- Beaujolais Nouveau wines are the first wines from the new vintage, released on the 3rd Thursday of November after harvest. They have become so immensely popular that people commonly assume that all wines from the region are produced in this style.
- Beaujolais superior wines are slightly more ripe and contain more alcohol than the nouveau wines.
- Beaujolais villages are wines that are made from a mixture of different villages. Beaujolais Villages makes up 25% of the region's production.
- Cru Beaujolais come from better vineyard sites in and around the ten "crus" in the north part of the region. Wine from these individual crus, which make up for the rest of the percentage, can be more full-bodied, darker in color, and significantly longer-lived. These wines do not usually show the word "Beaujolais" on the label, leaving one with little recourse but to memorize the list. The ten crus are the following: Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Saint-Amour, Chiroubles, Chénas, Fleurie, Juliénas, and most recently, Régnié.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
This was the wine we brought to Bordeaux the Bordeaux night.
A really lifted nose, showing fresh blackcurrant and berry fruits. The tannins are completely in keeping with the fruit and acidity. I get lots of toasted oak on the palet. Ripe and supple presence, really crisp style with freshness. This is a nice example of good Bordeaux. A perfect wine to pair with any red meat. This is probably true of most Bordeaux reds.
Marius Rating: 90
Read more about the history of this wine and about Bordeaux wines in general at http://www.thewinedoctor.com
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I bought this today for August wine club
2004 Cono Sur Limited 20 Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, $25.
High-toned oak that’s softly sweet. Hugely concentrated. Rich berry, with oak, chocolate, plum, coffee and cedar flavors. Rich and regal and generous. Long, engaging finish. Decant. Outstanding.
Posted by dawn at 2:26 PM
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Anyone interested in checking out this event on July 18th?
South American Superstars: The Wines of Argentina & Chile
It's at the Bambuddah Lounge - the old Backflip
Posted by dawn at 12:01 PM
Monday, July 2, 2007
canada, why are you such a quiet nation?
you may not do much, you may not say much,
but some of what you say and do...
canadians are funny.
they produce wonderful maple products that pair well with their fabulous bacon products.
they endure harsh winters producing some of the greatest grapes imaginable which they use brilliantly to make paradise in a bottle...
tonight we savoured a bottle of jackson-triggs proprietors reserve vidal icewine 2003.
this was an amazingly well balanced wine.
thick and smoothe, subtle and creamy.
bursting with mango, apricot, dried apricot, golden raisin and a hint of vanilla.
this wine stands well alone but i would love to have paired it with a yummy extra creamy, slightly warm creme brulee-not too sweet-heavy on the vanilla.
the cream, the texture and the vanilla would really set this off.
we picked it up at costco for $15.99, 187ml bottle, well worth it.