Oh, hello. It’s been a while. Longer than that; a long while. The good news: I’m back, with a brand new look and new wines for sipping and savouring. The great news? Our first feature for 2019 (!!) is Vigno Carignan Blend. Carignan is a Spanish grape that’s widely grown in the south of France, and one my husband fell in love with when he was touring France many years ago. He’s been trying to find a bottle of wine that matched the wine he had across the Atlantic, and he’s found an exciting option in this stunner.Read more
Sometimes a wine’s reputation precedes it. I have always known Malivoire’s Gamay to be good – hell, it’s great – but I couldn’t remember when I sat down with a glass and actually spent time with it. Not all wines require you to sit thoughtfully with a glass in your hand, mulling over different notes, the mouthfeel, but not all wines are Malivoire’s Gamay.
Mirassou Pinot Noir is a staple in my house. It's a crowd-pleaser and a steal at $13.95. Hailing from California, this Pinot Noir is rich, but light in body – there’s no heaviness here. It tastes like your grandmother made a fresh batch of strawberry jam, with strawberries picked fresh from the garden and currants added in for a little something extra. There are also notes of cherries and hints of mocha. Mirassou has made a delightfully drinkable red, but it is still complex and layered. This wine is simply too good not to drink all the time.
It's New Year's Eve, and I want a delicious red wine to take me into the New Year. What do I grab from my wine cabinet? Malivoire 's Albert's Honour Old Vines Foch 2013. When I first open the bottle I am hit with the smell of berries. After I pour the deliciously dark red wine into the glass and swirl it around, it has a fragrant aroma that smells deliciously earthy and rustic. This is common with wines like Baco Noir, which like Foch is a hybrid grape.Read more