Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Adelsheim Vineyard

David Adelsheim was one of the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry when he bought ground in the Chehalem Mountains and began planting grapes 40 years ago. Today, the owner of Adelsheim Vineyard oversees 40,000 cases of wine and more than 200 acres of vineyards in 13 locations. In this interview, he talks about the early days of the Oregon wine industry and the people behind Adelsheim.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Paul Champoux - Champoux Vineyards

Paul Champoux, owner of Champoux Vineyards, is considered one of the finest wine grape growers in the country. Two years ago, he was bitten by a mosquito, and the resulting West Nile virus paralyzed him. He has worked hard to recover for the past two years and is almost able to walk again. Here, he talks about his vineyard, his illness and a new grape variety he is playing with.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Years in the making.

This week while Danny and Brad battle fatigue from staying up until the small hours of the morning to watch the Tour de France we finally get around to talking about a wine we've been meaning to review for more than four years. The classic Rhone style blend that makes up Grant Burge's Holy Trinity makes it a great drop to enjoy while watching Cadel battle it out with the Schleck brothers. We also check out the high end Riesling from Pikes in the Clare Valley and a great Bordeaux blend from Margaret River producer Woodlands.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Charlie Hoppes Wine Boss

Charlie Hoppes, known as the "Wine Boss," has opened a new production facility in Richland, Wash., where he makes wine for six wineries under one roof. We take a tour of the facility and talk to Hoppes about the advantages of having everything in one location.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Bridlewood Estate Winery Video Tour

Tour Bridlewood Estate Winery with Judit & Corina from
A beautiful video tour of the winery & vineyards and a quick review of English Pleasure Syrah.

Bridlewood Winery was designed for high-quality, artisan winemaking. Just inside the adobe fa├žade of this Spanish-style winery, state-of-the-art equipment is the order of the day: pneumatic bladder presses, temperature controlled fermenters, gentle grape and wine handling systems, and the finest European and American oak barrels. 
Winemaker David Hopkins selects grapes from dozens of Central Coast vineyards to create his intense , lush Pinot Noir, aromatic Viognier and elegant Chardonnay. Each wine is as unique as the Bridlewood property itself. Nestled on the eastern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley, 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, our 105-acre estate is set on a high bench of ancient seabed. The picturesque landscape features a Mission-style winery, hillside vineyards and breathtaking views of the surrounding region.

~Bridlewood Estate Winery Winner Circle "English Pleasure" Syrah opens with floral notes of dark cherries, rose petals and violets. This is soon followed by the scents of cedar, sandalwood, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. This is an elegant wine that is full of silky tannins with a velvety finish.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Wine FAQ - what's the best place to store your wine at home?

Hands up all those who have an undergound cellar in which they can store their wine.... Not many of us. But fear not, says Simon Woods, it's amazing what you can do with a little space and a little more ingenuity.

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Sunday, 19 June 2011


Chardonnay is a white wine grape varietal. It is is from the Burgundy wine region of France but widely grown from New Zealand and Australia to California. Rich butter vanilla aroma if aged in oak. Crisp fresh if in stainless steel. Used in Sparkling wine and Champagne. Personality of Sharon Stone or Scarlett Johansson.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Word Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most widely recognized red wine grape. It's a crossing between Cabernet franc and Sauvignon blanc. Medium to full body. The George Clooney among grapes. Pairs well with meats and chocolate.

Australia's First Families of Wine Tahbilk Wines

Australia's First Families of Wine are all about that-family. Twelve families of wine with some of Australia's finest vineyards, with over 1200 years of collective winemaking experience.
We attended a wine tasting with 11 of the 12 families recently in Toronto with a "speed dating" style tasting, whereby the media and VIP tasters moved from table to table meeting and tasting the wines.
We were delighted to meet Alister Purbrick CEO Tahbilk Winery and Vineyard, the oldest winery in Victoria and 5th oldest in all of Australia.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011