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Irina Omari

Irina Omari


Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Excellence Chardonnay 2009

V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada
2233 days ago

Irina scored this wine: 94/100

One of my favourites canadian chardonnays. Very rich, full bodied wine. Nice clear, medium golden colour. Clean nose with pronounced oak flavours, apple, vanilla. Dry wine with medium acidity and with pronounced toasty notes, some vanilla, ripe peach and hazelnut. This wine won quite a few awards including gold medals in Canadian wine challenges and definitely a great example of cool climate chardonnay. Highly recommend.

Single Vineyard

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Southern Valleys, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
1979 days ago

Irina scored this wine: 94/100

This wine is simply fantastic. If you love Sauvignon Blanc- this is a must try. If you have never tried New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - try a different bottle as after this wine everything else will be not as good. Very well balanced wine, not to grassy, the gooseberries are subtle. The lemon and line brings refreshment but doesn't overpower.

Bodega Salentein

Killka Bodega Salentein Malbec 2012

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
2234 days ago

Irina scored this wine: 93/100

Beautiful wine, medium to deep purple colour with nice light rim. Medium not overwhelming nose with plums and red fruit. A bit of pepper and dark chocolate. Dry wine with nice light tannins and acidity, very easy to drink. Very pronounced prunes and ripe fruit flavours, black currents and spices. Nice balance and texture. Fantastic wine for the price and a very interesting label.

Bird Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
1862 days ago

Irina scored this wine: 93/100

In my opinion this is one of the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the market. Fantastic aromas of passion fruit, gooseberries and lemon. Long refreshing finish makes you want move to New Zealand and drink this every day.

Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Aconcagua Valley, Chile
1974 days ago

Irina scored this wine: 93/100

This wonderful cabernet sauvignon comes from sustainable managed vineyards in Aconcagua valley in Chile. 2012 was a great year for red wines and this bottle truly shows it. Soft style cabernet sauvignon with nice warmth at 14% alcohol and well integrated tannins. I loved the beautiful deep ruby colour, so vibrant. The wine spent 18 months in the barrel and it is very well structured with some red fruit aromas, black pepper and some herbal notes.

Irina Omari

Wine Blogger

Memorable Wine

Sauvignon Blanc from Jackson Estate Marlborough New Zealand. I have spend few fantastic years living and working there so it is more then wine to me.


First Wine

Merlot because that is all my parents were drinking.


Unusual Wine Experience

Trying 30 years old bottle of Sauvignon Blank- and it was fantastic.


Current Fav Wine

Italian brunellos, especially Innocenti winery.

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award