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Champagne

Champagne

Jacquart, Brut Mosaique

Champagne, France

Jacquart’s Brut Mosaique comes from the famous area of Champagne, just 2 hours north east of Paris. Here, the art of making sparkling wine has been perfected over centuries.

It requires a very particular skill in winemaking to create fine sparkling wine. Unlike with most still wines, the grapes are picked early to retain acidity. This helps keep sparkling wines crisp and refreshing when opened years later.  The art of initiating the second fermentation in the bottle, and then riddling the bottles to rid them of sediment, are highly skilled work.

But when the bottle is finally opened, and the stream of small fine bubbles rises to the surface, the vintner’s art becomes apparent. The nose shows classic notes of green apple and a light toasty character. Clean, pure and focused, Champagne has an unmatched elegance on the nose.

The palate is dry, perfectly light bodied, and the acidity braces the sides of your mouth, yearning to be held for a few moments so you can enjoy the dimensions of flavor.

Champagne – the finest sparkling wine in the world.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect aperitif, and ideal with seafood.

Riesling

Riesling

Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2010

Mosel Valley, Germany

Since 1660 the Selbach family has been producing some of the very finest Rieslings in the Mosel Valley. This is arguably the greatest of all the German wine regions, which is known for the incredibly steep slopes, slate soils, and wines that are capable of ageing for decades.

This wine comes from the Sonnenuhr vineyard which is close to the village of Zelting. It is made entirely from the Riesling grape, which is picked when the level of sugar in the berry qualifies it to be classified as a “Spatlese”, or late harvest. This indicates the wine is medium sweet.

The nose shows explosive and perfumed aromas of sweet apricots, peaches and honey, with a subtle mineral character. The palate is medium in body, with succulent honeyed flavors and sweet apple, and a crisp acidity that dance across your palate. This is a wine of great elegance, delicacy and style.

Food and wine pairing: The medium sweet character of the wine will suit spicy Indian and Asian dishes, and fresh fruit plates.

Sangiovese

Sangiovese

Frescobaldi, Castel Giocondo, 2003

Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Frescobaldi is one of the most respected names in Italian wine. The firm’s history spans over 700 years and 30 generations. In the world of wine, Frescobaldi is a force.

This comes from their estate in Brunello di Montalcino, an area considered to be the epitome of authentic  100% Sangiovese wines. It is a gorgeous castle that sits on a hilltop overlooking an impressive 600 acres of vineyards.

Sangiovese is a difficult grape variety to grow and produce into outstanding quality wine.  It requires low yields, picking within the short window of optimum ripeness, and gentle handling in the winery. In this region the law demands that wines are aged for at least 5 years before release. This 2003 vintage is perfect drinking now.

The wine shows an intriguing bouquet of licorice, tobacco and leather. The depth of flavor on the palate is outstanding and the wine is a model of complexity, elegance, intensity and balance. This is truly an exceptional quality wine.

Food and wine pairing: The richness and firm tannins pairs perfectly with lamb and beef dishes, and is an excellent match with pasta in a tomato sauce.

Sangiovese

Sangiovese

Frescobaldi, Castel Giocondo, 2003

Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Frescobaldi is one of the most respected names in Italian wine. The firm’s history spans over 700 years and 30 generations. In the world of wine, Frescobaldi is a force.

This comes from their estate in Brunello di Montalcino, an area considered to be the epitome of authentic  100% Sangiovese wines. It is a gorgeous castle that sits on a hilltop overlooking an impressive 600 acres of vineyards.

Sangiovese is a difficult grape variety to grow and produce into outstanding quality wine.  It requires low yields, picking within the short window of optimum ripeness, and gentle handling in the winery. In this region the law demands that wines are aged for at least 5 years before release. This 2003 vintage is perfect drinking now.

The wine shows an intriguing bouquet of licorice, tobacco and leather. The depth of flavor on the palate is outstanding and the wine is a model of complexity, elegance, intensity and balance. This is truly an exceptional quality wine.

Food and wine pairing: The richness and firm tannins pairs perfectly with lamb and beef dishes, and is an excellent match with pasta in a tomato sauce.

Pinot Noir from Marlborough

Pinot Noir

Villa Maria, Reserve 2008

Marlborough, New Zealand

Villa Maria is the most awarded family-owned winery in New Zealand. It was founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich who has been instrumental in putting the country in the spotlight for their crisp, fragrant Sauvignon Blancs and elegant Pinot Noirs.

The grapes were harvested by hand, de-stemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. The juice was macerated on the skins, and gently plunged by hand to extract the delicate flavours, color and tannin. After fermentation the wine was left to mature for 14 months in expensive French oak barrels.

This elegant Pinot Noir displays the hallmarks of gentle craftsmanship. The alluring bouquet is perfumed with an array of red berry fruit and subtle spicy clove notes. The palate is dry yet fruity, medium bodied, with a gorgeous silky texture.

Food and wine pairing: This is a perfect wine to sip by itself, or enjoy with heavier seafood dishes such as salmon, and is ideal with duck.

Shiraz

Shiraz

Hollick, 2006

Wrattonbully, Australia

Ian Hollick is regarded as one of the finest producers in Coonawarra, a prestigious growing region in South Australia. Together with his wife, he started Hollick Wines back in 1983.

Since their humble beginnings Ian has produced dozens of award winning wines and now owns over 200 acres of vineyards. In 1998 he went in search of new terroirs and found that Wrattonbully had similar soils to the famed Coonawarra region. He planted a vineyard to Shiraz.

This wine displays the classic rich and ripe style of Australia. The color is deep and dark. The nose is intense, with an abundance of fruit flavors, including black cherry, raisin and sweet spices. The palate is full bodied, dry yet very ripe, with soft and supple tannins.

Food and wine pairing: This can be enjoyed by itself, but is ideally suited to grilled meats and cheese plates.

Join the Fine Vintage Wine Club!

www.FineVintageWineClub.com

Thank you for the huge interest in the new format of our wine club in Canada. If you haven’t joined already, here are the details:

We are the only independent company that selects wines and ships them to your door on a monthly, or bi-monthly basis.

You can join any of our 3 different clubs:

Import Club – $149.99 per month for 4 different bottles of international wines.

Premium Okanagan Club – $175 every 2 months for 4 different bottles of top Okanagan wines.

Cellar Selections  – $225  every 2 months for 4 different bottles of cellar-worthy red wines.

Here is what is included in each of the packs for the March shipment. Only 11 days left to join before we go into our next series of selections!

Import Wine Club -$149.99 per month

It’s all about Italy in the March shipments. This pack includes a beautiful Amarone from a single vineyard that retails for $45, an Aglianico from the south that is gorgeous, plus a minerally and crisp Pinot Grigio from the Veneto, and a Soave from superstar producer Pieropan. 2 reds and 2 whites for $149.99 including delivery. This club ships 4 bottles every month.

Cellars Selections Wine Club – $225 every 2 months (works out to $112 per month)

Here we go! A club for the serious wine lover. In the March shipment you’ll get a Napa Cab from Sequoia Grove in Rutherford that retails for $50, Torres beautiful Ribera del Duero for a taste of Tempranillo ($30), a 2010 Bordeaux red from Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme in the Haut Medoc, and a $60 Brunello di Montalcino from the 2007 vintage. This is our signature club. Beautiful wines that you can drink now or sit on. This club ships 4 different reds every 2 months. Only 11 days left to sign up for March shipments.

Premium Okanagan Wine Club – $175 every 2 months

If you love Okanagan wines then this is the club for you! You get 4 different bottles of Okanagan wines every 2 months. The March shipment includes Burrowing Owl Chardonnay, Tantalus Pinot Noir, the Bench 2 Meritage from Tinhorn and a delicious white blend from Quails Gate. Only 11 days left to sign up for the March shipments.

Why join our club?

-Your wines are selected by James Cluer and a team of accredited experts.

-We focus on high quality unique wines that you won’t easily find elsewhere.

-We deliver to your home or office in Alberta and BC, included in the price.

-You get tasting notes and food pairing suggestions on the wines.

-You can cancel your membership anytime.

-Take the hassle out of buying wine and leave it to us!

So take our club for a test drive. You won’t be disappointed.

Cheers,

James Cluer MW

PS Check out our videos on some of the great wineries in Napa at www.finevintagewineclub.com

Shiraz

Shiraz

Kangarilla Road, 2006

McLaren Vale, South Australia

James Halliday, the most respected Australian critic, awarded Kangarilla Road 5 stars in his Australian Wine Companion. Other critics have given the wines high scores and described it as a classic Australian Shiraz.

McLaren Vale produces some superb wines. It is on the outskirts of Adelaide and benefits from being close to the ocean, a factor that moderates the intense heat of the Australian summer. And yes, there are often Kangaroos in the vineyards. But producers frown on their tendency to eat the valuable grapes.

The nose bursts with sweet aromas of raisin, juicy blackberry and spice. On the palate there is abundant weight, smooth tannins, and layers of complex flavors. Only a moderate amount of new oak is used, allowing the wine to display its fruit forward style and concentrated flavors.

Food and wine pairing: The best matches are with beef, lamb and hard cheese but it can be enjoyed by itself if you like full bodied reds.