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Camelia Bucur

Camelia Bucur

149 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 97/100

I had the pleasure of tasting this 2009 Feteasca Neagra from the region of Bohotin during the second edition of 'le Salon des Vins Roumains' in Montreal. Vinuri Vechi VINIA had some pretty amazing old wines to present during this event. This high in alcohol Feteasca Neagra was a delight to taste. Aromas of prune, raisin, walnut and green pepper were predominant. It was a smooth dry wine with a long finish and soft tannins. Ideal pairing with veal meat. Drank bottle 880

149 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 96/100

I had the pleasure of tasting this wine during the second edition of 'le Salon des Vins Roumains' in Montreal. Metaph white from Gramma winery was one of my favourite white wine from the tasting. From the region of Iasi in the north of Romania close to Moldova, this is a nice blend of Aligoté, which you don't see often in Romania, and Feteasca regala was 'a coup de coeur' for me. Light pale straw color with aromas of tropical notes (peach & pineapple) and honey. Light crisp wine with a balance acidity and a soft finish. Perfect to enjoy on its own, with seafood dishes, creamy cheeses or with light foods such as chicken and turkey. Drank bottle 2640/6528.

263 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 96/100

Aurelia Visinescu is a well renown oenologist in Romania and internationally. She is the winemaker behind her own wine brand. I was introduced to the Promessa line when I visit the winery back in 2016. The blend of feteasca negra and syrah reflects the Dealu Mare terroir. Deep ruby color, aromas on the nose and palate of dark cherries, plums, and white pepper. Vanilla, smoke and leather notes comes from ageing in oak barrels. Smooth and velvety texture with soft tannins and long finish. Enjoyable on its own but a beautiful pairing with red meats such as lamb or beef. Drank bottle 13.07.2019.


VQA Colaneri Corposo 2016

V.Q.A., Canada
335 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 90/100

I had the pleasure of tasting this wine during a charitable event and it was a sponsored wine. I haven't seen it at LCBO. This is a ripasso style wine from the VQA region, which is very rare. It is a blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Repassed over 100% dried skins from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Medium red color with aromas of cherries, plums, caramel, vanilla and nutmeg. On the palate the aromas are still present with the addition of white pepper and cedar. Balance tannins with soft acidity and a long finish. Excellent pairing with antipasto skewer (prosciutto, mozzarella, sherry tomato) which cuts through the fat. Also a good pairing with pasta and sun dried tomatoes.

339 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 95/100

To be honest, I wasn't very thrilled about the label and name of this wine. A lot of Romanian wine are trying to promote their wines with labels of Dracula, because it will sale easily internationally, instead of promoting the good quality of wine. However, I had to try it out. I gave myself the mission to try every Romanian wine that comes trough LCBO and SAQ. I must say I was very surprise with this wine. This Feteasca Neagra is ruby red with aromas and flavors of raspberries, ripe strawberries and vanilla. A dry, smooth, jammy, velvety wine. Pair with traditional Romanian dishes as micii or with lamb or a cheese plate.

Camelia Bucur

Wine Blogger

Memorable Wine

2013 Finch Hollow Chardonnay, Jarvis Estate, Napa Valley


First Wine

My first wine that I had the pleasure of drinking when I was young was Grasa de cotnari in Romania with my family.


Current Fav Wine

At the moment, I really enjoy red wine from the old world for example Rara Neagra de Purcari.

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