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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
26 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

This is a lovely pale, pale gold in the glass. Classic grassiness on the nose and palate. The nose opens up to hints of tropical fruits and white flowers.It is smooth and silky on the palate. Lots of lemon grass and herbs. There is a touch of bitterness and austerity mid-palate. Finish is long and pleasant. This wine demands your attention throughout! Enjoy with salad, chicken, Greek food.

Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2017

Pfalz Qualitätswein, Germany
26 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

The Villa Wolf 2017 Pinot Gris is a stunning value at $14.95. It is highly aromatic with initial almonds and apricots on the nose. It then offers up white flowers, citrus notes and a hint of mint. There is a lot going on in this glass! It is lively on the tongue with a touch of perceived sweetness. It is beautifully balanced. The finish is medium to long and quite satisfying. I was longing for a bit of Alsatian-style tautness because the rest of it was there. Very pleasant on its own but would also be great with scallops, shrimp, oysters or oriental food. Tasted February 2019

Fumées Blanches

J&F Lurton Les Fumées Blanches Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Languedoc, Roussillon Vdp, France
39 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

This is a very pale gold in the glass. Traditional mild Sauvignon Blanc herbal and grassy notes on the nose and palate. There is a hint of salinity and smokiness though that sets this apart. Light and crisp, lively and fresh! Medium finish. Pair with white fish, shrimp, scallops. Tasted Feb 2019.

Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc 2017

Napa Valley, California, United States
39 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

This 85% Sauvignon Blanc/15% Semillon is a lovely pale gold in the glass. Opening notes on the nose are herbal and grassy but open to citrus, white flowers. Silky mouthfeel but the oak is lends a fine grit to it. Acid is nicely balanced. Finish is long and a bit austere. Begs for seafood! Tasted Feb 2019.

Niagara, Twenty Mile Bench

Niagara, Twenty Mile Bench 2027 Cellars Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Sparkling 2014

Niagara, Twenty Mile Bench, Canada
39 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 92/100

This 100% Chardonnay sparkling is drinking beautifully still. The nose has biscuits and toasty notes. The palate is lively and fresh but with beautifully balanced acidity. A fine mousse there are initial hints of lemon and ginger but it opens up to wonderful apple notes. The finish is pleasant and long. A delight to drink! Serve with everything -savoury appetizers, poultry, seafood.

Carolyn Hetke

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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
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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