unusual Wine Experience

The day I can truly pinpoint my passion for wine! (Before my wine geek days) I politely asked the winemaker at Gibbston Valley Winery, in Central Otago, New Zealand, if they are making their 2010 vintage rose from blending red wine with white wine..... He said no, thats not how they work.... now I know better.


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Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award