🔥🦆Fire Roasted Duck Breast & Pinot Noir🦆🔥
Fall is fast upon us🍂. This means new fashion, harvest foods and wines that’ll warm us up😌! Today I had fine company joining me - hence, we needed fine food and even finer wine to join us🍷! •
This presentation of Fire Roasted Duck Breast is simply stunning🙌🏼; it was surrounded by beech mushrooms, pearl onions, dried blueberries, hazelnuts and pickle mustard seeds while lying on a bed of sunchoke pure and was smothered in a bordelaise sauce🤤. I wish you could smell and taste what I’m experiencing...
My favourite question I can ever face is: what wine to pair with this dish🤔? Without a doubt, Pinot Noir was perfect😍. More specifically, I wanted to highlight the Niagara Peninsula to reunite the terroir that these ingredients and wine came from. I was pleased to select: The Farm, Pinot Noir, Black Label 2015. They’re a super small producer with a 10 acre lot!
The nose captures the essence of the Niagara Peninsula. It’s sultry and a sincere expression😢. It begins with classical red fruit notes of cherries and raspberry, followed clove, vanilla, smoke and offers a distinct burnt orange🍊peel note as it says farewell. The palate follows up with bursting red fruits, smokey sweet baking spices and a lovely long finish! There’s a decent amount of acidity and a fair amount of tannins👅!
The mouth drying tannins are erased immediately when the succulently tender fattiness of the duck breast enters your mouth! Without a doubt, this wine and food pairing carries #pourrecommendations prowess! You need to taste the power and presence of this terroir! Enough from me #pourwinos , I need to finish my meal! What do you think of this pairing? Are you a fan of duck breast? Give me a producer or wine to try? How about Pinot Noir, does it ever get better than the heartbreak grape? You now have the microphone 🎤 ... I’m all listening👂🏼!?!?!?
From 🇨🇦 Canada’s only 🌵 desert, The Sonoran, billed by locals as the “living desert” in the GI of Osoyoos at the very southern end of Central BC’s #Okanagan#wine region, is family owned #BordertownWinery . For over 20yrs, Mohan Gill, his family and staff have supplied the area with some of the best fruit harvested on their sites. Just over a decade ago, Mohan turned the sod over to 🍇 grapes and thus began a great transition from #fruitgrower to #winemaker . Focussing on small lots and premium wines from a total 80 planted acres, he’s noted most for his outstanding #CabernetFranc which has adapted so well to this terroir. Already he’s garnered considerable attention and picked up several #winealign awards for his portfolio which includes Muscat, Viognier, Chardonnay, Cab-Sauv, Merlot and a young block of #grunerveltliner .
This ‘14 vintage #librarywine#riesling is lemon-green colored with lovely #citrus notes of lime, 🍑 peach and grapefruit. It has medium (-) acidity , an enjoyable wet stone #minerality and crisp dry finish. Its 11% ABV is notably low which makes having a 2nd glass an easy decision.
Pairs well with many types of cuisine, from ceviche to shellfish, white meats and various #asiancuisine . Aged Gouda , feta, or parmigiana regiano with a #charcuterie platter would work very well with this lighter style expression.
Current vintage years available in private liquor stores throughout BC, or direct from the winery.
www.bordertownwinery.com or here: www.mywinecanada.com
“I said I wanted the samples Monday, ...it’s Tuesday...” 😂 .
This isn’t really wine related, more personal. I want to speak about hard work. I’ve had to work for everything I’ve accomplished thus far in my life. Growing up was difficult in a single parent home but my mother, brother, and myself made it work. Both my brother and I have stable careers, he’s an accountant and I’m a registered nurse. We never got caught up in drugs or illegal activities which is a testament to the strength and guidance of our mother (Marge in charge). I’m now 31, the happiest I’ve been in a while, and living my best life.
Blogging has become a great creative outlet for me as well a form of social connection. I don’t think I ever anticipated how great this would be when I started this over a year and a half ago. Things have changed, people come and go from your life, but what remains stable is all of you!! I love how we all push each other to work hard, teach each other new things, and support each other’s endeavors. Let’s all continue to work hard and be #bossladies (and #bossdudes , too). Cheers to a fabulous Tuesday 🍷 Keep working hard!! You can do anything!!
Head over @sevenfiftydaily and read my latest article profiling one of the most badass women in wine! A persistent memory from my winter/summer in San Francisco was discovering this city's obsession with terroir-driven "natty" wines, including a fortuitous meet with winemaker @marthastoumen during a tasting @figandthistle. I couldn't get over the fresh, earthy elegance of her NorCal wines, especially her Nero d'Avola which reminded me of my then recent cellar chasing around Sicily. I was impressed by her preparedness gained from traveling from Italy to New Zealand to learn viticulture & winemaking and the earnestness of working her way up from scratch upon her return to California. You need to know this story and drink her wines. Period! Grazie a tutti who helped make this piece happen! @figandthistlemarket (😘Angel) @engvinny @mrbrut @ericwareheim @ariannaocchipinti @giustoocchipinti @chillizabeth 🍷🍇🇮🇹🇺🇸#sevenfiftydaily
Spectacular opportunity to meet Louis Fabrice Latour of @louislatour1797 and to taste through a number of killer wines. The 2009 #cortoncharlemagne was the standout white while the 2015 #volnay#enchevret took the show. The #aloxecorton held its own for sure.
Family run since 1797, Louis Fabrice is the seventh Louis Latour and current person at the helm of the operation. The Maison holds the largest swath of grand cru acreage under vine in the Côte D’Or.
On a side note, Louis Fabrice was not only extremely friendly and approachable, he is also ridiculously knowledgeable and after a few exchanges it is apparent how entrenched he is in the day to day operations. Truly a special opportunity.
Valeu São Paulo! O evento VINHOS DO ALENTEJO no Hotel Unique foi um sucesso! "Full House" in the promotional action of Wines of Alentejo that took place yesterday in São Paulo! 🇧🇷 @vinhosdoalentejo @revistadevinhos @essenciadovinho
Chateau La Couspaude 2015
Château la Couspaude, St- Émilion Grand cru classé is actually a clos of 7 hectares. Unquestionably the flagship of the family’s vineyards, located near the famous monolithic church, it’s the finest wine of the family. It’s a rich and refined cru which has a completely explosive first sip. It’s enticing with a complexity that runs deep.
Yet another meet of Indian National Sommeliers Association #insa @sucasamumbai
This time the theme was old world classic grape varietals. We were sure after 6 successful tastings on different themes we mutually though of raising the bar for us to taste quality and classic grape varietals and the result was each of the Sommelier got down with 1 bottle from their cellars, the wines were unique and so was the company of enthusiastic sommeliers from Mumbai.
I am happy to share on behalf of the entire sommelier team that it was one of the best open air tasting we ever did in Mumbai. The ambiance was like we were tasting in Europe the natural light helped us to asses the wine and make better judgements. The team of @sucasamumbai ensured all the wines were served at the right temperature and the mezze platters were delicious.
Looking forward to more tasting with other sommeliers in Mumbai.
2012 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5°
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Vega Sicilia has a long history of mystery and exclusivity. The winery got its start in the late 1800s when its founder returned from France and decided to plant Bordeaux varietals alongside the indigenous Tempranillo... (which ended up producing the superior wine). After winning prizes at the 1929 World’s Fair in Barcelona, Vega Sicilia’s reputation soared, and the wine was allocated with the owner choosing who enjoyed access. The wines turned into a status symbol for wealthy Spaniards living around the world.
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The Alvarez family purchased Vega Sicilia in 1982 with great respect for the winemaking traditions. Their meticulous approach starts in the vineyard with low yields, green harvesting and rigorous selection at harvest. Interestingly, 2012 was such a warm and dry year that the Merlot crop failed, so it was excluded from the wine, making this the first Valbuena to ever be 100% Tempranillo. I can see that as a future test question. The wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for about 18 months and then spent another 18 months in 20,000-liter oak vats. The wine is aged for 5 years before release, hence the name Valbuena 5°. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
This winery is one of the greatest winery visits of my professional career. A world best facility that is a cross between history, tradition and modern innovation. It’s also the cleanest winemaking facility I have ever visited with an immaculate winery grounds. I spent a couple hours tasting old vintages while sitting amidst a stunning and peaceful Japanese garden. The most complete I’ve encountered outside of Japan. We have a limited quantity of this wine for the trade in Chicago available @tenzingws right now! DM me or DM any one of the Tenzing Team @jesmamcg @rob_tenzingwine @aliciaelkins @parkthis @fernandobetetams #tempranillo#vegasicilia#spain 🇪🇸 #tenzing2018#sommlife#iconwine#winteriscoming#chicagowine#buynowdrinknow#barramone
Arrived at the legendary “Venje” vineyard in #Slavonia#wineregion , #Croatia . Here’s our colleagues checking out @galicvinarija’s plot. The winery intends to make #icewine this year and has left some #Riesling grapes on the vines to roll the hard six.