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Wine Maven

by Mary Bailey Lovers of Barolo learn to be patient. The wine, often tight and unforgiving in its youth, needs time to develop its characteristic lushness and beauty. So, when a vintage like 2011 comes along, with its early approachability, Nebbiolo lovers rejoice. But, it’s a vintage with a lot of variability so it pays …

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by Mary Bailey 2014 Culmina Saignée, Okanagan Valley VQA, Canada, $34. Culmina Saignée is a delicious wine, fresh, dry, with some lovely juicy strawberry and thyme notes. It’s made in the classic rosé style in which red wine must (the fermenting juice), in this case Culmina Hypothesis, is drawn off (bled) to both concentrate the …

Wine Maven – January/February 2015

Every few months or so, sommelier Nicole Weinkauf and chef Daniel Costa hold a night called Prova — an intimate food and wine tasting where attendees explore a particular Italian region’s wine paired with typical dishes. The setting at Bar Bricco on a Sunday night is casual and easy, the wine and food top-notch. There …

Wine Maven – March/April 2014

2007 Medrano Estate Malbec, Mendoza Argentina Inexpensive Malbec from Argentina can suffer from heavy tasting, jammy fruit and a lack of freshness. How novel to taste one that is bright and fresh yet well priced. The Medrano has ripe fruit and warm spice in spades balanced by fresh acidity and ripe silky tannins, rounded off …

Wine Maven – January/February 2014

Hugo Stabio, the saavy export director for Argentina’s Luigi Bosca, visited during the Rocky Mountain Wine Festival. Luigi Bosca’s Malbecs are number one in Alberta, and we discovered that so many of their vineyards have been established for decades, yielding unique wines. For example, the 90 year-old Luján de Cuyo vineyard produces a field blend …