A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 799: Alsace and Austria Webinars

Tuesday, June 8th: Participated in two webinar tastings – one for Alsace and one for Austria. Along with other wine writers around the world I had been sent samples in small bottles. (I was unable to taste everything in the two-day sessions but will review other wines in subsequent blog entries.)

Beginning with Alsace and Domaine Bott Frères in Ribeauvillé:

Bott Frères wines

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 798: Little Engine with a Big Reputation

Little Engine wines

Little Engine is a small winery in Penticton, BC, owned by Steven French and his wife, Nicole. They’re located at the southern entrance of the Naramata Bench. Their winemaker is Scott Robinson. (See https://www.littleenginewines.com/) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 797: BC & Ontario Wines

Township 7 Reserve 7 2018

Township 7 Reserve 7 2018
Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby-purple in colour; cedary, savoury, black fruits on the nose with a light floral note; medium-bodied, dry, earthy, black plum and dark chocolate flavours. (90) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 796: A Gin of Colour and a Whole Lot of Wine…

Empress 1908 gin

Friday, May 14th: I participated in a Zoom tasting of Empress 1908, a gin inspired by the Empress Hotel on Vancouver Island, famous for its afternoon teas. Now, I am not a gin drinker and usually not fond of this spirit – but this was unique. Indigo blue in colour, it was distilled in Sydney, BC, and launched in 2017 to highlight the hotel’s tea, Blue Suede Shoes. The colour comes from the Butterfly Pea flower native to Thailand. Apart from juniper, the other botanicals used are Empress black and white teas, dried grapefruit, coriander, cinnamon and ginger. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 795: Albariño etc.

A trio of Albariños

Abellio Albariño 2019 (Rias Baixas)
Bright, pale straw in colour; minerally, spicy apricot pit nose with citrus notes; medium-bodied, dry, peach and lemon flavours with a hint of lychee; elegant with fresh acidity, (90)

La Caña Albariño 2020 (Rias Baixas)
Straw yellow in colour; lightly minerally, peachy-lemon nose; medium-bodied, dry, richly extracted white peach and grapefruit flavours carried on lively acidity; lovely mouth-feel and great balance. (91)

Paco y Lola Albariño 2020 (Rias Baixas)
Pale straw colour; minerally nose of green plum and fresh herbs with a floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, lively acidity with lemon, grapefruit and green plum flavours. Long mouth-watering finish. (91) Continue reading

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