The Demystified Vine

Taking the mystery out of wine exploration!

Eau Vivre Winery, out of the Similkameen Valley in British Columbia, is quickly becoming one of my “go to” wineries. By that I mean that if I were to go to a party or be invited to a dinner and needed to bring a bottle of vino, I would likely think of bringing some Eau …

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The Wine Party ladies, Jennifer Schell and Terry Meyer Stone, hosted the “small guys wine festival” highlighting small production wineries in British Columbia at the sold-out event at the Wise Hall on Sunday, April 17th, 2016. Of the 20 garagiste producers in attendance who make less than 2000 cases each per year, Nighthawk Vineyards really …

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At the Wise Hall in Vancouver on Sunday, April 17th, 2016, The Wine Party ladies, Jennifer Schell and Terry Meyer Stone, hosted the “small guys wine festival” highlighting small production wineries in British Columbia. A sold-out event, this party was one that I was grateful to attend. With 20 “small guys” attending and pouring at …

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Vancouver International Wine Festival Thursday, February 25, 2016       Vini Fantini by Farnese brought the bacon to the festival this year. The Farnese group has seven companies spread across southern Italy. At this time, Farnese has its wines in over 70 countries worldwide, and the combined production is upwards of 13 million bottles. …

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Château Suduiraut Sauternes 2011

February 2, 2016

I headed to the Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting in Vancouver on Thursday, January 28, 2016 with a friend of mine who was in the same WSET certification courses I attended. At this tasting, there were 45 producers from the Bordeaux region of France pouring one or two of their wines, one of which was the 2013 vintage.

Valerie Stride

The Château Suduiraut Sauternes was most memorable. I’m still side-smacked with its wonder. It was an absolute treat.

My notes – in point form – from this tasting include:

  • OMG
  • WOW
  • Great tangerine rind notes
  • lemon, peach, pineapple, mango, honey, custard, pink grapefruit notes, sweet

For demystification purposes, Sauternes is a sweet wine, often served as dessert or as a libation complementing particular rich foods like foie gras. This sweet wine comes from the area of Graves in France. Typically, Sauternes is made from three different grapes in varying blended percentages. The three varieties are: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. These grapes go through a ‘rotting’ process whereby the grapes lose water concentration by way of Botrytis cinerea, which is also known as noble rot. The noble rot concentrates the sugars in the grapes, which then concentrates the flavours for the finalized product. I know that doesn’t sound very noble, but once you smell the smells of Sauternes or taste the tastes of Sauternes, it won’t matter! Half bottles of Sauternes can cost hundreds of dollars. Now that is some serious wine.

Cheers!

 

 

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