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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

Crianza

Burgo Viejo Crianza Tempranillo 2014

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
15 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

For a 2014 this is still very much a big wine! The nose is pleasantly tarry. The fruit has receded somewhat and the palate is primarily smoky oak. Chalky tannins leave you with a long lingering finish. This is a lot of wine for the price. Best enjoyed with food like old cheddar or manchego, jamon Iberico, or spicy meatballs. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Capitel Nicalò

Tedeschi Capitel Nicalò Valpolicella 2016

Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy
15 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

Inky, purple in the glass. Black cherry and pepper on the nose that carry to the palate. Nicely integrated. The finish is slightly hot with fine tannins. Overall a satisfying pour. This would be quite versatile and go with grilled burgers or grilled portabellas, pizza, pasta or stew. Tasted April 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Middle Earth Pinot Gris 2017

Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
15 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

Pale lemon in the glass with a hint of oiliness on the surface. Soft candied nose that eventually gives up a hint of petrol. Round mouth feel. Some perceived sweetness on the palate but finishes with a mild show of acidity and minerality. Soft but nicely balanced. If you prefer a fruity Pinot Gris style vs racy, mineral Pinot Gris this one is for you. Would pair nicely with chicken, mild fish. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Kutjevo Grasevina 2017

Danube-Kutjevo Vineyard, Slavonia Continental, Croatia
15 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

Lemon coloured and clean in the glass. Pronounced petrol dominates the nose. Palate is has some salinity and minerality. A smooth mouth feel with good acidity and a mouth puckering long finish. It makes me think of Greece so pair with Greek salad, Chicken souvlaki. Tasted April 2019. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Paddy Borthwick Chardonnay 2017

Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
15 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 88/100

Delicate, soft nose of candied lychee and apple blossoms. Fruit and floral carry to the palate. Soft and round on the palate. This will make an aromatic, fruity sipper for the summer. Drink now. Serve with shrimp, scallops, chicken. 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!

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First Wine

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

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Unusual Wine Experience

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

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Current Fav Wine

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

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