Liberty School Syrah 2011, Paso Robles

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California, USA

$18.95 at LCBO (942383)

Loved this wine!

Very pleasant, smoky, lots of black fruit and meaty aromas.

Medium to full bodied, soft tannins and subtle acidity.

Dark fruit and cherries on the palate with peppery taste on the finish.

Very nice with meat!

Gisselbrecht Frankstein Riesling 2009, Ac Alsace Grand Cru

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Alsace, France


$20.95 at LCBO (341909)



That was my favorite Riesling ever!


Amazing floral nose with citrus and fruit nose.


On the palate medium bodied, crisp and dry with reach apple, honey and citrus flavors. Long finish with mineral and spice notes.


Very balanced fantastic wine!



Chilensis Lazuli 2010, Estate Btld., Maule Valley

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Maule Valley, Chile

Red blend

$17.95 at LCBO (348128)

It was interesting find!

Original blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah and Carmenére.


In the glass deep garnet black color.

On the nose complex aromas of black fruit, cherries, black pepper and little bit of coffee.

On the palate dry, medium bodied, soft and balanced tannins and acidity. Very fruity, vanilla, leather. Medium finish with fruit character.

Eos Estate Petite Sirah 2009, Paso Robles

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Petite Sirah.

California, USA

$19.95 at LCBO


Dark plum color in the glass with pinkish rim.


On the nose aromas of cherries, cedar, blackberries.


On the palate  dry, medium to full body. Smooth tannins and and acidity.Black berries, mint, mushrooms on the palate.


medium finish.


Good everyday wine.



Virtual travel and tasting-Loire Valley.



The Loire River Valley stretches from central France to the country‘s west coast.

Every region is unique and there is diversity of wines, grapes and styles.

The climate of the region ranges from Maritime to Continental.


I want to start in the place where Loire river reaches Atlantic ocean. The rolling countryside around the city of Nantes is devoted to the farming of the Muscadet grape variety. This simple white grape thrives in the Maritime climate and the gravel and sand soils of the area.

In the 17th century, Dutch wine merchants laid the foundation for the Muscadet style by encouraging the villagers of Nantes to plant the early ripening Melon de Bourgogne grape.

Some wines may also be labeled ―Sur Lie if they have been aged on their lees over the winter following the vintage. These popular wines are classic companions to local oysters because of their high acid, light body, neutral flavors, and occasional spritziness, courtesy of dissolved carbon dioxide in the lees.


And to taste


Domaine De L’ardennerie Muscadet Sèvre & Maine 2010, Ac, Sur Lie


Light straw color with a little tint of green.

Mineral aromas with a little bit of fruit, citrus. On the palate dry, crisp with acidity. Wine is asking for oysters! Nice, fresh finish.














and pair this wine with oysters, of course!:))


we clean them




And enjoy with wine!





Deutz Chamagne tasting.


I had another great experience thanks to Natalie Maclean!

This time I was at vertical Deutz Chamagne tasting!

It was an amazing experience!

Champagne Deutz was found in 1838.

They are located at 200 hectares(490) acres, among best Champagne crus.

Vines are about 50 years old.

We were presented 6 finest examples of the Deutz Champagne.

Deutz Champagne Brut Classic


in the glass-golden, straight small bubbles.

Aged on the lees.

On the nose briosh, floral,marzipan,

On the palate nice, soft mousse, very elegant, fresh. Long finish with mineral notes.

Deutz Champagne Brut Rosé


pink in the glass with small bubbles.

On the nose floral, perumy, raspberries, redcurrants.

On the palate dry, delicate mousse, pomegranate, cherries. Very balanced, long finish with strawberries flavour.

2006 Deutz Brut


Golden yellow in the glass.

On the nose bread, floral.

On the palate dry, fresh, backing spices, pear, floral notes. Fruity finish

Deutz Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2007

Desgorged 2012


in the glass yellow straw, small straight bubbles.

On the nose, subtle, opens to floral, mineral aromas.

On the palate dry, crisp, fresh. Nice finish with citrus aromas.

Deutz Cuvee William Deutz Brut Champagne 2000


60% Pinot Noir

30% Cheardonnay

10% Pinot Meunier

in the glass golden yellow, small bubbles.

On the nose brioche, floral aromas,very complex. Sweet fruit, pear.

On the palate dry, full body, sweet bread, , complex, gastronomical wine.

Elegant and balanced.

Finish with citrus notes.

2005 Deutz Amour de Deutz Blanc de Blancs Brut Millesime, Champagne, France


minimum 7yrs on the lees.

in the glass clear, healthy, golden, delicate bubbles.

On the nose very aromatic, roses candy, cooked stone fruit.

On the palate, dry, elegant, complex. Soft mousse, floral aromas, roses, citrus.

Long finish with fruit flavours and touch of minerality.

Amarone tasting details cont-d.

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2011 Speri Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore


fresh, fruity, red fruit, young wine. Fresh acid and tannins. Cherries, blueberries, plums.


2010 Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sant’Urbano

$ 29.00

Grapes from single vinyard.

Red fruit, oak on the palate. Dry, acidic, ned body, chewy tannins. Cherries, smoke.


Speri Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008


Dry,med to full bodied, concentrated berries on the palate, cedar, leather, chocolate, firm tannins and balanced acidity.


Tedeschi Amarone Della valpolicella Classico 2008


dry fruit, opens to earthy, cherry, currant, plum flavour.

Rich,dark and red fruit on the palate, firm tannins, long finish.


Tedeschi Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007


dry, smooth.

oak,mushrooms, earth, leather,good chewy tannins and acidity finish with berries flavour.

Cherries, black currant, spices, plum.




Dry, fruity, concentrated dried berries flavours. Red fruit, chewy tannins, good acidity, smoky, earthy, opens up very complex aromas. Smooth finish.


Tenuta Sant’antonio Monti Garbi Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2010, Doc


Light color. Very nice , red fruit, berries, light, smooth, spicy.


2010 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Antonio Castagnedi


Oak, dry berries, opens to cedar aromas, juicy. Firm tannins and acidity. Fruity, spicy.


2006 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli


on the nose cedar, spice, mushrooms, vanilla. Full bodied, concentrated. Black fruit, very spicy, complex flavours, smooth.


Venturini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008


Classic wine. 3 month drying. 2 years in the wood.

Fruity, juicy, very smooth. Acidity of red fruit, supporting tannins, med finish. Need time to open up.


2007 Venturini Massimino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campomasua


Grapes from single vinyard. 3 years in the wood. Longer drying time-4 month.

Dry, smooth, red fruit, cherry. Classic flafours, Balanced acid and tannins. Cedar, spice, dark chokolate.

Long finish with red dry fruit flavour.

Amarone tasting details cont-d

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Musella Bianco del Drago 2012


100% Garganega

Good, fresh acidity, little minerality, easy to drink

2008 Musella Amarone della Valpolicella


oak on the palate, juicy fruity, firm tannins, spice

Musella Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva DOCG



Juicy, fruity, acidic, earth, pomegranate, red fruit om the palate.

Testal Rosso del Veronese Igt Nicolis2008


90% Corvina

late harvest

oak, cedar, leather, great wine, fruity, balanced, med body, red currant acidity.

Very perfumy of red fruits like cherry and hints of sweet spices and vanilla. The flavour is complex and full, with soft tannins and an intense long-lasting aromatic finish.

Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC (2007)


made in old style.

Balanced, full bodied, big wine, oak on the palate, earth, leather, smooth, balanced acidity.

Spices, chocolate.

2006 Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Ambrosan


more modern wine, aged in barriques. Grapes picked from single vineyard. Great complex nose, red fruit, balanced tannins and acidity, long finish. Cherries, spices.

Amamrone tasting, details.

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Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC (2009)


red berries nose, strawberry, red fruit, firm tannins, balancing acidity.

Cooked black cherry compote with long hot finish.

Allegrini La Poja 2008 100% Corvina 


100% Corvina no drying.

Med body, earthy, dry fruit on the nose. Spice on the palate.

Long finish with cherries.

Allegrini La Grola 2010


Corvina and Syrah blend

no drying berries.

Nose fresh and dry fruit, black currant full body, balanced tannins and acidity.

Lorenzo begali la cengia ripasso valpolicella classico superiore 2011


Young, fresh, light good acid.

2009 Begali Lorenzo Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto, Italy


Oak, earth, dry berries, young, fresh acidity, light tannins.

Begali Lorenzo Monte Ca’ Bianca, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Italy 2008


Very smooth, fresh tannins, acidity. Needs ageing. Med to full body.

Brigaldara il Vegro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Veneto, Italy 2010


fruit forward, cherries acidity, light tannins, red fruit. Dry fruit, spice

2007 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Case Vecie


2years in the barrel, 2 years in the barrique

Red fruit, cherry, smooth, oak, chocolate, good body.

2010 Brigaldara Recioto della Valpolicella Classico


Herbs on the nose, cedar, good balance of sweetness

Amarone tasting.


Another wonderful experience I had, was Amarone tasting! And again because of Natalie Maclean!

Located in the Beautiful Ontario Art gallery, it was very classical and tasteful.

Great Amarone producers in a spacious room full of light.

Also there was a lot food! great Italian food and no shortage of it!

Italian wine can be more appreciated with good food, to find balance and taste.

Amazing experience! One wine from Veneto, so many personalities!

And personality in wine.

I love Amarone! Unique flavour, unique wine!


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