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Linda Mertes WSET 2

Linda Mertes WSET 2

Dom Bueno

Abad Dom Bueno MencĂ­a 2015

Bierzo D.O., Spain
3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 87/100

Mencia is a Spanish grape and this medium-bodied wine has cherry and dark berry aromas with an oak influence as it has been aged since 2015. Well-balanced with medium acidity and medium to high tannins. A dry finish, decanting or further ageing is recommended. Serve with beef or lamb. Tasted February 2020.

3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 88/100

A medium-bodied Valpolicella, in the ripasso method, with aromas of cherries and red fruit that continue on into the palate. Serve with roast meats or tomato pasta dishes.


Burrowing Owl Athene 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada
3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 88/100

A full-bodied Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Okanagan Valley, this wine presents with concentrated plum and black fruit aromas that persist through the palate. The tannins are medium to high so decanting or ageing is recommended. The finish is medium, warm and spicy. Tasted February 2020.


Castel del Lago Lugana 2018

Veneto D.O.C., Italy
3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 89/100

A more obscure varietal from northern Italy, this Turbiana varietal has floral and apple aromas and it's light body carries flavours of stone fruit and green. Light to medium acidity with a floral, melon finish. This wine would pair well with breakfast fare.


Southbrook Triomphe Merlot 2017

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 86/100

A Merlot and Gamay blend from Niagara, this is a medium-bodied wine that has blackberry and plum aromas with black fruit on the palate. Well-balanced with medium tannins and a dry, smoky finish. Decant or age further. Serve with barbequed or roasted beef. Tasted February 2020.

Linda Mertes WSET 2

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Memorable Wine

Tsantali, a Greek wine enjoyed in the most romantic setting- a terrace in Santorini


First Wine

Chateau Timberlay in my dating days!


Unusual Wine Experience

Opening a bottle of red wine in a tiny Paris apartment with a pocket knife. The decor was all white.


Current Fav Wine

Viognier, Pino Gris and Rhone Red blends

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