Tag Archives: sweet wine

Affordable Bordeaux

While I admit that I am a fully paid-up card-carrying member of the Burgundy fan club, every so often I re-discover Bordeaux and regret not having devoted more tasting/drinking time to the wines from this large, complex French wine region.

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Taste magazine 2015 Wine Awards

Annual Taste wine awards for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, Sweet Wine, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Reds other than Pinot Noir and New Varieties. For each group, Bob presents his top picks in the Under $20, $20 – $30 and Over $30 price brackets. Trophy Awards are also allocated to the overall Best Red, Best White, Best to Cellar and many other categories.

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Wine matches for chocolate desserts

Chocolate Orange Mud Cakes and the Flourless Chocolate Cake will both transform a big, gutsy red such as Cabernet/Merlot into a deliciously smooth and seductively mellow wine. The transformation is amazing and has to be tasted to be believed. Grasshopper Pie (one of my favourite

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Taste magazine 2014 Wine Awards

Annual Taste wine awards for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, Sweet Wine, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Reds other than Pinot Noir and New Varieties. For each group, Bob presents his top picks in the Under $20, $20 – $30 and Over $30 price brackets. Trophy Awards are also allocated to the overall Best Red, Best White, Best to Cellar and many other categories.

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Wine on ice

In the peak of winter I favour big, hearty, warming reds but when the temperature rises I look for bottles in the fridge rather than on the sideboard. It makes perfect sense to drink chilled wines in summer. When our diet switches from rich, red meat dishes to salads and seafood we need to make a similar change in our vinous diet. It is possible to enjoy red wine with pan-fried snapper but Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc is an altogether better choice. Chilled wine on a hot day always feels better than a tepid red.