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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

Aberdeen Road Vineyard

2027 Cellars Aberdeen Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
3 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 95/100

The nose on this Beamsville Bench Chardonnay registered 'knee-buckling' on my 'swoon scale'! Pronounced ripe orchard apples with notes of ginger and smoke. Full-bodied and creamy on the palate with toasty oak under the ripe fruit. Beautifully balanced, mature and a delight from the nose to the long, luxurious finish! Served it with cider brined pork with complementary ginger and apple notes. Tasted Nov 2019.

Cocchi Storico

Giulio Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino

Piedmont, Italy
7 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

This Vermouth offers a lot to curl up with on a cold winter evening. Tons of personality here with nuts and dried orange peel and toffee floating on a savoury, slightly herbal base. The finish just keeps on delivering too. Tasted October 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Luce 2016

Tuscany I.G.T., Italy
7 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 91/100

This is a complex, big wine showing raspberry and bramble, smoke and hints of savoury. Firm and tannic at this point but it will be stunning after a few years of cellaring. Enjoy it eventually with grilled steak. Tasted |October 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Stags Leap District

Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, United States
7 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 93/100

Coming to you from the iconic Stag's Leap Winery this Cabernet Sauvignon is full of peppery black fruit and toasty notes along with wet leave and stones. Tannins are fine and chalky. Serve with pepper steaks. Tasted October 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com.


Belle Glos Eulenloch Pinot Noir 2015

Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States
7 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

This silky smooth, highly quaffable Pinot Noir offers up ripe fruit flavours of black cherry and black plum along with some mushroom notes on the nose. On the heavier end of the Pinot Noir body scale it will pair nicely with short ribs or roast beef. Tasted October 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

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
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