Wine Maven

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 …

Wine Maven: November/December 2013

Penfolds’ Matt Lange had heard about this guy throwing monumental Grange tastings in Texas, “ says DLynn Proctor. That guy was DLynn Proctor, now the winemaking ambassador for Penfolds and one of the four master sommelier candidates followed in the documentary SOMM. DLynn relates fascinating Penfolds history as we taste impeccable wines with an outrageous …

September/October 2013 – Wine Maven

Wines from the Paul Hobbs estate near Sebastopol in northern California can be hard to find, highly sought after by collectors worldwide. Which is what makes the appearance of the Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir such a treat. The wines are patiently made using native yeasts, French oak and are unfined and unfiltered. Both …