#WineWednesday – Mother’s Day Edition

By on May 7, 2014

2011 Gigondas ‘Domaine Grand Romane’ Pierre Amadieu

Southern Rhone, France

Blend of (mostly) Grenache and Syrah grown in vineyards with 400 meters altitude above sea; the estate’s ‘cuvée prestige’ made of grapes off 50 year old vines and aged in new oak barrels; aroma and flavour nuances of blueberry, cardamom, pink peppercorn and licorice; full bodied, juicy, grapey – vinous, real and sexy; simply delicious; available @lcbo $27 and worth each penny, buy two bottles and thank me later; Vintages also has in stock this winery’s 2010 ‘Le Pas De L’Aigle’ Gigondas, yet another full, well balanced, notably fresh and attractive Mother’s Day option.


2012 Chardonnay, Pahlmeyer

Sonoma Coast, California

BBB = big, bold and beautiful, hard not to like this Chardonnay; tropical, vanilla and buttery, with a creamy texture and plenty of ripe white – fleshed exotic fruit, pecan and butterscotch notes; not shy in alcohol neither, but somehow all of its elements fall in harmony (and don’t lack freshness) over the softly lingering spicy citrus finish; and also not shy when comes to price tag…in Vintages @lcbo


2006 Brut ‘6 Cépages’ Moutard Père et Fils

Champagne, France

Vintage Champagne at its best and I have rarely scored a wine this high in recent memory; golden – coloured with really tiny, many and active bubbles; broad and opulent over the palate with apples, citrus, white chocolate, honey and toasty accents; a luxurious mousse and lively freshness round out this truly impressive and pure Champagne; I find its price justified and know that many of the more recognizable labels cost twice as much, at least, and almost surely won’t deliver the quality of this; in @lcbo still, if you hurry…


Zoltan Szabo

About Zoltan Szabo

Zoltan Szabo is one of the most recognizable personalities of the Canadian Sommelier scene. For over twenty years in the industry and three continents – wide resume, he has garnered international recognition. Clients include the Tokaj Renaissance, Wine Council of Ontario, Skyline Boutique Hotels & Resorts and Trump International Hotel, just to mention a few. With TV, radio and video blog appearances by the dozen throughout the years, Szabo had become a mainstay character of the global wine trade. He consults, writes, educates and judges for some of the most elite organizations, competitions and media forums. Member of the Canadian Wine Writers’ Circle, Zoltan also voices his opinion about wine and the finer aspects of life over social media outlets @zoltanszabo

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