Tag: Red Wine

Taste testing Odessa Black: Ukraine’s hybrid grape varietal

Taste testing Odessa Black: Ukraine’s hybrid grape varietal

Tonight I’m enjoying a unique wine from Ukraine. That’s right, Ukraine. This is the first wine I’ve ever tried from this country, which has a pretty tiny wine industry. The winery, Kolonist, is new to the Alberta market. I had been tipped off about these 

Wine Review: new vintage of my Chianti house wine

Wine Review: new vintage of my Chianti house wine

I posted about this wine a few weeks ago, as I have enjoyed many bottles of the 2014 vintage of the Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva over the course of this year. It just switched over to a new vintage so I was curious to compare 

Wine Review: chuggable organic Cabernet Franc from the Okanagan

Wine Review: chuggable organic Cabernet Franc from the Okanagan

One of these days I really need to visit Summerhill Winery in person and meditate in their giant pyramid. Summerhill is one of the mainstays of the Okanagan Valley wine industry and a pioneer of organic viticulture in Canada. It’s also one of the most-visited, 

Wine Review: Oak Bomb Graciano from Rioja in Spain

Wine Review: Oak Bomb Graciano from Rioja in Spain

It’s unusual to find single varietal red wine in Rioja – most are blends dominated by  Tempranillo. Graciano is an uncommon red grape that fell out of favour a few decades ago due to its low yields and disease susceptibility. In the 1990s, Rioja winemakers 

Wine Review: soul-warming Xinomavro from Naoussa in Greece

Wine Review: soul-warming Xinomavro from Naoussa in Greece

Happy Xinomavro Day! Yesterday, that is – I’m a day late on this.  Greek wines are fantastic and often very overlooked in this part of the world – which is why they can often be excellent values. Xinomavro is one of the main red grapes 

Wine Review: cough syrup or Portuguese red? YOU DECIDE

Wine Review: cough syrup or Portuguese red? YOU DECIDE

As we hunkered down on the couch last night to watch an old episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the 17th time, my husband and I decided to have a glass of red wine. We pulled the cork on a bottle of Feuerheerd’s “Anchor 

Wine Review: sultry red from Coto de Imaz in Rioja that is quickly becoming a new fave

Wine Review: sultry red from Coto de Imaz in Rioja that is quickly becoming a new fave

Rioja wines are awesome and this one is no exception. Rioja ranks at the top of my fave wine regions, alongside Chianti Classico and Bordeaux. It’s one of the wines wines I reach for out of habit, when I can’t decide on anything else or 

Wine review: I can’t stop drinking this delicious red from Gabbiano in Chianti

Wine review: I can’t stop drinking this delicious red from Gabbiano in Chianti

Let me show you what I’ve been drinking for the past eight months: I discovered this wine shortly after the COVID pandemic ramped up in March 2020. Since then, I have drank dozens of bottles of it. I’m not exaggerating. This became our house wine 

Wine review: stinky Portuguese red from Luis Pato in Bairrada

Wine review: stinky Portuguese red from Luis Pato in Bairrada

Luís Pato – or “The Duck Guy” as I’ve come to think of him – is a solid Portuguese producer from Bairrada. He has been on the forefront of championing Portugal’s native grapes, like Baga, and focusing on quality over quantity. (Baga is a high-yielding 

My bubbly is red: Lambrusco wine story in Avenue

My bubbly is red: Lambrusco wine story in Avenue

I remember the first time I tried bubbly red wine: I was super weirded out. It was a sparkling Australian Shiraz and while I can’t remember the producer (this was over 15 years ago), I recall it was quite sweet and extremely fruity. I didn’t 

Vinitaly 2017 Edmonton roadshow: Italy North to South

Vinitaly 2017 Edmonton roadshow: Italy North to South

There’s a sea change happening in Italian wine: more and more producers are returning to the 500+ native grape varieties found in Italy alone. No other country can claim such a sheer diversity of grapes. Consider that 90 percent of French wine comes from only 

Christmas Wine Tasting at Color de Vino

Christmas Wine Tasting at Color de Vino

I attended a tasting at Color de Vino this past Tuesday, one of the first done by this new Edmonton wine shop. (If you haven’t been, go visit them right away – it’s a wonderful shop run by lovely people, with tons of interesting, well-priced