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Exploring the World of Higher Altitude Wines

Heighten your senses with this high altitude red blend.  Coming from vines in the sky, 1750 meters above sea level in Cafayate Argentina, El Porvenir’s Malbec, Cabernet, and Syrah blend provides a unique alternative to your traditional Mendoza selection.  With the combination of high altitude, desert climate and diverse diurnal temperatures, the wine produced has great concentration and structure with a refined elegance that proves to pour harmonically and balanced.

I tried this wine last night paired with a juicy steak and it was to die for.  I was happily surprised by its sophistication that cannot usually be found in a wine at this price.  This style is not like the jammy, mass produced reds that have come out of Argentina and is a must try with your favorite red meat or firm cheese.

It has rich red and black fruit with earthy undertones of dried herbs and cracked black pepper.  Leather and sweet oak round the palate and the lingering finish will have you coming back for more.

High altitude wines are really unique and intriguing.  Let your palate explore into the mountains of Salta and let your taste buds be tempted!

Try something new today!
- Megan

My Recent Bordeaux Wine Tasting Experience

Hello Fellow Wine Lovers and Connoisseurs,

My name is Sydney, I have being working at Everything Wine in Morgan Crossing for close to 6 months now and when the opening arose for me to attend a Masterclass taught by Jordan Carrier I jumped at the opportunity! My knowledge of wine ever since starting here has greatly expanded and I just want it to keep growing, so what better way to do that then to attend a class?

The class I attended was all on Bordeaux. How fitting as I myself am French. I recruited my Dad to join me for this class as well, being quite the wine lover himself. We spent the night trying 6 different wines from the Bordeaux region, whilst snacking on some appetizers paired with each wine. What a night!

We started off the night learning a lot of history about the region of Bordeaux. The first wine that we tried was the Chateau Bel-Air Lagrave 1989
Medoc Red Blend, a 1989 wine priced at $70.99. This was the oldest wine that we tried all night (older than me!) This wine was a very interesting wine, as I will explain. When inspecting the colour of the wine I noticed how complex it was. While holding the glass over a white sheet of paper and just slightly tilting the glass you could see the different colour rings. This wine was a deep burgundy purple colour in the middle, which then faded to an orangish colour (is organish even a word?) which then faded into a clear watery rim around the top. It was quite neat to be able to observe the colours like that! My first initial smell of this wine was a crushed gravel, leathery smell. I found this wine to be semi-dry, but probably my least favourite of the night. Not because I did not enjoy this wine, just simply because we had so many other wonderful wines! I kept in mind this is the oldest wine I have ever tried, and the taste of it is not something my pallet is typically familiar with.

The next wine we moved onto was the Lafon Rochet, a 2000 wine priced at $175.99, the most expensive of the night. This wine was my second favourite wine of the night, and I very much enjoyed it. This wine had a beautiful bouquet, it smelled of licorice, and lots of fruit. I would say this wine was quite dry, with a touch of spice to it. This wine was paired with a mushroom, goat cheese Crème Brule (yes, you heard that right, Crème Brule) different and delicious! The richness and the cream of this dish really softened the tannin's of the wine and made it just that much more enjoyable than it already was!

The third wine of the night, and my favourite was the Haut-Milon, a 2009 wine priced at $59.99, and it was incredible. This wine was a very deep burgundy colour, and when I first smelt this wine I couldn't quite pick up on what I was smelling, as I am still learning and trying to develop my nose for wines and their bouquets. I continued sniffing determined to pin point what it was I was smelling and I finally discovered it.. Chocolate! It's no wonder this one was my favourite. I found this wine to be so smooth and overall just a wonderful wine. This wine was paired with a puff pastry wrapped meatball, which complimented the wine nicely. I highly recommend giving this wine a try, especially for a nice special occasion. The price point is definitely affordable, especially for a special occasion wine, and it is one you are going to want to try!

Moving onto the fourth wine of the night, and my third favourite was the Branaire Ducru, a 2010 wine priced at $153.99. This wine is a 4th growth, and it was rated 98 points. If you are not familiar with the point system. know that 98 points is an exceptional and almost perfect rating, 100 being perfect. This wine was a very dark and deep red colour. It smelled of fruit, plum in particular. This wine was a very dry wine, and I found it to have a spice to it. This wine had high tannin's and it was paired with a cracker topped off with a slice of rare beef and blue cheese drizzled with a red wine reduction, which nicely accompanied the wine and softened its tannin's.

The fifth wine of the night was the Chateau Domaine de l'Eglise, a 1996 wine (the same age as myself) priced at $105.99. This wine was 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. This wine was my Dad's favourite of the night. His pallet is much more developed than mine so it made sense that he enjoyed this one more than myself. This wine had a similar colour ring to the first wine, the Bel Air Lagrave, where it was a deep burgundy colour in the middle, which faded to an orange. This wine smelt of cayenne pepper, and other spices. I found this wine to be very very dry, hence why my Dad enjoyed it so much. This wine was paired with a tomato bisque, along with a piece of baguette with melted Brie cheese, Very delicious. I highly recommend trying this wine if you have a developed pallet and are a fan of dry wines, this will be a wine you will deeply enjoy.

Finally, the last and final wine finishing off the night was the Lassegue, a 2006 wine priced at $67.99. I really enjoyed this wine, it was quite nice. Its bouquet smelt of different fruits, such as cherry and plum. This wine was very smooth and a nice wine to finish off the night. It was paired with some dark chocolate brittle, which was truly a match made in heaven. A perfect end to the class.

Overall I found this class to be a wonderful experience. I learnt many different things about the history of Bordeaux, and the wines that come from this region. I left the class with a greater knowledge and understanding than I had when I first started the class, which was the exact reason I wanted to attend it. Whether you have newly found your love for wine, or you are just wanting to expand your knowledge and try some incredible wines I highly recommend you attend one of the many classes Everything Wine has to offer, I promise you they will not disappoint! Come in to Everything Wine today and check out our extensive collection of wine!

90 Point Gift Wines

The season of GIVING is here!


And we have our best selection of holiday gift-giving 90+ point wines ever! Here are just a few of the many amazing accoladed wines we searched the globe for this year to take to dinner, give as a gift, or to simply enjoy at home by the fire - you won't be disappointed!


Zorzal Terra Unico Pinot Noir
91 Points, Wine Advoctate, 2013 Vintage

Mendoza, Argentina - $22.99
Christmas is all about gathering together with family and friends over tables of delicious food paired with the perfect wines. Here we find a Pinot Noir that is very intense on the nose, a result of the terroir. It presents aromas of blackberries, strawberries and earth, with mineral notes. The flavours are direct, clear, and vertical, and flows with plenty of life and smoothness. It has good volume and great acidity, making it very fresh with a long, sweet finish. As noted by the Wine Advocate "The 2013 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir follows the idea of the Terroir Unico range, to show the pure expression of the grape and the place in a line of unoaked wines. This was 20-30% whole-cluster fermented and is very pale colored, almost a rose, very perfumed, with aromas of red fruit and flowers opening to a light to medium-bodied palate, high acidity (blood orange), and a pure, fresh finish. Highly drinkable." One thing to note is that there are only 120 cases of this limited edition Pinot in BC, so be sure to stock up on a few before it’s too late!

Bolla Creso Red Blend
90 Points eRobertParker.com, 2010 Vintage

Verona, Italy - $39.99
Next up, we have a beast of a bold red that is screaming to be paired with food! The colour is intense, dark, and deep ruby. On the nose are aromas that are ample, complex, elegant and fruit-filled with notes of toasted wood. The palate is powerful and persistent with ripe berries, cocoa, plum and offers sweet, silky, velvety tannins. The wine was aged in French barrique (new and one year old) for about 12 months. Creso is then further matured in the bottle for about six months. This gorgeous wine received great praise when panel tasted with team members of Everything Wine, and is a fantastic Spanish red to gift this holiday season. Enjoy with grilled meats such as steak, pork tenderloin, as well as with a variety of cheeses!

Santa Rita 120 Hero's Salute Red Blend
90 Points Wine & Spirit's Magazine, 2013 Vintage

Central Valley, Chile - $13.99
Another one of our favourites this holiday season comes from Chile, and is our best valued 90 point wine we’ve ever had! It’s an intense ruby-red coloured wine, with violet hues supplied by Carmenère. There are intense aromas of red and black fruit that are elegantly intertwined with wood provided by Cabernet. On the palate it is a medium-bodied wine, with soft tannins and a long finish. Best yet, this wine was rated 90 points Wine + Spirits and it’s only $13.99! This wine is ideal to pair with pastas, soft cheese, and tender meats like chicken and veal. Superb quality and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s most admired and innovative wine estates. This is a fantastic entertaining wine we know you and your guests will love this holiday season. Be sure to try one of our latest favourite discoveries today!

Famille Perrin Cairanne Red Blend
90 Points eRobertParker.com, 2012 Vintage

Rhone Valley, France - $23.99
Back again by popular demand, we have an amazing French Red Blend back in stock! Robert Parker said it best in his review of this gorgeous French collector wine! “This is an outstanding blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. The wine has wonderfully sweet cherry fruit with some blacker currants, dusty, loamy soil notes, garrigue and licorice. It is full-bodied, rich and certainly one of the best Cairannes I’ve tasted.” - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate. The Cairanne is showing juicy acidity and excellent overall purity, it has outstanding potential and will deliver the goods over the coming 6-7 years. Drink now-2020. This is the perfect gift for the French Rhone wine collector. Don't miss out one grabbing a few of these wines this year!

Pascual Toso Barrancas Toso Red Blend
90 Points James Suckling, 2013 Vintage

Mendoza, Argentina - $26.99
Here we have another staff favourite! Arriving just in time for the holiday season, this award winning Red Blend received rave reviews from our management team last month when they first tasted this Limited Edition Red Blend. Once again, this wine is exclusive to Everything Wine. With only 42 cases in the province, this is a fantastic rare gift option to give to your wine collectors on your list! It is a gorgeous blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon
This Red Blend is complex and well-balanced. It presents lingering and gentle tannins while being elegant in style with lovely boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavours. There are plenty of vanilla, spice and chocolate aromas on the nose and palate, which end with a lengthy, focused finish. This would be a fantastic wine to pair with beef burgers, steaks, or bold cheeses. Be sure to get your hands on a few of these bottles before they’re gone!

Cubo Seleccion Tempranillo
90 Points eRobertParker.com, 2011 Vintage

La Mancha, Spain - $17.49
Another one of our customer and staff favourite Spanish Tempranillos is back in time for holiay git giving! Cubo Seleccion Tempranillo has a slight toasted coffee flavour with a hint of milk chocolate, and a delicious smooth vanilla finish.  “…La Candelaria’s 2011 Cubo Seleccion is 100% Tempranillo aged in French and Bulgarian oak barrels for 11 months and 5 months in the bottle. Cedar, fragrant berries, and incense compose the bouquet of this tasty red. In the glass, a hint of milk chocolate adds a note of complexity. Smooth, savory, and well-balanced, it will deliver enjoyment for another 4-5 years.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Tempranillos are generally versatile when it comes to pairing with food and Cubo is no different – try a creamy mushroom risotto while you warm up in this chilly weather. Also delicious with hamburgers and steaks. Don’t forget the garlic mashed potato! Rich, juicy, and all things decadent, I know you're going to love this wine. Grab a case of this staff and customer Spanish favourite today!

Orestiadi Ludovico Red Blend
90 Points Wine Spectator, 2008 Vintage

Sicily, Italy - $34.99
This in an incredible wine that is new and exclusive to Everything Wine. With roughly 70 cases available in the province, this unique and rare 90 point gem is a fantastic option to gift your boss, friends, or to treat yourself. It’s an Italian blend of Nero d'Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon, and is a gorgeous premium gift wine that we discovered this year and had to bring in! Even though it's a 2008, there's still a couple years of ageabilty left for this wine. Notes of mint chocolate and hints of spice on the nose and pallet. Wine Spectator called it, "Dark and meaty, with layers of game, olive and smoke to the dark cassis and black plum skin fruit. Rich and chewy, with a long smoky finish." I recommend you pair this staff favourite with a nice Italian dish with spice, red sauce and/or red meat. I can’t wait for you to try this wine!

So there you have it - a few of the amazing 90 point wines that we've brought in for the holiday season that are great for entertaining or gifting. Be sure to check out our 90+ POINT WINE SECTION on the home page, too! Let us help you find the perfect gifts to give this holiday season at Everything Wine. We're quite proud to say, this is our best selection of wines and we can't wait for you to try them! Let us know you think of them by leaving a comment on the product's home page.

Here's wishing you all a safe & Happy Holidays filled with laughter and cheer, and of course, delicious wines.

Cheers!
- Craig

Thanksgiving Wines 101

Can you even believe that Thanksgiving weekend is already here? Bust out the stretchy pants and loose-fit tops because epic dinners are on the horizon this weekend.Since wine and turkey go together like–well, wine and turkey–I thought I’d recommend a few go-to wine options to make it easier for you to impress your family and friends.

Here are a few wine varietals to pick up this weekend:

Sauvignon Blanc – The primary fruit flavours of Sauvignon Blanc are lime, green apple, passion fruit and white peach. You may even hear the term “green grass”, especially in wines coming fom New Zealand. What makes Sauvignon Blanc unique from other white wines is the herbaceous flavours like bell pepper or gooseberry. “Sauv Blanc” is an ideal white wine to pair with turkey and the buttery, rich delicious dishes you’d typically be served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. If you like a crisp, clean white with a hint of zest on the finish, then this is a perfect wine for you.

TRY:
Fat Bird Sauvignon Blanc – $16.99
Fairhall Cliffs Sauvignon Blanc - $17.49

Viognier – “Vee-On-yay”, is a beautiful lesser known varietal that happens to be one of my favourites all year long. This varietal has notes of apricots, blossom, honeysuckle, ripe peaches and honey. Viogniers have a delightful floral aroma to them, as well as a crisp acidity on the finish, which lends itself to being the ideal turkey or ham wine pairing. Viognier is a wine to serve to your guests as an aperitif, to enjoy on its own or along with a light/mild cheese platter.

TRY:
Perseus Synergy Viognier – $17.99
Black Hills Estate Viognier – $28.99

Chardonnay – The over-oaked, over soaked and over-the-top Chardonnays from the 90s are LONG gone, and it is my mission to prove to people that Chardonnay & the holidays are the best pairing out there. An oaked Chardonnay will have flavours of tropical fruits like pineapple, guava and mango, even so far as notes of butter, vanilla, and butterscotch. Meanwhile, and UN-oaked Chardonnay will have green apple and lemon flavours with a rich, yet crisp finish. It’s all about your personal preference.

Shopping tip: the richer, oaky wines typically come from California or Australia, whereas a French Chablis (code name for Chardonnay) or even BC Chardonnays from Kelowna or further north will be much lighter in style.

TRY:
Les 5 Vallees Chardonnay – $15.49
Two Tone Farm Chardonnay – $13.99

Pinot Noir – Pinot Noir is the most highly prized wine in the world. But why? It’s not as rich or big as its noble cousins, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The grape itself is weak, as it’s one of the most fragile wine grapes to produce. But when it comes to turkey or ham dishes, it should be your go-to red wine. You’ll taste notes of cranberry, cherry, raspberry and cola with hints of vanilla licorice and even caramel. This varietal is lighter in body which lends itself to being a great dinner wine, as your meal will likely be so rich, a lighter-bodied red is the best.

Tip: upon arrival, suggest to your host to chill the wine for 10-15 minutes before serving. Unlike most reds, Pinot Noir thrives when chilled down to a few degrees lower than room temperature to ensure the best experience.

TRY:
Terrapura Pinot Noir – $17.79
Layer Cake Pinot Noir – $27.99

Merlot – If you’ve seen the cult classic “Sideways”, you’ll find it odd that I mention Merlot AFTER Pinot Noir. It is a bolder wine for food pairings but the tannins tend to be gentle enough to partner with turkey or ham and are a surprising pairing with rich dishes like a roast, beef or lamb. Merlot has notes of darker berries, plum, spicebox, green leaf and blackberry and a BC Merlot is my favourite, as well as a French Bordeaux. Merlot wine is first class and commands the highest respect in the wine world–and it really does taste great with food.

TRY:
Albae Esencia Syrah Merlot – $17.99
9 Acres Red Blend (Merlot-dominant) – $13.49

So there you have it! A quick and simple shopping guide to help make your wine shopping that much easier. From all of us at Everything Wine, we wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings with your family and friends.

Cheers!
-Craig

The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines: Riesling

The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines

To say I was excited for this evening is an understatement.  I love Riesling.  I have a deep love for Riesling.  It all started several years ago when I was a guest at a BC winery for a weekend.  I had the pleasure of sitting in on a food and wine pairing with the winery Chef.  The Chef had paired their Riesling Ice Wine with various food pairings both savoury and sweet.  When I had a sip of the Ice Wine with a grilled sirloin, I was blown away.  It messed with my mind.  How can something so seemingly sweet pair with a dish that I instantly would pair with red wine.  The chef explained how the acidity in the wine and the grilled protein worked together to bring down the sweetness of the wine.  With that, my love affair with Riesling began.

 

The Riesling Class that our Jordan Carrier, or as he puts it “The keeper of the good stuff”, put together was so indulgent and so diverse.  He had a line up of Rieslings that would make any King double over in glee.

 

Before we tasted the wines, Jordan gave us a little history on the Riesling Varietal.  Riesling has been the wine of European Royalty for hundreds of years, bested only by Tokaji and Champagne.  The birth place of Riesling is Germany, the Mosel to be exact.  The Mosel just seems to have been created so perfectly to allow this varietal to shine.  The steep slopes, the river Rhine, and the soils all create the right conditions to grow Riesling.

Drinking a glass of Riesling on its own is enjoyable enough, but when paired with food, I’ll just say it’s a match made in heaven.   Food loves Riesling and as a result Chefs love Riesling.  It is one of the best food paring wines out there.  Jordan had Chef Alistair from Tap prepare the food pairings for this evening’s class.

Chef Alistair made a traditional German dish of Sauerkraut and pork, Coconut Thai Chicken Curry and had slivers of Stilton Blue Cheese with Duck Prosciutto to pair with the wines.

Jordan’s line up of wines were the Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile 06’, Schloss Johannisbergen Kabinett Feinherb 11’, Donnhoff Kreuxnacher Krotenpful Spatlese 06’, Markus Molitor Erdener rocuslese 05’, Gunderloch Nackennhein Rothenbuerg Auslese Goldkapsel 06’, Marcel Diess Vendages Tardives 00’, Rabl Trockenbeerenauslese 07’.  Just reading the list made the class feel glutinous.

 

The Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile 06’ is from the finest vineyards of Trimbach.  This particular label is made only in the best years. This is a powerful Riesling full of personality. The wonderful nose was full of ripe peaches, citrus, petrol and beeswax.  It smelled surprisingly sweet but was dry on the palate. If you’re a collector, this vintage will age very well into two decades.

Schloss Johannisbergen Kabinett Feinherb 11’.  Schloss Johannisbergen has been making wine for 900 years.  All this experience shines through in the wine. On the nose notes of passion fruit, nectarines and spice came through. On the palate, delicate floral, with hints of honey, blew me away.  It was so refreshing and cleansed my palate between the bites of food.  The slight sweetness of the wine worked well with the tang of the Sauerkraut.  This was my favourite wine of the night.

Donnhoff Kreuxnacher Krotenpful Spatlese 06’ was so lovely and feminine in style. It was so intoxicating with beeswax, mineral, floral and honey on the nose and palate with delightful acidity.

Markus Molitor Erdener rocuslese 05’. Markus Molitor took over his father’s winery at the tender age of 20.  He had one goal in mind.  That was to produce world quality wines that expressed the terroir of his vineyard like it had for eight generations before him. This wine was so rich and so creamy with spectacular flavours of petrol and lime.

Gunderloch Nackennhein Rothenbuerg Auslese Goldkapsel 06’. Goldkapsel are made from grapes that were left on the vines the longest.  Just picture tiny shriveled up grapes just barely hanging onto life. Jordan described the hue as “glow in the dark” because it’s so pigmented. It smelled like liquid gold to me. The intoxicating aromas of honey, citrus, mineral, and floral notes captivated me.

Marcel Diess Vendages Tardives 00’. This particular wine threw me for a loop.  It was unlike any other Riesling I have had in the past. The sweet spice, medicinal qualities and the slight nuttiness were things I never experienced in a Riesling.  I’ll be honest I didn’t love it but I was happy to have been exposed to something different.  

Rabl Trockenbeerenauslese 07’.  This was the stand out of the evening for the reason that it was a style of Riesling that is so unique, rare and expensive.  This is also the reason why Jordan poured the Austrian version of Trockenbeerebauslese as opposed to a German Trockenbeerebauslese.  The Austrian Trokenbeerenauslese is a little more available and affordable. The nose and palate was subtly floral, with sweet honey, mineral, and dried apricot aromas and flavours. This is as decadent as it gets!

If you are someone who comes in and buys a bottle of Blue Nunn, I urge you to take home something different. Try a Kabinett, a Spatlese and if you want to splurge for a special occasion try a Trockenbeerebauslese. I guarantee it will change your life.

I want to end on a quote from Jordan, as he had so many but this was one that stuck with me as it refers to Rieslings incredible aging potential.

“Riesling is like a Zombie, once you think that it’s dead it comes back, and comes back better”.

Couldn’t say it better myself.
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