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Emilie Ryan

Emilie Ryan

Ponsardin Brut Vintage

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Vintage Champagne 2008

Champagne A.C., France
1467 days ago

Emilie scored this wine: 96/100

Presentation: Classic, distinctive Appearance: Pale gold colour Nose: Light to medium nose, with white peaches, green apple, autolytic (yeast, biscuit) Taste: Dry, fine, elegant bubbles, with green apples, citrus (lemon, lime, pink grapefruit), yeast and a touch of minerals Finish: Long finish with delicate notes of citrus, minerals and yeast Overall impression: An excellent Champagne! Don’t dare drink it with anything else. Savour every last drop. Value: 5/5

Eight Songs

Peter Lehmann Wines Eight Songs Shiraz 2013

Barossa Valley, Australia
1110 days ago

Emilie scored this wine: 95/100

The wine that made us change our mind about Australian Shiraz.… Presentation: Distinctive label, which we’ve come to associate with very good Australian Shiraz Appearance: Deep purple, about as dark as you can get – verging on ink Nose: Medium-to-pronounced nose, jammy black fruit (blackberries, blueberries, cherries), toasted wood, lavender, violets Taste: Dry, full body, high acidity, high, round yet drying tannins, with notes of jammy black fruit (blackberries), new leather, new toasted wood, cedar, ink Finish: long jammy blackberries and leather Overall impression: This Shiraz is big in all respects. It pairs excellently with blue cheese, matching it at each step, which means you need strongly-flavoured foods with this, BBQ or otherwise. Although a little on the expensive side for an Australian Shiraz, it’s worth every penny in our view. Enjoy it now or keep it 2-5 years to see it develop even more. Value: 4/5

Pedro Ximenez De Añada

Alvear Pedro Ximenez De Añada Sherry 2014

Montilla-Moriles D.O.P., Spain
998 days ago

Emilie scored this wine: 94/100

The adult version of maple syrup.… Presentation: A simple, classic label Appearance: Pale tawny Nose: Medium nose with notes of golden raisins and nuttiness Taste: Sweet, full body, medium acidity, low tannins, and notes of maple syrup, golden raisins, and nuttiness Finish: long sweet maple syrup finish Overall impression: A sweet alcohol that would be perfect on top of French toast or crêpes instead of maple syrup. Value: 4/5

998 days ago

Emilie scored this wine: 94/100

An outstanding sparkling for all occasions.… Presentation: A modern, classy label, a twist on the Medieval, with a nice-looking bottle shape Appearance: Pale lemon Nose: Medium-pronounced nose with notes of tropical and citrus fruit (pears, white peaches, lemon), honey Taste: Dry, light body, low-medium acidity, low tannins, and delightful, effervescent, tiny, sharp bubbles, with lemon, lemon rind, pears, apricots Finish: long lemon finish Overall impression: A lovely sparkling wine made in the Charmat method. Great for Sunday brunch or to cleanse the palate or just to enjoy on its own. Value: 4.5/5

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling Icewine 2014

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
1831 days ago

Emilie scored this wine: 94/100

Henry of Pelham hit it out of the park on this one... Appearance: medium gold Nose: lemon, citrus, honey, herbs. Taste: lemon, citrus, nice, gentle acidity for this sweet dessert wine. Should pair very well with cheese or dark chocolate. Finish: honey, smooth, well rounded. Overall impression: A really well balanced icewine, not too sweet. Its lemony-citrus acidity makes it easy to go down. The choice of Riesling for this ice wine was an excellent one! If I open a bottle at home, it will not last. Value: 3 out of 5

Emilie Ryan

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Memorable Wine

1989 Chateau Latour!


First Wine

Don't remember my first wine, so it probably wasn't good...


Unusual Wine Experience

Meeting a professional wine taster. He arrived on a bicycle, weaving down a hill, and was clad in a bright Hawaiian shirt


Current Fav Wine

Priorat (even have one on hold at my favourite hotel!), Rioja, Côtes du Rhône, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol

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