After a day of this I'm starving and sneak a shortbread cookie left over from Christmas but had no wine today.
Received in the mail a wine game called Wine Teasers, created by one of my favourite wine writers, Jennifer Rosen, the Cork Jester. It's a wine trivia game that is also educational. See www.wineteasers.com. Jennifer, along with my old pal Deacon Dr. Fresh, actually makes wine fun and funny.
SPARKLING & CHAMPAGNE
NV Cuvee Tradition Brut, Marquet, Champagne
Lime pulp, nutty, toasty. Full and flavoursome with generous mousse and apple skin finish.
NV Rose Brut, Tarlant, Champagne
Red currants and strawberry aroma accents. Focused, with orange confit tones.
NV Lanson Brut, Champagne
Citrus and yeast, fresh bread. Fairly soft with a long apple-flavoured finish.
NV Rose Brut, Jansz, Tasmania, Australia
Strawberry, spicy red licorice candy. Bright and refreshing.
NV Cuvee Thirteen Brut, Thirteen Street, Niagara
Sharp and zesty with persuasive effervescence.
2006 Pinot Grigio "La Lot", Peter Zemmer, Alto Adige, Italy
Light and fresh and orange blossoms.
2006 Pinot Gris Reserve, Mission Hill, Okanagan, British Columbia
Ripe stone fruit, floral fragrances and lingering flavours.
2006 Villa Angelo Pecorino, Velenosi, Campania, Italy
Light, fresh with vivid citrus and mineral aroma and flavour combo.
2006 Calcari Xarel·lo, Pares Balta, Penedes, Spain
Citrus fruit peel and hawthorn petals. Light with great mineral composition and chalky-dry.
2006 Albarino "Val Do Sosego", Bodegas As Laxas, Rias Baxis, Spain
Tropical bouquet displaying mango and passion fruit scents. Light, dry and tart. Thirst-quenching.
2006 Tscharke "Girl Talk" Albarino, Glaymond, Barossa, Australia
Pear and kiwi with intriguing wax and mineral notes. Its body has a few extra pounds, but it's balanced by a stiff core of acidity.
2004 Roussanne, Bien Nacido Hillside, Qupe, Santa Maria Valley, California
Honeyed tropical fruit on its nose and palate, very flavoursome, satisfying and balanced with minutes long finish.
2006 Israeli Journey Viognier Gewurztraminer Colombard, Vitkin, Carmel Mountain, Israel
Luscious flavours with implicite sweetness and ripe pineapple, avocado.
2004 Riesling Speck Family Reserve, Henry of Pelham, Short Hills Bench, Niagara
Concentrated and lemony with typical traces of limestone. Serious Riesling with just a touch of residual sugar and brisk acidity.
2006 Viognier, Daniel Lenko, Niagara
Exotic with star anise and viscous mouthfeel.
2006 Semillon, Legends, Niagara
Gooseberry and riverbed stone. Just off dry and with yellow apple taste.
2006 Chardonnay Reserve, Organized Crime Winery, Beamsville Bench, Niagara
Pear and tropical fruit, vanilla, butter. Medium bodied and creamy with oak spice and acidity kickin' in.
2004 Zinfandel, Brandlin Vineyard, Peter Franus, Napa, California 120 - 14 - 22 - 35
A lighter style, elegant Zinfandel with plums, currants, vanilla oak and Napa terroir shining through.
2004 Lima Mayer Tinto, Quinta de Sao Sebastiao, Alentejo, Portugal 75 - 8 - 14 - 22
Modern, mid weight red with red currant, raspberry preserve flavours and dusty tannins.
2004 Chateau Teyssier Grand Cru, St. Emilion, France 105 - 12 - 20 - 30
Polished, well structured with a lovely texture.
2004 Agiorgitiko, Old Vines, Papaioannou, Nemea, Greece 75 - 8 - 14 - 22
From Ancient Nemea, the homeland of legendary Hercules. Ripe, full and bold and delicious.
2004 Cabernet Franc, Margalit, Shomron, Israel
Just simply, this wine is a crowd pleaser! Cassis, tobacco, spice. Sweet cherry berry flavours and soft tannins.
2006 Pinot Noir, Westrey, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Bright, sexy, exotic and silky smooth.
2005 Pinot Nero, Peter Zemmer, Alto Adige
Light, fresh and pretty and delicious.
2005 Dolcetto d'Alba, Castello di Verduno, Piedmont
Lively with red berry driven aromas and flavours and underlying spicy tones.
2000 Barbaresco Rabaja, Castello di Verduno, Piemonte
A blockbuster! Powerful, yet classy!
2003 Barolo, Brovia, Piemonte
Pomegranate and roses. Very elegant with integrated tannins and a cranberry, herbal touch. A sexy beast!
2005 Rosso di Montalcino, Siro Pacenti, Tuscany
Baby Brunello! A classic example of Sangiovese and Tuscany!
2005 Chianti Classico, Il Tarocco, Torraccia di Presura, Tuscany
Fleshy black cherries, clove and leather. Dry with lots of flavour and grippy tannins.
2003 GEA, Sant'Antimo Rosso, Tuscany
Full bodied with broad flavours. A modern style Super Tuscan.
2004 Aglianico del Vulture, Cantina di Venosa, Basilicata, Italy
Raspberries and sweet cacao dust. Medium bodied with an uplifted finish.
2003 Petit Verdot, Pirramimma, McLaren Vale, Australia
Cherries, raspberry, cinnamon. Medium body with plenty of blue fruit flavours and soft tannins.
2005 Tscharke "The Master" Montepulciano, Glaymond, Barossa, Australia
Blueberry, red plum and vanilla oak. Juicy with supple tannins and cardamom, cracked pink peppercorn
2006 Valley Floor Shiraz, Langmeil, Barossa, Australia
Currants and dried flower aroma nuances. Mid weight and fruity with spicy, earthy accents on its finish.
2005 Bad Impersonator Shiraz, Two Hands, Barossa, Australia
Raspberry jam, exotic spice, potpourri. Medium bodied, juicy and warm.
2002 Syrah, Daniel Lenko, Niagara
One of the finest Syrah around! Would rival any of its Rhone counterparts! Its maker, Daniel, loves women, fast cars and bulldozers! Don't we all?!
2002 Cabernet Merlot Speck Family Reserve, Henry of Pelham, Niagara
This red would put many Bordeaux to shame!
10 Year Old Tawny Porto, Reccua, Douro
Melted figs and dried dates all the way and soul-warming.
2007 Moscato d'Asti, Nivole, Michele Chiarlo, Piemonte
Cheerful with tiny and happy bubbles and appealing sweetness.
2003 Vinsanto, Sigalas, Santorini, Greece
The Greeks say they made Vinsanto first... Ask the Italians...! They might have something to say about that!
2001 Vin Santo, Fanti Sant' Antimo, Tuscany
Almost like a cross between cream sherry and tawny Port...
NV Ume no Yado, Sparkling Blueberry Sake, Nara, Kinki
A fun, raspberry, sweet rice powder scented sake with bubbles atop!
2006 Cabernet Franc Icewine, Coldhearted, Megalomaniac, Niagara
Just think of chocolate coated strawberries...