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Wine Of The Week – Southbrook Connect White 2010

October 5, 2011 9:50 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Southbrook BottleVQA Niagara, Ontario

89 Points, Gord Stimmell

I love it when I find a wine that’s so low in alcohol yet so packed with flavour! It means you can enjoy it over an evening without falling asleep on the sofa at 7pm. This wine is liquid refreshment: light floral notes, white peach and melon. It’s slightly off-dry (a touch of sweetness) which makes it perfect for dishes with a little sweetness or spice, such as glazed ham or light to medium curries and Asian fare. The bonus is that this wine is organic. Food matches: seafood, salad, pork.

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Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

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The Smaller the Vines, the Better the Wines.

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So says winegrower, Paul Sloan of Small Vines! We all know that great wine is made in the vineyard, and your job, as winemaker, is to get out of the way of greatness.

decoration banner“Exceptional Wines Are Born… From Extraordinary Vineyards…
And Gently Guided Into Greatness in the Winery”

Sloan attributes the distinctness of the wines he crafts to time spent in vineyards, with pruning sheers in hand. His career began as a sommelier and moved to the land, not the cellar, first. After absorbing all he could in the vineyards of France, Paul brought back a new vision and began with his own vineyard management company (Small Vines Viticulture – with clients like DuMol and Ontario’s own Pearl Morissette).

Pushing the envelop of new thinking from Old World inputs, focusing on all-encompassing, traditional farming techniques, Sloan incorporates biodynamic, organic, and sustainable practices to VERY intense vine spacing. read more

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Wine Of The Week – Paul Dolan Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2009

May 3, 2011 10:59 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Region: Mendocino County, California

89 Points, John Szabo MS

Subdued, ripe but fresh example of sauvignon from biodynamic producer Paul Dolan, with intriguing lime cordial, fresh pear and guava flavours. The palate is well balanced, with above average complexity and lingering finish. Very pleasant, still refreshing, sipping or food-friendly wine. Tasted March 2011. Value Rating: **1/2

www.winealign.com (Apr 2011)

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