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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke


Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés 2018

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
299 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 93/100

Susana Balbo is to Torrontés what Condrieu is to Viognier! This Barrel Fermented Torrontés has a perfect balance of floral, juicy grapefruit, gooseberry and vanilla on the nose and palate. The oak is subtle but lends weight and gravitas beautifully. Silky, smooth with a delicious finish. The citrus notes lend themselves to calamari and seafood while the oak and vanilla will complement grilled chicken. Tasted September 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

319 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

I wasn't sure what to expect from this de-alcoholized wine but I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised. 100% Muscat, it is highly aromatic, reminiscent of a Gewurztraminer. Lots of peach and white flowers on the nose and prominent stone fruit on the palate. Hints of fennel also emerged. The body is slightly lighter than an alcoholized wine, not surprisingly, and the acidic tension is reduced but overall -this is more wine than juice. I am a fan. Very refreshing with seafood, poultry or on its own. Tasted September 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

The Prisoner 2018

Napa Valley, California, United States
319 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 91/100

The 2018 vintage of The Prisoner continues the big, bold fruit driven style. Tons of brambleberry, raspberry and spice on the nose and palate. It opens eventually to offer up hints of mint as well. Rich and silky smooth with oak nicely integrated. Logging in at 15.5% declared ABV however it is a bit hot on the nose and palate, risking overpowering the more subtle notes. Fabulous companion for Beef Bourguignon or grilled steak. Tasted September 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com


Bodega Toro Winery Centenario Malbec 2019

Mendoza, Argentina
321 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

Bodega Toro is celebrating 124 years of wine making with the motto 'wine made by the workers for the workers.' The Toro Centenario , which is now available in Ontario's LCBO stores, fits the bill perfectly. It is highly approachable and highly quaffable! It has inviting, rich red fruits on the nose with hints of clove and mushroom. The fruit carries over to the palate and extends through the finish as well. Medium to full bodied with fine, sandy tannins. Centenario has enough body to enjoy with beef BBQ but is supple and easy enough to sip on its own. This versatility may account for Bodega Toro enjoying the largest market share in Argentina with one in five glasses of wine consumed coming from them! Now that this value wine has hit our shelves you may want to consider it for your house red! Enjoy with grilled beef kebabs, grilled vegetable pizza or charcuterie. Tasted September 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

338 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

This Cabernet Sauvignon from China's Ningxia region is said to fall halfway between Old world Bordeaux and New World Style. I thought the fruity traits and distinct plummy notes put it a bit more on the New World end of the scale. Rich yet fresh on the palate, it is well balanced and smooth drinking with a long finish. Pair with steak or rich cheeses. Tasted August 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Carolyn Hetke

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Memorable Wine

A Châteauneuf-du-Pape we had with dinner at Château 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