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Alana L

Alana L

Languedoc Roussillon

Languedoc Roussillon Solas 2017

Languedoc Roussillon, France
84 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 87/100

Tasted as part of our flight of red wines on New Year’s Eve (chosen to accompany a variety of savoury or sweet hors-d’œuvres) this Solas from Laurent Miquel was considered an excellent ‘drinking wine’ for its price-point. Extremely food friendly given the variety tasted with, it is medium-bodied with berry and herb flavours.

Cuvée Tradition

Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition 2017

Costières De Nîmes, Rhône A.P., France
84 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 90/100

Nathalie’s delighful review of this wine showcases the history and geography of this lovelyn wine by the Marès family. Another recommendation from our trusted SAQ advisor for our annual New Year’s eve event, this wine was suggested as an excellent pairing for our lobster and shrimp hors-d’œuvres and we could not agree more. Zesty with a first olfactory note of fruit (pear I found) and a lovely palate that my love of pinot grigio appreciated (varietals in this wine are Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier) - a nice smokiness for a white on the finish. Loved!

84 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 88/100

A crisp and lovely Sauvignon Blanc from the northern side of the Loire. Benefiting from a full southern exposure this wine has a juicy fruit aroma (apricot was our impression though other reviews mention grapefruit). We were recommended this wine by our favourite SAQ wine advisor for our annual New Year’s Eve party which features a selection of sweet and savoury tapas as one that would pair brilliantly with a variety of starters and both sweet and salty flavours. A real delight at just over $14 at the SAQ.


Hess collection Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Napa Valley, California, United States
133 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 92/100

Another tasting from the Montreal 'A Taste of Napa Valley' wine event, this complex yet easily drinkable wine was my showstopper! Medium-bodied, dry, without overbearing woodiness this beautifully coloured red has a complex nose (spice, smoke and ripe fruit), a broad texture and a medium finish. Notes of both vanilla and spice round this wine beautifully. I could see this pairing with a simple roast chicken, roasted vegetable dishes or smoke cheeses such as gouda and aged cheddar. Shall be purchasing a case of this for certain as would likely age beautifully over a couple of years!

Double Lariat

Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Napa Valley, California, United States
133 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 91/100

Tasted at the Napa Valley wine tasting event held in Old Montreal in November 2018, this wine was one of my favourites! A seductive Cab, the Double Lariat had both sweet and smoke with soft tannins, black fruit and coffee. It evolves beautifully and has a long finish without being heavy. Although sampled at a tasting I could see this pairing beautifully with filet mignon, cassoulet or ribs on the barbecue!

Alana L

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Memorable Wine

Zymè Kairos at a London wine bar


First Wine

Probably the notorious wicker-wrapped Chianti - but the first one that made me fall in love with wine was a Brouilly Georges Duboeuf


Unusual Wine Experience

Finding rare old vintages on the wine list of an Algerian french restaurant


Current Fav Wine

Domaine Le Roc La Folle Noire d'Ambat, Fronton

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