Everything Wine And More

Caitlin Flach
January 28, 2016 | Caitlin Flach

February Staff Picks!

Our staff at Everything Wine and More often get asked the question “What’s your favourite wine?” and let me tell you, it’s not often easy to answer! Each one of us have very different palates and we all enjoy different wines. I myself enjoy off-dry Rieslings and Merlot, while some of my co-workers have vastly different opinions. So we decided to make it easier for our beloved customers! We have now added a STAFF PICKS section to our store which is filled with some of our personal favorites!

Caitlin’s Pick
Falernia Carmenere Reserva

This is one of my favorite reds! This beautiful and satisfying red is deep ruby in colour.  The nose presents with dark cherry, blackberry and plum notes. It does not at all disappoint on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate, cherry, licorice, spice and everything nice! This wine has a great finish with velvety smooth tannins. This full bodied red would go amazing with a nice plate of juicy prime rib!

Graham’s Pick
Nugan Estate Alfredo Dried Grape Shiraz

This Australian Shiraz goes through a very unique process to make it as amazing as it is! The Shiraz grapes are harvested and dried on racks to enhance and intensify the amazing flavours of the grape giving it a powerful and concentrated taste that you won’t soon forget! This full bodied red shows dark fruit and herbaceous notes on the nose followed by intense spice, vanilla, black currant, dark cherry and finishes with smooth tannins. To kick it off, it is rated 92 points by Stephen Tanzer!

Cheata’s Pick
Tinto Negro Mendoza Malbec

Assistant Manager Cheata has chosen this wine as her pick, and it’s a great one! This wine is everything you should expect from a good Malbec, exhibiting rich flavours such as espresso, melted chocolate, blueberry, and blackberry. It is full bodied with just a bit of oak aging to really balance it out. Try it now with goat cheese and beef brisket.

Matt’s Pick
The Industrialist Conviction Sovereign Opal
British Columbia

This is a new one that we just brought back in.  VQA from BC that is an amazing wine for all of you Moscato and Riesling lovers out there! This wine is incredibly fruit forward with flavours such as peach, apple, and pear. It is light and fruity which is pleasing to virtually anyone who likes an easy drinking white to just sit and share with friends! I guarantee you will not be disappointed by Matt’s choice, so pick up a bottle today!

Sam’s Pick
Batasiolo Moscato D’Asti

Sam loves her sweet wines! She chose this Italian Moscato for her staff pick and I promise you it is amazing! Really rich in fruit flavours, this wine exhibits notes of peach, apricot, orange blossoms and rose petals. With a bit of bubble, it is crisp, refreshing, and sweet! It’s perfect for just sitting and drinking on a warm day, or with a yummy dessert such as a cream stuffed pastry!

Time Posted: Jan 28, 2016 at 4:03 PM
Caitlin Flach
June 15, 2015 | Caitlin Flach

Pretty in Pink! Part 2

Summer is here! With sunshine comes wine on the patio and it is the perfect time for pink wines!

If you read my previous blog, you will know that when it comes to Rosés, there are endless possibilities beyond White Zinfandel. Pink wine is becoming one of my favorites to have with dinner, or to sit outside with friends and have a good time. I’m hoping that you all will give one of these a try and fall in love with Rose as well! I had the chance to try many of the Rosés that we sell here at Everything Wine and More, during our Think Pink Rosé event, and WOW I was impressed by all of them! Here are some of my favorites:

Roscato Rose Dolce

One of our most popular wines is the Roscato Red because of its sweet palate. If you like sweet, this is the Rosé for you! This wine is slightly effervescent; the nose presents bright strawberry and raspberry flavours. The grapes used to make this wine are Pinot Noir, Croatina, and Teroldego, grapes unique to Italy. The palate presents pleasing notes of bright strawberry and cherry fruit and will go great just by itself! It finishes with a crisp acidity lending balance to the sweetness of the wine.  Be sure to buy a couple of bottles, because this is not a wine you will want to share!

Banrock Station White Shiraz

This Rosé is made from Shiraz grapes, Australia’s specialty grape. Right off the bat, I noticed the beautiful dark pink colour and a nice fruit forward nose. On the palate, this wine shows great acidity. Slightly off dry this wine is showing ripe notes of raspberries.

Monster Vineyards Rosé
Okanagan Valley, BC

Made with Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Viognier, this is a surprisingly versatile Rosé. The nose hits you with watermelon candy, but the palate is actually quite well balanced, and not overwhelmingly sweet. The palate is chalk full delicious fruit such as strawberry and rhubarb with a hint of citrus on the finish. This wine is off dry with refreshing acidity to balance it out and make it an enjoyable wine with or without food.

Sokol Blosser Rosé

Made from Pinot Noir grapes, this wine offers a great fruit forward palate and a delicate floral nose. Pale pink in colour this wine offers great acidity with subtle hints of minerality to please those dry wine drinkers. Soft tropical fruit notes grace your palate and make this wine a great summer sipper for all wine lovers!

Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel

This wine is not one you will want to miss out on. This is the perfect Rosé to pair with food because it offers great acidity and a fuller body. This wine was made in a small region near Provence, and features grapes that are most often used in the ever so popular Provence Rosés: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Syrah. The winery is completely biodynamic and this wine will not disappoint and is worth the high price point Tavel often calls for.  The nose presented raspberry notes, and the palate was not disappointing with great cherry and raspberry flavours with lots of acidity. Dry with slight minerality, this will be a great wine to have with your next salmon dinner.

Chateau d’Astros Rosé

Commonly used in the Provence region, this wine feature Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and uncommonly some Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to create a delicate and floral Rosé. Light petal pink in colour, the nose is soft and floral with hints and notes of strawberry and grapefruit. The palate offers dried rose petals, strawberry and plenty of minerality. Very pretty and delicate flavours, with soft acidity.

Chateau Ollieux Romanis Rosé

From the Languedoc region in France, this wine was made from 60% Grenache, and 40% Cinsault. This wine is a very pretty pink colour, with soft tropical nose.  I loved the hints of grapefruit and mango, and I was pleasantly surprised with sweet spice.

Sandhill Rosé

I always thought that the Sandhill Rosé was in a black glass bottle, because when you first glance at it, you only see a hint of its pink hue. But I was wrong! The bottle is clear glass, the colour is just that deep! It is made with a plethora of grapes including Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir, Sangiovese, and Barbera. Dark magenta in colour this wine surprised me with earthy minerality, and bright cranberry flavours.

There you have it! My own personal notes on delicious Rose Wines. I hope you try one or two or all 8 this summer!

Time Posted: Jun 15, 2015 at 10:12 AM
Caitlin Flach
February 6, 2015 | Caitlin Flach

Pretty in Pink

Attention red drinkers and white drinkers! How do you feel about pink wine? Rosés are the perfect middle ground for anyone who feels they would like to move from white to red, or vice versa. And let me tell you, there is a whole world beyond White Zinfandel! Pinot Noir Rosés, Cabernet Sauvignon Rosés, Garnacha Rose; the options are infinite for such a “fru- fru” looking wine. You see, Rosé is made from red grapes; however, the skins are kept in contact with the grape juice during fermentation for much less time than red wine. This is where they get their vibrant pink colour, and their complex flavours. If you like sweet whites, try a White Zinfandel or a Red/Pink Moscato. If you love the dry reds, try a Malbec Rosé or a Cab Sauv Rosé. The options are endless, and each Rosé offers something different.

Here are some of my favorites!

Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé ($14.99)

Dark magenta in colour, this wine is beautiful and complex. With a strong scent of strawberry, and soft floral notes.  The palate does not disappoint with flavours of strawberry, cranberry and grapefruit. This rosé is dry with medium acidity to make it a great pairing wine to have with lighter meat dishes or pasta.

Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé ($17.99)

From the Cotes-du-Rhone region of France, this Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. It is incredibly floral and fragrant on the nose, with bright acidity complimenting the palate. The flavours of cranberry and hints of strawberry are enhanced with a minerality that makes this a nice dry Rosé, perfect for those who are not a fan of sweet flavours. Try this rose with a traditional french salade nicoise or cedar plank salmon!

Be Flirty Pink Moscato ($11.99)

This is the perfect reflection of a crisp, refreshing, and juicy Rosé, without getting into the cloying sweetness of White Zinfandel. As most know, Moscato is typically a white wine, so as per making this a fun pink hue, wine makers added red wine into the mix of Muscato grapes, creating a unique and fruity Rosé. This Pink Moscato offers a slight effervescence, bright acidity, and perfect raspberry and strawberry flavours. Characteristically, as a Rosé, there is a nice dry finish adding to the character of this wine. Light bodied and charismatic, this wine is perfect to just sip by itself and have a good time.

Time Posted: Feb 6, 2015 at 1:13 PM
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