A Gewürztraminer that you won’t forget

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Gewürztraminer is one of the grapes that I have a bit of difficulty with it. It can be too much aromatic with heady scents of rose water and lychee which poses a bit of a challenge in my kitchen. It can go from dry to sweet depending on the producer and region. It does not go well with Southern Italian or Latin American cuisine but it is wonderful with Asian cuisine, specially Thai. Next time you order takeout or visit a BYOB Thai resto, consider Gewürztraminer

While doing an errand at my local SAQ in Repentigny, I spotted the Gewurztraminer Herrenweg De Turckheim 2012 ( SAQ # 11063904, $38.75) from Domaine Zind-Humbrecht. For many years, I have enjoyed the vibrant, complex and above all mystical wines of this mythical Alsatian producer.

The signature of each Zind-Humbrecht wine is its heightened sense of terroir: the expression of the vineyard is always clear and well defined.

Zind-Humbrecht is one of the founding members of the association La Renaissance des Appellations. This association was created in 2001 with the purpose of bringing together producers who shared the vision of Biodynamics and terroir. A few years back, they came to Montreal and did a wine fair. This was my introduction to Biodynamics. After that event, my approach to wine change completely. At the fair, I bought this little DVD. It gives you an introduction to Biodynamic agriculture

Tasting note:

By virtue, the Herrenweg vineyard in Turckheim should be a Grand Cru. However under the direction of Zind-Humbrecht it manifest like one.

The Herrenweg, or “road of the gentlemen,” Vineyard takes it’s name for the location along the ancient roman way that linked Colmar to the passage through the Vosges Mountains. Its terroir is a composition of fine sand, silt and large pebbles which provide an excellent draining capacity and it is blessed with a warm climate that gives an aromatic intensity to the wines. The age of the vines (averaging 46 years) is crucial as deeper roots are less impqctee by poor weather and they can extract more minerality from the soil.

Powerful and structured reminiscent of nutmeg and cloves followed by streamlined notes of white peaches and vanilla bean. With aeration, aromas of honey and middle eastern desserts emerge. Fresh and creamy in the midpalate with a floral finale. Long aftertaste of heat ( hot peppers) and mineral dust.

What would I pair this wine with it?. Simply a Panang curry dish with chicken, tofu and shrimp.

A Tasting of Wines from Italy ( Part II)-Pigato, the unsung heroe of Liguria

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I continue with the exploration of the hidden gems of the Italian Trade Tasting 2018 recently held in Montreal. If you are tuning for the first time please visit my previous post on Tenuta del Conte

The beauty of Italian wine lies on its diversity and that is something that must be cherished. Of course, there will always be the big icon wines: the Supertuscans, some primadonna Barolos and the occasional pseudo high end Chianti. Bought, drank and collected some of these wines. Basta!!. I don’t despise them and occasionally still capable to enjoy them. When I come to think about, it was my adolescence in Italian wine learning. Again, all part of the diversity but it is important to realize at some time you got to move on.

Can’t blame myself for enjoying artisanal Italian wines. Want to drink Cirò, Friulano, Aglianico from Basilicata and lots of natural wines.My latest discovery at the Italian trade tasting was the grape Pigato and the wines from Durin in Liguria.

The region of Liguria is better known for Cinque Terre and the San Remo music festival rather than its gastronomy and wine. For instance, Ligurians gave the world the gift of pesto, minestrone and focaccia now taken for granted in the Italian pantry. Less known is their confidential wine production based on a Greek descendant wine grape: Pigato.

Pigato is a white grape variety closely related to Vermentino. Its name comes from the Ligurian dialect “picau”, meaning speckled, by the presence of small dots (pigghe) on the grapes. It is native to the western region of Riviera di Ponente especially the regions of Genoa, Imperia and Savona. It is grown in Valle Arroscia and continues to the region of Pieve di Tenco where the provinces of Savona and Imperia converge.

Pigato is one of Liguria’s principal grapes. Its wine is part of the denomination Riviera Ligure di Ponente, a DOP from western Liguria and the region’s biggest.

What does it taste like? The Pigato wines from Durin were more aromatic and broader than a Vermentino with less acidity and a pleasant bitter mineral edge in the finale.

Durin, the savior of Pigato

Azienda Agricola Durin is a family estate going back over a hundred years founded by Giacomo Isidoro Basso. Today the estate is managed by  his grandson Antonio Basso and his wife Laura. The family winery grow Ligurian grapes but they are specialists in Pigato. They have  70 separate vineyards scattered around the village of Ortovero and cornered around the region’s terraced and steep hillsides.

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The Braie Durin was exhuberant with a fantastic nose redolent of chalk and lemon peel. This 100 % old vine Pigato from  the estate’s first vineyards. Hand-harvested. Destemmed; cold macerated for 24/48hours. Pressed then fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks. Aged in tank for one year. It was juicy and charming with white fruit, dry flowers and mineral nuances. This is the ultimate Vongole pasta wine.

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I enjoyed as well the Geva Pigato with no sulfites added. It was fresher with shiny and bright notes of orchard and citrus fruit. Elegant and very floral. I would have it anytime with a pizza with rocket salad, tomato and garlic

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For the grand finale,  I had the sparkling Basura Obscura. A great experience. Blind tasted, I could be in Franciacorta or Champagne. Terrific notes of almond biscuit, dry fruits and citronella. Medium body with a fine bubble and an elegant finale. 100% Pigato,  it rests in the Toirano caves for 5 years and is aged in 30% second hand barrique. The sparkler stays on its lees minimum 18 months.

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Next post we will travel to Friuli to discuss the wines of Cantina Cormons. Stay tuned!!!

Favorite picks of A Tasting of Wines from Italy ( Part I)

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A tasting of wines from Italy is an annual event that occurs in October in four Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. The event is organized by the Italian Trade Commission and is reserved for the Canadian wine trade industry ( sommeliers, journalists, restaurateurs and SAQ people).

On its 23rd edition the event is the most anticipated one from the all the wine fairs happening in Montreal during the fall. Quebec wine people love their Italian wine and cant get enough of vino italiano!!.

I try to attend every year. As always, it is a very comprehensive wine salon. For instance, on this edition there were more than 100 producers from 18 regions from Piedmont to Sardegna. It is an endeavor to try to taste everything. On this edition, I was looking for hidden treasures for my wine cultivation and I found them in Calabria and Liguria. In today post, I will talk about about Calabria and the next one on Liguria.

Tenuta del Conte

Tenuta del Conte was the only one producer to represent all Calabria and what an amazing job they did. In a tiny stand, I was greeted warmly by the passionate Mariangela Parrilla who is involved in winemaking for the family estate.

Tenuta del Conte is a natural wine producer…yes you heard it right!!, a beautiful gem in this wine fair full of giants. Tenuta del Conte joins the other favorite producers of mine in the Ciro appellation: A Vita and Cataldo Calabretta

DOC Cirò is the main appellation of Calabria, located in the east of the region around the municipalities of Cirò, Melissa, Crucoli and the seaside resort of Cirò Marina. Created in 1969, it includes white, rosé and red wines with the main grape varieties: greco bianco and gaglioppo.

The winery is situated in the classical zone of the Ciro appellation. Francisco Parrilla founded the winery in the 1960’s with indigenous varieties gaglioppo for the red and greco bianco for the whites. They vinify as natural as possible and rarely employ external chemical treatments.
Gaglioppo heritage is Greek, after that it spread to a vast area of the Adriatic coast that goes from the Marche to Calabria. In Calabria it has many alias such as Bivongi, Cirò, Donnici, Melissa, Isola di Capo Rizzuto, etc . The Cirò Bianco is obtained from the Greco Bianco vine, also brought by the Greeks, and enters the denominations Bivongi, Cirò, Terre di Cosenza, Greeks of Bianco and Melissa.

I tasted and drank three of their wines which I found quite fascinating. The Bianco was crafted from Greco grapes was warm and inviting. Lovely nose reminiscent of white apricots, honeysuckle and Jazmin leaves. Medium body and quite refreshing with a delicate saline note in the finale.

Dallaterra Gaglioppo was warm and inviting. Aromatic bringing to mind tobacco leaf, aromatic herbs and wild berries and a touch of malted barley. Earthy with a beautiful touch of austerity. I could not keep away my enthusiasm tasting this wine. Maria suggested that it would pair perfectly with pasta con sugo alla ‘nduja, a Calabrese specialty.

The Diversamente Greco Bianco spent 24 months in stainless steel something atypical for a white wine. This was my favourite wine with a profound minerality and deep floral flavours. A bit austere, it could further age for a few years.

I really enjoyed tasting this producer and hopefully will come back for next year edition of the tasting. At the moment, they are only represented in Ontario by Golden Valley Estate

Scrambled eggs with bacon and wine…you bet!!!

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I would like to think that some of my best writing ideas come when I am doing non related wine stuff like washing dishes, folding clothes or like today’s activity: throwing old papers.

I still ask myself why I am wasting my time writing this post since I have all this wine work backlog and probably nobody would care. But I do care!!. I find writing to be an activity that eases my anxiety and pushes my creative juices.

We all have days when we don’t feel like cooking or lack inspiration to whip up something yummy. In those occasions, I turn to my fridge and make myself some scrambled eggs. Since I am doing keto, I throw some bacon slices and I have a nice cheap supper. It beats eating out and it is heaven

When you really think about it, for sure a wine and food pairing exists no matter the choice of food. While most wine drinkers steer towards the “elegant” foodstuffs, the simple fact is that, with the right choices, any meal can be made even better with a bottle of wine. And you know that’s life, sometimes things have to be simple.

Bacon and Sparkling wine

It might sound like an odd mix, but when you think about it, it just makes sense. Bacon is the perfect foodstuff for when you have a bit of a salt craving and eggs can be had any time of the day.Champagne, or any other form of sparkling white wine, is the perfect wine to have when you want freshness and require to drink something non complicated.

Medium priced Dolcetto, Montepulciano or fruity Rhone blends

Once you add a meaty element such as bacon next to your eggs you  might feel tempted to drink a red. Fruity but not too much. Imagine the sweet combination of red wild berries with earth and garrique notes with  the dish, you will be pleasantly surprised!!. A Cote du Rhone or a Piedmontese Dolcetto will do the trick. Try as well a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Wine suggestions for scrambled eggs and bacon:

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Klein Constantia Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2013 ( $36.25/private Import, LBV International)

Aromas of pear and fresh thyme with delicate nuances of peach and flaked almond. Medium body with a high acidity yet round and caressing. Crisp lemony finish.

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ICARDI Rousori Dolcetto D’Alba 2017 ( $22.74/private import, Case of 12, pot de vin importation)

Fresh with lovely undertones of cherry and strawberry. On the palate, fine and quite elegant with soft-spoken tannins. Lovely crunchy fruit flavours in the finale. Buy and share with your friends

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De Fermo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Concrete 2015 ( $35-$40/private import, case of 6, agence rézin)

Enticing nose of blood sausage, black plums, iron and licorice. Structured yet very approachable with firm tannins. Very spicy finale. New wave Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

 

Silène Crozes Hermitage 2016

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Slowly but surely the 2016 vintage from the Northern Rhone Valley is making its way to our Canadian shores. Although not as rich as the 2015, the current offering is all about freshness and elegance.

J.L Chave is a name that does not need introductions here. Everybody that knows a thing or two about fine French wine has heard about him. I am certainly familiar with his wines since my introduction to Hermitage was with him. Wine growers in the northern Rhône since 1491, the Chave family (currently represented by Gérard and son Jean-Louis) represents 16 generations of a committed family saga to the production of some of the finest Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne wines on this world

What some winelovers may not know is that the family has a negociant wine business on the ise. For a modest price, you can taste the savoir-faire of the family.

“Silène” Crozes-Hermitage is 50% family Syrah and 50% purchased. Like all things Chave, the quality bar is high even at the entry level.

It is often said that Crozes-Hermitage is a meager expression of Hermitage but there is nothing poor about this wine. While the 2015 was richer and decadent with the 2016, Silène returns to the classic character of the appellation.

Bright aromas of anis, dill with violet and lavender character. Classical Northern Rhone Syrah flavours of bacon, cherry and raspberry.Polished with a juicy acidity and a long lingering finale.

I highly recommend to buy this wine. Available at the SAQ (12950281) for $31.50.

An elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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I have to admit that I am not well versed in the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape so when I have a chance to taste one, I jump into the occasion.

Why?. I really can’t say for sure. However, if i brainstorm my wine lover head, it must be because some of them can be a bit heavy on the palate and too much on the alcohol side. I like my wines to make me salivate and promote my appetite. A big wine turnoff for me  is if a wine makes feel bloated or full. I just cant drink it  anymore.

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Not long ago, I tasted a very elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine Tour Saint Michel. The Cuvee des deux Soeurs 2015 is available in the Quebec market for $46.75 ( 11874934)

Domaine Tour Saint Michel has been making wine since three generations. Michel Fabre founded the domain and his son Henri along with his wife developed and enlarged the estate. They practice sustainable viticulture which means they only treat the vines when is only necessary.

An interesting trivia is that their 34 hectares are located on the southern part of the appellation. Here the climate is very hot and the soil is formed of galets roulés (round pebbles in english).

They principally use 3 grapes to make their Châteauneuf-du-Pape red: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

The Cuvee des deux soeurs is a beautiful Chateauneuf made predominantly with Grenache (90%) and a slight drop of  Syrah (10%). The vines come from the sites Les Serres and Fangueiron.

Felt in love with its spicy nose redolent of blond tobacco and prunes in brandy. Earthy, elegant and quite refreshing with a firm tannic structure.  I highly recommend this wine for the cool fall evenings ahead.

 

 

Domaine Vincent Latour Chassagne Montrachet Les Benoites 2011

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Gold colour with a medium intensity

Pronounced aromas of dry apricots, glazed pear with butter and almond undertones. On the palate, this Chardonnay is full body with a round texture and firm acidity. Retronasal flavours bring to mind aromas of coconut cream, nectarines and roasted hazelnuts. The acidity is quite firm and the wine should continue its development for a further decade. Paired well with haddock in a lemon butter tarragon sauce. Price: Around $50-60 CAD in the Quebec market

The wines of Chassagne-Montrachet offer great value and timeless image. These wines command cheaper prices compared with those from the neighbouring appellations of Meursault and Puligny-montrachet and represent good value for money

Domaine Vincent Latour is located in Meursault in Burgundy. Family owned since the end of the 18th century, the Latours have produced Meursault wines since 1792 Today it is their descendant, Vincent, who runs the estate with a master hand.

Domaine Vincent Latour’s vineyard covers 12 hectares of vines composed exclusively of Chardonnay, a unique grape of the Meursault appellation. The estate also produces wines in the Bourgogne, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Saint-Aubin appellations. The estate is in transition  to organic farming to produce wines reflecting better its terroir.

Think strategically when building your wine collection

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Over the past three years I have amassed a sort of nice collection of wines. To my own amazement, I don’t really know the exact amount but it falls between the 750-800. A few weeks ago, I finally realized the meaning of my collection as I was going through my wine bottles.

Why meaning?. At the present day, I like to reflect on the things I buy being wine or something else. However, it was not like this a few years ago, when I used to buy a lot of things compulsively including wine. The reasons for my compulsive behaviour remain private and prefer not to share them in this post. Lets say that 60% of my collection is composed of bottles that I really like and the remainder does not make sense to me. Generally speaking, I am not a person that regrets past actions but I feel today disappointed about my erratic wine purchasing behaviour. I would like to  call this a misguided use of passion

What’s the point of me telling you this?. Perhaps you are in a frenzy wine shopping behaviour and you don’t recognize it. Around me, there are some people who appear to be in this state and they could be in denial. I wish that somebody could have told me about this some time back and prevent the damages.  Building a wine collection is a beautiful project that could bring you many years of satisfaction but you got do it right since the start. If not you risk turning it into a sickness.

Here is my advice:

Buy what you really like: I have been drinking wine for the last 25 years and it took a decade to have the big picture of what regions, styles and grapes I truly like. I started my wine journey exploring the classical wine regions of Italy, France and Spain. Bordeaux, Tuscany, Piedmont, Rhone are for me. Burgundy and the Loire I like less. Your collection should reflect your unique taste. It is easier say than done?. Before investing significant financial resources, ask yourself, do I really like that wine?. Instropection can be a very uncomfortable, but if you can get past that, you will reap the rewards.

If you don’t have the cash dont buy it:  Now that you have determined what you like, the other question to ask yourself is: do I have the money to buy it?. There is always a new wine to try, or a new vintage. I maxed out credit cards, lines of credits and a bit of my savings. If you cant pay off your wine purchases by the end of the month and have leftover money, you are in trouble.

Beware of social media. Facebook and Instagram are wonderful tools to transmit wine information. Sadly, it has been misused by fake communicators. One of the problems of these “influencers” is that they promote wine for the importers without disclosing it. There are many varieties of these people. Lets just say that they put a toxic charming spell and influence you to buy wine that you might not really like. My advice is that you should research these people before and what to they promote.

Be skeptic of the new “experts”Anybody these days can proclaim themselves a self expert on the subject of wine. I have seen the rise of new bloggers with very little tasting experience.  Sure, they might be packed with all kind of wine credentials. The malaise that I have with these people is that they think they know everything by quickly grasping the subject. Do you prefer the wine buying advice from  veteran wine expert or the newbie wine beginner?. I will let you answer. Follow the advice of very passionate people

These is my three bit wine advice and now for a profile of  a wonderful Bordeaux estate that will make a nice addition for your cellar. Early this summer, I had a chance to meet Fanny Van De Velde from Edmond de Rothschild. I tasted a mini vertical of Chateau Clarke( 2003-2015) which was a nice opportunity to get reacquinted with the estate. The invitation was a courtesy of its Canadian importer, Philippe Dandurand

The wines of Chateau Clarke were one of the first Bordeaux that I tasted. This is classical Bordeaux left bank, although the wine have become more approachable with the latest vintages. My favorite vintages of the tasting were 2006 and 2014

Chateau Clarke

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Belonging to Baron Edmond de Rothschild and currently his son Benjamin Rothschild, Chateau Clarke is a jewel estate in the middle of the Listrac-Medoc region of the left bank of Bordeaux. The name of the Chateau derives from the original owner Tobie Clarke of Irish origin.

The Chateau was largely forgotten when Edmond de Rothschild purchased it in 1973. Right away, he pulled out  the old vines and replanted, a time-consuming and heavy financial expensive and completed until 1979. Benjamin de Rothschild took over the reins of Chateau Clarke from his father in 1999 and set about updating the winery as well as enlisting Michel Rolland as consultant oenologist.

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Chateau Clarke is the estate’s top red wine. The vineyards now have a vine age of over 30 years old and are situated on clay-limestone soils. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Merlot (42%), Cabernet Franc (8%), and Petit Verdot (2%). The grapes are manually harvested from low-yielding plots, sorted at the winery and and channeled into the tanks by gravity. The wines are aged mostly in new barrels, where they mature for 14 to 18 months. The final blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2003 $58 ( SAQ # 13523038)

Alluring aromas of Colombian Arabica beans, cedar and cigar tobacco as well. Pleasant notes of evolution are displayed as well such as stewed prunes with delicate menthol notes. On the mouth, still powerful and structured with grainy tannins complemented by a finale that brings savoury notes of cured meat. If you still have some keep it for another 10 years to ensure proper maturity.

2005 $75( Available on demand, private import)

Beautiful nose of cassis, Szechuan pepper with dark chocolate and strawberry laced with tobacco leaf. Long and round in the mid palate. Fresh with a good acidity and a very persistent finale. Pleasant herbaceous finale.

2006 $75 ( Available on demand, private import)

On the nose dark cacao with licorice accents with very pronounced and pungent animal undertones that bring to mind truffles as well. Very elegant, long and harmonious. Classic Bordeaux structure with enough acidity and tannins to keep it for another decade.

2012 $41.60 ( SAQ # 10677550)

fragrant and very perfumed. Lovely leafy red berry expression fruit character with hints of vanilla. Polished with silky tannins. Quite the earthy finale on this vintage. Will further improve for the next 5 years

2013 $45 ( SAQ # 10677550, arriving at the year end)

Very aromatic nose. Ripe raspberry with goji berries undertones. On the palate, quite polished and very accessible. Very long and fresh. Firm tannins and a charming finale.

2014 $45 ( SAQ # 10677550, next arrival 2019)

Quite Austere. Aromas of cigar tobacco, lead pencil and black pepper with a hint of star anise. Powerful with lots of flesh in the palate and fine tannins. Great mineral finale, just give it some time.

2015 $45 ( SAQ # 10677550, arrival 2019-2020)

Leafy blackcurrant fruit, cedar with hints of tobacco. Powerful, yet in a modern style. Very fresh and refined. This wine will continue to give you pleasure for the next decade.

 

 

 

Three wines for Piri Piri chicken

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Its muggy and hot outside and crave desperately for spicy food.  All of a sudden, I want to eat Peri Peri chicken. If I was a magician, the plate would be already in my table. Sadly, this is not the reality and would have to use my words to satisfy this sudden rage of Portuguese BBQ!!.

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Piri-piri chicken is a spicy dish with roots in both Africa and Portugal. The dish originated in Angola and Mozambique when Portuguese settlers introduced chile peppers (known as piri-piri in Swahili). The trick for an amazing Piri Piri BBQ is to use whole chicken pieces and let it marinated for  few hours before throw it in the grill. For best results, BBQ in charcoal.  Here is my favorite recipe for the dish. It comes from Spice Trekkers or Epices de Cru in French. You can get the spices quite easily in Montreal or if yoWu prefer shop online:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp Peri-peri spices
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1½ Tbsp wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

 

METHOD

  1. Grind Peri-peri spices. In a food processor, combine all ingredients and blend well.
  2. Marinate chicken in mixture, if possible for several hours.
  3. Grill in the BBQ

Wine Pairings

 

Definitely you want to stick with Portuguese wines with your piri piri chicken. I am firm believer of food/wine pairings from the same country/region. From my experience, Piri Piri pairs best with fruity reds, not highly tannic complemented by smoky spicy aromas. In wine pairings, you want create a bridge between your dish and the wine. Here are my three reccomendations of the moment:

Quinta da Serradinha Vinho Tinto 2012. SAQ # 13286861, $25.00

A wonderful Gastronomic wine. A blend of Baga 35%, Castelão 30%, Touriga Nacional 20%, Alfrocheiro 15%. Alurring aromas of ripe dark fruit with soft balsamic nuances. Delicate nuances of wood in the background as well. On the palate, it is structured and very round kind of caressing your palate. Biological wine.

Vincente Leite de Faria Gloria Reserva 2016. SAQ # 11156297, $13.65

An outstanding Douro with amazing quality for the price it commands. Glorious floral nuances with red plum and cassis notes. Refined and dense in the palate with Madagascar vanilla bean notes and licorice candy. Long finish.

Cabriz Colheita Selecionada 2015. SAQ # 13279872, $13.25

Another outstanding value wine that overdelivers for less than $15. A fantastic nose that recalls aromas of blueberry and raspberry jam with savoury notes of wild cooking herbs. On the palate, it is juicy with a terrific concentration and a lingering finale that recalls tobacco leaf, black pepper and wild sage.

Qu’est-ce que je bois ce soir?-Bien sûr, des vins portugais!!

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Être un amateur de vin passionné est parfois une bénédiction et une malédiction. Il y a tellement de vins à essayer et le temps et l’argent sont limités, je trouve

Aussi, J’aime cuisiner est c’est encore pire. Souvent, Je passe la plus grande partie de la journée à penser à quoi boire avec mon dîner et mon souper. Je ne me plains pas, je suis un hédoniste avoué. J’aime boire et manger et passer un bon moment.

” Manger et boire réunit le corps et l’esprit” ( Proverbe Alsacien). Dans cet état d’esprit, j’écris ces recommandations:

Vins Portugais

La diversité du vin qui vient du Portugal est extraordinaire. C’est le moment de boire des vins portugais.Maintenant ou jamais!!!. Voici quelques-uns des meilleurs choix de la dernière foire aux vins portugaise qui s’est tenue à Montréal au printemps dernier

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Herdade do Sobroso Cellar Selection Syrah & Alicante Bouschet 2015 ( Importation privée, Importations Epicurienne)

Herdade do Sobroso est une belle propriété rurale dans l’Alentejo, avec 1600 hectares de superficie, dont seulement 52 sont plantés de vignes, qui partagent le paysage avec des chênes-lièges, des chênes verts et des oliviers. Les animaux sauvages tels que le cerf, le sanglier et le mouflon (une sorte de mouton), ainsi que les chevaux, habitent la propriété, qui est aussi une réserve de chasse.
Le Cellar Selection 2015 est une coupage à parts égales de Syrah et Alicante Bouschet, deux raisins très bien adaptés au climat de l’Alentejo. Avec un bon corps et une bonne texture, il est vielli 12 mois en fûts de 500 litres de chêne français de première et deuxième utilisations, ce qui lui donne une plus grande élégance sans l’exagération qui caractérise souvent l’utilisation de fûts de chêne neufs (225 litres).

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Cabriz Espumante Natural DOC Dao Portugal ( Importation privée, Vins Fins)

Quinta de Cabriz est une propriété proche de Carregal do Sal qui, à partir de la fin des années 80, est devenue un projet vinicole de grande envergure et d’ambition, devenant l’un des principaux promoteurs du développement de la région de Dão.  En plus des 40 hectares de son propre vignoble, Cabriz accompagne et guide la production de raisins sur plusieurs centaines d’hectares appartenant à des vignerons de la région. Aujourd’hui, les vins de la société sont les leaders des ventes de Dão sur le marché national. Quinta de Cabriz est la maison mère du groupe de vins Global Wines, avec des vignobles et des vignobles dans plusieurs régions portugaises.

Un grand vin mousseux de qualité, fabriqué selon le méthode classique de fermentation en bouteille. Basé sur un vin blanc issu des cépages Malvasia et Bical, il apparaît élégant, frais, persistant et équilibré en bouche.

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Carm Maria de Lourdes Douro 2016 ( SAQ # 13114453, $28.70)

Avec environ 130 ha de vignes, 220ha d’oliviers et 60 ha d’amandiers, les fermes CARM sont situées dans le Douro, dans la municipalité de Vila Nova de Foz Coa, où coexistent en vie organique dans le parc archéologique Vallée de Côa, Parc Naturel International du Douro et Douro et Région viticole de Porto.

Vignerons depuis la fin du XIXe siècle, ils ont  introduit  la production de vins biologiques(pionniers au Portugal) dans presque avec la construction de un  cave en 2004, où la dernière technologie est utilise pour obtenir les meilleurs raisins.

Un vin très frais et complexe avec des notes d’agrumes et de pamplemousse en harmonie avec de délicates nuances florales et des notes minérales prononcées caractéristiques du terroir du Douro.

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Herdade do Peso Sossego 2015 Alentejano Vinho Tinto.

Herdade do Peso occupe une superficie totale de 457 hectares. 160 hectares sont actuellement plantés et comprennent 152 acres de raisins rouges (Aragonês, Trincadeira Alfrocheiro, Periquita, Moreto et Touriga Nacional) et seulement huit hectares de raisins blancs (Antão Vaz et Arinto).

Herdade do Peso est situé à Pedrogão dans la commune de Vidígueira – un nom reconnu pour son abondance de vignes, telle est l’importance de cette agriculture dans cette région. La propriété comprend un barrage, qui occupe 20 acres et fournit de l’eau nécessaire pour irriguer le vignoble ainsi qu’une vaste oliveraie.

Dans le nez se démarque l’arôme intense des fruits rouges et une certaine présence de bois, où il mis en scène. Dans la bouche a une attaque légère, avec des tanins présents, mais élégant. Il a une acidité équilibrée et une longue finale.

Les vins de Casa Amarela ( Importation privée, Le Marchand du Vin )

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Je suis tombé amoureux des vins de Casa Amarela dans le salon du vin portugais!!!

Presque caché au cœur de la région du Douro, entre le Peso da Régua et Lamego, Quinta da Casa Amarela est un petit producteur de vin du Douro et du Porto qui existe depuis 1885 et est déjà dans la 3ème génération.

Dans le Reserva 2014, il y  a des notes de fruits mûrs avec des touches florales. Aussi on trouve des épices, vanille et mocha également. En bouche est doux, avec une bonne concentration, une bonne acidité, équilibré et tanins mûrs.

Selection Km 15  a fasciné mes sens avec ses arômes  de baies noires et rouges. Bouche douce et fraîche, présentant une bonne profondeur de sensation en bouche. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz

Le Tinto 2016 a des arômes de mûres, de fleurs et d’épices ainsi que de fines notes de chêne. En bouche, le vin est lisse avec une belle concentration et des saveurs de mûres, de réglisse complétée par une belle acidité et d’équilibre

Merci aux Vins du Portugal Canada pour l’invitation