The Demystified Vine

Taking the mystery out of wine exploration!

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VinExpo 2015 has come and gone, and I really have no other way of explaining what the experience was like other than by using the word “gongshow” with a positive connotation.

One can spend the entire five days (9am-5pm)  of the expo trying wine, doing business, attending seminars, etc., and no one would never fit it all in.

The expo, which took place in Bordeaux from June 14-18th, 2015, was held at the exhibition centre. There was a full kilometer (yes, 1,000 meters) of wine booths to explore. See, gongshow, right?

As I was carefully making my way through the expo the first day, I was flabberghasted at the amount of moulah that goes into these booths.

I decided that by the end of the show, I was going to have a “top list” of neat booths that went that little extra mile in order to portray themselves. That is what the purpose of this blog is about.

On that note, let’s take a look, ladies and gentleman, at some of the most finely-detailed booths at VinExpo 2015.

Number 8 – Piccini

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The Piccini booth took on a nite-lounge feel with its dark colours and simple decor.

Number 7 – Catalan Vignerons

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The Catalan Vignerons booth was bright and inviting. You know you have balls when you make the carpet the colour of sunshine, your theme shape is circular, and the lights remind you of the big fireball in the sky.

Number 6 – V.D.G. Vignerons

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The V.D.G. Vignerons booth expressed a futuristic-classy feel. Clean lines, curvy shapes, and fun-globular chairs.

Number 5 – Corsica

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My initial reaction to all the pink was “whoa”. However, after walking past the Corsica booth a few times over the course of the expo, it grew on me. Any wine region that can successfully pull off a pink display can have my vote. It wasn’t tacky, and I didn’t feel like I was at a Barbie convention. Nicely done.

Number 4 – Vins de Provence

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Vins de Provence did a nifty job of creating a two-part display at VinExpo. One part was a tasting booth open for folks to try a variety of rose wines. The second part was focused for those individual wineries to do business in their own little “plotted” sections. Well-thought out.

Number 3 – Famille Quiot

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I don’t think I have to say much more than “glass floor” and “Famille Quiot brought their own local dirt”. ‘Spose I could add that their display was just plain classy.

Number 2 – L.D. Vins

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L.D. Vins deals with some of the top Chateau in Bordeaux. We’re talking Chateau d’Yquem and Lafite Rothschild. So, now that that is said, I absolutely adored the fact that they stayed clean with their display by simply mirroring the wooden oak panels that help to age the lovely wines of Bordeaux. Feel me? Not to mention the fact that they had large-format bottles just stuck in the wall.

Number 1 – Crus et Domaines de France

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Any winery, region reps, or merchants that go to the effort of bringing in a “cellar” with barriques will definitely go under the “we put in the effort” category. Not only did they bring in barrels (as seen in the photo), but they also had amazing cieling art, walls with bottles tactfully hanging out, and engagement rooms made out of walls of glass with wine bottles in them. Need I say more?

Honestly, it was so much fun to try wines and talk to people at VinExpo, but being someone who appreciates decor, I was excited to share some of the best displays with you.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Cheers!

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Nandi Hills ‘Grover’ Shiraz Rosé 2014

It isn’t likely that you’ll be able to find any Indian wine on the Canadian market. In fact, I dare you to try.

It is true, however, that India is making wine, and they are making a selection of wine that fits onto the international market’s buying stage, too. By that I mean that they are making wine from popular varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

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Years ago, while doing my WSET wine certification courses, I had the chance to try a Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier from India. To continue to be honest, I didn’t like either of them. There was something unattractive on the palate that made me think, “funky”, and not in a 1970s musical sort of way.

While in Paris a few weeks ago, I had the chance to try the 2014 Nandi Hills “Grover” Shiraz Rosé. I was at the Indian Resto on the rooftop of the Gallerie Lafayette, and I was completely intrigued by the fact that they had a few Indian wines on their vino list.

My partner and I asked for a sample, as we didn’t want to commit to a glass (or, at least, I didn’t want to) at ordering time. When the sample arrived, of course I was excited to try this wine. It was a hot one in Paris that day, and almost anything cold and light was the way to go.

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The waitress was kind enough to bring two samples over. So, I tried it. It was lighter than Provence rosé, and as such, it was extremely difficult to extract any information about the bouquet or the palate from the wine. The bouquet was of lightest intensity; I’ll be nice and say it was soft and delicate with a raspberry blush and a minute hint of spice. The wine itself was dry, had good acidity, was light bodied, and had minimal fruit notes. I detected a bit of raspberry and dried strawberry on the palate with a slight side of dust. However, above all, I couldn’t get past that “funky” again.

Maybe this ‘characteristic’ is simply part of how wine shows itself from this area of the planet. I’m really not quite sure what it is, but now I have had the chance to try 3 different varietials from India, and sadly, I have yet to be impressed. As a side note, I also get that “3” isn’t a big number, but when you consider how many Indian varietals are around…

I get it though. I also understand they are a ‘new’ wine industry with a lot to learn in the wine making department. They also have varying climates and terroirs.

Honestly, I do hope that I get a chance to try more Indian wine in the future; it is so very exciting to try new wines from unusual wine making regions. I’m simply still searching for one that I can boast about.

In the end, while I am glad that I had the opportunity to put another notch on my Indian wine belt, I have no regrets with not actually getting the glass. The white Alsatian blend was definitely the way to go instead.

Cheers!

The Demystified Vine Explores the Sparkling Wine Booth at VinExpo 2015

June 23, 2015


Hello wine lovers! I had a great time tasting wine at VinExpo in Bordeaux last week. I came across some very interesting ways of tasting, or rather, having wine dispensed to be tasted! Check out this one minute video of me trying the Beaumont des Crayères Grand Reserve Champagne from the automated tasting machines; a new discovery for me!

Cheers!

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A Wine Shopper’s Guide: Facts & Quick Tips

June 9, 2015

If you are headed to your local wine store to purchase some vino and you’re feeling a bit intimidated, check out these facts & quick tips.

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good starting point to help you feel more confident with your purchasing power.

Remember to try new things, explore, and be open to picking up that bottle that you have always deemed “must not be good”; you never know if it will surprise you. My personal suggestion: avoid buying big producers all of the time. You can often find a wine of much better quality for only a wee bit more coin.

Cheers!

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An Infographic: Noble Grapes & Their Key Wine Characteristics

June 4, 2015

There are many winelovers out there who wish they could know more about wine. Consistently, I hear the comment, “Oh, I can’t tell the difference between a white and a red wine.” Okay, let’s start with colour, right? But I get it. It’s not about the colour of the wine. It’s about all that mumbo-jumbo that surrounds picking out key characteristics in wine and how those differentiate one varietal from another.

At that point, I usually find myself wanting to demystify those key characteristics because, well, I’m an educator. As such, I’ve created a quick reference guide for (most) of the Noble grape varieties. Noble grapes are also known as “Key Grape Varieties”. Syrah is considered to be a key grape variety as well, but I couldn’t work it into my web. Shout out to Syrah…you know I love you!

For those of you not entirely well-versed in wine, use this to help you on your wine journey. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. There are many more characteristics used to describe these individual wines. The characteristics I have included are the most common for each grape and how that grape shows itself in its final product.

Enjoy, and remember to “like” the Demystified Vine on Facebook for fun facts, memes, and other wine-related articles.

Cheers!

The Demystified Vine

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