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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

British Columbia

British Columbia Lulu Island Winery Pinot Gris Ice Wine 2013

British Columbia, Canada
88 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

The lovely amber gold of this ice wine suggests caramel and raisins and it doesn't disappoint. Smooth and rich but perhaps a touch 'stewed'. Delicious none the less. Tasted June 2018 All Canadian Wine Championships

88 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

This is a party in a glass personified. A lovely (and lively) deep salmon colour your brain is trained to expect sweetness. And you will get a surprise - it is a dry moscato with spicy red currant, plum and cranberry on the nose and palate. Mousse is medium. Totally refreshing and unassuming. It really perked up my palate after an ambitious day of tasting at the All Canadian Wine Championships. Gold Winner in the Fruit Sparkling Category. Would go with brunch or appetizers or just plain toasting. Tasted June 2018


Forbidden Fruit Pearsuasion 2017

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada
88 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

This golden off dry wine is a bit of a conundrum. It has enticing pear, vanilla and baking spices on the nose that carry over to the palate. A very pleasant lingering finish. It isn't sweet enough to serve with the apple or pear pie it is reminiscent of. Maybe serve it a stilton with ginger or mango, or with nuts and dried fruits. Or salad with goat cheese and dried fruits. Gold Medal Winner All Canadian Wine Championships. Tasted June 2018

88 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 92/100

This was one of my favourite wines from the All Canadian Wine Championships. A Gold Medal winner it is well deserved. There are pleasant notes of bell pepper and cedar on the nose, not overly green. There is a hint of sweetness on the palate. Overall it is smooth, with a hint of fruity freshness. Well balanced and pleasant. Long finish. Good match for burgers - beef or lamb. Tasted June 2018

Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario

Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario Oxley Estate Pinot Noir 2016

Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario, Canada
88 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

This is a pretty medium cherry colour in the glass. The nose is not fruit driven but leans toward a bit of forest floor and a hint of spice. There is sour, slightly tart cherry on the palate. Medium finish. Tasted June 2018

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Memorable Wine

A Chateaneuf du Pape we had with dinner at Chateau des Fines Roches. I admit the ambiance probably had a lot to do with the 'memorable' part!


First Wine

Probably Baby Duck but in all fairness it would have been at the kid's table at Christmas!


Unusual Wine Experience

Exploring an organic Tuscan winery where there was literally inches of mould on the bottles.


Current Fav Wine

Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux.....That is like asking a mother to choose their favourite child!

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-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