Category: france

Want to try a new spin on Malbec this summer? …

Want to try a new spin on Malbec this summer? Try Cahors, especially with something spicy or smoky off the grill. Cahors is the French expression of Malbec, which tends to show more funky terroir and a subtle fruit flavor, which Argentine Malbec drinkers will likely find quite different than the fruit-forward stuff they know and love.

Celebrating France’s World Cup win with …

Celebrating France’s World Cup win with lovely $20 Pierre Amadieu Les Hautes Rives Cairanne (89 pts) from Rhône tonight. Coming to LCBO VINTAGES July 21. Full review: https://goo.gl/DWtZ26

Enjoyed this $15 Melon de Bourgogne from Loire…

Enjoyed this $15 Melon de Bourgogne from Loire tonight. Perfect for oysters. Coming to LCBO VINTAGES July 21. 88 pts. Full review: https://goo.gl/6MTrbX

Sipping on $16 Mont Gravet Colombard tonight. …

Sipping on $16 Mont Gravet Colombard tonight. Never heard of it? It’s coming to LCBO VINTAGES on July 21. 87 pts. Full review: https://goo.gl/qeYwei

2013 Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve

2013 Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve

Trimbach always makes some tongue-lickin’ good wines. Green apples, pears, and lime notes on the nose. Pears on the palate with raw white almonds, lemon, and stone. Not overly complex, but this is a solid example of Alsatian Pinot Gris from a top producer. 

4/5 bones

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Pinot Gris

13.5% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

2017 Alivetto Île de Beauté Rosé

2017 Alivetto Île de Beauté Rosé

Oh hey! Enjoying some rosé from Corsica! Cheers! Peach, apple skin, pink peppercorns, and quince on the nose. Peaches and apples on the palate with a hint of orange and spice. Lovely!

4/5 bones

$$

Sciaccarellu, Nielluciu, Syrah

11.5% abv

Corsica, FRANCE

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:POPPIN’ BOT…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:POPPIN’ BOTTLES OF PINK BUBBLY 🍾💕 plus 🧀 from @eastrict and 🥖 from @shewolfbakery #drinkwine #drinkpink #sparklingrosé #pinkbubbly #portugal #spain #france #italy #cava #petnat #barolo (at Dandelion Wine)

On this hot, summer day, enjoying this lovely …

On this hot, summer day, enjoying this lovely 90pt dry rosé wine from Sancerre tonight. Coming to LCBO VINTAGES on July 7. Full review: https://goo.gl/TawsBW

Picpoul de Pinet is a light, fresh white wine …

Picpoul de Pinet is a light, fresh white wine from France that is great for cooling down on a warm day.

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8 PM:  ORGANIC WINES …

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8 PM:  ORGANIC WINES FROM FRANCE & SICILY WITH VINOTAS SELECTION

Saddle up to our well-air-conditioned tasting bar tonight from 6-8pm to taste wines from France and Sicily with David Sugarman (aka Dr. Sug) from Vinotas Selections. Plus bread from She-Wolf Bakery and cheese from Eastern District!

AZIENDA AGRICOLA PIANOGRILLO 2015 GRILLO SICILY

Located at the southern tip of the island, Azienda Agricola Pianogrillo has been a working farm since before the Middle Ages, when a watchtower built on the high Pianogrillo hill warned of invading Saracens. The current owner, Lorenzo Piccione, follows tradition and respects history by abiding by the most ancient and revered principles of winemaking: biodynamics in the field, hand- harvesting, natural yeasts, minimal intervention and almost no SO2. In addition, he places great value in polyculture, so he grows olive trees to make his own olive oil and plants various trees in the fields to ensure the health of the vineyard. And of course he makes his own cured meats and sausages.

The Pianogrillo Grillo is a gorgeous rendition of this oftentimes abused grape: grown on chalky soils, it is fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel, unfined, unfiltered and barely sulfured. The wine shows notes of bright citrus, bitter pith, with a medium body with similar aspects as well as Asian pear balanced by quartz-like minerality and a long, lip-smacking finish. $23

AZIENDA MARINO ABATE 2015 PERRICONE SICILY

I love that we’re pouring TWO wines from Sicily tonight. It’s a total coincidence, but wine from Sicily is my mother’s absolute favorite and it happens to be her 75th birthday TODAY. Happy Birthday MOM!!! She and I will be drinking some Sicilian beauties tonight.

This lovely winery located in the rolling hills of Sicily’s West coast, near Marsala, is a 4th generation family farm. The Abate family works 16 hectares (40 acres) on deep clay soils, growing both grapes and grains (and of course olives). Currently, Angelo Abate runs the estate with his sons, Vincenzo, Nicola and Rosella. Everything they do here is organic and done to maintain the quality and sanctity of the land.

Perricone (also known as Pignatello) is a grape that’s native to Western Sicily and used to make full-bodied, dark colored wines. Marino Abate’s is organically grown, hand-harvested, and wild-yeast fermented in stainless steel before being aged in neutral barrels. This dark beauty is lengthy and spicy and rich but with a surprising amount of freshness that begs you to drink another sip every time. A real pleasure. $30

DOMAINE VINCENT FLEITH 2016 SYLVANER ALSACE FRANCE

Domaine Vincent Fleith’s history goes back to 1661(!), when their ancestor Antoine Fleith began working the vines. Vincent took over in 1996, working on what is now 9 hectares (22 acres) of mountainous vineyards that encompass 4 terroirs.

The domaine has been certified Biodynamic since 2008, and began working naturally back in 1994. The local flora and fauna are in exquisite balance now, with wildflowers growing between the rows to attract beneficial bugs. Everything here is done by hand. Wild yeasts are allowed to ferment on their own, little to no oak is used, and no other manipulations are allowed to interfere with the wine-making process. Purity and quality are the key words.

The Domaine Vincent Fleith Sylvaner is a gorgeously light and crisp expression of the grape. It is bright and refreshing with a long clean finish. Some floral and dry honey notes. Perfect for hot and humid days like today! $23

PURO 2017 MALBEC FRANCE

This staff-favorite value comes from Château De Gaudou, a 17th century château located about an hour from the city of Cahors. Winemaker Fabrice Durou is making magic by capturing the beauty of French Malbec and putting it in the bottle for $12! We loved the value of this wine so much that we actually put it on the shelf in 2 different places. France, where it belongs, but also Argentina for all the Malbec lovers out there…

The Puro Malbec comes from the domaine’s youngest vines: 40+ year old Malbec grown on steep rocky hillsides covered in clay and gravel. No chemicals are used in the field, grapes are hand-harvested, native yeast fermented in stainless and cement tanks, then bottled unfined and slightly filtered with a drop of SO2 for stability.

The wine exhibits dark yet bright notes of blue and red fruit. Medium-bodied with an earthy but clean finish. Totally worth buying a case of this stuff if you’re an every-day-red-wine-kinda-person. $12 ($10.80/bottle with case discount)