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Lise Charest Gagne

Lise Charest Gagne

Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2017

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
25 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 93/100

What a great sustainable Pinot from New Zealand! Medium body rich spiced raspberries and some cozy barnyard. Medium plus acidity caries the same spicy raspberry fruit with a nice spicy finish. The finish is long and teeters from old and new world. I’m excited about this one. I’m going to cellar for a year or so and see how it evolves.. if I can hold out! Tasted Sept 2019 while watching the leaves change from the dock.

Cordillera De Los Andes

Torres Cordillera De Los Andes Carmenère 2014

Parcela La Ladera, Cachapoal Valley, Peumo D.O., Chile
35 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 91/100

What a great full body red wine option! Juicy black fruit, spice and nice acidity on the finish! Sick of always drinking Cab? Tired of heavy duty bold reds? Looking for a “softer” full body red that doesn’t leave you feeling washed out like tide? Try this you won’t regret it!!


Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés 2017

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
56 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 90/100

Consistently great Torrontes year after year!! If you have not tried it you should. I recommend it to my Sauvignon Blanc loving friends as a new option that rocks! Sweet floral citrus aromas with a clean dry Ripe lemony / grapefruit zest flavours. It’s complex and refreshing with the interesting effects of the oak aging! Try it at 13 degrees and wait for your taste buds to explode!!

Sugar Loaf Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
110 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 93/100

Such a stand out example of a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the Sauvignon Blanc Capital of the world. Bold, creamy passion fruit and ripe pear aromas hit you in the face followed by some clean herbaceous notes. No cat pee resides here, expect a nice round wine with good backbone! Medium body and tastes like ripe white grapefruit, unripe green kiwi and salinity. The finish has clean acidity boasting lime zest. Wow I met my new love!

222 days ago

Lise scored this wine: 92/100

Nothing "Gris" from this wine for sure! Such a great example of a juicy wine from the cool climate rockstar Marlborough area. Did you know NZ is almost all sustainable? The Soho is another great outcome of this regions green efforts! Silky smooth tropical notes with a hint of spice. Apricot, ripe cantaloupe and faint baked apples with cream... seduction. A nice rich mouthfeel with layers of flavours and punchy acidity that make your mouth water. Meyer lemon, crunchy green pear and crushed gravel. Pair with anything that needs some happy. Tasted march 2019.

Lise Charest Gagne

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